One of the most popular Disney video game series of all time is “Kingdom Hearts, which is a Japanese RPG (Role Playing Game) developed by Square Enix and owned by Disney. This piece will discuss the main reasons for Kingdom Hearts should be adapted into an anime for Disney +.
Reason # 1: there are tons of source material
Kingdom Hearts is a long-running video game series that started on Playstation 2 and has thirteen games in the series that sold around 32 million copies as of June 2019, when Kingdom Hearts 3 was released. If Disney wanted to make Kingdom Hearts a franchise for Disney +, they could adapt all games, including all spinoffs, leading to about a dozen Disney + Original series and movies. Or Disney could skip the games and make my next point.
Reason # 2: they might tell an original story
Now I know this point may trigger some longtime Kingdom Hearts fans, but listen to me. It is well known how complicated the timeline of the Kingdom Hearts video game series is. Disney could therefore take the opportunity to write a whole new story for a new audience for Disney + in order to gain more fans of the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise.
Reason 3: Disney is already making an anime
As of this writing, Disney has released “Star Wars Visions” and announced four new animated series, including “Twisted Wonderland”, “Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall”, “Summer Time Rendering” and “Yojohan Time Machine Blues” . Disney has several cartoons in the works, so why not take it a step further with one of their most well-known gaming franchises? They’re giving a series to “Twisted Wonderland”, so why not Kingdom Hearts? Disney is relatively new to anime creation and distribution, and to grab the attention of some viewers, why not use Kingdom Hearts?
Reason # 4: Kingdom Hearts Has A Massive Fan Base
As previously mentioned, Kingdom Hearts had sold a total of 32 million copies across the franchise until the release of the third game. Comparing Kingdom Hearts to Alita Battle Angel’s IP (this is no hit to Alita), we can theorize that Kingdom Hearts is more extensive and that it would be more profitable for Disney to adapt due to the success of the franchise.
Reason # 5: Square Enix is an animation studio
For a lot of people, they know that Kingdom Hearts is a joint creation of Disney and Square Enix. What they probably don’t know is that Square Enix is more than just a games studio. Square Enix is the originator of the animated series “Hi Score Girl”, which is currently on Netflix in many countries. However, Square Enix’s subsidiary, Gangan Comics, has published several manga, including the aforementioned “Hi Score Girl” series. The fact that Square Enix has published manga and produced a few anime means that they have experience in the market, not to mention the fact that they have published Kingdom Hearts manga, which means there are lesser-known stories that they can tell if they wish.
Kingdom Hearts is a franchise beloved by many fans around the world, some of whom may be close to subscribing to Disney +. Disney has done a great job of relaunching and rebooting franchises for Disney +, just watch something like “The Mandalorian,” but Kingdom Hearts is something that goes by Disney’s name. Disney’s IP library is extensive and they could use Kingdom Hearts as a way to gain traction in the cartoon market in addition to the few other anime series that Disney has in development.
Kingdom Hearts is not only huge in Japan, but also popular intellectual property around the world. Disney even recently let Kingdom Hearts protagonist known as Sora join the roster for Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighting game. Kingdom Hearts could be huge for Disney if they decide to make an animated series or even just create a 3D CGI animated series that has been rumored since May 2020. Either way, if they make a series Kingdom Hearts,
it will have a built-in fanbase.
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