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According to gamenohanashi, the cutscene theater of KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days in KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX will run for 2 hours and 50 minutes! The music tracks for 358/2 Days have also been rearranged and replaced with live instruments, all supervised by series composer Yoko Shimomura. This will definitely be a treat for fans to listen to as they watch the updated cutscenes when the game releases March 14th 2013 in Japan. All of this information is featured in this week's issue of Famitsu.
Update: Thanks to hokanko-alt and translations by the amazing Zephy, we now have more information on KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days HD Theater including staff comments!
358/2 Days cutscene director
The main story has been made into footage, in which there are about 100 cutscenes. Now that we've added voice recordings, we're able to express a range of emotions that were difficult to convey only in text. It makes me want to sit down and just watch it because it's about 2 hours and 50 minutes long in total. I didn't think I would be involved with the series for so long. I want to make a Kingdom Hearts game that is loved by fans for the future and even in the next 10 years.
The real time portion of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories corresponds to 5.1ch surround sound and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days added voice recordings. A variety of songs are replaced with live instruments and rearranged under Yoko Shimomura's supervision. I want you to expect that the music has been renewed.
Update 2: The lovely goldpanner has tranlasted the full hokanko-alt report!
KINGDOM HEARTS -HD 1.5 ReMIX: 358/2 Days Info Released, Trophy Support Element For Even the Video Volume
This introduces some points regarding Days being reworked into the Video Volume. There are also statements regarding the sound work of the entire product.
358/2 Days: Changes from the Original Version
~Cutscenes now high resolution
~Voicing recorded for previously non-voiced scenes
~Able to enjoy specific scenes through chapter select
~"Roxas' Diary" open from the beginning
~"Secret Reports" can be browsed after viewing the videos
~Additional "Character Index" in which you are able to view commentary on the characters
~Obtain a custom PS3 theme after viewing all content
~Trophy support (acquired through viewing content)
In addition to this, there are a great number of screenshots appearing with the article.
~From a comment by 358/2 Days cutscene director Masaru Oka: We created about 100 new scenes in order to be able to get the main story across in video only. We also added voicing, so you will be able to enjoy the subtle expression of emotion that is difficult to convey with text only. Get comfortable before you watch it because in entirety it is two hours and fifty minutes long. I didn't think that I would be working on the series for this long, but I'd like to go on creating Kingdom Hearts that the fans will love for the next ten years and on into the future.
~From a comment by sound designer Yuki Hirose: We gave 5.1ch sound support to the real-time sections of KH and ReCoM, and recorded additional voicing for Days. On the music front, under the supervision of Yoko Shimomura, various tracks have been rearranged and replaced with live instruments. Please look forward to the sound born anew.