Kingdom Hearts 30 Day Challenge Day 30 – What Kingdom Hearts means to you // How has it changed you?
Kingdom Hearts means a lot to me. Without the series, I probably would have never gotten into writing. I probably would not be the person I am today. I got into Kingdom Hearts after a really rough bump in my life, and I admired Sora but also found him extremely strange because of the fact that he always appeared to be happy, no matter the issue. I couldn’t help but wish that I had at least 1/3 of his happiness, and so I followed him on his adventures, because the series never ceased to make me smile. It helped me begin to value friendship, and as corny as it sounds, believe there’s a certain power to a strong bond among friends. The Disney characters appearing and helping Sora and co. was really neat and adorable to me, being able to team up and fight with characters from my favorite childhood movies. I begun to feel things for the characters in the story, I began to feel connected. I adored Roxas so when he returned to Sora, I was really upset, even though I knew it had to happen for Sora to wake up. In KH2 when Sora, Riku, and Kairi were reunited and at the end Sora said “We’re home.” and I couldn’t help but feel really happy for them. I replayed the PS2 games so many times that my sister actually got sick of seeing Sora on the TV screen. I’ve kept up with the series, played every game, just for the way the story has looped me in so well that I want more. Never before had a series affected me so much that it put me to tears or made me laugh with glee. Kingdom Hearts was the first video game to make me cry. Make me laugh. Make me love fictional characters even though they aren’t real. It lead me to seek other games that give the same amazing effect, but I haven’t found many that are quite like Kingdom Hearts with its complex storyline and storytelling from our lovely hero’s POV, Sora, and I don’t think I ever will.