Day: November 1, 2016

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – No Two People are Not On Fire

Day 94: Hearts

Another 20-day hop brings the entire Organization to the Altar of Naught, where Xemnas reveals the fruits of their labour: Kingdom Hearts has taken physical form in the space above the World that Never Was. It’s not really clear how it wasn’t there before, getting gradually larger, but here it is at last (if we’re going to be honest, it’s because this game is so low-res that it was probably out of the question for the moon to grow gradually across the length of the game and there essentially had to be a dividing line between when Kingdom Hearts was not visible, and a moment when it suddenly was).

Xemnas makes a short speech, concluding that, “The strength of the human heart is vast. Soon though… we will have gained power over it! Never again will it… have power over us.” The film chooses to shuffle those lines around a bit, and also pluralizes the phrase: “Hearts shall never again have power over us.” I feel the game’s speech is much more personal, since it’s referring to each individual’s heart rather than the concept of hearts in general. On the other hand, perhaps the film was emphasizing the great irony of this speech in regards to the plot of the game…