On the edges of light and dark, Sora and company crash-land on a bizarre new world. Sora catches a glimpse of a figure, and the search for Riku begins in the nightmare realm of Silent Hill. Guided by a mysterious dark figure speaking in riddles, Sora, Donald, and Goofy must battle their way through a horde of horrific creatures. The farther they move through Silent Hill, the further they move from reality.
This work provides examples of:
- Alien Non-Interference Clause: Discussed when Sora explains why he decided not to team up with James.Sora: I just feel like, if we helped him, it would really be meddling.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never revealed if the Organization Pyramid Heads are actively working together or if they were just randomly summoned from Sora's fears or if they're the twisted reincarnations of deceased Nobodies or if they're only specters created by Silent Hill. Their actions and the overall plot contribute and support multiple interpretations.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Silent Hill as the Greater-Scope Villain, Sora's greatest adversaries are five Pyramid Heads that were created from the five Organization members he's killed: Larxene, Marluxia, Demyx, Xaldin, and Roxas.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: The final arc of the story takes place in Sora's Deep Dive that's been corrupted by Silent Hill's Otherworld mixed with Roxas and Xion's memories.
- Brought Down to Normal: Not only do Donald and Goofy lose their staff and shield, but Sora can't summon the Keyblade once they crash in Silent Hill.
- The Cameo: James Sunderland appears in Chapter 2. He discusses the possibility of teaming up with Sora, Donald, and Goofy, but Sora declines, citing the Alien Non-Interference Clause.
- Closed Circle: Chip and Dale opt to stay with the Gummi Ship, sending the trio off with a radio to communicate. Not only are Sora, Donald and Goofy unable to make contact after leaving, but they're unable to return to ship to make sure Chip and Dale are alright. Jiminy Cricket has also vanished.
- Darker and Edgier: Besides that this is a crossover with Silent Hill the Heartless and Nobodies Sora, Donald, and Goofy encounter are far more grotesque and monstrous looking to fit with the cursed town. And then there's the Pyramid Heads.
- Hand in the Hole: Sora has to reach into the garbage disposal in the hospital's kitchen sink to get a key. Naturally, Sora nearly loses a few of his fingers when it springs to life once he grabs it.
- Mythology Gag: In addition to James's cameo, Sora finds patient files for Stanley Coleman and Leonard Wolf along with Mary Sunderland's at Brookhaven Hosptial.
- Never Say "Die": Sora never says that he's killed people, only destroyed them. This is the key to Silent Hill's power over Sora. Once he admits that he's used lethal force and his duty as the Keyblade Master will mean that he will do so again and that he won't dress it up as anything else acts as part of his epiphany that gets him the Keyblade back.
- Parental Neglect: It's implied that Riku's father began ignoring his son after his wife left. Sora's father is a doctor and frequently busy with work.
- Selective Obliviousness: Sora's Fatal Flaw and Silent Hill exploits it for all its worth, which he realizes when one of the puzzles he solves forces him to admit that Roxas is his Nobody. He is floored about how obvious it is that he should have a Nobody.
- Solve the Soup Cans: But of course. They are trapped in Silent Hill, after all.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sora is afraid of the dark.