Manga / Kingdom Hearts II

The manga adaptation of Kingdom Hearts II by Shiro Amano that ran from 2007 to 2014, preceded by the manga of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and the succeeded by the manga of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. While it is the 3rd of the 4 manga based off of the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, it was put on hiatus to allow Amano to work on the 358/2 Days manga, and thus was the last one to be completed.

Like the other adaptations by Amano, the core plot is the same as the game with minor differences sprinkled throughout. There is also a greater focus on comedy, but this does not stop the story from frequently having serious moments when it is appropriate.

A hiatus took place after the release of Volume 5 as Shiro Amano did the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. The hiatus has ended, and Volumes 6, 7, and 8 have since been released, while Volume 9 was released in 2015. Tokyopop translated the first two volumes into English before losing the rights to the manga; Yen Press has since retranslated all five volumes and released them in two volumes, with Volume 3 (Volumes 6 and 7 in Japan) released in late 2014. Volume 4 of the English language translation, after a very long wait, has finally been announced for May 23, 2017, though later delayed slightly to May 30.

This manga contains example of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Donald and Goofy are referred to as "Ronald and Zoofy" by Yuffie, much to their anger and confusion, respectively.
  • Accidental Pervert: Sora unknowingly walks in on Mulan bathing in a pond and sees her breasts, revealing her to be a woman.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Sort of. The events of The Land of Dragons are more faithful to the source film than the game, but a few major scenes are still changed. One example is that Sora fights Shan-Yu on the palace rooftop rather than Mulan, but only because he was very furious with the Hun. There's also the fact that it combines both visits of The Land of Dragons by having Shan Yu summon the Storm Rider.
  • Adaptational Badass: Kairi has a more active role in the manga. Though she is still kidnapped, she does more to attack her captors, gets A Day in the Limelight when she manages to escape her cell, and even saves Sora from Xigbar after getting a keyblade of her own.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Xaldin, one of the strongest members of the Organization in the games, is a total joke who gets easily beat up by Beast and then killed by a replica of Vexen in the manga.
  • Adapted Out: The manga adaptation cuts out 100 Acre Wood, Atlantica, Port Royal, Halloween Town and the Pride Lands.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 41 (Minion Pete) is a Villain Episode that focuses on Pete and the Gullwings trying to save their boss, Maleficent.
    • Chapter 45 (Make a Break For It) stars Kairi breaking out of her cell in The World That Never Was.
    • Chapter 65 (The Reason I Fight) stars Jiminy Cricket as he plays Luxord's games.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Sark, as he revealed that the only why he works for the Master Control Program is because of Terra-Xehanort banishing Ansem the Wise and taking his name, which causes Sark to believe that "Ansem" had betrayed him. Even Sora feels sorry for him.
    • Demyx. He doesn't want to fight Sora in the first place, mainly because he still considers him Roxas one way or another, and only does so when the titular hero pushes him too far. When he is finally defeated, he doesn't stop at letting out his death scream from the game, as he goes on to look at Sora and say "I don't want to fade... Roxas...!" with tears in his eyes. Sora is, understandably, rather upset by this and can't help but wonder whether Nobodies really don't have hearts.
  • Alternate Universe: Mushu is the only character who seems to be aware that the manga and games are two different continuities. He has memories of fighting alongside Sora and his friends, but they never met him in the manga adaptation of the original game.
  • Ascended Extra: Sark. He had only a minor role in the game, but was given a larger role and a small backstory in the manga.
  • Are We There Yet?: Sora says this on the train to Yen Sid's tower. He gets upset when told that it's already been two hours.
  • Banging for Help: After being locked in a broom closet by DiZ, Naminé is forced to bang on the door to attract help. She (along with a rat) is rescued by Axel.
  • Big Damn Heroes
    • Sora pulls this by saving the Emperor of China from Shan Yu. Of course, he had a good reason to be there.
    • When Sora and his friends are rendered unconscious by Sark, who plots to execute them on the spot, Tron breaks free of the Strafters holding him and sends them back to Hollow Bastion while telling them his user's name (Ansem). Sora regains consciousness just at the moment, and is able to hear Tron, but also witness him being tortured by Sark.
