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Developers: Level-5, Studio Ghibli

Publisher:    Namco Bandai Directed by Akihiro Hino

Composer:  Joe Hisaishi

Platform reviewed: PS3

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a beautiful game with the combined talents of Level 5 (the Professor Layton series) and Studio Ghibli (Ponyo, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away) you can expect nothing less and even the score is, there’s no other word for it, beautiful.

The story begins with the humble, heartrending story of Oliver, a young boy who loses his mother after an accident. In his grief, his tears awaken Drippy, Lord High Lord of the Fairies, a very Ghibli creation. He looks like an aardvark with a lantern dangling from his nose, and speaks with the thickest Welsh accent you can imagine. Together, they cross into a parallel World where magic is very real and the inhabitants strangely mirror the folk of Oliver’s home town.

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