Utada Hikaru to sing theme for Kingdom Hearts III; watch new trailer with song preview!

It has been announced that Utada Hikaru will once again be providing the theme song for the hit Square Enix franchise Kingdom Hearts! The highly anticipated third mainline title was originally announced in 2013, and will finally be released sometime this year.

For the original Kingdom Hearts game Utada provided the song Hikari, which was re-recorded as Simple & Clean for the English version. In the sequel Kingdom Hearts II Utada provided the song Passion, which received the name Sanctuary for the English release. Finally, for Kingdom Hearts III Utada’s song will be titled Oath while the English version is called Don’t Think Twice.

This information was all revealed at a special Kingdom Hearts fan event called D23 Expo Japan 2018. The stroyline of Kingdom Hearts III will serve as the final chapter for the “Dark Seeker Saga”, and will heavily focus on Sora’s showdown with Master Xehanort. It will be available on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer, and hear a preview of Utada Hikaru’s new song Oath below!

  • Comments

    • bailey darbii

      it’s been 84 years…..

    • hasawa

      Doesn’t live up “Hikari” or “Passion” tbh :-/

      • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

        hikari sucks

    • analog

      Japanese version sounds better as always. Will she release this as a physical single?

      • shiryukun

        It’ll be included in her 7th Japanese album.

    • Brian Henke

      when did the arkham knight join organization XIII?

    • Azura Of Ylisse

      This is so beautiful 😍😍😍😍😍
      I can’t wait to hear the English version too! (even though the Japanese version is almost always better)
      I’m so glad she’s back to compose the theme song 😍😍😍😍😍

      • shiryukun

        Here’s the English version, Don’t Think Twice. Arama staff should update the post with it.

        • kazu_no_ko

          Ty :)

    • Taima-kun

      i’ll be honest
      i didn’t get that overwhelming feeling after hearing the song
      it’s like it didn’t fit the game unlike the previous songs

      • bailey darbii

        it fits her current mellow sound.

        needs more drum and bass, maybe a remix will be released.

        • Dalooshe

          Will totally be down to hear that! Even a fanmade one would do.

      • hasawa

        For something that has been hyped to hell and forth for almost a decade I expected something better.
        Square Enix be king of letting their games’ fan down (FF XV was a MESS, and the fact its development took a whole decade made it worse)

        • kazu_no_ko

          She has definitely lost something since she her return to the music scene. It’s kinda sad.

    • Ash

      That’s it?

    • It sounds like she back to those struggle vocals aka trying to hit those high notes and straining. At least in the English version.

      Edit: The screenshot of Monsters Inc. Goofy is killing me.

    • eplizo

      Underwhelming, and definitely doesn’t live up to the feel of Hikari or Passion. I know she wants to be more simple nowadays, but the dramatic production and composition of those songs are what made them magical. She should’ve kept consistent with that at least for the opening theme even if she wanted to go a different direction with her own work.

      That said, It’s not bad, and I’m HYPEDDDDDDDDDD!

      • M

        We don’t know how much of the song we’ve heard. Hikki’s great at making a song start off one way and beautifully transitioning into something else by the time it’s done. I personally really like it, the song structure and instrumental are interestingly disorganized so I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes with it. It’s sounding like a much more complicated song than others on here are making it out to be – I wouldn’t call it “simple”, at least. But that’s just me.

        I’m HYPEDDDDDDDDDDDD too. :) Any new Hikki material is great in my book and she hasn’t disappointed me with a single thing she’s released since returning (and I love everything from this era so far!) so her upcoming album can’t come fast enough!!

      • kazu_no_ko

        I agree completely. The snippet left me wanting more while still feeling underwhelmed. If this piece were as dramatic as hikari and passion, I would be on board, but she has consistently made no impression on me since her return. I want to be hyped because I know she’s amazing, but this isn’t doing it for me.

        However, the game still looks flawless. Go KH!

    • SO excited!!!!

    • Dalooshe

      You will all see how this song will be timeless when everyone will be revisiting Hikki’s discography 17years from now! You know what’s also timeless, Miyano Mamoru’s voice <3

      • Awilda

        Indeed,best character voice ever. It is sure to become a legend <3

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    • dfjkdbsfjk mad

      Ouch. I used to get butthurt when it was pointed out that Utada’s English lyrics aren’t that good, but I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s the truth. Her initial ideas might have been in English before Japanese, but the truth is, she made her ideas actual art in Japanese. Her wordplay in Japanese is superior to her English equivalent. She’s an icon in Japan and not so much worldwide for a reason.

      • shiryukun

        You talk like if Taylor Swift or other common pop singers were great lyricists (nowadays there are songs that make Easy Breezy sound like a poem, take a look at Nicki Minaj or Jason Derulo). Outside Japan, music is more important than lyrics, and the marketing is the most important key. The only big marketing she has is KH outside Japan, and look, it works until today to her. She was in the top 10 in twitter worldwide yesterday. there hundreads of reports in many western languages and all the nerds were talking about her.

        Utada isn’t important just in Japan, in Asia too, take a look at how her lastest releases are doing in iTunes and etc when they’re released.

        • still mad

          Taylor Swift is, IMHO, better than Utada at writing English lyrics, but she dumbs her lyrics down for mass consumption too. Different people have different gifts. I still think Hikaru is a much better musician.

          Sorry. Yes, she has worldwide recognition and success. I am not denying that at all. I just don’t think she is as uniquely special as a musician in her other first language and will never be as legendary as she is in Japan in the rest of the world.

      • Bobson Dugnutt

        She’s said in the past that lyrics in Japanese songs are important whereas they don’t really matter in English songs. You can definitely tell by her output.

    • Just Tim

      “Let it go” cover version confirmed?

    • Bobson Dugnutt

      It was starting to get interesting as soon as it started trailing off. I’ll reserve my judgement until I hear the whole song, as Oozora de Dakishimete and Manatsu no Tooriame were bores upon previews to me as well but now I love those.

    • girlymatsu

      I prefer the Japanese version more than the English version. Does anyone know when the KH3 game will be released?

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