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New image from Amano for the latest chapter release, folks without access to the Gangan app will have to wait till May to read it on the Gangan website:

I’ll share my thoughts on the chapter in full once it's up on the website, but from what I have seen of screenshots people have shared, as fans are wont to do, I know that Kairi's last words to Sora weren't just calling out for him as she was taken by Xemnas. She tried to assure Sora that she'd be okay and warned everyone to be careful before the portal closed. She was still caught, yes, but her words showed that she was thinking about all her friends there. It may not be a grand gesture, but it's appreciated.
 
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Kairi is useless and is kinda worse than her game counterpart cuz she gets KO'd by Saïx right after Sora shows up and then gets kidnapped after a panel of Sora smiling at Roxas without even a panel of her getting back up or anything. Like just straight to her gettin nabbed. But hey, Xemnas grabs her OTHER arm too!
Which sucks considering Kairi back in the KH2 manga was a much more interesting character.
 

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Which sucks considering Kairi back in the KH2 manga was a much more interesting character.
Like...yeah he made her say something to reassure Sora but that feels like a small bandaid.

Also Xion literally says nothing in the chapter like wow.
 

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They're skipping all the good parts, so what's even the payoff after all of this? This segment was story-wise the best part of the game.
 

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Pour one out for Marly, Luxord, and Larxene btw

Especially Luxord who still only has two total panels of screentime which amounted to his arrival being treated even more as a joke than the game.
 

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Why was Amano-san allowed to take a whole eternity on the KH2 manga - and even take a break to do the 358/2 Days manga in the middle of it - but not this?
Because hyper-capitalism is significantly worse right now than it was 15 years ago

It's much harder for creatives to get to do what they want right now across many many industries. Video games and anime especially, almost every industry artist I'm a fan of has spoken out about this. But I think it still hasn't sunken in for most fans for some reason
 

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I haven't read the chapter just saw some screenshots not translated so I have no idea what's being said. But wow if looks could kill. Roxas and Xion show no signs of sympathy for Saix as he's dying. It's like they came back straight after Days and KH2. I've been wondering about how they'd do this since Saix was even more of a psychopath in the manga. But still, Xion of all people looking indifferent and downright bored at someone dying while pouring their heart out. It's like she and Roxas don't respect the deep offscreen redemption arc. This actually makes Saix more tragic then any subject X stuff from the games even if by accident. Better pack some windbreakers because that Clocktower scene's gonna get chilly when he shows up. Otherwise the RAX reunion largely looks the same as the games from what I gathered.

With that out of the way it's a shame that Amano has been rushed like this. The KH3 manga started off with promise and to see how rushed this is ending breaks my heart and turns me into a Heartless. I'll keep saying it, I prefer the most of the KH manga over the games. I can at least still say the artwork is great. I do wish we could have seen Amano's spin on the KH3 story especially the Keyblade Graveyard fights. Amano made the KH2 final battles so much more meaningful I wanted a repeat here. I don't blame them, if given the time I know they could have made a fantastic story.

Finally I hope someone edits Saix dead body on the field when RAX are hugging. The background of the two match perfectly that you could just slide him in there for a laugh.
 

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It's weird how Amano is apparently being rushed, when not only did it take nearly six years to get to Chapter 35 compared to the Days manga, but also it's still a monthly release with some chapters skipping a month.

It feels rushed while at the same time, Amano should have a decent amount of time for this stuff.

Like, this will end up prolly reaching nearly the same amount of chapters as the KH1 manga by the time it ends and yet it'll feel half-baked in comparison to even the COM manga and its THIRTEEN chapters.
 

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Okay, I finally had a look at the chapter proper now that it’s on the website and here are my thoughts.

I still maintain that how they portray Kairi here, while limited, is still good. As a reminder, characters do not know as much as the reader. We know what happens later thanks to the game, but she doesn’t. Though I will concede that I wish we got more time to see her fight with Xion.

