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    With KH2.5 HD ReMIX on the way, I thought it'd be interesting and nostalgic to translate some comments Nomura made in the book Character's Report Vol. 1, published all the way back in 2006!

    Kingdom Hearts Character's Report Vol. 1


    King Mickey
    We had decided long ago that as Mickey is the most special among all the Disney characters, and as we gave him the role of King in KHI, we would make him by far the strongest character in the game. On the directing side of things, we placed focus on having a mysterious and majestic atmosphere surrounding Mickey rather than just the general cheerful and bright figure. My favourite scene has to be the one where he throws off his coat. One of the charms of the KH Mickey is his coolness, and I think that's the scene that highlights it the best.
    --Nomura


    Donald Duck
    If Mickey is the king, then following medieval fantasy tradition, his two retainers must be a knight and a magician. Then, I simply thought it would be very cute to hear Donald's voice casting spells, so I made him the magician. Disney had the opinion that as Donald was the one with the temper he would better suit the knight role, but the image of Donald casting spells was already complete in my head, and nothing could change it. Please take note of the zipper on his hat. It actually goes in a spiral shape, so if you were to undo it his hat would become one long piece of cloth.
    --Nomura


    Goofy
    With Donald as the magician, then that meant Goofy had to be the knight, but I just couldn't picture him wielding a sword or axe… So, I came up with the premise that he was the 'weapon-hating captain of the knights' and had him carry a shield. Disney told us they wanted him to be wearing traveller's clothes, and as a way to have him fit in with Sora's style I thought of goggles, and from there I developed the rest of his outfit. Story-wise, one scene that left an impression on me was in KHI, when he put himself out there and told Riku that he wouldn't betray Sora. I think that's the first time you really feel like Sora, Donald and Goofy are together as one.
    --Nomura


    Pete
    I actually wanted to put him in KHI, but we already had plenty of villains and adding any more would have created too many loose ends, so I gave up. That did mean that in KHII as Maleficent's henchman he fitted extremely well into various worlds and played a full and active role for me. Personally, I thought the part in Timeless River when he met and fought with his past self in particular was very funny. I was worried that Disney wouldn't let me portray him that way… so I was very happy that they considered our intentions and gave us the OK.
    --Nomura


    Sora
    In KHI, I tried to keep an emphasis on roundness in my designs to have them fit with the Disney universe style, but in KH2 I took it upon myself to try incorporating some sharper elements. Also as Mickey himself made quite a few appearances, I had to re-think the balance of the colour schemes. Sora, personality-wise, is an nice, honest kid. He simply doesn't sweat the details. He just goes, 'whatever,' and makes things work (laughs). When he gave everyone a smile before thrusting the Keyblade into his chest in KHI, and when he cried upon seeing Riku again in KHII are scenes that left a deep impression on me. I think one of his charms is how straight he is in showing his emotions.
    --Nomura


    Riku
    In contrast to Sora, he's a character with a shadowy, real sort of coolness to him. He worries about a lot of things, and out of all the characters he may be the closest to a Final Fantasy protagonist. And outwardly, too, I deliberately made Sora the kind of hero I pictured when I was little, while Riku fits with what's popular with young people today. Riku has an endless number of impressive scenes, doesn't he. In particular the scene in KHI where he tells Sora to take care of Kairi from behind the door to darkness left a strong impression, but I also love and empathise with his line from the opening of the game where he says 'just sitting here won't change a thing'.
    --Nomura


    Kairi
    Kairi, who was a tomboy in KHI, became a little bit more mature in KHII. She changed a lot outwardly since at that age girls grow a lot faster than boys, but her lively personality didn't fundamentally change. Enough that 'with Riku and Sora gone, right now Kairi is the strongest person on Destiny Islands' is an actual premise. I like the scene in KHI, when she watches the sunset with Sora, and tells him not to change. I thought it showed very well her anxiety and loneliness over how as we get older we find a distance growing between us and our close friends.
    --Nomura


    Roxas
    A lot of thought was put into this character. Based on the premise that he was 'an expression of the reverse, hidden inside Sora', I gave him pretty much the exact same face as Sora, just with slightly narrower eyes. And then, I made white the basis for his clothes, in contrast to KHII Sora. The black and white checkered pattern, 'neither darkness nor light', was to be a hint. My absolute favourite scene of his has to be the one at the end of the opening of KHII, when he says 'looks like my summer vacation is over'. I put a lot of feeling into creating that, as I intended it to feel, for a moment, like the end.
    --Nomura


