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|Background Info||Kairi is a friend of Sora and Riku, and one of the seven "Princesses of Heart". She is an original character created by Tetsuya Nomura for the Kingdom Hearts series. Nomura has stated that Kairi's name can be seen as "sea"; the Japanese on'yomi pronunciation of sea is kai. Kairi is featured in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. She is voiced by Hayden Panettiere in the English version and Risa Uchida in the Japanese version.
She is originally a resident of the Radiant Garden, but she was sent to the Destiny Islands by Xehanort a few years before the events of Kingdom Hearts in a experiment to see the connection between a Princess of Heart and a Keyblade bearer. At the beginning of the series, she is 14 years old. During the events of the first game, her heart was separated from her body and entered Sora's body, leading to him seeing visions of Kairi, Riku, searching for a way to revive her, brings Kairi's body to Hollow Bastion where her status as a princess of Heart is revealed along with the location of her heart. Learning of this revelation, Sora gives up his heart in order to restore hers back into her body, transforming himself into a Heartless and creating Kairi's Nobody NaminÚ in the process. Soon after, Kairi finds Sora's Heartless and restores him back to human form. After Xehnaort's defeat, Kairi is left behind on the reforming Destiny Islands and separated from Sora at the end of Kingdom Hearts. Sora promises to return to her with Riku, and Kairi waits on the island for their return.
In Kingdom Hearts II, Kairi and all of Sora's friends slowly begin to remember Sora, sending a letter she wrote out to sea in hopes of that it will find its way to him. After Sora's memories had been restored by NaminÚ, Kairi is later confronted by Axel, who hopes to use Kairi to lure Sora to him. With the help of Pluto, Kairi evades him and heads to Twilight Town, but is captured by Axel soon after. However, Sa´x takes Kairi from Axel and imprisons her and Pluto in a jail cell in The World That Never Was. She escapes her cell with the help of NaminÚ and they are saved from Sa´x by Riku, in the guise of Xehanort's Heartless. Riku gives her a Keyblade which she uses to fight off the Heartless that Sa´x summons. Kairi and Riku are reunited with Sora, and along with Donald, Goofy and King Mickey, the group face and defeat Xemnas. Kairi is then after reunited with NaminÚ, returning to Destiny Islands with Sora and Riku following shortly after. [Source: Wikipedia]
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