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Square Enix will be releasing the Kingdom Hearts Series Character Files on February 20th, 2020! This handy book contains information about more than 200 characters from throughout the series, and also includes new short stories written by Tomoco Kanemaki.
The book is 224 pages long and will cost 3,080円 (roughly $28.32 USD).
A complete introduction of all the charming characters from throughout the series, from the original Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind.
Introducing over 200 characters with highlights from memorable scenes! Includes new short stories written by Tomoco Kanemaki revolving around characters who are deeply involved in the story.
CHAPTER 1 Guardians of Light and those connected to them
CHAPTER 2 Real Organization XIII and the Power of Darkness
CHAPTER 3 Characters from the worlds
CHAPTER 4 Ancient Keyblade Wielders
Update 12/12/19: Dandelion has translated the preview of Xigbar's story:
This is a story from long, long ago...
People lived in peace, bathed in the warmth of light. But then, people began to fight over the light and darkness was born in their hearts. It swallowed everything and the world disappeared. But...
If you're asking me when this happened, I mean, it's an old legend so who knows? If you're asking me to come up with an answer this very second, all I can say was that it was a long, long time ago. You're looking at me like you're pretty lost. Whatever. You don't have to understand it right now. Can't say it wouldn't help, though.
You understand it's dumb to judge a book by its cover, right? Well, maybe we shouldn't judge a box by its color. I mean, is a "Black Box" actually black? What kind of black? Was it ever black at all? Only fools search for the unfindable, and that's why they don't know what the Black Box actually is or what's inside.
Here's another old story: A black goat sent a white goat a letter. The white goat ate the letter and realized he never read it, so the white goat sent a new letter to the black goat, asking what he wrote. The black goat ate the white goat's letter before he got the chance to read it, and so the story goes on and on without end.
What if one day, the black goat sends the white goat off to find the letter which has now been hidden away. Now, why oh why would he hide it?
Only one person has ever asked me a question like that. I think that person understood not to judge a book by its cover. Unless he "knew" something else... After all, there's a big difference between "understanding" something and "knowing" it.
Is it possible that person was... ha! As if. I need to stop talking to myself.
Now. Back to the Black Box. Why did it disappear? Since the Age of Fairy Tales, that box was to be protected by Keyblade wielders. But here we are, eons later, and it's vanished without a trace. Why am I looking for it? We're juggling a lot in this story; what exactly are you asking?
Did all this happen back when I had a different name? That's right. Way, way back then.
Luxu—that was my name. You're asking me if I'd forgotten my own name? As if. That's not something someone just forgets, right?
There were six Foretellers.* Who were the Foretellers, you ask? They're people who foretell— well, to be more accurate, they're the ones who were entrusted with copies of the Book of Prophecies. Man, those were the good ol' days. All this happened way back in my youth. Yes, even I had a training period. Don't look at me like that, I know it's hard to believe.
Question: if I told you the world was going to end, what would you do? Would you accept it as inevitable, or would you think that you had to do something to stop it?
Remember what I just told you about the Black Box. No one really understands what kind of "black" it is. And what is the end of the world in the first place? Will the end be pitch black, or pure white? No one understands what will actually happen. Well, actually, there was someone—a person who did know the truth. That person gave the Foretellers roles along with the Book of Prophecies. Each role was different. I don't know what he was thinking when he gave me this one.
And I don't understand whether it was the right thing, either.