Ariel was originally meant to be a Princess of Heart, but in order for this to happen she needed to be captured by Maleficent – and this meant that Ursula needed to give Ariel her legs. To make this happen in the story, Ariel would have had to be introduced into Kingdom Hearts already progressed in her story to the point where she had legs. The series was too far into production though to add this. Because of this the producers ended up choosing Alice to be a Princess of Heart.
Sora’s role in the series as the protagonist was originally not something that Disney wanted to do. Disney apparently wanted Donald Duck to be the protagonist, but Testuya Nomura (the series creator) wanted an original human protagonist. It was said that Nomura wasn’t interesting in making someone else’s idea and wanted to make something unique.
Kingdom Hearts producer Shinji Hashimoto is to thank for the series being created, due to him meeting with a Disney executive in an elevator. Tetsuya Nomura, at a panel for the D23 Disney fan club convention in 2017 explained, “The Square Enix Japan office happened to be in the same building where Disney’s gaming division was. It just so happened that our executive producer, Mr Shinji Hashimoto, and a Disney executive rode the elevator together. They would have conversations saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice for us to do something collaborative?’ So rather than having either Square Enix or Disney approach the other with a formal business plan, it was all down to being in the same building.”
The Final Fantasy characters were added in so that original characters didn’t need to be created for minor parts in the game.
The Deep Jungle world only appears in the first Kingdom Hearts game as Square Enix did not renew their license for it after the first game was completed. The rights to the original Tarzan are owned by the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ estate. Disney secured animated film rights from the estate for Tarzan back in the 90s, and therefore are allowed to do what they want with their own version of Tarzan. As Square Enix is a separate company to Disney though they most likely would have had to get permission from the Edgar Rice Burrough’s estate for a license to Tarzan. It was never revealed why Square Enix did not renew their license for Tarzan after the Kingdom Hearts game was released.
Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
For every prompt you choose name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics)
Have fun and play your music LOUD!
Home Town Glory // Songs that remind you of home // Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus
“But it’s been a long time since I felt this good on my own.”
I don’t think this song reminds me of home physically as much as it reminds me of the vibe that we’re all small specks of dust in such a vast universe. I just feel like it would be a great song to have someone dancing to with a brightly star-light night background in a dimly light city or in a landscape like what Ymir was in in Attack on Titan. Someone make this happen for me please. My soul needs it.
It’s a Love Story // Your favourite songs about love // All of Me by John Legend
“What would I do without your smart mouth?”
I just really like this as a love song since it’s sung to the person he loves and includes things typically portrayed as ‘negative’ in a wonderful light. He just sounds so in love.
Shut Up and Dance // Songs you have to dance to // Dancin (KRONO Remix) by Aaron Smith
“Yeah but the feeling is fine.”
This song is such a bop. It’s got such solid beats against the vocals and the little odd sounding runs/trills just helps add to it.
If this was a Movie // Songs from Movies/TV/Broadway // The Plagues from Prince of Egypt
“Serving as your foe on his behalf is the last thing that I wanted.”
This is such a chilling song. The chorus’ harmonies and articulation, the instrumental sections, the lyrics, it’s all so creepy and powerful. The part where they make Moses sing against Rameses too is just perfection.
Comfort Crowd // Songs that make you feel calm // Frozen by Sheldon Riley
“You’re frozen when your heart’s not open.”
In what is probably a rather controversial opinion, I much prefer this cover to the original. The lyrics are so perfect for a ballad and I think the fact he’s projection is so open voweled and warm sounding adds to a sense of longing.
Always Remember Us this Way // Songs that remind you of your childhood // Asereje by Las Ketchup
“Y la baila y la goza y la canta.”
This song purely reminds me of my childhood because my dad sung it so much with us and played it so much. He helped me with my pronunciation too since I always butchered it. Plus, my siblings loved this song when it was on Just Dance.
