Friday, December 14, 2012

Start of 2013 right with Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

It's been awhile since I've posted about the upcoming Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, but yesterday's post about Studio Ghibli's new movies put me in a Miyazaki state of mind.

Maybe it's because, when at his best, Miyazaki's films bring the viewer to a fairy tale land full of possibility and wonder.  In these stories, characters live in a facsimile of the real world - and even have tedious jobs - but they live without stress, sadness, and a terrifying over-reliance on technology.  Simply put, Miyazaki's films portray a world that most people would want to live in.

Wrath of the White Witch goes a bit more fantasy than Miyazaki's more recent works, but the PlayStation 3 exclusive title allows players to play and live through a full Studio Ghibli movie experience.

This means, of course, that the hero will be separated from his parents somehow - and from what's been revealed of the game's plot (spoilers available here), this is a good deal darker than Chihiro's parents getting the Circe treatment in Spirited Away.  In fact, you might want to keep some tissues handy and have your parent's number up on speed dial.

But after the tragedy comes the self discovery, fantasy, and beauty that Miyazaki is so famous for as the young boy learns to overcome the grief and despair that life handed to him:

The game comes out on January 22nd, and for those interested there's a special "Wizard's Edition" that includes all sorts of extra goodies pictured below.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this Wizard's Edition will make it to the US, as it's availability in the UK is sketchy at best.

...which is a pity.  In addition to having two exclusive downloadable characters, it also has a rather adorable plushy and a pretty sweet looking art book.  Those interested can either wait to pre-order, or mash the hell out of eBay when the game launches.