Jiminy's Journals (ジミニーメモ, Jiminī Memo?) are journals written by Jiminy Cricket, containing information on Sora and the countless number of things he meets and discovers on his journeys through the Kingdom Hearts universe. Being a form of Report, the journal contains sections on the Heartless, other characters, story plots, notes on the worlds, mini-games, treasure chests opened, Trinity Marks (Kingdom Hearts) and hints of what to do next (Kingdom Hearts II). However, Jiminy's first journal is wiped clean at the beginning of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and again at the end, with only one sentence left: "Thank Naminé."
The Journal is the first object to become a character in the Kingdom Hearts series, first appearing in Kingdom Hearts coded. Because of the Journal being used as both a character and plot device in Kingdom Hearts coded, it is replaced in actual gameplay with a Computer System report which holds all information collected within the game and statistics.
Jiminy is assigned by Queen Minnie to chronicle Donald and Goofy's quest to find the "key". Jiminy introduces his journal to Sora after defeating the Guard Armor in Traverse Town. Jiminy rewrites the journal entries as the party learns more about the ongoing situation, and does not keep records of prior drafts.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Once the team enters Castle Oblivion, Naminé uses her witchcraft to cause them to see the journal as blank. Jiminy refills the journal with the events of the castle, but after rescuing Naminé, the team learns that they will have to sacrifice their memories of the castle in order to heal Sora, including the words written in the journal. In order to remind themselves of their debt to Naminé, Jiminy writes the phrase "Thank Naminé" on the last page of the journal.
Kingdom Hearts II
When Sora and his friends awaken in the Old Mansion, they look through the Journal for hints as to how they got there, but only find Jiminy's message about Naminé. In response, Jiminy begins a second journal to begin chronicling their continuing journey, but keeps the old journal with him.
Kingdom Hearts coded
After the team vanquishes Xemnas and Jiminy returns to Disney Castle, he goes to organize his journals but finds a message that he did not write: "Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it." Jiminy asks King Mickey what to make of the message, but the King does not know, so at Chip and Dale's suggestion they decide to digitize the contents of the journal. Discovering that the data is filled with bugs, they create a Data-Sora to explore the Datascape created from the journal's contents and debug the data.
Soon after, a mysterious man clad in a black coat appears and reveals himself to be a Data-Riku, who has been given possession of the Journal's memories. Data-Riku guides Data-Sora as he destroys the bugs in each of the worlds in the journal, but he is kidnapped by Pete and Maleficent, who infest him with Bug Blox. Data-Sora battles Data-Riku, and enters his data to free them of the Bug Blox. When the data in the Journal is completely debugged, Data-Sora loses his memories.
After the loss of the Data-Sora's memories, Mickey finds him in Traverse Town and takes him to a data version of Castle Oblivion. There, they meet and battle a Data-Roxas and eventually find a Data-Naminé. She tells them that the bugs were a side-effect of the real Naminé's tampering with Sora's memories, and that she summoned them there to inform them that those connected to the real Sora's heart are hurting and that Sora must venture out to save them from their individual fates.
Jiminy's Journal has many contents pages, slightly differing between games. In general, each game's Journal includes entries on defeated Heartless and, in the case of Kingdom Hearts II, Nobodies. The entries feature a brief description of the Heartless, sometimes mentioning an attack of theirs or the main world that they appear in, and mentioning how many have been defeated. They all also include entries on the characters encountered over the course of the game; anybody that Sora meets is added, unless they are generic characters (such as Traverse Town's townsfolk). If the character added is from a Final Fantasy game or a Disney film, their first appearance is noted as well.
Jiminy's Journal in Kingdom Hearts has several top-level categories to further investigate. The categories include:
By pressing while investigating an entry, the player may view and rotate the concerning character or Heartless's trophy.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
The Journal in this game is like that in Kingdom Hearts, but in this game it splits into three main areas.
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the Journal is altered and is now sorted much the same way as in Kingdom Hearts II. The sections are:
Kingdom Hearts II
The contents of the new Jiminy's Journal are separated by world. All world-specific characters may be viewed under "Characters" while viewing their world. For example, the player may choose Beast's Castle and then choose "Characters" if they want to view Beast's entry. The Characters screen is different than in the previous games. Instead of a list of characters, it shows a small square with a picture of the character, divided into related groups. Sora, Donald, and Goofy all have entries under every world, with little difference in all world entries other than that of the Timeless River, Atlantica, Halloween Town, the Pride Lands, and Space Paranoids. Any non-world specific characters, such as the Summon characters and discarded entries, such as that of a cloaked Organization XIII member after the real identity receives an article, or the defeated Heartless and Nobodies, appear under the "Jiminy" selection, symbolized by a picture of Jiminy.
None of the enemies or characters which Roxas encounters during his week in the simulated Twilight Town are recorded in the journal when the player gains control of Sora, although the Twilight Thorn eventually appears in the journal after Sora enters the simulated Twilight Town. In addition, the journal mistakenly claims that the Twilight Town trio were attacked by Heartless, when they were actually attacked by Nobodies.
The main sections in Jiminy's Journal are:
In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix one more section was added, Puzzles. The most important part, however, is the Character Links section, which the portraits of the major characters are grouped in a page to show their relation, with heroes at the top while villains at the bottom.
Notes and references
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