Ni no Kuni: The Interview
The term Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) is useful shorthand for a certain way of character-led storytelling and combat mechanisms. But there are times when it’s tempting to recognize such rubric as restrictive and embrace games merely as beautiful tales, without cultural baggage. Few people, for example, talk about ‘German Fairy-Tales’.
This suits Level-5 and its ally, animation house Studio Ghibli just fine, as they jointly seek to bring us the wondrous world of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, translated and localized from a Japanese version launched last year.