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Kingdom Hearts
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Arranger Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Performer Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus
Length 2:55
drammatica: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura
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Arranger Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 3:21
Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-
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Arranger Kaoru Wada
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 3:25
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-
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Arranger Natsumi Kameoka
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 3:22

"Destati" (Ita: "Awaken!") is a musical composition by Yoko Shimomura that appears in the Kingdom Hearts series. It is a major theme that represents darkness and its eternal conflict with light. Although the piece itself rarely appears in the series, the motifs of "Destati" are featured in many other compositions that appear in nearly every Kingdom Hearts installment.


"Destati" was the very first song composed for the Kingdom Hearts series. Despite that, the full song did not appear in a game until Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory eighteen years later (as its Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- incarnation), while the full original recording made for Kingdom Hearts did not appear in a game until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate another year later.[1] Additionally, according to Yoko Shimomura, "Destati" is somewhat of a "cursed song". The chorus is often used in other pieces, but whenever the chorus was loaded by Square Enix staff during the development of Kingdom Hearts, something bad would happen, an example being the entire building's electricity getting cut off.[2]


Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix[edit]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]


"Destati" is approximately two minutes and fifty-five seconds in Kingdom Hearts. In the HD remake of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the piece is slightly shortened to two minutes and fifty-three seconds. In the Drammatica album, the piece is three minutes and twenty-one seconds.

The motifs introduced in "Destati" appear in many tracks throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, most commonly boss themes of those with close ties to darkness.


Elements of "Destati" are incorporated in many tracks throughout the Kingdom Hearts series. Numerous pieces are derived, in part or in whole, from the melodies of "Destati":

There are also many tracks that are not based on "Destati", but still incorporate certain features of the song. The phrase featured in the introduction of "Destati" is briefly quoted in "Darkness of the Unknown". The ascending five-note ostinato that repeats throughout the song appears in the foundation of several tracks, namely "Another Side", "Graceful Assassin", "Showdown at Hollow Bastion", and "Deep Drop". Similarly, the thumping baseline rhythm appears in "Blast Away! -Gummi Ship III-" and "Forgotten Challenge", with a more upbeat variation appearing in "Results and Rewards". Finally, the medleys "Fantasia alla marcia for piano, chorus and orchestra" and "Rhapsody in Tres for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra" include sections based on songs that incorporate pieces of "Destati".


Original Italian lyrics[edit]

Tendi la mano!

È giunta l'ora,
Le porte verranno schiuse
Destati, Destati, Destati

Su rimembra tu trepida!
Su sveglia! Ehi ricorda!

Destati! Destati!
Forza, tendi la mano!
Destati! Destati!
È giunta l'ora!

E ancora una volta
Apriranno le porte!

Su rimembra tu trepida!
Su sveglia! Ehi ricorda!

Eh? Come? Non lo vuoi!?
Tuttavia t'appartiene
Ciò che hai perduto
Diventerà uno solo!

English translation[edit]

Hold out your hand!

The time has come,
The doors will be parted
Awaken, Awaken, Awaken

Come on, remember, you who tremble!
Come on, wake up! Oh, remember!

Awaken! Awaken!
Come on, hold out your hand!
Awaken! Awaken!
The time has come!

And once again
They will open the doors!

Come on, remember, you who tremble!
Come on, wake up! Oh, remember!

Eh? What? You do not want it!?
Still it belongs to you
What you have lost
Will become one!

Other appearances[edit]

Official websites[edit]

"Destati" plays as the background music for the Kingdom Hearts coded page on the Square Enix website.[4]

Kingdom Hearts Magical AR Stage[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Magical AR Stage features "Destati" as one of five stages in the AR video experience. The scene shows Sora defeating Shadows in an area themed around the Dive to the Heart accompanied by scenes from Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, “Destati” is a track used in stages. It is also heard during the Mr. Sakurai Presents video presentation on Sora, where it is played while Masahiro Sakurai plays as Sora, when battling Master Hand and Crazy Hand in Sora's Classic Mode. It is also the track used in the DLC Spirit Board for the Kingdom Hearts series.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter (@KINGDOMHEARTS), Yoko Shimomura: "I've mentioned this a few times in interviews, but this is the first song I wrote for KINGDOM HEARTS. There have been performances of it in concerts, different arrangements of it and soundtrack recordings etc, but actually the first time it will be used in a game in its full "Destati" form is in Melody of Memory!"
  2. ^ Kingdom Hearts Ultimania, Yoko Shimomura: "In the beginning and ending of the game, there is a song with a chorus. That chorus is a phrase that expresses the dark side of Kingdom Hearts, and it was used in several songs. However, once we tried loading the chorus data in when we were creating the songs, something bad would happen. The worst thing that happened was when the electricity to the building was cut off." (Translation by KH Ultimania)
  3. ^ drammatica - The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura version
  4. ^ Kingdom Hearts coded Japanese website (Archived)