    Tron: I'm counting... on... you.
    • They later repay him, unintentionally, by crushing Sark upon reentering the computer after Tron makes a mocking comment on the MCP.
  • Big Eater: Several characters get their moment. Humorously, a phantom Shadow created by Yen Sid even attempts to eat a heart-shaped cupcake before it's stopped by Donald.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted, as the Beast actually bleeds a bit while fighting the Shadow Stalker with Sora. Some of the blood is even on Belle's clothes. Not to mention Xaldin's bloody nose later on.
    • Played straight with Tron, as he is shown to be cracked after being tortured. Justified, as he is a program, and thus, does not have any blood.
  • Boom, Headshot: Xigbar finishes Shan Yu off this way after Sora had beaten him.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to Megara and to Pluto
    • If being strapped to a wall counts as being tied up, then Tron as well.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mushu takes out the manga for the original game to prove he was in it... and is angry that he was cut out.
  • The Cameo: The Sultan of Agrabah appears twice with Jasmine when Jafar picks up the palace, intending to destroy it, much to Pete's anger.
  • Canon Foreigner: The Vexen Replica. He's running around in The World That Never Was, but it is yet to be revealed how he fits into the bigger picture.
    • In the case of the Land of Dragons, Chi-Fu is present with the soldiers, and Khan makes a cameo appearance when he helps the party reach the city. Neither Chi-Fu or Khan appeared in the game.
  • Captain Crash: Barely averted when Sora, again, tries to pilot the Gummi Ship.
    • Donald even gets a turn when he accidentally grabs hold of a Magnum Loader and drives it all over the Canyon while refusing to let go, as Sora and Goofy try to help him. Hilarity Ensues... until he crashes into Tron.
  • Cardboard Prison: The manga addresses the fact that the prison cell Kairi was placed in by the Organization clearly had big enough gaps in the bars for her to slip through, at least after some help from the unwitting Dusks (they mistook her for one of them). Unfortunately for her and Pluto, getting out doesn't really accomplish much as they are still inside the enemy stronghold that's literally in the middle of nowhere.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: In the Land of Dragons, Sora temporary leaves the party after receiving a Paopu Fruit from Riku, which triggers a Heroic B.S.O.D.. He is absent for several pages while his allies continue the battle without him. Not long afterwards, Shan-Yu takes the Emperor hostage, and just as he prepares to assassinate him, Sora pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment to save the Emperor. Of course, Sora is really furious with the villain, blaming him for not allowing him to speak with Riku. He only calms down after encountering Xigbar.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Enforced on Tron, to prevent Sora from inflating his ego after a complication.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than previous mangas, and at some certain points (such as Space Paranoids) moreso than the original game.
  • Damsel in Distress: Maleficent becomes one when her overconfidence lead to the Heartless to destroy a tower in her castle. Pete saves her with the help of Yuna, Rikku, Paine, and a convently-placed cannon.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Kairi is able to break herself out of her cell in The World That Never Was by squeezing through the bars and tricking the Dusks guarding her into thinking she was one of them.
  • Death Row: It's confirmed by Tron that Sora and his friends have been sentenced to derezolution by the Master Control Program just for messing with the computer.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sark goes through this when Ansem apparently betrays him.
  • Disappointed In You: Like in the game, a bunch of weak Heartless capture Donald and Goofy when the party wind up in Space Paranoids. While he tells them to "show them who's boss" in the game, Sora's reaction in the manga is very different.
    Sora: Come on, guys! You let the Heartless get you?
    • Earlier, Xemnas shows signs of disappointment when Demyx bails out of his mission in Olympus Coliseum. Xigbar, on the other hand, is clearly angry.
  • Distressed Dude: Tron, though he does become more powerful later on thanks to friendship and teamwork
  • Dual Boss: Unlike in the game, both Saix and Luxord ambush Sora and his friend at the same time. After Luxord trap Kairi, Riku, Donald, and Goofy in his playing cards, Sora is forced to fight both organization members in a one-against-two battle.
  • Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: The reason that Roxas doesn't have enough money to go to the beach is because the other day he bought a moai tissue dispenser with tissues that come out of its nose. Later on, Sora (through Roxas' Wistful Amnesia) tells Donald and Goofy that you can get one of these with 20 "winner" ice cream sticks, after getting one from Riku.
  • Electric Torture: Several times in Space Paranoids, courtesy of Sark, with everyone going through it at least once.
    • And just before that, Maleficent does this to Pete and the Gullwings for rescuing her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pete would go as far as to turn innocent people into Heartless, and arrange the murders of two of his former Musketeer cadets and a teenager, but he will not resort to terrorism, as shown when Jafar tries to destroy Agrabah.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Kairi to Axel before she and Pluto escape into the Dark Realm
  • Face–Heel Turn: Sark, as revealed in Chapter 45
    • The Beast while under Xaldin's control.
  • Festival Episode: The eleventh chapter has the party attend the end-of-summer festival (which got a brief mention in the game) just after waking up. Sora runs off to have some fun while Goofy tries a Goldfish Scooping Game, both against Donald's wishes.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Pete is stripped to his polka dot underwear due to extreme Clothing Damage several times over the course of the story.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Xigbar shooting Shan Yu is done off-panel, with Sora's horrified expression shown instead of the deed itself.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Once again, the Gummi Ship, as smiles are required to power it.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Sora enters one during a major battle in the Land of Dragons after receiving a Paopu Fruit from Riku, causing him to abandon the fight and go after him. Within time, Sora returns under fury and blames Shan-Yu for what happened after takeing out the Storm Rider in one hit. The angry teen beats Shan-Yu in battle and sends him falling off the palace roof, where the Hun is finished off by Xigbar.
    • Donald and Goofy nearly enter one when they begin to fear that they'll be permanently trapped inside the computer world after Donald accidently grabs hold of a Magnum Loader and rams it intro Tron, causing him to destroy the required data needed to get the trio out of the computer. Sora quickly snaps them out of it... and manages to repair the needed data!
      • Tron himself enters one at the same time after stating that they were lucky to have found the data piece that was destroyed, and that it would not be possible to find another.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Axel attempts this on Sora after the Battle of the 1000 Heartless in the hopes of awakening Roxas. At first, it works, as Sora remembers Axel... as the one who kidnapped Kairi.
  • Lighter and Softer: Many parts of the manga when compared to the game, especially the portrayal of the Organization save for Xemnas and Saix.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Later on, in retaliation for Tron changing the DTD password, the MCP gives all his functions to Sark, which enlarges him, to the horror of everyone, including Leon and Mickey outside. He then grabs Tron and attempts to crush him. Then Aerith installs Cid's MCP Eradication Program, destroying both villains and saving Tron.
  • Megaton Punch: Happens to an unfortunate titan in Olympus Coliseum.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Hades vs. Pete vs. Auron, with a Bound and Gagged Megara in the middle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sora's shouting despite Donald's warnings ended up causing a horde of Heartless to attack them in Beast's Castle. Donald is understandably livid with the teenager.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Demyx spends most of his time being the manga's resident Butt Monkey and generally never managing to do anything right, to the extent that his game self seems semi-competent in comparison. This doesn't stop him from completely snapping at Sora and company when they push him into fighting him, the last straw ultimately being them calling him a liar for saying he has feelings. Cue a giant explosion of water.
  • Off with His Head!: Auron's Statue, courtesy of Pete
  • Oh, Crap!: Sora gets this when the painting of Terra-Xehanort is falling and about to crush him.
    Sora: (disoriented) Ansem strikes back.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Master Control Program. He would've succeeded had Tron not changed the password microcycles ago.
  • Only in It for the Munny: Yuffie mutters that she's going to send a bill to a woman she just saved from a bunch of Shadows. Leon calls her out on it.
    • Same goes for the Gullwings, who only joined Maleficent's side so that they will get rewarded. Though when they see Maleficent scolding Pete for saving her, they imminently quit and, after being tricked, join the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee.
  • Peaceful in Death: Subverted. It looked like Pete was killed trying to save Maleficent from the Heartless that destroyed the castle tower, but then Yuna approaches him...
