An animated Ni no Kuni movie will debut in Japan this summer, and it’s the work of some of the creators behind Studio Ghibli’s beloved films. Warner Bros. Japan announced the movie at a press conference Saturday.
The film will tell the story of a high school student named Yū and his friends Haru and Kotona, who travel back and forth between reality and the “other world” of Ni no Kuni. The film’s staff includes people who have worked both on the Ni no Kuni games and with Studio Ghibli, the beloved animation house that created the cinematic sequences for the first game in the series, Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn.
Directing the film is Yoshiyuki Momose, who worked on the Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom art team and was a storyboarder for Studio Ghibli’s Pom Poko and Only Yesterday. Joe Hisaishi, who created scores for the original game and has been a long-time collaborator with Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Hisaishi composed the soundtracks for Ghibli films including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Spirited Away, as well as for several Mobile Suit Gundam movies.