The manga adaptation to the second numbered game in the Kingdom Hearts series. Still focuses on comedy, but is Darker and Edgier than the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.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 and 7 have since been released, while Volume 8 is scheduled to be released in 2014. 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's (Volumes 6 and 7 in Japan) release date confirmed to be in Winter 2014.Volume 6 has been completely fan-translated and the chapters can be found on KH13.com.
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.
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 Raider.
Adapted Out: The manga adaptation cuts out 100 Acre Wood, Atlantica, Port Royal, Halloween Town and the Pride Lands. Though since the manga is still ongoing, it's possible that one of them could still make an appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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 BSOD. 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.
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: How careless of you to be apprehended by the Heartless.
Earlier, Xemnas shows signs of disappointment when Demyx bails out of his mission in Olympus Coliseum. Xigbar, on the other hand, is clearly angry.
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.
Electric Torture: Several times in Space Paranoids, courtesy of Sark, with everyone going through it at least once.
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.
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.
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 tocrush 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.
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.
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.
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.