My History with Kingdom Hearts

Today marks a very important event to me and my brother’s lives, that game is Kingdom Hearts 3. I love Disney and my brother loves video games. So a video game series about exploring worlds based on Disney movies with Donald Duck and Goofy sounds like a Disney fan/gamer’s dream come true. To celebrate this occasion I will be talking my history and thoughts on the two main games those being KH 1 and 2.

I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a House of Mouse or technically speaking a House of Villains. On the VHS of Mickey’s House of Villains the last preview was a trailer for a mysterious video game series that I never heard of. Later that year, we got Spyro: Year of the Dragon and Kingdom Hearts for Christmas. That intro was so great I think we kept starting a new game just to watch it. It took a while for my brother to get the hang of it. The world roster is great (it surprised me that The Nightmare Before Christmas is in this considering it’s Touchstone). The music thanks to the wonderful composer Yoko Shimomura  fits the worlds perfectly and help give them life. Traverse Town’s music is so nostalgic. I also like the relationship between Sora and Kairi. The bosses were also cool especially the Riku boss. My brother cried after defeating Riku when Sora stabbed himself. He never actually finished the game for a while because he was stuck on that 2nd Ansem boss. Still Kingdom Hearts 1 is such a nostalgic part of our childhood.

A few years later later I heard from school about a sequel coming soon. I remember watching a bunch of clips of the game including one with the Chicken Little summon. I also remember the Target where we bought both the game and strategy guide. It did start off slow when playing Roxas first but it catches on afterwards. I really like some of the new worlds like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King and Tron (fun fact: this game introduced me to Tron). I actually do like the reaction commands because it gives the boss battles more personality and even the boss music is some of the best of the series. The final boss is one of my favorites and the ending was perfect. What I find fascinating about KH2 is that whenever there’s a movie or video game trilogy or even a three season show, the middle story always ends on a cliffhanger like Empire Strikes Back or Avatar Book 2. KH2 however subverts with because it ends with Sora finally returning home and every ends happily. Honestly you could have just ended the series here and I would’ve been satisfied but then again we wouldn’t have KH3 then.

I love both games equally, choosing one of the other is like choosing a favorite child (who does that?). I will admit my biggest problem with the series is the story. It can be really hard to follow especially later in the series. I remember reading the strategy guides so much that they ended up worn and falling apart. Sometimes my brother and I would think up new worlds for Kingdom Hearts 3. One of my favorite world ideas was Sky High and some from Pixar like The Incredibles and Up. My brother and I have waited so long for the third game and it’s hard to believe that it’s finally here and I know for a fact that my brother is going to play this once he’s done with his classes.Thank you so much Tetsuya Nomura for creating this wonderful series and for the memories my brother and I have treasured in our hearts, pun intended.

My Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2019

Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2019.

10. Five way tie between Dumbo, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King and Frozen 2

9. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

8. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

7. Shazam

6. Captain Marvel

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home

4. The Addams Family

3. Missing Link

2. Avengers: Endgame

1. Star Wars: Episode 9

Despite being excited for all these movies, none of them are my most anticipated thing of 2019. That honor goes to…………….. Kingdom Hears 3!

I may have said before that I don’t play video games but I’ve watched my brother play them. The Kingdom Hearts series is our most favorite video game series of all time. We’ve played and loved the first two and we’ve been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for years now. Because of this I’ll be doing a retrospective post on the 2 main Kingdom Hearts games.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

Another year has come and gone my Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018.  You know the drill, these choices are based on my opinion and what I think are the best movies of 2018.

10. Ready Player One:

I really liked the three challenges (especially The Shining) not only because there creative and fun but also because the characters and even the audience had to figure out how to solve them. The Oasis was also a creative version of the internet and the cameos like the Iron Giant and the DeLorean were cool too.

9. Mary Poppins Returns:

You could argue that this is this generation’s Mary Poppins and watching this was like seeing the original back in 1964. Emily Blunt was “practically perfect” as Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda was just as charming as Dick Van Dyke. The animated bowl scene was awesome and the songs would make the Sherman Brothers so proud.

