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'Ni no Kuni' Game Franchise Gets Anime Movie

by tsubasalover
Feb 9, 3:05 AM | 29 Comments

A press release was held on Saturday which announced an anime movie adaptation of the Ni no Kuni game franchise. The movie will premiere in Japanese theaters this summer. Kento Yamazaki (Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan live action) will voice the main character Yuu.

High schooler Yuu and his friend Haru get involved in a case involving his childhood friend Kotona, which forces them to go back and forth between another world that is different but is somewhat similar to their world, Ni no Kuni. The real world and Ni no Kuni, when Kotona's life is in danger, what's the ultimate choice the three of them have to make in Ni no Kuni?

Executive Producer, Original Plan, Script: Akihiro Hino (Inazuma Eleven)
Director: Yoshiyuki Momose (Mimi wo Sumaseba)
Music: Joe Hisashi (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)
Studio: OLM

Ni no Kuni is a game series released by Level-5 in a collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The first game, Shikkoku no Madoushi, was released on Nintendo DS in December 2010. The game was later released under the title Shiroki Seihai no Jouou on PlayStation 3 in November 2011. The sequel Revenant Kingdom was released on PlayStation 4 in March 2018. Cellphone game versions were also released in 2010 and 2012.

Source: Comic Natalie

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Cool! Really loved Nino kuni games!

Feb 12, 5:04 PM by jefba

Only played the first one and I loved it. I will be looking forward to this!

Feb 12, 4:05 AM by papsoshea

NnK2 game was such overrated garbage and i really dont care to see more of it.

Feb 11, 6:17 AM by Kerozinn

I can understand why Ghibli might not be involved, since they weren't even involved with the second game in the series, and aren't even really a studio anymore... It's a shame that Studio Ponoc couldn't be part of the project, though.

Feb 10, 8:17 AM by vigorousjammer

I played Ni no Kuni 2 on PC. It is so amazing, one of the best jRPG I ever played

Feb 10, 6:27 AM by thepath

I fell for that trap so hard when I played the game.

Feb 10, 5:28 AM by changelog

Sounds like they're just using the name of the game to make an anime. Doesn't appear to be an adaption of either game based on the description provided. At this point, I'm just seeing it as an isekai with Yoshiyuki Momose's character designs.

Googling around and finding a description of the characters, definitely not a big fan of it so far. Hopefully it focuses less on that and more on the adventure aspect of the Ni no Kuni franchise, not that I expect much from a movie but still, not looking forward to more 3 way teen drama.

Feb 9, 11:08 PM by Paul

Hopefully the movie is good. The sequel game that came out last year was almost as big a disappointment and scam as Final Fantasy XV.

Feb 9, 7:15 PM by JFuji

Too bad Ghibli won't be doing it, then it would be pretty much guaranteed to be at least decent, but I'll still give it a watch.

Feb 9, 6:30 PM by Plantz

Video Game to anime adaptions rarely are ever good, but I'll watch this one I guess I really loved both games.

Feb 9, 6:01 PM by Roloko

Nice, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a decent video game to anime adaptation (not including visual novels), but this has a lot of potential. Joe Hisashi on the music is reason enough to watch it.

Feb 9, 3:55 PM by Blarey

I really love the Ni no Kuni series, would love to have a third entry but a movie is fine too!

Feb 9, 12:03 PM by MrAwesome2018

I love the game I excited for this one

Feb 9, 11:48 AM by elior1

This reminds me I have to play the first one which english patch just came out. Anyway excited for this!

Feb 9, 11:30 AM by SkyDrop

I didn't like the second game at all because of the gameplay, so them making an anime out of this fits me well.

Feb 9, 10:17 AM by VVill

I haven't played the games, but it's my understanding their narratives are their weak point... interesting for this of all JRPG series to get an anime movie. The fact it appears to be standalone makes it all the more curious.

Feb 9, 9:37 AM by Zadion

Stark700 said:
I only played the second game before last year and it's definitely an underrated franchise imo. Hyped for this!
Same!!! Hype train!

Feb 9, 8:58 AM by GoddessofMayhem

YES YES YES!! I LOVE NI NO KUNI! After the second game, I wanted more content. I would love to see the characters from the game to appear in the movie.

Feb 9, 8:57 AM by GoddessofMayhem

I only played the second game before last year and it's definitely an underrated franchise imo. Hyped for this!

Feb 9, 8:56 AM by Stark700

It's gonna be an original story because the synopsis makes it seem like so. Nevertheless, pretty excited for this one, since I'm a fan of the games. As long as they can nail the art design and visual spectacle, I'll be glad enough.

Feb 9, 8:37 AM by GoldenDevilGamer

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