Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is lost potential to me in many ways. I don't think that both the story and characters are given enough to time to evolve. I never really felt much of a connection with any of the characters besides Oliver and Drippy. After 50+ hours of being with my party, I didn't ever feel much of a connection with anyone. I still love Drippy, but the rest of the cast isn't that memorable to me. Ni No Kuni is best described as a traditional JRPG. It reminds me of the halcyon days that these types of games used to have. It's made by Level-5 Inc. so it makes sense that I'd think this way. I'm not a big JRPG guy, though I have played many JRPG's like the Tales series and more. I fairly enjoyed this game but I feel that it has some major flaws that kept it from being a truly special JRPG for this generation.
The most impressive aspect of this game is the look of it. The art style, the colors, the environment, and all of it look fascinating. It really does look like a Studio Ghibli film. Speaking of that, most people should know is that this game is being worked on with Studio Ghibli. It's evident in the 2D cutscenes that are mostly in the beginning of the game. It kind of feels like a way to sell people on the game by attaching such a prolific animation studio, but it works for the most part. The overall presentation of the game is incredible. The music, the english cast, and more are well done that it makes the lacking parts of the presentation that more disappointing. There just isn't enough voice acting in the game overall. I want to hear Drippy's voice in most lines but that isn't the case in most situations. The game has a few proper cut scenes that are jam packed into a long JRPG journey. Unfortunatley, most of the story is conveyed in text boxes without any voice acting. This is even done in end game content with some important story being told without a voice. I wouldn't normally complain about this as the logistics of VO work and the amount of effort but into it is beyond me but I would at least expect voice acting to be present in the end of the game.
Be sure to watch the video at the top of this post as I talk about Ni No Kuni in video vlog form. At least watch it to hear how I pronounce Studio Ghibli.