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Posted by rjayb89

Hit those men!

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Posted by clumsyninja1

Japanese dudes!!!

Posted by WonderboyCoz

Demo was cool, like what I would want a Pokemon game to be in weird way. Wizard Edition Pre-Ordered!

Posted by RE_Player1

Pre-ordered and counting down.

Posted by OllyOxenFree

FIREBALL!!!

Edited by crusader8463

PS3 really gets the best exclusives. I think it will be the first console game I buy at full price and not wait forever for it to drop to $19.99.

Posted by Fireburst

Very striking art style, looks cute and impressive :D

Posted by ManU_Fan10ne

Can't wait for this game!!!!

Posted by Draxyle

I'm still not sure if I should be hyped or not for this, but I definitely want it to be great.

Posted by casper_

rad

Posted by isawachuck

Played the Japanese release a bit at my friend's house a few months ago and pre-ordered it right there from my phone. Can't wait!

Posted by year199X

This looks really good.

Posted by bassman2112

This really looks like a 10/10 game to me. It seems like such an amazing mixture of story and RPG elements, among an amazing art style and a soundtrack by effing Joe Hisaishi. Pre-ordered and can't wait.

Posted by TzarStefan

Meh

Posted by BNB82

This is going to be so great.

Posted by Ratcabbage

I heard magic master but the subtitles said wizard. People who speak Japanese: are there no wizards in Japan?!

Posted by chrispti

FIREBALL!

Posted by A_Deep_Mushroom

Dat audio hiss...

Posted by zombiemantra

Damnnnn I wish this was coming out on PC as well :(

Posted by Stradivari

<3

Posted by RedCream

I love me some Level-5. Dragon Quest 8 and Dark Cloud are some of the best games I've played ever. Hoping this would be just as close an experience as those.

Posted by Xeiphyer

Preordered that awesome Wizard Edition, but damn that thing was impossible to find.

Posted by Trilogy

That's one snazzy ass looking development studio.

Posted by Sonny009

i want this game a lot lot lot

Posted by kishinfoulux

My fear for this game is that it will be all style and no substance. Graphically it looks terrific. Will the gameplay be able to match though?

Posted by SupberUber

I love games and I love Ghibli. This can't fail.

Posted by SomeJerk
@kishinfoulux said:

My fear for this game is that it will be all style and no substance. Graphically it looks terrific. Will the gameplay be able to match though?

I've tried the demo and the fighting system is really on the same level of Eternal Sonata, rather than something exciting like Tales of Graces F or Star Ocean. I'll be playing it for story and being cute rather than combat.
Posted by Igottadeuce

Dial Z for Za Warudo.

Posted by Ravelle

Played the demo and fell in love with it, pre-ordered the Wizard edition right way.

Posted by Hector

Loved the demo. Can't wait to play the full game. Preordered and FIREBALL!

Edited by I_smell

I think people saying this game has a good art style are crazy.
It's too low-poly and isn't doing anything interesting animation-wise to make it actually look like a frame-by-frame 2D anime... it just looks like an average anime videogame, and having genuine anime scenes spliced in there just EMPHASIZE the gap.
I think even- like Valkyria Chronicles or the Naruto games looked more like an authentic cartoon than this. Catherine actually did a really good job, this looks years behind.
 
EDIT-- The backgrounds are much better actually, maybe it's just the characters letting it down.

Posted by dropabombonit

Played the demo and now I'm even more hyped for this game, pre ordered the wizard edition. I'm a huge Studio Ghibli fan so it feels like controlling one of their films, art and soundtrack are top notch

Posted by Emiel

The demo was great. I cant wait to play the full game.

Posted by liako21

looks pretty good! im huge fan of level 5.

Posted by DarkbeatDK

I think it's fantastic that they've created this with children in mind as well.

This game might end up being a fond childhood memory of this young kid who get to play a character he can identify with, rather than an adult role model like... Kratos... or.. er.. Tommy Vercetti.

Sure, there have been plenty of games where a young boy sets out to save the world through the power of friendship, but for the story purpose of saving his mother, it seems like it can be a very personal experience and I think the art of studio Ghibli and the talent of Level-5 will nail it.

Posted by championfetus

Guy tightening up the graphics on level 3 at 2:25 in.

Edited by MeatSim

Game is still looking real neat. Fireball!

Posted by mchief22

I would love this game on my Vita!!

Edited by Aegon

I wonder.. could the ending be that it's impossible to save his mother from death? Maybe the purpose of the adventure was to help accept it. It might be sad, but it would be nice for a story like this to go further and have some depth to it.

@SomeJerk said:

@kishinfoulux said:

My fear for this game is that it will be all style and no substance. Graphically it looks terrific. Will the gameplay be able to match though?

I've tried the demo and the fighting system is really on the same level of Eternal Sonata, rather than something exciting like Tales of Graces F or Star Ocean. I'll be playing it for story and being cute rather than combat.

Demos are sometimes not very great gauges of what's to come. A lot of people thought the Valkyria Chronicles demo sucked, but the actual game was fantastic.

Posted by gyozilla
@Ratcabbage: The name of the book in the Japanese version is called Magic Master.
Posted by gyozilla
@I_smell: I dunno, it seems to have accomphlished capturing the Ghibli feel, which is what their goal is.
Posted by Set

Super excited, but did they really have to resort to motion capture? l2animate, japan

Posted by StealthRaptor

This is kind of depressing after watching a bunch of the Amnesia Fortnight stuff. Game looks great though!

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

This looks so good can anyone explain what the gameplay is like?

Posted by shadykx125

I'm glad to hear from some Japanese devs on the site. Especially like the dudes at level-5, they make good shit.

Posted by Etnos

I'm buying this.

Posted by MrSpacs

I have that sick ass sword

Posted by Eboria

I must have played too much Saints Row because that "wand" totally looks like a black Penetrator to me, and it made me look at Ni No Kuni in a whole new light...

Posted by ProfessorEss

I can't wait for this game to come out.

This will probably be my final console software purchase of the generation.

Posted by VargasPrime

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

This looks so good can anyone explain what the gameplay is like?

The wiki page here on Giant Bomb has a bit of a summary, but basically it's a JRPG. Combat is real-time, not strictly turn based, although there are action bars for the characters, like the Final Fantasy games had for a while.

Your characters can summon avatar creatures that can help in combat (sort of like the Drippy character you see following the main character in the video).

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