    Namine
    I gave Namine the same face as Kairi. Also, in order to emphasise the 'fragile little girl' side of her, I made her outward appearance very pale, as though she might fade away any minute. She had a complicated birth that differed to proper Nobodies and could even be placed as a subspecies, which contributes to her extremely ephemeral atmosphere… but, there is that moment where she and Kairi get into a fighting stance together. I was pleased by that. I thought, you're going to fight??
    --Nomura


    Wonderland
    Alice isn't the daughter of any royalty, so-to-speak, but as being a princess in a Disney work means being a heroine with a heart as noble as a princess, I chose her to be one of the women with a heart completely lacking darkness. In the game it ended up that she had an image of being trapped, from beginning to end in Wonderland and in Hollow Bastion (laughs).
    --Nomura


    Halloween Town
    A scene I particularly liked from this game was when Jack made an entrance in KHI, and when the revived Boogie tells Maleficent he's not going to do things her way. I was also happy that I could genuinely reproduce the part in the movie where Jack wears a Santa costume.
    --Nomura


    Timeless River
    I knew I wanted to use Mickey from the early days of Disney. But as I wanted to protect the mysterious atmosphere around the King, after a lot of vexation, I decided to treat him more like a mascot than go into too much detail depicting the past. I love it when Mickey bounces around shaking your hand in the town from Gulliver Mickey, and when smoke comes out of Pete's hat.
    --Nomura


    Atlantica
    I wanted to introduce musical mini-games in KHII, so I was very glad to have Ariel sing Part of Your World for me. She was great, anyway! It was a stage upon which you could enjoy the music of Disney to your heart's content, wasn't it? I feel as though we succeeded at making it look as though the characters were singing in realtime.
    --Nomura


    Monstro
    Pinocchio was just wandering around aimlessly for the entire game, so perhaps you felt like telling him to sit still (laughs). He's the kind of character you somehow just can't hate, isn't he. I wanted his nose-growing shenanigans to be even more exaggerated, but it was too hard in the end… At the very end of KHI he became a human, so he won't be able to appear in the series any more, which is a bit of a pity.
    --Nomura


    Pride Land
    Actually, The Lion King is my favourite Disney movie of all time. It made me so happy to be able to include it as a world in KHII and recreate lots of scenes from the movie. When we were making the scene where Scar tells Simba the truth, I was flooded with the feeling that it was just like the original.
    --Nomura


    100 Acre Wood
    In both KHI and KHII, the part where the cover of the picture book is completed at the end makes me cry. Pooh himself doesn't realise that he won't be able to see Sora and the others again--which is far too upsetting. I feel like I really am a child, or something. It's very difficult to write dialogue for those peculiar characters. Each time I work very hard to give them their particular, odd voices.
    --Nomura
       

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldpanner View Post
    Pride Land
    Actually, The Lion King is my favourite Disney movie of all time. It made me so happy to be able to include it as a world in KHII and recreate lots of scenes from the movie. When we were making the scene where Scar tells Simba the truth, I was flooded with the feeling that it was just like the original.
    --Nomura
    Aww Nomura,you're too much :3 Thank you for the translations!

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    I am filled with so much emotion right now ;~;

    It's amazing to get a glimpse into Nomura's thought process towards these characters and worlds. Thank you so much for the translations, goldpanner!

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    Thank you so much for the translations Goldpanner! Ahh I really thought it was cute too how Donald yells out magic spells in some of the cutscenes. And I also like his comment on 100 Acre Wood. I never really thought how dark it would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldpanner View Post

    Monstro
    Pinocchio was just wandering around aimlessly for the entire game, so perhaps you felt like telling him to sit still (laughs). He's the kind of character you somehow just can't hate, isn't he. I wanted his nose-growing shenanigans to be even more exaggerated, but it was too hard in the end… At the very end of KHI he became a human, so he won't be able to appear in the series any more, which is a bit of a pity.
    --Nomura
    Ha, you found a way anyway Nomura :P

    I like reading about why he chose Donald for the mage! And I also get emotional when I finish the Hundred Acre Wood too, to be honest so it's nice to know he does too :P It always seems a little more bitter sweet to me than some of the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldpanner View Post
    100 Acre Wood
    In both KHI and KHII, the part where the cover of the picture book is completed at the end makes me cry. Pooh himself doesn't realise that he won't be able to see Sora and the others again--which is far too upsetting.
    Ditto. I'm not ashamed to admit it. j~j

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    I can't believe Disney almost convinced Nomura to make Donald into a Knight lol but I'm glad Nomura stuck with the Mage idea. I figured Disney was skeptical of making Donald into a more relaxed/wise character because of the magic abilities.

