Monday, February 18, 2013

The Cowlipha cut scene from Ni No Kuni

So far, Ni No Kuni's been a huge disappointment.  I expected it to suffer from most of the shortcomings common to Japanese-style RPGs (repetitive grinding battles, bizarre plot, periodic areas without the ability to save progress, and lots of backtracking), but I didn't expect the character design and animation to be so lackluster.  Really, the best thing to say about the game is that there's a lot of it.

But after fighting the first seven bosses (16 to go!), I was finally rewarded with some (brief) Studio Ghibli magic.  This encounter with the gluttonous "Cowlipha" is highly reminiscent of Spirited Away.