Let’s Get Down to Business // Songs that motivate you // Son of Man by Phil Collins
“Oh, the power to be strong and the wisdom to be wise.”
I don’t think this song motivates me as much as I just want to say I appreciate Phil Collins absolutely going above and beyond in Tarzan. I don’t even care about his tax evasion this song makes me feel things and stay focused on studying (I don’t do well with upbeat songs while studying, I need songs more in the same vibe as Son of Man to focus).
Old Town Road // Songs from the past that you like // Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
“Would it be a sin if I can’t help falling in love with you?”
This is such a romantic song. No more needs to be said.
Cry with You // Songs that make you cry and cry // Call of Silence by Hiroyuki Sawano
“Even if my body’s bleached to the bones I don’t want to go through that ever again.”
I can’t say anything about this song. I’ll just cry. Please listen to it.
I Think I’m in Love // Your latest music obsessions // Far Beyond by Dexter French
“Through ourselves we send a sign but the message is our breaking.”
I couldn’t think of a latest obsession so I just decided to put what’s probably my favourite song in.
Writer in the Dark // Favourite lyrics from songs // The Loneliest Girl from Carole and Tuesday and TheDOGS by Hiroyuki Sawano
“Do you really want to set the night on fire?”
Lyrically this is just one of my favourite songs from this series. It’s got such a clear story, emotion and message told.
“Were we born to lose and let goliath win?’
You have to listen to this song the lyrics are so good.
Sign of the Times // Songs in the charts that you love // Call out my Name by The Weeknd
“I said I didn’t feel nothing baby, but I lied.”
The Weeknd has such a great voice with so much emotion behind it. This song is feeling.
More Than a Memory // Songs you have specific memories attached to // Right Here, Right Now by Fat Boy Slim
I was deathly afraid of this music video growing up. It got to the stage that just the music would make me physically nauseous. If you made me watch any part of the video I would cry. And if you made me sit through the whole thing it would sometimes get to the point where I was sweating and my hands were minutely shaking.
Sing to Me Instead // Those songs you have to sing to // Take me to Church by Hozier
“I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife.”
I seriously considered putting this song under the ‘lyrics’ question for this tag but I just love singing along to it so I had to keep it here.
I Wasn’t Expecting That // Songs that you didn’t expect to love, but you do // Glassy Sky by Yutaka Yamada
“The moments we spent have passed and gone away.”
I was crying too much the first time I heard the song so I knew I liked it but on a second listen I remembering not liking it as much? But I listened to it later thinking I still wouldn’t like it that much and did a total 180. I love this beautiful song.
Favourite Record // Albums you can’t live without // Merry-Go-Round-of-Life by Joe Hisaishi
I actually don’t listen to albums so I wasn’t sure to to put it. However, I will listen to this song for the length of an album. Someone please make a note that I want this song played at every major life event I have and if it’s not I will be upset. Someone better play this behind me while I dance through the street one night after a fantastic day where a wizard walks me through the air.
Video Games // Name your favourite music videos // The Trail We Blaze from The Road to El Dorado
“Changing legend into fact we shall ride into history.”
Okay so I also don’t really watch music videos. However, I have watched the Road to El Dorado many times and its entire soundtrack goes so hard in the movie which is a video. So, on that note I’m putting this song in.
Like everyone else right now, I’ve been playing quite a bit of Among Us. It’s been in public servers and overall I’ve learnt that I definitely need more impostor practise.
As a crewmate I do my tasks dutifully, try to not stand over people, report those bodies and watch those cameras. My impostor plays though… Some of them have been super dodgy such as:
In the Mira HQ map, I killed someone in the balcony. I meant to hit the sabotage button to start an emergency at the reactor but I accidentally hit the self-report button instead. I majorly panicked and ended up hitting a bunch of buttons in my panic to try to remedy the situation when I realised what I had done and ended up leaving the game in my frenzy. Took me about a full minute to come to terms with what I did and stop my racing heart.
