Content Warning: This story contains brief discussions of suicide, mental illness.
A few months ago, I asked a basic question: Why does Kingdom Hearts mean something to you? The answers I received in the days ahead, which numbered in the hundreds, were anything but basic. To so many, Kingdom Hearts has not just been a video game about a kid with spiky hair travelling to various Disney worlds, but a story about hope, friendship, and a crisis of identity. It’s helped them find love, provided comfort through loss, and acted as a guiding light of unrelenting, unapologetic positivity in a world that’s increasingly dark, cynical, and upsetting.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/8xz4ab/why-kingdom-hearts-means-so-damn-much-to-people