A little while back, Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts 3's director, gave us some insight on the series of HD ReMixes released over the past few years, and concluding with Kingdom Hearts 2.8 in early 2017. All of these revelations got fans reeling over what it could possibly mean for the future of the series, so that got us analyzing exactly what Nomura said;
Extremely attentive 'Kingdom Hearts' fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora's movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you'll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky, 'Kingdom Hearts 1.5' is sunset becoming night, 'Kingdom Hearts 2.5' is the middle of the night, and 'Kingdom Hearts 2.8' is night breaking into dawn.
And checking out all of the box art cover-to-cover;
We can clearly see Sora's transformation in position; sitting, standing, and now walking. And we can also see the sky go from dusk to midnight to dawn. Super cool, thanks for pointing that out Mr. Nomura! However, as we all know, Kingdom Hearts has been full of secrets and hidden meanings - and this probably isn't any exception.
Sora's Position Means Something - But What?
This one's a little more metaphorical than the night sky, but important none the less. Throughout the series we've seen Sora grow from a stubborn little boy scout to a mature almost adult that gave in to the darkness, joining the likes of fellow keyblade masters Aqua and Riku. But does this positioning mean anything more for Kingdom Hearts 3?
Well, obviously we can never be 100% sure, but Sora's been known to get a fancy ability called "glide" in almost every title. Does this mean Kingdom Hearts 3's box art will see Sora gliding across the cover? Hopefully not, I'd rather see a cover going back to the original and have all of the characters on top of each other in a human pyramid, but that's just my opinion.
What It Means For His Character Development
Sora's positions, as mentioned, do coincide with his growth in each game; and knowing that there is - in theory - one more way to advance Sora's physicality, that begs the question: What could happen to Sora in Kingdom Hearts 3 that furthers his character development?
Short answer, I personally believe it will be a death. Considering we will finally see the final confrontation between Sora and Pal and Xehanort and the Xehabros, odds are someone is gonna die. As for who it is, well I've put my 2 cents in on the matter, and I think it will be Riku, but once again, and I cannot reiterate this enough THAT IS JUST WHAT I THINK. #dontkillmepls.
It's important to note, as well, that Kingdom Hearts 2.5 appears to represent midnight. Being compiled of both Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep, it's good to point out that both of those games have their fair share of death (almost in Goofy's case) and loss.
TL;DR: Sora's positions in the cover-art coincide with his growth, and that could mean a death in Kingdom Hearts 3.
This is my personal favorite one to decipher. Partially because it relates back to my favorite quote from the entire series, but also because typically when you look at series', the beginning will usually be dawn, and the conclusion will be dusk, but Kingdom Hearts did literally the exact opposite. Probably the part that makes me think maybe all of this has been figured out for at least a few years before now because notice how 2.8 represents dawn. What's another word for dawn? Daybreak. Daybreak Town. Kingdom Hearts Chi suddenly makes so much more sense. But once again, at this rate, what does this mean for the future of the series?
Daybreak Town is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite places in the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise. With so much lore and history surrounding both the town and the foretellers, it's impossible to not want to see more of it. Some people may think the beloved town was destroyed in the Keyblade War; but that's not the only theory.
One idea floating around the Reddit-sphere is that Daybreak town was actually fractured into five pieces: Twilight Town, Traverse Town, Radiant Garden, The Land of Departure and Destiny Islands. Why does this matter? With Kingdom Hearts 3 dealing more with the key to return hearts, could these worlds all reconnect into Daybreak Town in Kingdom Hearts 3 as a result of using the key to return hearts? Possibly. What makes this theory even more plausible? The descendant/reincarnation theory.
The Descendant Theory
Before I confuse myself and literally everyone else, the descendant theory essentially means five of the main characters - Riku, Kairi, Terra, Aqua, and Ventus - all represent one of the foretellers. Each of these characters can also correlate with one of the aforementioned worlds; Riku: Destiny Islands, Kairi: Radiant Garden, Ventus: Twilight Town, Aqua: Land of Departure, and Terra: Twilight Town. If the descendant theory is to be believed, perhaps this does mean Daybreak Town will be recreated a la kinda like how a person is brought back after both their heartless and nobody is destroyed. All of this from some cool Easter Eggs in the box art, but it could just be the super-crazy theory to tie the super-crazy series together.
TL;DR: The Night-cycle means a lot more than it may seem; don't be surprised if Day-Break Town is in Kingdom Hearts 3.
Do you think the box art of the 'Kingdom Hearts' ReMixes can help confirm these theories?
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