My VG Music Picks #33 – Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (Kingdom Hearts)

You ever have one of those pieces of music that just brings a smile to your face every time you hear it? For me, this is easily one of those tracks. Despite it technically being an orchestral cover of the first game’s main theme, Simple and Clean, I’ve always treated this as its own track; one that represents the entirety of the franchise.

My main reasoning for that is because, for as long as I can remember, this music has commonly been used for many trailers for the Kingdom Hearts series. It was even used for Dream Drop Distance‘s opening cinematic (which was a billion times more awesome than the game itself) and helped elevate it to one of my favourite videogame openings ever.

I’ve repeatedly shared my grievances with the series before, whether it be on this very site or on Twitter. But whenever a new trailer drops and that melody starts playing, I can’t help but shake with excitement. For those four glorious minutes, I forget about the ridiculous story-telling and constant KH III delays and just enjoy myself.

Hikari is Japanese for “light.” And that’s what this track represents – the glorious light breaking through the darkness. And we could all use a little more light in our lives.

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