Kingdom Hearts fans looking to get more intimate details about their favorite characters and dive deeper into the series’ ever-expanding lore will get their chance to do so as Dark Horse will be releasing the hardcover copy of Kingdom Hearts: Character Files in English for the first time this October.
Kingdom Hearts: Character Files, which was initially released in Japan in February 2020, will contain information about over 200 characters that have appeared throughout the popular Disney and Square Enix RPG series, shining a light on the backstories of each character and their evolving appearances and costume designs, which most Kingdom Hearts fans have fawned over. The expansive book will also feature new short stories from series novelist Tomoco Kanemaki.
Here’s an official description of the new Kingdom Hearts tome by Dark Horse, which reads in part:
“Explore the Disney-filled world of Kingdom Hearts with this in-depth look into the beloved characters from the most popular games in the series. In addition to highlighting each character’s evolving appearance and unique costumes, this tome illuminates the entire cast’s back stories and retells their adventures from across the beloved series. This volume offers unprecedented insights into the lore behind the games!”
The book is approximately 224 pages long, but Dark Horse released a sneak peek of the cover art, which is inspired by the title screen of Kingdom Hearts III.
The release date for the English version of Kingdom Hearts: Character Files comes over four months after Dark Horse announced it will be releasing the English translation of Kingdom Hearts Ultimania: The Story Before Kingdom Hearts III in June 2021 — four months before Kingdom Hearts: Character Files hits the U.S. The English release of that tome brought much delight to Western audiences given that the previous Kingdom Hearts Ultimania books never saw a release outside of Japan in the series’ nearly 20-year history. Kingdom Hearts Ultimania: The Story Before Kingdom Hearts III was originally released in 2014 as a Japan-exclusive tribute to the series from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Dream Drop Distance, even Union Union χ[Cross] since it serves as the series’ prequel.
The Western release of Kingdom Hearts: Character Files — and Kingdom Hearts Ultimania: The Story Before Kingdom Hearts III — will further expand literary access to the series’ lore to fans old and new, and I’m here for it. And given the fact that Japanese fans pored over the tomes for years, the English versions will prove to be much more valuable than Scholastic’s Kingdom Hearts guidebook.
Kingdom Hearts: Character Files will be released on October 19, 2021. You can pre-order it now from Amazon for $35.30 (22% off the original price of $44.99).
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