Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ninokuni: Miyazaki meets gaming

Anything that the hand of Studio Ghibli touches screams animated gold and this emotive RPG is no exception. Right from the start Oliver sheds a tear wishing his mother would return and its the emotion investment in this exquisitely animated adventure that makes it so worthwhile. The accompanying Magic Book contains simple drawings that can be copied onscreen to unleash powerful attacks in the Final Fantasy style battle sequences. Miyazaki 's characters seem to almost transcend language and speak from the heart. Unless of course we are just trying to gloss over this being Japanese language... Yet should this fail to make a translation, to miss out on it would surely be the more heinous crime...

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