Written by: Kanemaki Tomoco
Original Plan: Nomura Tetsuya and Oka Masaru
Illustration: Amano Shiro
Copyrighted by Disney and Square Enix
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Vol 2: Best Friends
Story 5: Kaleidoscope - Radiant Garden2
Story 6-A: Disney Town
Story 6-B: Deep Space
Story 6-C: Olympus Coliseum
Story 7: Never Land
Ventus - Yeah. We're going to make so many memories from here on. Ones of being together with you,Terra and Aqua - The youngest of Eraqus' pupils. Spurred by the words of the masked boy, he left the Land of Departure to chase Terra, who wouldn't listen and stop. He is a pure-hearted being who, even while baffled by the strange happenings in the worlds and the secrets surrounding his own past, continues to grow as he meets people of all kinds.
Terra - You might save me one day - He left the Land of Departure to travel the worlds in order to search for Master Xehanort, under Master Eraqus' instruction. Troubled by the existence of darkness inside him, he parted with Aqua and Ventus and is groping to find his own path.
Aqua - No need to worry. Our treasure, the bond of our hearts, won't break so easily - A woman Keyblade Master who is travelling in order to find out the true nature of the strange happenings in the worlds, while continuing to believe in the bond between hers, Terra and Ventus' hearts. Her serious and honour-bound personality has caused a slight misunderstanding to develop over her concern for Terra, and with bad feelings in the air she continues to wander the worlds trying to fulfil her mission.
Braig - If I beat you, then I'll be the one worthy of the Keyblade, 's all I'm sayin' - One of Ansem the Wise's bodyguards. He's very good at blinding people with his carefree demeanour, but there are strong ambitions hidden in his heart. Thanks to his encounter with Master Xehanort he is interested in the Keyblade, and he is plotting something.
Even - I have a feeling that after this, you and I may share some kind of fate - A genius researcher who works hard under Ansem, studying the heart. He takes an interest in Ventus thanks to him saving Ienzo, whom he treasures above all others. A possessor of sharp intuition, he gives a declaration that makes it seem as though he can see the future.
Ienzo - This child lost his parents, you see. We take care of him, we're raising him - An orphaned boy who is being raised by Even and the others in Ansem the Wise's castle. Though he is still young, he has mastered a composed demeanour to the extend that even with the Unversed before him he is not upset.
Isa - Sorry, I'm not a very good liar - A boy with a calm and taciturn personality. He connects with his best friend Lea through candid objections, but he keeps other people at a distance, and doesn't speak much. He also often scolds Lea, who has an opposite (though complementary) personality.
Lea - We're friends already, see. Get that memorised - A boy who lives in Radiant Garden. He and Isa are best friends. He has a sociable personality, and hopes he can remain inside people's memories forever. He and Isa have made a certain resolution, and are heading for Ansem the Wise's castle.
Minnie Mouse - Please, no need to be so formal. 'Minnie' is just fine. - The Queen of Disney Castle, who holds the deep trust of her people. Due to the absence of King Mickey, she is running Disney Town, in the middle of the opening of the Dream Festival, all by herself. Her personality is such that she is always gentle and composed, but she is also tough enough to face bad people resolutely.
Chip & Dale - You're the best, racer Terra! - Then you're my favourite, Terra - Chipmunk brothers who are opening the Rumble Racing at the Dream Festival. Older brother Chip has the black nose. Younger brother Dale has the red nose.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie - That's right. We're really failing at this ice cream making thing - We're just having a bit of trouble - Three brothers, and Donald Duck's kid nephews. They wanted to adventure through the worlds, so they started up an ice cream shop in order to save money. The one in the red hat and shirt is Huey, blue is Dewey, and green is Louie.
Horace Horsecollar - Another monster has appeared at Horace Horsecollar's plaza! - The manager of Fruit Scatter, one of the attractions of the festival. He's an old acquaintance of Mickey and Minnie's, from long before they made this country.
Pete - What's wrong? Captain Justice will help you! - The lone racer, burdened with shadow. That's right, I am Captain Dark! - The nuisance of the country. Because his actions are usually bad, he is disguising himself as other people in order to gain votes for the Festival's popular voting event, the Million Dollar Dream award. Captain Justice is the white-masked hero of justice who protects the peace. Captain Dark is the lone dark hero who is burdened with shadow.
Goofy - I wonder where his Majesty is right now...? - Donald's partner, and captain of the palace knights of Disney Castle. In contrast to Donald, he has an easygoing tone and a peaceful personality.
Donald Duck - Gwah! There's nothing else to do, I'm sure of it! We have to go to Master Yen Sid! - The palace Magician of Disney Castle. He is worried because King Mickey, whom he serves, has given them the slip without telling them where he has gone, and he and Goofy have left Disney Castle in pursuit. He has an impatient and emotional personality.
