Anime fans and video gamers already have a lot in common, but now those ties become all the stronger with the release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. An enchanting role playing adventure, Ni No Kuni is made all the more involving as it takes us through an original story combined with animation by the legendary Studio Ghibli.
This is the tale of Oliver, a young boy who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to bring his mother back from the dead. The teardrop faery, Drippy, has given Oliver the Mastery of Magic book, and asks him to help save Drippy’s World – Ni No Kuni. Drippy believes that if Oliver can defeat The Dark Djinn Jaboh, the magician threatening Ni No Kuni, he can then save his mother.
So the stage is set for Oliver to grow and learn from the friends he meets on his journey, overcoming difficult trials, and becoming a proficient magician himself.
The game is produced by RPG masters Level 5, along with stunning visuals, a sweeping score by Hayao Miyazaki’s regular collaborator, Joe Hisaishi, and a high production quality we’ve come to expect from any project attached to Studio Ghibli.
Studio Ghibli’s hand drawn animation is perfectly reproduced both in the anime sequences and in the game world itself. The feeling of playing through an anime film is ever present, beginning with character design overseen by Studio Ghibli’s director, Yoshiyuki Momose, to the beautiful background work and storyboarding by the studio.
We’re super excited as this heart warming tale looks to stand up as a story worthy of Studio Ghibli. Grounded by its brave lead character, it has the hallmarks of great fantasy adventure as Oliver seeks to overcome tragedy through friendship and discovery.
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Enjoy the video below for Behind the Scenes on Ni No Kuni with the Art of Studio Ghibli