(Update) Hikaru Utada “May” Return for Kingdom Hearts III

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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Hikaru Utada Return for Kingdom Hearts III

Hikaru Utada, singer and song writer of the Kingdom Hearts series theme songs, “Simple and Clean” / “Hikari” and “Sanctuary” / “Passion”, has been strangely absent since Kingdom Hearts II. The New York City-born Japanese singer had become unanimous with the franchise since her contribution in the original Kingdom Hearts title, and many wondered why there was a sudden divide between her and Square Enix.

Now however, her absence from the series will become a thing of the past, as Utada looks to be taking part in the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III. Revealed by her father Teruzane on Twitter, he confirmed that his daughter Hikaru Utada will be making a contribution in the creation of the theme song for the newest Kingdom Hearts title.

While this news will probably bring about a celebration from long time Kingdom Hearts fans, we still don’t have much information about the extent of Utada’s contribution or the details of her new theme song.  Hopefully, it will be a short wait to finally hear the creation she has had brewing after her long absence.

Update: It seems that Utada Teruzane may have been confused by the question of his daughter’s involvement with Square Enix. In a new Twitter post(this time in English), he clarified that he and his daughter are still undecided when it came to being involved with Kingdom Hearts III. So Hikaru Utada isn’t contributing with making a new theme song for Kingdom Hearts series, but there may be a chance that she will decide to help with the new title in the future. We will keep notice of the situation, as more details come in.


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  • Johnny Salas

    I always figured they wouldn’t bring her back till the third one. I figured they only wanted to have her do a new song for each of the numbered games. One for KH one, one for KH two, and now one for KH three.

    • Dillon

      lol kind of meaning all the other lame side games were useless XD

    • January Jones

      not all side games are lame. Birth by sleep for example, is for me better than 1 and 2.

    • Dillon

      Birth by sleep yes is a wonderful game. But for me not the others. No thanks

    • Johnny Salas

      Haha, No way! I’ve played nearly all the side games, and they’re all great! Maybe not as good as 1, and 2, but still fantastic!

  • Ninty

    Hopefully they put more work into the English lyrics. For the past two songs, it seems they tried to put English lyrics into the Japanese song’s beat, which worked better for KH1 than KH2 in my opinion. Or it’d be cool to have a different but still fitting song made from the ground up in English, by Utada of course.

  • Alex Kraus

    I’m cautiously excited, but her father only confirmed so far that she “is involved,” not that there is a new theme song. I HOPE that there is a new song, but that much has not been confirmed by anybody yet. /wet blanket

  • Bangarang

    Looks like he retracted his statement 🙁 https://twitter.com/u3music/status/391160089890930688 Maybe he jumped the gun and Square wants to do a big reveal later? Still hope Utada is on board!!

    • Alex Kraus

      I’m thinking he jumped the gun, too.

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    My bet sometime during 2014-2015 Square Enix Disney Hikaru Utada liking Make Announcement Together