Ni No Kuni English Trailer is kinda sad.

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#1 Edited by TepidShark (1061 posts) -

I haven't been been paying enough close attention to the game to know if it is the first trailer in English but here is the most recent English one (By the way it is not sad because it is bad, it is sad because it is sad):

#2 Posted by Spoonman671 (4694 posts) -

I don't want to be sad, so I'm not going to watch.

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#3 Posted by YI_Orange (1163 posts) -

Consider me curious and hopeful.

#4 Posted by Demoskinos (15013 posts) -

That was fucking beautiful. Seriously. I'm buying this as soon as its out.

#5 Posted by OmniscientCajun (128 posts) -

Didn't the announcement along with that trailer push the North American release out of 2012?

#6 Posted by TheRealJpoe (135 posts) -

This game looks great. Can't wait till it's released in North America!

#7 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@OmniscientCajun said:

Didn't the announcement along with that trailer push the North American release out of 2012?

Yupp! 2013!

#8 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

looks amazing, so gorgeous. VA sounds really good as well. still hope the japanese is include though.

#9 Posted by Dom (436 posts) -

is that... Miyazaki? those anime scenes reminds me of his work.

#10 Posted by MetalBaofu (1412 posts) -

@Dom said:

is that... Miyazaki? those anime scenes reminds me of his work.

I don't know how much Miyazaki himself might be involved with it, but the game is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Level-5.

@Cloudenvy said:

@OmniscientCajun said:

Didn't the announcement along with that trailer push the North American release out of 2012?

Yupp! 2013!

That sucks.

#11 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3065 posts) -

Meh.

#12 Posted by Nonused (217 posts) -

Sounds like he's saying, "Porn star!" at the end there. I can't figure it out. Morn star? Born star? I'm losing my mind.

#13 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19371 posts) -

I heard "porn star" as well. I bet that's what he says.

#14 Posted by Nonused (217 posts) -

Most likely.

#15 Posted by ztiworoh (731 posts) -

I'm not really a JRPG guy but this looks really interesting. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be a good Studio Ghibli film wrapped around a mediocre JRPG. Either way, it looks like the kind of emotional story I could get into and I seriously hope that the music in that trailer is indicative of the score for the game cause that is goddamn beautiful.

#16 Posted by Karkarov (3178 posts) -

This is going to be a game to look out for. Maybe the gameplay won't be the bomb, but the art direction, music, and likely over all world/story will be. It is basically a Miyazaki movie turned into a video game after all ;p.

#17 Posted by Catarrhal (840 posts) -

@killacam said:

…still hope the japanese is include though.

Surprisingly, there will be a language option.

@MetalBaofu said:

@Dom said:

is that... Miyazaki? those anime scenes reminds me of his work.

I don't know how much Miyazaki himself might be involved with it…

I doubt he's involved at all with this. Miyazaki's hatred of technology is really rather notorious (which is why we love his work).

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#18 Posted by MetalBaofu (1412 posts) -

@Catarrhal said:

@MetalBaofu said:

I don't know how much Miyazaki himself might be involved with it…

I doubt he's involved at all with this. Miyazaki's hatred of technology is really rather notorious (which is why we love his work).

Yeah, I kinda assume he has nothing to do with it. I have just never seen any mention one way or the other, so I didn't want to give a definitive answer.

#19 Posted by bobafettjm (1518 posts) -

Man I really want this game. It has so much whimsy and charm it ought to be illegal.

#20 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Ehh...

#21 Posted by crazyleaves (648 posts) -
@MetalBaofu

@Catarrhal said:

@MetalBaofu said:

I don't know how much Miyazaki himself might be involved with it…

I doubt he's involved at all with this. Miyazaki's hatred of technology is really rather notorious (which is why we love his work).

Yeah, I kinda assume he has nothing to do with it. I have just never seen any mention one way or the other, so I didn't want to give a definitive answer.

I think his son has taken over directing and he is kinda retired. He still has a lot of influence though I'm sure. This game looks great either way.
#22 Posted by evanbower (1215 posts) -

Looks wonderful. Love the Studio Ghibli.

