Kingdom Hearts Vol. #03 -

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 170
  • ISBN: 1-59816-219-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Kingdom Hearts Vol. #03

By Julie Rosato     May 10, 2006
Release Date: April 01, 2006

Kingdom Hearts Vol.#03

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shiro Amano
Translated by:N/A
Adapted by:

What They Say
Kingdom Hearts plunges into an underwater adventure. Monstro the whale swallows Sora and crew. They lend Geppetto and Pinocchio a helping hand to fend off the Heartless. Our heroes dive deeper under the sea to face Ursula the Sea-Witch. When Sora and Riku surface, they must rescue Kairi from Captain Hook on his pirate ship - when it comes to dealing with the Heartless, let your conscience be your guide, and don't forget the pixie dust!

The Review
After making short work of Cerberus and foiling Hades' plans, the gang finds themselves in the belly of a new beast - literally - when Monstro the whale swallows their ship. Afterwards they find themselves unwelcome guests in Atlantica, but persevere in their fight for the light. Sora, Donald and Goofy continue to uncover more information about Ansem's nefarious research and the Heartless, but things take a turn for the worse when Sora encounters Riku twice more. He's found Kairi but it seems he's also siding with the power of darkness. With their mutual trust shattered, the chasm between the boys' hearts widens, but to make matters worse Kairi's heart has been lost altogether. Sora and company make new friends aboard Captain Hook's pirate ship, but they can't stop Riku from slipping away again.

After the pace set by first two books this one packs a whole lot of story in, making it feel a bit rushed, but it nicely does its penultimate-volume duties setting the stage for the final conflict. Sora, Donald and Goofy look ahead to Hollow Bastian where Maleficent's castle lies, where Riku and Kairi are, and where their journey must end if they're to preserve the light of the worlds. No doubt they'll be happy to put an end to their struggle, but I'll definitely miss revisiting one of my favorite games through manga.

Similar to the first volume, the printing and art-reproduction suffer here with the increased number of dark panels, but at least the translation finally seems better this time around.


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