Level 5 taps Studio Ghibli for DS game

Animation house behind <i>Spirited Away</i> collaborates with Professor Leyton developer on upcoming project.

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Studio Ghibli films have thrilled fans of Japanese animation for years, but now the production house is expanding its work to the world of games.

According to scans from a report in Japanese gaming mag Famitsu that have been circulating online, the studio behind classics like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro is collaborating with Level 5 on a new DS game, Ninokuni. It will be the first time Studio Ghibli has done full-scale animations for a video game.

Set for release next year in Japan, the game will follow a 13-year-old boy overcome with grief after the death of his mother. One day, a fairy appears before the child, gives him a book, and guides him to another world. The game will be produced by Level 5 founder Akihiro Hino, whose previous credits include directing Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and producing Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

While Studio Ghibli is best known in the West for the films of director Hayao Miyazaki, he does not handle everything the company produces. The studio also boasts the highly regarded talents of directors like Isao Takahata (My Neighbors the Yamadas), Yoshifumi Kondo (Grave of the Fireflies), and Hiroyuki Morita (The Cat Returns).

Discussion

47 comments
Gatcho
Gatcho

sounds interesting

kunaheha
kunaheha

Oh, my god... I've seen some pic, it looks amazing! I already want it! @_@

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

awesome, some very talented people are getting together.

seibei
seibei

The story sounds a bit like brave story. Awesome news though!

lewser5
lewser5

Ghibli and level 5 make a nice combo, it will no doubt make a great game.

bgranli
bgranli

"Studio Ghibli films have thrilled fans of Japanese animation for years, but now the production house is expanding its work to the world of games." Didn't Studio Ghibli provide animation for the first Jade Cocoon game?

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

Studio Ghibli+New Video Game? Count me in :)

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

I had a feeling this would have happened (I'm sure others had as well.) Level 5 and Studio Ghilbli are some of the most imaginative teams in any field of entertainment. So I cannot wait until I see their new game. I bet it was Professor Layton that made this collab solidified because looking at that game makes me feel it was a Studio Ghilbli Film.

02sfraser
02sfraser

im really looking forward to this now. should be relaly interesting :)

PuhJesus
PuhJesus

Must have a Totoro game. It would be awesome enough to validate my purchase of a DS.

AlucardsFate
AlucardsFate

Please tell me we get a "My Neighbor Totoro" game...that would be so odd that I'd love it...

Litchie
Litchie

That sounds freaking awesome. Hope it's not Japan only..

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Well, at least we know it will look good. Do we know anything else about the game? Like what kind of game it is?

killeroo
killeroo

studio ghibli films are great!

RK-Mara
RK-Mara

OMFG. That's all I have to say.

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

This could be quite a match-up. I felt Dark Cloud 2/Dark Chronicle had charm similar to a Miyazaki/Ghilbi film.

R-Force
R-Force

Spirited Away is INCREDIBLE, and I love Level-5's games too. 9.5 - I'm callin' it right now. :D

KabutoHunter
KabutoHunter

"It will be the first time Studio Ghibli has done full-scale animations for a video game." What about Magic Pengel?? The ending cinematic was produced by Ghibli.

flickds
flickds

Sweet -- this is an exciting collaboration. Studio Ghibli makes awesome movies, and Level 5 makes awesome games. Hopefully this union results in a game with beautiful art design and a solid story rather than one of those too good to be true scenarios where a mediocre game gets overhyped.

thestickman
thestickman

Awesome :3 I love both Studio Ghibli and Level5. Can't wait to see what they churn out. Hopefully it sees release outside of Japan.

guppieface
guppieface

rings no bells. i liked prof layton and all dq games though. anime is weird, i never liked it as much as american cartoons. i guess my 1st experience with it was watching akira in japanese class, i like looney tunes better.

Jmorphman
Jmorphman

This reminds me of a puzzle...

YoBrandino
YoBrandino

This is one of the most promising things I have ever heard!!!

edwardorito
edwardorito

WHOA! how random....... the game sounds like grave of the fireflies/Howl's moving castle.....I think I got this all wrong....JUST WATCH Studio Ghibli's movies....SO AWESOME

SomeOddGuy
SomeOddGuy

Wait... Am I reading this correctly? Studio Ghibli collaborating with Level 5 to make a DS game?!? I now know what's added to my 'must have' list. :)

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

O.M.G...with the talent of Studio Ghibli & the out-of-box approach to the DS, it makes you wonder why this pairing hasn't happened any sooner.

lenson
lenson

I'm buying a DS now.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Hmm... Studio Ghibli + Nintendo DS = Awesome game! :D

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

I really like Dragon Quest VIII and my DS, so I'm excited about this game.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

That is so awesome. One of the most artistic anime studios teaming up with one of the most artistic game developers? Only great things could result from this.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Well i like the art style. Will have to see how teh end result turns out because as we know art direction isnt everything but it is necessary for an enthralling world.

nestea_king
nestea_king

OMFG AMAZING!!!!! HOLY **** I'M GETTING THIS! "Hayao Miyazaki, he does not handle everything the company produces." More or less, he directs the best ones the studio has ever made, IMO. They're all good, but Takahata just doesn't do it the same way, his movies are not nearly as appealing. But he's second best in the Studio.

Jamull
Jamull

omg i can't wait! Studio Ghibli = amazing!!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hey, Level 5 -- PLEASE announce Dark Cloud 3! PLEASE!

sundown19
sundown19

It's about time Studio Ghibli got into gaming! I can't wait to see what comes from this collaboration!

sundown19
sundown19

It's about time Studio Ghibli got into gaming! I can't wait to see what comes from this collaboration!

AzureWind213
AzureWind213

SWEEET Hope it makes it over to the US. Studio Ghibli and Level 5 are two companies into making QUALITY products full of originality and just plain awesomeness. Let's hope their partnership takes off!

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Studio Ghibli + Level 5 = Awesome.:D