I went to stack kill when the lights were off where everyone was at the lights box. However, as I killed the lights came on and the other people there saw that it was me who killed.
We all split off in the cafeteria when there was about 5 of us left. However, while I killed everyone else apparently had all joined back together (this wasn’t planned from what I know, unless they were on a call). So, it was obvious who the last impostor was.
With this in mind, there are a few impostor strategies that I think would be fun to try (if I can manage to actually get impostor and also not someone be in a lobby with hackers since that’s been happening frequently):
Turn off the lights. Vent into a room where someone is closer to the vent and there is another person in the room (preferably though on the either side, maybe even two others in the room) so that I can kill then vent back away.
Vent multi-kill. Step Uno: Vent and kill someone. Step Dos: Start a sabotage and jump back in the vent. Step Tres: Wait for a second crewmate to come into the room and vent out. Step Cuatro: Kill them before they can report the body.
More stack kills.
Making more use of closing doors.
How’s your Among Us experiences been? Any amazing (or maybe equally as poor as mine) impostor plays?
I can’t believe that I never wrote something about this game!
It’s so creepy and so amazing. The storyline is interesting, the characters are fascinating, and everything about the game is aesthetic and coherent.
Some of the stand-out features of the game for me are:
The yellow-tinted and vintage cartoon style of the factory the game is set in is so beautiful. All the ink dripping throughout the factory, the character’s creepy designs and the pentagrams and writing in black ink all around the place contrasts well to the yellow-hued surroundings, and makes the place truly seem haunted and abandoned. Like something terrible has happened there.
The vintage cartoon style of the characters, and even the entire factory, really ties in well with the storyline too. Everything about the game visually is so well-put together and helps to build up and maintain our sense of the story world the game is set in.
I love the music of this game. Horror music in general is so interesting to pay attention to. It’s so expressive and intense, and its whole purpose is to evoke emotion from the audience. Its purpose is to make us feel uneasy, and it does this very well.
With things such as dynamical changes, changes in what instruments are playing and changes in rhythm and tempo we do react. We recognise the increased intensity of a situation the game has just presented us with or has been working its way towards. I love the whistling features in the soundtrack too as it really adds to the vintage cartoon theme that game has.
For this game, especially mixed in with an increasingly dark plot and visuals as the story progresses, the music greatly contributes to the for overall experience of playing.
There are so many seemingly ‘smaller details’ in this game that I couldn’t possibly bring them all to mind at once. But one that does is the fact that things just respawn or move when you turn away. I went through breaking all the cardboard Bendys in the factory that I came across at the start and kept getting creeped out when I’d turn back and all of a sudden it was there like nothing ever happened. And the cut-outs that would also just move, or the doors that would just unlock, and lights that would flicker or just go off and on really added to the gameplay for me.
Ink dripping everywhere around the factory from the first episode too is just creepy to me. It was like a continuously reminder of that bad things happen, and will happen, here while playing.
The commitment to the vintage cartoon style too was even seen in how some clues to what happened as more characters and parts of the story are introduced and explained being found on ‘older’ technology was great. (Speaking of the voice recordings found throughout the game, the voice acting was wonderful! I loved how calming Stein’s voice was throughout parts of the game, and how on edge voices on the recordings were. Really grounded me in, again, the horror aspect of the game.)
All the satanic things to find around the place too were really detailed. And I loved how some of them were even set-up with candles, and some with candles that were alight – particularly odd for factory with apparently no humans in it.
I have somehow managed to amass even more pop vinyls since last time. I often wonder how, but then remember that the vast majority were gifts or arcade prizes (along with some really cute plushies…) and I am grateful for all of them! Especially since I love decorating my room with things that I love, and merchandise is a big part of that for me.
I love, and will forever love, Animal Crossing. I can’t wait to start playing on it the Switch and be given that golden ticket to a deserted island by the racoon I will forever be indebted to.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
This is such a gorgeous series, so I can’t wait to stand around for hours just looking at everything.
