Manga / Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

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The fourth series of the manga adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts series, adapted from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Like all the other manga adaptations, it is Lighter and Softer than the game, due to the focus on comedy.

As of February 2015, the entire five volume series is available in English, Japanese, and German.

This manga contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: As opposed to both the games and the Disney film he was originally from, Captain Hook is a Friendly Enemy to Peter Pan, and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who (after some convincing from Axel) helps Roxas and Peter Pan defeat the Ruler of the Sky.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Xion is a lot more peppy and expressive than her game counterpart, who is somewhat solemn.
    • In the game, Xaldin is composed, intelligent, and always completely serious. In the manga, he's comically boisterous and a fool that can't understand how to operate a computer.
  • Adapted Out: Halloween Town and its characters are completely absent, just like the other Kingdom Hearts manga adaptations.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After taking a bite out of a mushroom in Wonderland, Roxas grows into a giant that towers over the forest and forces Luxord to ride in his ear. Luxord later finds some mushrooms during the croquet match to become a giant himself, which he uses to destroy the Queen of Heart's castle.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Xigbar, Xaldin, Demyx and Luxord join Roxas and Axel in Twilight Town to confront Riku when he helps Xion escape. Unfortunately for them, Riku escapes after tricking the four into attacking each other.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one translation, when Genie helps Roxas and Xion with fighting the Antlion in the middle of a sandstorm, he mentions that "[they're] running out of pages!"
  • Butt Monkey: Demyx never does anything successfully and is frequently mocked by the other Organization members.
  • Call Forward: One of the prizes for collecting enough "Winner" sticks is an Easter Island Head tissue dispenser. In the Kingdom Hearts II manga, Roxas was broke because he spent his money on the same item.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Peter Pan. He didn't appear in the game. Plus the mermaids, who never appeared in any of the games.
    • And there's also the Caterpillar, though his appearance is more of a cameo.
  • Christmas Episode: In a bonus chapter. During a rather cold day in The World That Never Was, several members decide to take a day off, much to Saïx's displeasure. Though they decide to work anyway due to a bad smell, which they blame on Vexen. It actually came from some soybeans that Zexion was fermenting with the table heater.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: When Roxas throws his Keyblade out the window in a fit of anger, it reappears in his hand.
  • Cuteness Proximity: When Xion first see Pluto, she gets excited and squees.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Luxord gets plenty of focus during the "Wonderland Gambler Trilogy".
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Axel calls Saïx a jerk in Chapter 18, completely unaware that Saïx was right behind him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Saïx angrily confronts Demyx for hacking into his computer to steal other members' reports, Demyx tries to sweet talk his way out of punishment by praising a poem that Saïx had hidden in the computer. This only serves to enrage Saïx further.
  • Disguised in Drag: Roxas attempts to disguise himself as the White Rabbit's maid, Marianne, by throwing on an apron from a French Maid Outfit over his Black Coat. The Rabbit isn't fooled, so Roxas gets arrested.
  • Distressed Dude: On the trip to Wonderland, Luxord gets shrunk down to the size of an ant. He proceeds to get seperated from Roxas and tormented by the Cheshire Cat. Later on, while trying to save Roxas from a trial, he finds himself being used as a croquet ball by the Queen of Hearts.
  • Face Doodling: The Dusks that are put in charge of taking care of Roxas while he's in a coma make various drawing on his face.
  • Friendly Fire: Riku, after being ambushed by half of Organization XIII, tricks Xigbar into attacking Demyx by lifting his blindfold up, and dodges the bullets. They start fighting, and he escapes.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Roxas asks Demyx about "pushing a girl's buttons", the latter's reaction (wondering why Roxas is suddenly discussing such a thing with him, hastily replying in affirmative after he's asked if he's ever done it, and his look of dawning realization when Roxas clarifies he's talking about having upset Xion) seems to suggest that he initially thought Roxas was talking about something else entirely.
  • Hypocrite: Belle gets concerned about Xion going with Roxas after the Heartless, since she's an unarmed little girl. Cogsworth immediately points out that Belle was just going around Beast's Castle hunting Heartless herself, and she's less qualified due to lacking combat experience.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Roxas and Luxord both shrink when they drank a bottle in Wonderland.
  • In the Hood: Almost all of the members of Organization XIII are seen with their hoods up at one point or another. Xion in particular wears her hood up 80% of the time when she's not just around Axel or Roxas.
  • Jackass Genie: After Luxord fails to free Roxas from his cage in Wonderland, Roxas asks the Cheshire Cat for help. The cat does so by throwing a hedgehog towards the Queen of Hearts, causing her to order Roxas' immediate execution by guillotine.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the game, except for the ending which is just as dark and depressing.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • During one of Xion's attempts to clean a comatose Roxas' face from Face Doodling vandalism, she has a bit of a freak out when she finds out that it was done in permanent ink.
    • Second, by both Roxas and Xion when told that they are to be in separate missions during the time Xion was unable to use her Keyblade. Fortunately, Axel was able to win them one more day together by claiming that he can wear down the one in Beast's Castle for awhile.
    • Riku even gets this when he finds himself surrounded by six members of Organization XIII, four of whom just pulled a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Hook helps defeat the Ruler of the Sky since he thinks it was going to kill Peter Pan, which is his job.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Demyx helps Xion watch over the comatose Roxas.
    • After destroying the Queen of Hearts' castle and seeing how he upset her, Luxord wipes her tears and makes a giant card castle as a replacement.
    • Saïx is usually a jerk towards Xion, but he allows her to keep Pluto the Dog. Axel is surprised, and Saïx remarks that he let it slide because he liked dogs when he was a human.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Elixirs Roxas keeps getting are past the expiration date.
    • Demyx keeps on failing to submit a report of an acceptable standard and is forced to re-do them. This becomes a semi-important plot point when he opened Saïx's computer to steal a report, allowing Xion to access the latter's files.
  • Series Continuity Error: Belle remembers Sora, even though he's sleeping at this point, and the game outright states that everyone he knew before had forgotten about him while he slept for a year.
  • Shout-Out: Among the many faces the Dusks doodle on Roxas while he sleeps is that of Groucho Marx.
  • Ship Tease: The Roxas / Xion shipping goes from being subtext in the game to being all but them admitting it, they almost seem like an Official Couple. Examples include:
    • Xion saying holding Roxas' Keyblade feels like she's holding his hand.
    • One of the two saying can you imagine us doing anything other than eat ice cream, cue both of them giving each other awkward stares.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: When the Heartless take control of Beast's Castle, the servants try to convince Belle to stay in her room, but she refuses and helps fight the Heartless. Surprisingly, she later tries to convince the same to Xion, due to her younger appearance.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: This literally happens to Riku in Volume Four after half of the Organization ambushes and surrounds him. He tricks them into attacking each other to escape.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date: The Elixirs that the Moogle sells to Roxas.
  • Workaholic: Saïx spends his one day off by doing some indescript work with the Dusks.

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