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    I really want to play KH2 with an open mind and take Nomura's words in consideration. Reading all of this reminded me that KH2 had a lot of love put into it and it would be a shame to not try and see the game for what it was meant to be; a fun, heart-warming story with fun gameplay and fun characters.

    Thank you for translating this, Goldpanner! I haven't felt this nostalgic over KH2 for some years now, and I enjoy seeing Nomura's insight on how he planned the characters and events.

    Please take note of the zipper on his hat. It actually goes in a spiral shape, so if you were to undo it his hat would become one long piece of cloth.
    This is hilarious! What a sight that would be xD

    Also...I really love his thoughts on Kairi. Many of us, myself included, always see Kairi as this underutilized character who has been left behind too many times and pushed aside in favor of other characters (which is still a fact and honest criticism by fans), but there is something nice in thinking that she was the strongest because she WAS the one who had to wait for her friends. It's not easy being left in the dark, wondering every day if your friends are safe and if they will ever return home. Only a strong-willed person could continue to wait every day for a year without giving up hope.

    (GP, you really did bring the nostalgia home xD)

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    That 100 Acre Wood comment did it for me ;_;

    Also, hah, I guess Nomura did find a way to bring Pinocchio back in KH3D :D

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    My pleasure, guys! I found a transcript of these floating around and thought it'd be fun, that's all :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Turn View Post
    Ditto. I'm not ashamed to admit it. j~j
    Me toooo oh god. I'm actually surprised at how many people this affected!! I thought I was just a sap. Of all the games that have made me cry, it is pretty hilarious to add 'Winnie the Pooh mini game level ending'.

    Part of why it affects me so much is that for me, it's also sort of meta commentary on super familiar, well-loved characters like this in general. They were there for you when you were little, just as they were for little ones decades and decades ago, and they will be there for the new little ones in the future. That final image of them waiting forever inside their stories for when we need them, as they have for nearly a century... HERE DONT MAKE ME THE ONLY ONE TEARING UP

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Spockanort View Post
    Thank you for translating this, Goldpanner! I haven't felt this nostalgic over KH2 for some years now, and I enjoy seeing Nomura's insight on how he planned the characters and events.
    Mission succeeded ;D

    Quote Originally Posted by Gexus View Post
    Also, hah, I guess Nomura did find a way to bring Pinocchio back in KH3D :D
    I know, it's funny to read these things from like eight years ago and know how it turned out! If I find any more blasts from the past I'll do them too!

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    Thanks for the translation, glad that Disney didn't force Donald's role at the end.

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    When I was drawing Donald for the KHI mural, I paid close attention to his model and noticed the hat had one zipper all the way around it! xD

    Finally, some straight-from-the-horse's-mouth about why Alice is a worthy PoH candidate. Even though her "heroics" weren't limelit in the games, it's nice to see the decision defended.

    A lot of his comments are sweet. I remember getting feels closing the Pooh's book and seeing Goofy stick up for Sora in Hollow Bastion in the original KH. Good stuff. ;~;

    thx, Goldpanner!

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    All of these are precious! You can tell the man cares. ;A; I loved every comment and lol'd at donalds hat and Goofy bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldpanner View Post
    Please take note of the zipper on his hat. It actually goes in a spiral shape, so if you were to undo it his hat would become one long piece of cloth.
    --Nomura
    I had to google a picture of it. I can't believe I'm seeing this so late xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr View Post
    I can't believe Disney almost convinced Nomura to make Donald into a Knight lol but I'm glad Nomura stuck with the Mage idea. I figured Disney was skeptical of making Donald into a more relaxed/wise character because of the magic abilities.
    I don't think I can even imagine Donald being a knight instead of a wizard. It might just be the Kingdom Hearts influence, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Spockanort View Post
    I really want to play KH2 with an open mind and take Nomura's words in consideration. Reading all of this reminded me that KH2 had a lot of love put into it and it would be a shame to not try and see the game for what it was meant to be; a fun, heart-warming story with fun gameplay and fun characters.
    This is probably why I managed to enjoy KH2 so much back then. It was my first Kingdom Hearts game so I didn't have expectations for it. I loved it so much that I played through it several times even though I didn't know what happened in KH1 (I just pieced it together using Roxas' dreams).

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    Kairi and Namine... Nomura, you pulled that off beautifully.

 

 
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