Attack on Titan Final Season
I love AOT. And watching the anime’s final season is going to ruin me.
Yuri!!! On Ice Movie
Although there is no confirmed date yet for the movie, one can dream that it will be out 2020. BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES WITH ALL MY HEART AND MY LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT FOR IT HAS NOT BEEN DAMPENED SINCE ITS ANNOUCEMENT.
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
I love MHA. I know the movie is already out but I haven’t watched it yet so I’m including it in this list. Can’t wait to cry over it, and then read non-stop fanfiction and go on a following fan artists spree these next few weeks.
She-Ra Season 5
Even though nothing is confirmed yet, I am putting it on this list because She-Ra: The Princesses of Power is one of my favourite Netflix series. Everything about it is so good, and I need more in my life.
Dragon Prince Season 4
This is another one of my favourite things I’ve watched on Netflix (and featured on the list despite that the next season has not yet been confirmed). Each season just keeps getting better, and that just makes me hyped for the next!
Umbrella Academy Season 2
Umbrella Academy was sooooooo good! I’m so keen for the next season! It can’t arrive fast enough!
All the Bright Places
This Netflix movie coming out is based upon Jennifer Niven’s book of the same name. I love her YA novels, so I’m interested to see what the movie will be like.
Brooklyn 99 Season 7
Any Brooklyn 99 is good.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Harley Quinn animated series has made it up into my top 3 DC Universe TV series, which makes me excited to then go see Birds of Prey. Plus, Margot Robbie! Harley Quinn!
Wonder Woman 1984
IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZINGGGGGGG.
It’s Scooby-Doo! Need anything else be told to me to make me more excited?
This is mandatory information that everyone must know.
Leading up to the drop of Kingdom Hearts III, YouTube channel Kingdom Hearts Repertory is live streaming all the cinematic story scenes of every Kingdom Hearts game. The sole purpose of their channel is helping people get ready, and hyped, for Kingdom Hearts III.
Complete with a countdown of the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until Kingdom Hearts III is dropped, there’s really no better way to get excited for it than randomly joining in to watch and even see what’s going down in the chat!
Alternatively, there is also Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far that is available for sale on the PS4 that Kingdom Hearts Repertory sells in their Amazon store… It’s a play through of the entire Kingdom Hearts series that’s available for only $40.
(Alternatively, YouTube channel Buttonlicious has published the full 11 hours 54 minutes 50 seconds of the cinematic story scenes in most of the Kingdom Hearts games if that more floats your boat…)
“Bet you don’t know why the sun sets red.” – Axel, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
I love Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It’s an emotional, involved and well developed 3DS game. The graphics are a bit iffy because DS, but the cinematic shorts are amazing to watch because of how interesting and varied the worlds are, the characters are and the continued development of the Kingdom Hearts story line is always wonderful.
The art style of this manga is so cute. It’s quite simple, and not necessarily insanely detailed. But it’s so cute. The small details though on the landscape shots are so pretty, with lights, shading and the huge scale of the buildings and view in shot on full display. I love how … draws Dark Corridors too, they are so lovely. The covers of the manga are also so pretty with the more faded, simple and matching aesthetic.
And to flesh out the manga there is an elaboration on the story. The scenes original to the manga are quite varied too! There’s ones that give an insight into the characters thoughts and feelings, reveal more about Organization XIII (Demyx steals the show a lot. Plus is amazing comedic relief), just are plain funny and entertaining, an elaboration on the story and worlds of Kingdom Hearts and have a nice mix of villain scenes. Quite a lot of these original scenes too have a lot of domesticity and even sweetness and humour in them because of the additional character interactions and individual time and thoughts dedicated to all the characters.
