Ni No Kuni Cinematics Flawlessly Fuse Gaming and Anime
Any fans of Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki will know that the studio/director behind films like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle or Princess Mononoke has a long history with reinventing expectations.
For the rest of you, here is a little history:
Spirited Away was the first traditionally animated film (as opposed to CGI) to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as well as breaking the record for highest grossing Japanese film of all time, following other smaller successes for the studio (and director) like My Neighbour Totoro and Nausicaa Valley of the Wind years before.
In short, from a country where most of the world expects crazy tentacle pornography and used school girl underwear in vending machines – this was a man and a studio who created meaningful artworks in a medium which had very little exposure in the western world.
Think of him as the Japanese Walt Disney (without the evil).
Which is why I wasn’t terribly surprised when footage of the first game Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki produced, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, began leaking out and looked amazing. I’m not 100% sure if it’s cel-shading, but whatever engine is sustaining these visuals is impressive to say the least – it makes Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi look like… well… how it plays (pretty sub-par).
Yeah, I went there.
Why am I ranting on about a Japanese game which will probably never the (Australian) light of day? Well probably because it has been approved for a western release, and while this is probably underwhelming to any gamers who have almost no interest in anime – I think these cinematics might change your mind.
Unless you have no heart. In which case, touché sir.
Also, they are in Japanese without subtitles – apologies for that. But think of it as “spoiler proofing”, you can never repeat what you can’t understand!
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is scheduled for a release on Playstation 3 sometime next year.