Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ni no Kuni – Studio Ghibli/Level-5 video game

Ni no Kuni: Studio Ghibli/Level-5 video gameStudio Ghibli, the animation studio of Hayao Miyazaki, which is responsible for some of the best Japanese animated films (and a number of my personal favorites, like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away), is entering the video game arena, partnering with Level-5 game developers to produce a game called Ni no Kuni: Black Mage.

There is a brief trailer on YouTube that shows that Studio Ghibli will be bringing some of the style and visual charm of their hand drawn animation, along with their talent for all-ages fantasy storytelling, to the world of CGI gaming environments.

Spirited Away is still the most popular movie of all time in Japan (animated or otherwise), and Miyazaki is revered there, so the game is expected to do well in Japan. It will be intresting to see how it does here. So far, Disney, which has the rights to distribute Studio Ghibli films in the U.S., has been unable (or unwilling) to market them well, so Miyazaki is not exactly a household word outside of Anime circles.

There is a brief article about the Studion Ghibli/ Level-5 collaboration in the New York Times.

[Via Cartoon Brew]

2 thoughts on “Ni no Kuni – Studio Ghibli/Level-5 video game

  1. Charley Parker Post author

    Thanks. Li-An. I’ll look into the WP RSS options.

    For the benefit of others, this refers to a comment I”m currently putting into my posts aimed at the readers of a blog that is stealing Lines and Colors articles. I remove the comment from my posts when the offending site has published the stolen post from my RSS feed.

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