Shortly before the Chain of Memories events, a boy named Roxas joins Organization XIII. He soon finds that he is the only member able to wield a keyblade. Xemnas, the leader of the organization, continually sends Roxas on missions to defeat Heartless and collect hearts for them. Roxas does so with Axel, who soon become good friends.
Eventually, Roxas and Axel run into another keyblade user named Xion, who is recruited into the organization as well. Soon, they go on enough missions together and they become good friends too. Ruining the fun, Axel is called away to Castle Oblivion to deal with the coup there and Roxas is left alone with Xion. She disappears and Roxas is all alone. Soon after, Roxas falls into a deep sleep. He wakes to find Axel back at his side. They continue to go on missions together and run into Xion again, who is acting strangely. She tells Roxas that they are a part of Sora, his identity a mystery to Roxas. Xion challenges Roxas and she is defeated. She disappears, erased from everyone’s memories.
Angered by the Organization’s manipulation, Roxas decides to go on his own mission to discover why he is able to wield a keyblade. He finds a mysterious tall man, who we learn is Riku. Riku challenges Roxas, telling him he is not supposed to exist. This angers Roxas and they fight. Riku defeats Roxas and takes him to a man he is working with named DiZ. 358/2 Days ends here.
Throughout the stories, we see a constant theme of three friends and how the power of friendship alone can overcome impossible obstacles. In Birth by Sleep, we have Terra, Aqua, and Ventus. In Kingdom Hearts, we have Sora, Riku, and Kairi. And finally, in 358/2 Days, we see Roxas, Axel, and Xion. These 9 friends stay together through thick and thin, not allowing any bad circumstances to get between them, despite some of them being literally erased from everyone’s memories. With ends being left loose and plot lines unfinished, I’m itching to see the stories of these nine friends come to a conclusion. For the rest of the story so far, check out Kingdom Hearts Explained: Part Two, coming soon.