8. Deadpool 2:

2018 surprisingly was a great year for superhero movies (we’ll get to more of them later). Ryan Reynolds is still wonderful as God’s perfect idiot and the comedy is still funny but what made Deadpool 2 great was that there’s no real villain just people with harsh but understandable motives. This is a movie about antiheroes after all.

7. Mary and the Witch’s FlowerIsle of Dogs:

These two films are tied because they both have similar positive things (great main character and animation). Mary is clumsy but very likable and Chief while tough and cold has a good heart. The animation of Mary and the Witch’s Flower is wonderful and would make Ghibli proud and the stop motion of Isle of Dogs is great because of Wes Anderson’s directing.

6. Ralph Breaks the Internet:

Closes thing to a Disney crossover movie. The heart of the movie is the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope and the theme of friends growing apart but not completely is bittersweet and done well. It’s also refreshing to not have a twist villain but more of an internal conflict. The internet setting and the websites used in the story are great too.

5. Game Night:

Game Night is a comedy with twist after twist after twist. The unpredictability of the story makes you wonder what’s going to happen next. This movie also has an enjoyable cast of characters that are all funny and enjoyable to watch banter. This was probably the biggest surprise of the year in my opinion and is the perfect movie for any game night.

4. Black Panther:

In my opinion this is Marvel’s The Lion King in terms of story and themes. Killmonger is one the best MCU villains because his motives are understandable and how he slowly becomes the main villain throughout the movie. Wakanda is a great location not because it looks cool but because its history and how the city works is well thought out. Also All the Stars is a perfect end credits song.

3. Avengers:Infinity War:

I feel bad putting this at only number 3 (ironically the third Avengers movie). Thanos was built up wonderfully as not only a threatening villain but also very complex. Each Marvel hero has their fair share of screen time and it was fun to see new interactions between them. The snap at the end was a very ballsy thing to do but it payed off making us wonder what’s going to happen next.

2. Incredibles 2:

This was a close second (ironically both the 2nd Incredibles movie and also 2nd place). My most anticipated movie of the year and for a while my favorite movie of the year. In my opinion I think this is better than the first one (except for the villain). Everything else about this movie from the characters, the action, the music (Here comes Elastic Girl is my jam), and the visuals are all incredible pun taken.

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:

I feel like this is Sony Animation Studio’s apology for The Emoji Movie and they pretty much earned my forgiveness. The Spider Men in general are all great characters (ones I want to see more of later) and the animation is amazing. I also like how the theme of loss plays into the character’s motivations and the story. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not just my favorite Spider Man movie but also my favorite movie of 2018.

What are your favorite movies of 2018? Like and Comment below and I’ll see you in 2019 for more movie reviews.

Happy Birthday Eds!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of a big part of my childhood. I know I’ve talked a lot about Steven Universe but my favorite Cartoon Network show has always been and still is Ed Edd n Eddy. My brother and I love this show. Ed Edd n Eddy was different from the other Cartoon Network shows but that’s what made so special. The Eds are one of the best trios of all time and I love each one of them (especially Ed). I always looked forward to a new episode whether it was bad or not. Their unexpected appearance in the Grim Adventures of the KND is one of the greatest cameos ever. It felt so satisfying to see the Eds finally accepted by everyone in the finale. Thank You so much Danny Antonucci for making one of the greatest cartoons of all time.

Holiday recap 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek nails Freddie Mercury though the finale concert goes on longer than it should have. B-

The Grinch: Probably the least bad of the Dr. Seuss movies but unfortunately doesn’t do anything new either. C

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Underwhelming sequel with a story that’s too complicated and confusing. C

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Fun look at the internet and the pros and cons with friendship. A

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Best Spider Man movie ever! A+

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Just another Disney fantasy world with an annoying main character and one of the worst Disney twist villains. D

Mary Poppins Returns: Not as practically perfect as the original but still has the same charm. A-

Aquaman: Though not saying much it’s still one of the few good DC movies. Standard story with a likable main character. B

F is For Family season 3: Everyone’s an asshole and I love it.

Steven Universe Diamond Days: Together Alone’s ending was awesome.

Be on the lookout for my top 10 favorite movies of 2018 and my most anticipated movies of 2019 coming soon.