Ni No Kuni is one of Level 5’s most beloved video game franchises. And now, it’s getting an anime film adaptation! The staff recently held a press conference, where they revealed new details on the film. They also unveiled a teaser trailer for this new film, as well as highlights from that press conference in a new video:
The film will star actor Kento Yamazaki as the protagonist, Yuu. Yuu is a prodigy, though he is bound to a wheelchair. He is best friends with Haru, who is dating his childhood friend, Kotona. Unfortunately, Yuu is also in love with his best friend’s girl friend. After a certain incident, the three friends manage to find themselves able to travel to an alternate world. This world is of course, the world of Ni No Kuni. However, when they find out that their Kotona, as well as her counterpart in the other world are in danger, the three friends must make “the ultimate choice.”
The game’s director, Yoshiyuki Momose, who worked on Ghibli films as a storyboarder, will be directing the film as well. He will be working with long-time Ghibli collaborator, Joe Hosaishi, who will be composing the music. Hisaishi also worked as composer for the games as well. OLM, which animated the Pokemon anime, will be producing the animation, while Warner Bros. Japan will distribute the film.
The staff will reveal more details on 23 March 2019, during a panel at the AnimeJapan 2019 event.