KH Manga 12a
"Helping Hand"

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

"Find the Evidence!"



"Helping Hand" is the twelfth chapter of Kingdom Hearts. It was first collected in Kingdom Hearts Volume 1 by Tokyopop and republished in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Volume 1 by Yen Press.

Synopsis Edit

The Queen of Hearts is an uproar over Alice's disappearance. She orders the Card Soldiers to find her and demands that Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy be beheaded. They retreat into the Lotus Forest to escape the soldiers and find Alice. Once there, the group debate on the identity of Alice's kidnapper. They theorize that the Heartless or someone manipulating the creatures took her. The Cheshire Cat suddenly appears in front of them, asking if they are searching for Alice. Sora confirms that they are and asks the cat if he's seen her. He denies, but claims to know where the shadow is.

The group enter the Bizarre Room where the Cheshire Cat tells them that a shadow is created whenever a light is turned on. He flicks his fingers, turning on a light, and summoning the Trickmaster, asking if they're prepared for the worst. The group accuse the Cheshire Cat of tricking them, but he says otherwise, claiming to help the weak. The Trickmaster lights the group on fire, and they run around in pain. Seeing them suffer against the Heartless, the Cheshire Cat decides to grant Sora something to aid him. Sora shoots Blizzard out of his Keyblade, extinguishing the flames on his tail. Donald asks Sora if he was the source of the magic while Goofy asks him to put him out too. Sora turns to the cat for answers who reasons that a Keyblade wielder should be able to use magic.

Characters Edit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Entelechies Heartless

Trivia Edit

  • Alice, Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Doormouse appear on the front cover, but do not appear within the chapter itself.