Your Experiences - How Kingdom Hearts Influenced my Childhood -- by Melissa Hawkes

Updated: May 19, 2019

It was the summer of 2006, but instead of getting in my newest swimsuit and heading to the beach, I was ripping into the newest k-zone magazine.

And that’s where I first saw them… a totally badass version of Donald, Goofy and Mickey; two equally cute spikey-haired boys, and a beautiful female with all the attributes I wished I could’ve had. My eyes shifted to the top of the picture, "Kingdom Hearts" I said aloud. Before I even knew what it was about - I was hooked.

Hours of my summer were spent playing Kingdom Hearts in the hopes to initially learn more about Roxas. I also came to learn all about the heartless, nobodies and the organisation XIII. As time went on, I fell in love with this fictional world and when I wasn’t playing, I would be fantasizing over what my life would be like if I was a part of the game and what my key blade would look like.

Saying goodbye to my crush - Roxas, was hard on my eleven-year-old heart But getting to know Sora’s personality and everything he and his friends had been up to previously made it all worthwhile.

When I think back to this crazy addiction, Kingdom Hearts really did help shape my childhood in such a positive way: I won a competition using Sora’s dedication to never giving up; I began to face the darkness that was my hallucinations and come out on top of them; to go after my dreams. I also realized that no matter what happened in my past this didn’t determine my future, with a little work I could make it whatever I wanted.

Here are some of my favourite quotes and conversations from the series:

"So, listen, child. Even in the deepest darkness, there will always be a light to guide you. Believe in the light, and the darkness will never defeat you.” –Kairi’s Grandmother (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep)

"It doesn’t matter what you wear.... Only the heart that beats inside of ya!" -- Donald and Goofy (Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance)

"The heart may be weak. And sometimes it may even give in. But I’ve learned that deep down, there’s a light that never goes out!" -- Sora (Kingdom Hearts)

"So, suppose you get to another world. What would you do there?" -- Kairi (Kingdom Hearts)

Ansem: "Will you take the road to light or the road to darkness?" Riku: "Neither. I’m taking the middle road." Ansem: "You mean the twilit road to nightfall?" Riku: "No...the road to dawn." (Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories)

‘’Once you believe, the truth and a lie are quite the same thing. Let your heart decide. It’s in your heart you must confide..." -Cheshire Cat (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)

"If you have a dream, don’t wait" - Act. -- Axel (Kingdom Hearts II)

"Fear leads to obsession with power and obsession becomes the darkness" -- Master Eraqus (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep)

What game and characters influenced you? Which Kingdom Hearts Quotes do you love?

This article was written by contributing writer Melissa Hawkes

Melissa is a Freelance Writer from Perth, Australia. You can find her on Instagram as @_melissahawkes

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