#23 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

It looks cute.

#24 Posted by ZenaxPure (2569 posts) -

The real question is will it bomb harder here than the PS3 version bombed in Japan? I am going to guess yes, somehow.

Either way, despite thinking the game looks visually stunning I actually have no idea how it plays but I am fairly curious based on the amazing art and story setup.

#25 Posted by MetalBaofu (1412 posts) -

@crazyleaves: I think the last he directed was Ponyo. He has been writing fairly recently. He wrote on Secret World of Arriety and From up on Poppy Hill. I've seen mention of him developing a sequel to Porco Rosso, but I have no idea if he is directing that or writing, producing, etc.

#26 Posted by BBQBram (2258 posts) -
@MetalBaofu said:

@crazyleaves: I think the last he directed was Ponyo. He has been writing fairly recently. He wrote on Secret World of Arriety and From up on Poppy Hill. I've seen mention of him developing a sequel to Porco Rosso, but I have no idea if he is directing that or writing, producing, etc.

Oh shit Porco Rosso sequel? That would be awesome.
 
On a sidenote this game still looks amazing, I can't wait, although it seems like we'll have to. The one and only thing that could ever get me back into a JRPG is pretty much this, the Ghibli atmosphere. This to me is the highest class of anime. It's quite painful to compare this to Final Fantasy character designs, or something like High School of the Dead.  Ah well, same could be said about any medium I suppose.
#27 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

@Catarrhal said:

@killacam said:

…still hope the japanese is include though.

Surprisingly, there will be a language option.

YUS!!!111

#28 Posted by RE_Player1 (7563 posts) -

This looks like a game I'll just have a big goofy smile the majority of the time. I will buy it day 1.

#29 Posted by obcdexter (621 posts) -

Still giving me the chills. Definitely gonna buy this one, which I pretty much decided years ago when the first trailers of the Japanese version hit. I do wonder why it did so bad over there, though, GHIBLI still is a pretty big deal, right? Kinda raises worries that the actual game within that fantastic piece of art is indeed lacking ... I hope not. I'll find that out myself, I guess.

#30 Posted by Giefcookie (608 posts) -

Man I hope it will have the Japanese VO.

#31 Posted by GunstarRed (5294 posts) -

2013 is so far away. I continue to be excited about playing this.

#32 Posted by Nottle (1917 posts) -

It looks like if Mother 3 (A boy, a slightly older girl, and old thief, and a pet hmm) and studio Ghibli had a baby, of course it is going to be super charming and really sad.

Also this game has been out for a while on the DS. How did that game review?

#33 Posted by believer258 (11988 posts) -

@Nonused said:

Sounds like he's saying, "Porn star!" at the end there. I can't figure it out. Morn star? Born star? I'm losing my mind.

@FluxWaveZ said:

I heard "porn star" as well. I bet that's what he says.

Yeah, I heard it too. Obviously, that's not what was actually said (or, rather, hopefully - this is Japanese).

Pornstars or not, this game looks fantastic. Really, just from looks, it's gorgeous. Looks like there's some platforming in there as well and... I don't recall seeing any combat...

#34 Edited by MetalBaofu (1412 posts) -

@BBQBram said:

@MetalBaofu said:

@crazyleaves: I think the last he directed was Ponyo. He has been writing fairly recently. He wrote on Secret World of Arriety and From up on Poppy Hill. I've seen mention of him developing a sequel to Porco Rosso, but I have no idea if he is directing that or writing, producing, etc.

Oh shit Porco Rosso sequel? That would be awesome.

Did a little more searching about it. The rumor of it seems to be coming from this interview Miyazaki did where he mentioned a sequel called Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie. I ran across this little article that says it's not going to be a movie, though...it's a manga. Either way, I think it's still rumor at this point. Studio Ghibli has never seemed too keen on talking about stuff they are doing.

#35 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

  

#36 Posted by siln (87 posts) -

I don't know if I care about this game yet, but it is undeniably goddamned gorgeous.

#37 Posted by LiquidPrince (16005 posts) -

Level 5 you say? Creators of Professor Layton? Color me interested.