Organization XIII is so great to read about too. Their characters are further elaborated upon, and it’s interesting to see how their organisation works and learn more about the individual characters. You get to see how the Dusks work more as ‘soldiers’ for the organisation and see how each member controls their own squad of Pureblood Heartless. There’s also quite a lot of Demyx being Demyx in the manga, and they are some of the funniest scenes and totally original to the manga. You get to see the Organization members talking about washing and cooking and see more of their Castle. In Days you don’t really get to see that much of the castle expect for the common room, the meeting room, Roxas’ bedroom and some hallways too. But in the manga the Castle is a lot more on display complete with that washing room and kitchen filled with instant noodles we all needed to see.
The Days manga is detailed in its story line and explanation about world and plans. It’s coherent, easy to follow and the characters are very true to the story line but elaborated on and lets us emotional connect to them even more. Organization XIII really is of full display too throughout this manga, and I love them even more after I read this manga series.
Recently I downloaded The Navigator on Steam! So I thought I would just give a little rant about how cute it is and how much I enjoy it!
This is an indie game that has been produced by a team from the IT University of CPH, and is quite short too so it serves as a nice little break or something that you can return to anytime if you want something relaxing yet stimulating to do.
It’s a puzzle game, and probably has been designed to be solved by anyone over the age of… I’m going to say 9. Meaning that it’s perfect for me. The idea of the game is to navigate through celestial bodies by moving your character or the planets around in order to reach the swirly target!
The puzzles do get harder though as you go along obviously, and it’s a nicely paced increased in the hardness of them so that’s wonderful too. Everything is also very well explained, and anytime that you do something wrong the game lets you know (such as try to move a celestial body that is too big to be pulled towards you) why you can’t complete that particular action in a nice, little, elegant sort of font.
It’s a really simple game concept, but what I really like about it is how pretty it all is! The planets are beautiful, with such nice colour combinations and wavering, live colours swishing on the planet. I like the nice little touch of having the mouse show up as an anchor too, and having my sailor black and white to contrast against the colour of all the puzzle pieces.
I thought it was clever how they worked with the planets and puzzles too – using things like the suns as lights, the idea of navigating through the ocean via star charts (hence the planets and stars), having different options like travelling between planets… It was all so well-thought out. Especially with how cutely named this game is too – The Navigator – on a ship, as you use planets, light and the sun to navigate your way through!
And the music was so nice, it was relaxing and even if I struggled a bit with a puzzle I was left feeling very calm. I think the pretty visuals helped with that calming mood too.
And as always, the refresh option at any time and automatic saving was great and very handy.
So essentially, this is a puzzle game that is so cute, pretty and calming, yet still has a good amount of challenge to it!
Where do I even begin with this series? It’s about a girl who wakes up in a strange building, has no memory, has her heart set on getting killed, is all a big mystery and is full of psychos. All things that usually, have me hooked from the start and sitting on the edge of my chair until the end.
Instead I’m lying on my bed watching on my laptop, half falling asleep. Now to be fair I think I’m sleepy because I’m on some heavy duty painkillers at the moment that make me drowsy, but the point still stands that Angels of Death is very passive to watch.
It’s based upon a walk-through game, and it sounds exactly like one. Everything Rachel says is quite unnatural sounding to me. She’s repetitive, repetitive, repetitive. And I can’t help but feel that Zack getting mad at her for not having an ‘interesting’ look on her face and for always asking if they’ll keep their promises is the writers way of mocking the show’s origins. Zack summarises Rachel’s character well when he tells her she’s a doll, dull and boring, and by extension summarises quite a lot of the plot too.
Like I said, this show has literally everything it could ever need to make me love it, yet I don’t. Zack is the really the only one left to liven everything up a bit more because although I do like watching the psychos, they are pretty repetitive and only get two episodes for their floor max. I’d love to learn about who they are, why they choose to stay in the building to kill people, why they have the fascinations that they do… I appreciate that the killers all have different styles, things they like, what gets them going etc. Like how Eddie is for aesthetic and complains about how Zack is too messy. I love the different levels idea, and how all the psychos have a different focus on their own ‘thing’ like Cathy considering herself a judge of criminals in a gameshow. I love this idea so much and yet I feel like not much is being done with it aside from some quick characterisation of the floor psycho, a complication that get’s solved, virtually no character development from Zack or Rachel and then it’s time to move on. Instead of doing something engaging, we get crazy eyes, tongue licking and hysterical screaming for 20 minutes and then like I said, we move on to repeat. Even Zack after only five episodes in is super predictable. After the first three episodes I found him to be getting a bit repetitive – short temper, break something, yell, get annoyed… repeat.
