The Monsters, Inc. trailer was only one trailer released at D23 Japan for Kingdom Hearts III (the contents of that trailer have been covered in a separate blog post). The second trailer introduces the theme for Kingdom Hearts III, “Don’t Think Twice,” performed again by Japanese-American pop star Utada Hikaru.
Utada is no stranger to the themes for Kingdom Hearts. She performed the themes, in both English and Japanese, for both Kingdom Hearts (“Simple and Clean”/”Hikari”) and Kingdom Hearts II (“Sanctuary”/”Passion”) as well. The Japanese theme for Kingdom Hearts III is “Chikai” or “Oath.” You can listen to part of the theme in the trailer above.
“Don’t Think Twice” appears to be a bit slower and softer than “Simple and Clean” and “Sanctuary,” but the themes of friendship, longing and love are still present. And Utada delivers it in her signature vocal style that makes it great to listen to in either language. I can’t wait to hear the full version, as well as the accompanying orchestral version that accompanied “Simple and Clean” and “Sanctuary” in the first and second games, respectively.
As for the trailer itself, we mainly get a rehash of footage we’ve already seen from prior trailers, with some new stuff thrown in. But the highlight of the trailer, the part where they actually turn the music down as if to say “Pay attention to this part!”, is footage of Riku and Mickey Mouse in the Realm of Darkness, which takes place with about a minute left in the trailer.
We knew the both of them would be braving this world in the hopes of finding the long-lost keyblade master Aqua. Sure enough, here they are, in new duds given to them by Yen Sid at the end of Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. Heck, even Mickey’s hood has the mouse ears, and it looks like Riku went and got a haircut. Dude is looking sharp.
In the Realm of Darkness, Riku takes a look at his signature keyblade, Way to the Dawn, which appears to have been broken. He plants it in the sand of the shores of The Dark Margin, saying he can’t use it anymore, but perhaps his “other self” might have need of it. Who is Riku referring to? The Riku who was possessed by Ansem: Seeker of Darkness in the first Kingdom Hearts, or the destroyed Riku Replica in Chain of Memories, or something else entirely? This seems like an abstract and confusing plot point, but hey, this is Kingdom Hearts we’re talking about. Abstract and confusing plot points are the name of the game.
The trailer ends at this point, but it’s another strong showing for Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Japan. Of course, there’s more to come with the game, and perhaps we’ll see some of that at E3 this summer. But what do you think of this trailer? Do you like the new theme, “Don’t Think Twice”? Or is it making you think twice about picking up Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!