#38 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Level 5. Instant purchase.

#39 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

maaaan that's pretty

#40 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

I want to research more into this "Porn Star" spell...

#41 Posted by EuanDewar (5029 posts) -

Pretty but ehhhhh, still don't like this type of game.

#42 Posted by Cubidog1 (230 posts) -

Probably will be buying, its one of my most anticipated games.

#43 Posted by ProfessorEss (7450 posts) -

Phenomenal. 
 
I'm not crazy about anime and I'm not crazy about jRPGs but I love most of the stuff these two companies make and a collaboration between the two seems like such a perfect fit.

#44 Posted by MikeHawk (382 posts) -

@Nottle said:

Also this game has been out for a while on the DS. How did that game review?

Apparently a 38/40 by Famitsu, in which the reviewer(s) said: "The animation, music, and story all combine together at a high level to keep the player constantly excited. The way the game links up with the book is innovative, and there's a lot of backdrop that allows you to understand the story on a deep level."

#45 Posted by Pepsiman (2485 posts) -

@MikeHawk said:

@Nottle said:

Also this game has been out for a while on the DS. How did that game review?

Apparently a 38/40 by Famitsu, in which the reviewer(s) said: "The animation, music, and story all combine together at a high level to keep the player constantly excited. The way the game links up with the book is innovative, and there's a lot of backdrop that allows you to understand the story on a deep level."

I own the DS version and played through about 20 hours of it before life kind of made me forget about it. I do intend to get back to it at some point, and while I wouldn't rate it as highly as Famitsu personally, up until the point where I stopped, I was enjoying my time with it. The gameplay is simple, with the battle system being a pretty simple combination of SRPG mechanics (you have a 3x3 grid and your proximity to your enemies affects how much damage you dish out and receive) and Pokemon-style monster-gathering. It's absolutely fine for what it is, but it's not particularly mind-blowing either. I do agree with the Famitsu review, though, in that the art, music, and book are what really make the DS version shine. You can tell that, on Ghibli's end, it was't just a typical contract job and that they put a lot of time and effort into their designs and soundtrack. The latter in particular deserves to be commended because of Joe Hisaishi's involvement and, well, it's generally unfair to compare typical game music to what he churns out and that remains true with the DS game as well. The book it also comes with is beautiful; it's basically a hardcover, 200-plus-page strategy guide printed on a specially textured paper that makes it feel old. Paging through it can be kind of a hassle in the middle of the story when you're asked to use it for story reasons, but it naturally has an appendix that minimizes that issue to the best of its ability. I'm bummed that the PS3 version seems to just utilize a glorified in-game PDF, since the book really is just great to hold and page through. Were it not for the language barrier, I'd heartily recommend buying the game just to see what it all looks like first-hand; I have no idea if online places have discounted it, but it's a pretty cheap game here in Japan anymore (I got my copy for about $20), so if you were really interested despite that, you could probably find some place that'd sell it for that cheap.

But my god, that soundtrack. It goes a long way to adding to the sense of adventure in the game, especially this piece that I've embedded. Very beautiful surprise when I heard it for the first time early on. I believe it's also in the PS3 version, too, but that's probably to be expected.

#46 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

Aww. I love the graphics, anime cel-shading is lovely ♥

After a few JRPG disappointments, I think this'll be a game I'll like :]

#47 Posted by NegativeCero (3012 posts) -

I really need to get a PS3 before next year.

#48 Posted by caff31 (5 posts) -

was my most antcipated game of 2012 now my most anticipated game of 2013 it has a pedigree in level 5 and studio ghibli that likes to take there time and give its audience there best. hopefully we get the japenese special edition

#49 Edited by Dan_CiTi (3374 posts) -

Ghibli plus wonderul traditional-ish JRPG? Damn. Sounds good, been wanting a quality, joyful simple JRPG.

#50 Posted by von_wemberg (166 posts) -

@Pepsiman: Play-Asia has it on a limited time offer at 56 dollars, but it's usually around 80. Would you say then it's overpriced or I just don't know how importing works? I'd love a copy for 20...

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