Since it is March and Kingdom Hearts II is rapidly approaching I figured there should be a remembrance type thread; for those of us who are interested to share our favorite moments of the original and COM. I'll start the ball rolling with a few fond memories; first off the first time I played the game was a rental, I played at least thirteen to twenty hours straight and since at the time I didn't have a PS2 Memory Card I left the game on all night because I'd gotten so far. (At least So Far in the context that when you don't have a memory card starting over again can be a real pain.) I'd reached Monstro and wanted to see what happened next; the game was just sooooo adictive and it combined the two best aspects of my hobbies, Walt Disney and RPG gaming. Later on once I finally owned the game and a memory card I recall certain moments that really stuck out; for instance the first time I faced Chernabog in the End of the World, I always loved the Night on Bald Moutain sequence of Fantasia and getting to wail on the demon atop Bald Mountain really struck a chord with me. The first time I saw the intro of secret boss Sephiroth blew me away; and since it was my first time encountering the character it also happened to be the first time I ever heard his kick ass theme. The entire Winnie the Pooh segment of the game was so cool in my book; I mean you didn't have to fight one damn thing, but getting the chance to play as Sora interacting and encountering A. A. Milne's classic characters as portrayed by Disney really brought a smile to my face. The warmth and cutsey factor was a real winning combination; especially seeing as how Sora towered above Pooh and his pals. The theme song for the first game as always has really been one of my all time fav' videogame themes, right up there with Mega Man X5 and the remixed track of the Underworld used in Super Mario Bros. 3. The game is really something I feel has been sorely needed; a chance to see classic Disney characters in a more mature setting, though not too mature that you get stuff like... Well some of the twisted junk you stumble upon while looking for totally unrelated stuff. That's all I have to say for the moment on the original; I'll add my thoughts and fondest memories of KH: COM later, but first I also wanted to expand upon my thread with another idea of mine... If you're like me you're a tad creative, perhaps you enjoy writing fanfiction or short stories or something; in which case perhaps you'd care to share a Kingdom Hearts themed short. I would caution you to keep it limited to no more then five thousand words or less; if you're inclined to share something in this thread, it's a potporri thread that doesn't just have to be game related... I'll get the ball rolling with something I did in about twenty-five minutes, it's sort of a bit of an expansion on one of my favoritest boss intros, which saddly doesn't involve so much inner thoughts concerning the villain. (For one thing I found myself asking the question, Why did Sora, Donald and Goofy fight Chernabog before reaching Ansem? As far as I can tell the answer is one of two things, aside from the real world answer where the game designers probably thought it'd be cool so they slapped it in at the best spot they could think of. Notice how Ansem's Guardian has a striking resemblance to Chernabog? What if he is actually the master/creator of the Guardian and Ansem has imprisoned him at the End of the World area to act as a last line of defense... Or; End of the World could be Chernabog's home and Ansem uses him to his advantage when plotting out the course Sora will most likely take to reach him, or somethin' like that.) He senses it; the power of the Keyblade, the source of all hope and light when in the hands of a pure soul such as he who now wields the mystical weapon. It draws ever closer; he has sensed it even from vast distances between worlds, now the would be hero has ventured forth to this; last bastion of the shadow ones. "Ahhhahahahhhoooie!" A voice cried out echoing amongst the vastness of the void these three would be heroes had fallen into. "Tinkerbell!" A different voice called out and a quick flash lit the area. "That was close." The first voice remarked. "Where are we now?" A third incomprehensible voice asked even as the sleeping one began to stir; his eyes opened first glowing a rich yellow and then he rose fully awakening in the process. "Gawrsh." The gangly looking dog creature exclaimed brandishing a shield. "Wack." The duck being said simultaneously producing a wizards staff. "Oh wow." The human gasped as it almost seemed an ominous musc began to play softly emanating form the nether. "Rahhhhhhhh!" The former sleeping one bellowed erecting a mystical shield around the void so the Keyblade could not escape from his desire to destroy it. "Looks like we gotta fight." The dog creature said; the human nodded and produced the coveted weapon, the former sleeping one's eyes narrowed and the battle began... Fellow KH Fanatics; share, discuss, use this thread as it was meant to be and soon perhaps we shall be sharing memories of KH II.