Also, I realised something about Saïx’‘s death. Amano was making a parallel to Axel’s death in KH2. Both died lying on the ground after having their very being spent before fading away.

And as for Roxas and Xion’s faces when Saïx dies,
I haven't read the chapter just saw some screenshots not translated so I have no idea what's being said. But wow if looks could kill. Roxas and Xion show no signs of sympathy for Saix as he's dying. It's like they came back straight after Days and KH2. I've been wondering about how they'd do this since Saix was even more of a psychopath in the manga. But still, Xion of all people looking indifferent and downright bored at someone dying while pouring their heart out. It's like she and Roxas don't respect the deep offscreen redemption arc. This actually makes Saix more tragic then any subject X stuff from the games even if by accident.
I pretty much agree with most of this. Considering their past with Saïx while in the Organization, with Xion being treated as less than a person and Roxas seeing him as a jerk because of it, it’s no wonder they wear the faces they do. If anything, I feel like the faces they wear in-game were more showing empathy for Axel because they had to fight his best friend more than for Saïx. Though I'd say both takes work. And as mentioned earlier about characters not knowing as much as the reader, they were probably not privy to said arc until after the fact.
 

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Kairi's portrayal in this chapter is a flimsy bandaid. It really doesn't change anything since it's practically the exact same as Game Kairi only she says "I'll be fine" instead and she gets her OTHER arm grabbed. Using "she doesn't know what happens" isn't a good excuse. She didn't know what happens in the game either. In fact if "I'll be fine" was in the game while she was being wrist grabbed I bet people STILL wouldn't think differently because she STILL gets kidnapped and killed ten minutes later because "Ugh Kairi is useless". Just because Amano added a line doesn't make it any damn better.

And I highly doubt Amano intended to make a parallel...especially since Saix in the game also died pretty much lying on the ground when he actually started dying. Only diff was Axel was holding him in the game while the manga rushed through his death by making it basically one page. Also dying while lying on the ground with "their very being spent" isn't exactly Axel exclusive. Xion died lying on the ground too. Repliku died lying on the ground in CoM[the game]. Manga Demyx died lying on the ground. Like, yeah Axel did Vegeta's Final Explosion before dying flat on the ground but it's clear Saix just got his ass beat.
 

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Kairi's portrayal in this chapter is a flimsy bandaid. It really doesn't change anything since it's practically the exact same as Game Kairi only she says "I'll be fine" instead and she gets her OTHER arm grabbed. Using "she doesn't know what happens" isn't a good excuse. She didn't know what happens in the game either. In fact if "I'll be fine" was in the game while she was being wrist grabbed I bet people STILL wouldn't think differently because she STILL gets kidnapped and killed ten minutes later because "Ugh Kairi is useless". Just because Amano added a line doesn't make it any damn better.
It's just going to make some people scream "Sexist!" at Nomura as a result.
 

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NEW PUBLISHER ALERT!!! …well, in the UK at least.

Panini Comics quietly released their printing of the first KH3 volume last month, under their Panini Manga banner. I literally didn't know anything about it until I stumbled across it in HMV today.

Things to know:
-I only skimmed through it in store, and it appears to be using the same translation as Yen Press.
-All evidence points to this being a UK-exclusive release; only a GBP price is listed on the back cover, and it only shows up as a listing on the UK Amazon.
-Volume 2 is coming out on November 5. No word yet on Volume 3, or any past volume reprints.
 
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AWESOME!!🤩 That was actually sooner than I thought it would be. I wonder what the difference in translation will be, if any🤔
 

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Ooooh that's good news! I'll definitely check it out but every local HMV is closed so I'll probably have to go to London specially 😩
 

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So they still have the Xizzle Burger joke. Awesome👍 Just wanted to be sure because there were small differences between Yen Press and Tokyopop for KH1, CoM and the first 2 volumes of KH2

My bad for not catching that on the first read😅
 
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