Kingdom Hearts series (manga)
Kingdom Hearts is Shiro Amano's manga adaptation of the Kingdom Hearts series. Most of the Japanese volumes have been localized in English by TOKYOPOP and in German by Egmont Manga & Anime, but due to TOKYOPOP's loss of the license and later closure, the series was temporarily postponed in English markets. The series resumed publication after the license was purchased by Yen Press (North America). It was also released in Brazil by Editora Abril in May 2013.
The first manga series is based on Kingdom Hearts. It was released in four volumes and was localized in English by TOKYOPOP. Unlike the other mangas, the first manga is read left to right, due to being serialized in the gaming magazine Famitsū PS2, rather than the comic magazine Gekkan Shōnen Gangan. In Japan, the series was later re-released from January to April 2007 as the three-volume Kingdom Hearts Final Mix manga, which was later localized overseas and consolidated into two volumes by Yen Press.
The second series is based on Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. It was released in two volumes, and localized in English by TOKYOPOP and later compiled into one deluxe-sized volume with a new translation by Yen Press. It was also released in German by Egmont Manga & Anime. The Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories Manga has a much lighter tone than that of the game.
The third series is based on Kingdom Hearts II. In Japan, it covered 10 volumes. Only two volumes were localized in English by TOKYOPOP, who eventually lost the rights and could not publish the rest. However, Yen Press released the entire series as four volumes.
Kingdom Hearts II seems to take a more serious tone than Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, but still has some humorous scenes.
The fourth series is based on Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It was released in five volumes, and was localized by Yen Press.
The fifth series is based on Kingdom Hearts III. It was released on April 29, 2019 and is currently ongoing.
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