KH Manga 4a
"A Giant Shadow"

Kingdom Hearts



Japan release date

October 25, 2003

English release date
  • October 11, 2005 (Tokyopop)
  • May 28, 2013 (Yen Press)
  • Tokyopop
  • Yen Press
Chapter guide

"Light in the Hand"


"Cast Ashore"

"A Giant Shadow" is the fourth chapter of Kingdom Hearts. It was first published in Kingdom Hearts Volume 1 by Tokyopop and republished in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Volume 1 by Yen Press.

Synopsis Edit

Sora stares at his Keyblade, wondering if it's a sword or key when the mysterious voice tells him that is the power within him. The Darkness surrounding Sora shatters and he collapses on a small remain of his island. He struggles to rise and spots a Darkside towering over him. The enemy fires a beam from the heart-shaped hole in his heart, but Sora manages to avoid the blast yet the force of it throws him into the air. The mysterious voice tells Sora not to be afraid and he regains his balance, landing on his feet. He questions what is happening as Shadows begin to rise and, left with no other option, decides to fight. He battles an endless horde of Shadows and proclaims his experience through sword fighting with Riku. He decides to go after the Darkside as it slams its hand onto the ground, shooting Sora back. Sora wonders how he can face a giant enemy when the voice advises him to aim for its eyes. As Darkside retracts his hand, it is surprised to spot Sora using the hand to propel himself upward. Sora shouts at the Darkside that its face is wide open and strikes the Darkside's head, defeating it with a single blow.

Characters Edit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Entelechies Heartless
Destiny Islands

Trivia Edit

  • The title refers to the giant Heartless Sora battles in the chapter, but the proper name for the foe is Darkside.
  • Donald, Goofy, Jiminy, and Pluto appear on the front cover but do not appear in the chapter itself.
  • Sora is able to destroy Darkside with one swing of his Keyblade when it takes multiple in the game. This is because of Shiro Amano's preference to gloss over the fight scenes.
  • An excerpt from Shihoro Okada's poem, "Battle with the Bengal Tiger", appears as advise that the mysterious voice gives Sora.