The plot holds such potential though, so it’s sad to see that something more interesting hasn’t been done with yet. Each psycho has their own floor, what is the building, why is this all happening? And I understand that I’m going to have to wait to find out, but at least let me find out more about every character – not wait five episodes to find out probably all I’m going to learn about Zack’s childhood.
And some parts of the story just don’t make sense to me. Rachel and Zack are dead set (literally for Rachel) on keeping their promise to each other so that they both can get what they want. Now, if I was in Zack’s shoes I’d keep Rachel around because he needs her (because for some reason the writers thought it would be a good idea to make a person in his early 20s really dumb? Like he might appear to be illiterate, but that doesn’t make him useless), but honestly if I was Rachel I would have taken up Eddie’s offer to have him kill her. Eddie offered her a painless death in a place where he’d made her a very pretty grave in a pretty area which she clearly liked. But instead she chooses to keep going with Zack? If it was me in a situation like that, honestly I just would have done it already and let someone kill me. Is there something that I’m missing here?
I do like the animation, I’ll give it that. The blotchy ink stains are nice and just in general I like it, especially the elevator’s design. The OP and ED I don’t like very much, and have actually just been skipping after the first episode. But I do like the soundtrack for Cathy’s floor. That game show music is great. I would also normally mention something about how the soundtrack is very important to films and series that fall into the horror genre to help create suspense and all that too but to be honest for a aeries that is meant to fall into the ‘psychological horror’ genre, I’m not feeling it. It’s a weak attempt at psychological horror I think. I haven’t been scared yet, disturbed by anything apart from the Zack x Rachel shippers in the fandom, we don’t get to see any of the gore and the only thing that’s surprised me is how dumb Zack can be.
And speaking of which, why is Zack left so in the dark about everything? We know that the psychos voluntarily came to the building because there they can kill anyone they want on their floor, but that means that then surely someone must give them food, facilities and other essentials? Someone is doing voice announcements too about sacrifices and all the other psychos seem to know each other and have access to all the sacrifices’ profiles… so why does Zack give no hint that he knows anything more than the audience about what’s going on? I understand Rachel not giving us hints about what she knows because she probably doesn’t want Zack to know something important. So I understand that we’re getting restricted information because of Rachel’s subjective narration, but why? Are the writers saving some plot twist for later?
And speaking of narration and therefore talking (terrible segue, I know), Rachel sounds dead though I guess that’s what they want her to sound like? Zack and Eddie’s voice actors are great in terms of delivering emotion and stuff. I love Cathy’s voice too.
And something that I do love about Zack is that he spends his time telling the others how sick, freaky or creepy they are when he is literally running around killing people for fun with a scythe. His enthusiasm is nice too and although his reactions to things are highly exaggerated, we need some life in the main characters in this show. But even that is getting a bit too repetitive. So I’m hoping that we come across another character that’ll stick around to spice things up a bit or at least find out some more about why Rachel is in the building and what’s going on to make it more interesting to watch.
I’m quite thankful for the fact that I had no expectations of this series. I started with no expectations and so my standards have been meet, and I will continue with watch this with no expectations so that later on I suspect it will also then meet by standards.
I can’t say that I love Angels of Death, or that I even like it all that much. It sounds like a walk-through, is passive to watch, is repetitive… yet for some reason I’m still continuing it. Probably just because I want to know what the hell is going on regarding the building they’re trapped in but hey, I haven’t fallen asleep yet.