Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni Trailer

Level 5 (Dark Cloud, White Knight Chronicles) are working on a new JRPG with acclaimed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, creator of such renowned films as Princess Mononoke and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. Entitled “Ni no Kuni” (Another World), the trailer below not only showcases the game’s artistic style and gameplay, but there’s even some comparison analysis between the animation provided by Ghibli and the same scenes running in real-time on the PS3.

Ni no Kuni, sounding quite similar in theme and tone to the aforementioned Spirited Away, focuses on 13 year old Oliver whose mother has recently died. Using a magic book given to him by Shizuku (Japanese for “water-drop” by the way), a doll given to Oliver by his mother before her death, he is capable of transporting to a parallel universe where alternate versions of people in the boy’s life exist. In this “Another World”, Oliver begins a quest to try and revive his mother.

Ni no Kuni will support the PlayStation Move and is likely due out early 2011.

Source: Kotaku



  1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, it now sits firmly on my radar.

  2. Looks quality :D
    Need a decent rpg to play!!

  3. Just finished watching Ponyo with my 6 month old and then log onto here and read this – happy, happy, joy, joy!

  4. Wow, Studio Ghibli involved in a RPG sounds very promising. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for an EU/US version.
    In the battle scene, it looks like the characters fight via some kind of Pokémons. Gotta catch ’em all? :)

  5. …… I just can’t stop watching this ! I love Studio Ghibli, Laputa was the first one I watched and I still have the tape that was recorded in like 1989 after Ski Sunday if any bugger remembers that ! :D

  6. This really puts me in mind of Dragon Quest on the PS2. I bloody loved that game, and the art direction was similar to this – eyeball gougingly gorgeous

  7. now that’s a beautiful game. i don’t think i’ve ever seen another game capture studio ghibli’s style so perfectly, and i am a huge fan of ghibli’s work, i haven’t seen a film or theirs that i haven’t loved, not seen all of them yet mind but i doubt they’ve made a bad film, from my neighbour totoro, spirited away, princess mononoke, howl’s moving castle and grave of the fireflies, if you haven’t seen that one, you really should, it is probably the best anime movie i’ve ever seen.
    the gameplay looks fun, kinda reminds of of folklore, still yet to play that other than the demo.
    i really hope this one gets a western release

  8. Looks absolutely incredible, want this badly.

  9. Nice. This having move support is pretty obvious since you have to draw symbols.

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