Back in 2011, a JRPG game entitled Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch arrived, and blew people away with how simply gorgeous it looked.

That it had the involvement of Japan’s revered animation house Studio Ghibli likely helped. While they’re not involved, their influence is all over the first trailer for an upcoming Ni no Kuni movie, fresh from Warner Brothers in Japan.

It’s been directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, who as well as being involved with the two games in the series so far, also worked on such Studio Ghibli movies as Porco Rosso and Spirited Away.

The trailer is, not surprisingly, all in Japanese currently. Here’s a rather dodgy translation of the film’s description:

Dream makers representing Japan gather! A new masterpiece of youth fantasy, born here! Level Five Yoshihiro Hino (“Layton” series) × Yoshiyuki Momose (“Omohi De Poro Porro” × Yo Hisaishi (“The Spirited Away”) Voice appearances: Kento Yamazaki, Mamoru Miyano, Kenjiro Tsuda, Makoto Sakamoto, Yuuki Sakai, Koichi Yamadera “The Magical World” next to reality-Fino Country, where there is another self who has a life-to-go-High school student Yu and his best friend Haru triggered an incident involving childhood friend Kotona In moving back and forth between the two worlds … Yuu and Hull were confronted with the crisis of the life of the important person <ultimate choice> In fact, the decision of the two people-This summer, a national road show!

The Ni no Kuni movie is expected to release in Japan mid-year.

Explore the world of Ni no Kuni at JB Hi-Fi.