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I'm about to finish the first KH Novel and I'm really enjoying it. Like SweetYetSalty said the added context to the story is quite nice. Also the first novel really streamlined things in a good way.
 

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I went to my local Books-A-Million and purchased the two KHII novels. They told me I could get a extra one free and so I got the Dream Drop Distance novel too! Three new KH novels to read! I'm so excited to see what extra content I'll get from these. I know what I'll be doing while waiting for ReMind :D
 

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I really like the novels interpretation of Riku and Sora way more, especially Riku.
 

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I finished the two volumes of the KHII novel. They were quite insightful. They changed quite a bit from the KH2 games. Some for the better and some for the worse. But it got rid of all the filler while keeping the best KH2 worlds in the book (minus 100 Acre Woods. I missed it) but I was very impressed with the read. I actually complain a lot about KH2's story in the unpopular opinion thread, and this novel answered quite a few complaints I had in the game. A really big one in fact that has changed my outlook on one character all together.

The character is Namine. Gamewise I've never been that impressed with Namine's character past COM, the novel not only fleshed out Namine, but she's like the heart and soul of KH2 now, even more so then my boi Roxas! We get her inner thoughts as she's the voice of the Nobodies, we see her having wants and desires beyond just helping Sora/Roxas, they actually set up her helping from the shadows and it doesn't feel like the deus ex machina the games portray it as. Novel Namine is the GOAT of KH2. I actually got sad when it was time for her to go away, I wanted more of her. Screw the Somebodies! Her unofficial trio with Riku and Axel was also sweet. See Namine has a trio, all you haters out there XD. Are the novels semi-canon? Because I want to think of all the things Namine did as canon, because I love Novel Namine. I could be here forever gushes over her role. Sadly the same cannot be said for her Somebody Kairi. I foolishly thought Novel Kairi would be like the amazing Manga Kairi...not even close.

The Disney worlds were abridged, sometimes it worked for me (Port Royal) other times it didn't (Olympus). Sora, Riku, and Axel were also really well done, because these are books we can dive into their inner thoughts and feelings and this really fleshed out these guys. If only Kairi had gotten the same treatment. And they had a interesting subplot with Namine's unofficial trio that was delightful.

Battles were so short in this, but I expected that. Still I wish Demyx, Xaldin, and Xigbar got to keep their iconic battle phrases. Just wasn't the same without them.

Overall I enjoyed my KHII novel read. In many ways I find the storytelling of the main plot vastly superior to the KH2 game. Next I wanted to read the DDD novel since I have it, but before I do I think I'm going to hunt down the COM novel first. Because I want more GOAT Namine to read.
 

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The character is Namine. Gamewise I've never been that impressed with Namine's character past COM, the novel not only fleshed out Namine, but she's like the heart and soul of KH2 now, even more so then my boi Roxas! We get her inner thoughts as she's the voice of the Nobodies, we see her having wants and desires beyond just helping Sora/Roxas, they actually set up her helping from the shadows and it doesn't feel like the deus ex machina the games portray it as. Novel Namine is the GOAT of KH2. I actually got sad when it was time for her to go away, I wanted more of her. Screw the Somebodies! Her unofficial trio with Riku and Axel was also sweet. See Namine has a trio, all you haters out there XD. Are the novels semi-canon? Because I want to think of all the things Namine did as canon, because I love Novel Namine. I could be here forever gushes over her role. Sadly the same cannot be said for her Somebody Kairi. I foolishly thought Novel Kairi would be like the amazing Manga Kairi...not even close.
Novels are considered in the community as third-tier canon, behind the games (Tier 1) and supplementary materials like interviews and official commentary (Tier 2). If something presented in the novels doesn't contradict the upper tiers, then it's treated as legit.

The reason for this is because the novelist Tomoco Kanemaki works closely with Nomura during the writing process and sometimes receives additional info from him that isn't mentioned in the games. However, while this fact is well known, I don't think Nomura has really commented on it, or at least I don't remember him doing so.
 

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Novels are considered in the community as third-tier canon, behind the games (Tier 1) and supplementary materials like interviews and official commentary (Tier 2). If something presented in the novels doesn't contradict the upper tiers, then it's treated as legit.

The reason for this is because the novelist Tomoco Kanemaki works closely with Nomura during the writing process and sometimes receives additional info from him that isn't mentioned in the games. However, while this fact is well known, I don't think Nomura has really commented on it, or at least I don't remember him doing so.
I see. These are very interesting. I could see that some things from the games were changed like Olympus for example so that wouldn't be canon obviously. But thankfully a majority of Namine's stuff didn't contradict the plot so that is good.

I heard KH3 had a novel being worked on like the manga, any chance it'll get released here anytime soon?
 

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I see. These are very interesting. I could see that some things from the games were changed like Olympus for example so that wouldn't be canon obviously. But thankfully a majority of Namine's stuff didn't contradict the plot so that is good.

I heard KH3 had a novel being worked on like the manga, any chance it'll get released here anytime soon?
KH3 volume 1 is scheduled to release in the west in February 2020!
 
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