    Yuna: Chief... He looks... so peaceful.
    Pete: [waking up] I ain't dead!!!
  • Petal Power: Megara is mistaken to believe that Sora is fighting the Heartless with a bouquet of flowers. He actually bought them to give to Hercules as a present.
  • The Power of Love: It's Belle's love for the Beast that brought him out of Xaldin's control, saving him from becoming a Heartless and a Nobody.
    • Love is also what caused Hercules to go after a Bound and Gagged Megara and save her from the Underworld's deepest dungeon.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Sora's pride at his skills causes him to register for the Hades Cup. He gets beaten by the Ice Titan in the very first round.
  • Pure Is Not Soft: Kairi bites Axel in the arm while trying to escape from him.
  • Rocket Ride: Happens to Donald with a Magnum Loader, though against his will.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The curse of the Underworld drove Demyx to bail on his mission, despite Sora lending him his Olympus Stone.
    Xigbar: You bailed on your mission?!
  • Second Chapter Cliffhanger: The manga took a hiatus while the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was written, leaving a cliffhanger that leaves the trio in their Gummi Ship, trying to get Cid Highwind, who just announced that they've found Ansem's Computer (which contains the world, Space Paranoids), to make them laugh, while Kairi and Pluto are in prison in The World That Never Was.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: At separate points, Sora is referred to as Kairi's boyfriend and Kairi is referred to as Sora's girlfriend. Both deny it, but it's very clear that they are romantically interested in each other.
  • Ship Tease: There's a small one between Axel and Namine when Axel's Black Cloak is damaged and Namine insists to sew it for him because he's saved her twice (the first one is when he freed her from Marluxia in Castle Oblivion).
  • Shout-Out: The heading page for Chapter 40 is a shout out/parody of a film poster for TRON. Amusingly, Sora takes Yori's place in it, causing many fans to joke on how close he really is with Tron...
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Jafar survives the events of Agrabah instead of blowing up, but he is now eternally trapped in his lamp in a sealed off concrete box in the dungeon.
    • Subverted with Demyx. He never shows up to the Battle of the 1000 Heartless to fight Sora like in the game, but he gets killed off later when they fight in The World That Never Was.
  • Stunned Silence: Twice. First by Sora when he finds out about "Ping's" gender; later by Tron when he witnesses Sora using his Keyblade to unlock the barrier that's keeping them both inside the Pit Cell.
    Tron: What... what did you do?
  • Taken for Granite: Megara
  • Talk to the Cannon: When Yao says nasty stuff about Ping, he gets a rocket cannon jabbed into his face.
  • Tap on the Head: Happens to Sora when he punches the painting of Ansem (Xehanort) out of frustration, causing it to fall down and crush him. He gets better just a moment later.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: How Kairi saves Sora from Xigbar in the Castle That Never Was
  • Ungrateful Bitch: After being saved from the Heartless by Pete and the Gullwings, Maleficent "rewards" them by zapping them with thunder spells. The Gullwings quit right away.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Mulan's decision to take a bath in the lake results in Sora seeing her breasts, much to his disgust.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Sora enters this when he fights Shan-Yu, even going as far as to kill the Storm Rider in just one hit. He is still under fury after sending the villain falling, and it had to take Xigbar revealing himself to calm the teenager down.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: Sora lost consciousness the first time he got zapped into a computer world and awoke inside it, finding out that he's wearing armor and his friends have been captured. Sora's attempts to attack "Commander" Sark results in him being electrocuted back into unconsciousness, and he wakes up again in the Pit Cell.
    • This also happened in the game, except that he remained conscious when taken to the Pit Cell.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Parodied. One of the outfits that Sora ends up wearing before receiving his iconic Drive attire is a ball gown, complete with tiara. Technically subverted, as he ends up wearing it by accident, and his reaction clearly shows that he hates it.
  • Xenafication: Kairi's status as an Action Girl begins before she obtains her Keyblade here, by giving Axel an Eyelid Pull Taunt, later biting him in the arm, and then punching Demyx in the face. And when she gets it, she saves Sora from Xigbar.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason why Xigbar shoots Shan-Yu in the head.