Kingdom Hearts endures as probably the most elaborate fan fic ever officially put together. The games have concocted countless, improbable meet-ups, team-ups, and dust-ups between Final Fantasy and Disney characters that somehow still manage to work quite naturally. Few would ever have imagined Sephiroth and Donald Duck sharing a scene, but for nearly 15 years, Hearts has kept turning up to flaunt those ever-so-narrow expectations.
Considering how far afield these two multiverses are–and how well their crossover keeps working–it’s a real wonder Kingdom Hearts hasn’t cast a wider net yet and drawn in other franchises. Especially given how many characters have crowded under the Disney umbrella since the first game’s release. Why couldn’t this be the arena where, say, Madoka Magic and the Scarlet Witch finally match spells?
The artist Erin “Nijuukoo” Wong has been thinking along similar lines lately. Throughout several pieces in her Tumblr, she’s imagined what the Sailor Scouts (and Tuxedo Mask, natch) would look like if they enlisted with Sora and picked up keyblades of their own. Sailor Moon might be rechristened “Eternal Moon,” while Sailor Mercury might become “Melodic Waters,” and so on. The makeovers are cute, stylish, and above all, fitting. Indeed, it’s incredibly easy to picture these characters sliding into Kingdom Hearts III through some DLC bonus package.
Then again, that game’s release date hasn’t even been officially locked yet. Perhaps it’d just be better for some cosplayers to pick the ball up from Nijuukoo and craft a few outfits based on these “amalgam” characters for the next con? The artist has, in fact, already made that a bit easier by offering a detailed schematic of Eternal Moon’s new threads…
What other non-Disney, non-Square characters are dying for a guest appearance in the next Hearts? Drop your picks in the talkback, or better yet, point us in the direction of any fan art already illustrating such a mash-up. We’d love to feature more here!
Image Credits: Erin Wong