Captain Gantu - A stowaway, huh? You're coming with me right now! - A giant serviceman with the title of Captain of the Intergalactic Federation Army. He is obedient towards his superiors, but he behaves arrogantly towards any subordinates. He let Experiment 626 escape while escorting him to banishment, and now he stands in a dangerous position.
Dr. Jumba Jookiba - Friends? Bonds? He could never comprehend such things! - The self-proclaimed 'evil genius scientist' who created Experiment 626. Because he created dangerous creatures through illegal research, he has been charged with the crime by the Intergalactic Federation and imprisoned.
Experiment 626 (Stitch) - Ah... koo... wa, fren... Terra, Veh... - The 626th living weapon that Dr. Jumba Jookiba made experimentally with illegal gene manipulation. With only destructive instincts, he has a small body but exorbitant physical strength and intelligence, and because of this, the Intergalactic Federation have decided to give him eternal exile as a dangerous being.
Experiment 221 (Sparky) - I'll show you. The finished product of an evil genius scientist! - The 221st experiment completed by Dr Jumba. It attacks by manipulating freely the electricity it charges in its body. Usually in a capsule state, which it returns to when it comes into contact with water.
Hades - If worst comes to worst, no need to worry. My after-service is very thorough, see - One of the gods of Olympus, and king of the underworld, he is skilled at handling the power of darkness. He is scheming to kill Zeus and his son Hercules and rule the world.
Hercules - If I can become a hero in this world, I can go see my father - A kind-hearted boy training under Phil as a budding hero. His goal is to become a true hero so that he can go meet his father Zeus, king of the gods of Olympus.
Phil - To be a hero, strength isn't everything. A heart that can feel for others is also important - A shrewd trainer who once produced many heroes. Now he is strictly disciplining Hercules, trying to make him into a genuine hero. However, he has a huge weakness for women.
Zack - The road to becoming a hero... the end is still a long way off - A soldier who continues to train, eyes on his dream of becoming a hero. Zack is running around after the legendary trainer he heard of, Phil, trying to get him to coach him.
Tinker Bell - Her name is Tinker Bell. Everyone calls her Tink - A tiny charming fairy who loves Peter Pan and is always flying around by his side. If anyone gets her to put some of her pixie dust on them, they gain the ability to fly.
Peter Pan - If you just believe, you'll definitely be able to fly too - A boy who lives in Neverland. He never ages, and is a boy forever. He can fly freely through the air. Loved by children with free hearts, he is their dependable leader.
Captain Hook - I've found you, Peter Pan! Today we settle this - The ill-natured and greedy leader of the pirates. He's always looking for treasure and plotting evil things, but Peter Pan getting in the way makes things terribly difficult for him.
The Lost Boys - We're going to go look for the shooting star that Tink found - Course! Well, if you come with us, anyway - Children who love Peter Pan to pieces and want to adventure with him. The skinny one in the fox costume is Slightly. The chubby kid in the bear costume is Cubby.
✫✫✫Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Vol 2: Best Friends will be continued in Story 5: Kaleidoscope - Radiant Garden2
This book was a birthday present from the darling ucco ♥♥♥ THANK YOOOU ♥
I thought I'd better get at least this part done, but I will of course do the rest of the first novel first~ ughhhhh I haaate the bios, they go on foreverrr
I found a nice scan of the cover here! The colours are actually a lot softer in real life, though. Aquaaaa~ so cuuute X3 Unlike the boring sparkles on the back of the first book, this one has a weird picture of Lea and Isa, which I have taken a bad webcam shot of (and a closeup of Isa cause he is fabulous) for you, since I sadly don't have a scanner here :C (I sacrificed a boring white box with the barcode and stuff, if you're wondering about the dimensions, lol)
Apart from that, same as the first volume, there are also no extra illustrations by Amano Shiro in this book, just seven full colour bio pages with renders of most of the characters in the game. I already knew it wouldn't cause he said so and apologised about it on his blog in like March, but I was still kind of sad :c Oh well, poor guy seems to have a lot on his plate. Haha, he also answered a reader question about whether he and Kanemaki are friends; he says just like she wrote in the Afterword, they keep making and having to scrap plans to meet 8D;
Small note: The Lost Boy known as Slightly is referred to as 'Foxy' for some reason, but I changed it. I have transcribed the contents page exactly. Yes, Neverland really is written like that and yes, there really is no space before the 2 in Garden2. I want to keep it how it is for the titles... but inside the narrative I will write it correctly. If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to ask!! :D Comments and suggestions and corrections are also always welcome!
Thank you so much for reading ♥