One of next year's biggest RPGs, Ni no Kuni II, has just had its Japanese voice cast announced in a new trailer. We get a quick glimpse of the VAs in their element, as well as their thoughts on the recording processes and characters they portray.
The VA cast is as follows:
- Evan: Mirai Shida
- Roland: Hidetoshi Nishijima
- Tani: Mugi Kadowaki
- Bracken: Fumino Kimura
- Leander: Ikasaburo Yamazaki
- Ratja: Ayako Yoshitani
- Batu: Kotaro Yoshida
The original Ni no Kuni was released as a DS game in 2010, followed by an expanded version on Playstation 3 the following year. The game received rave reviews and, while a modest success in its native Japan, became a million-seller upon its worldwide release in 2013. Its success was in part due to the involvement of the famed Studio Ghibli, who provided art direction and a number of rich 2D cutscenes, as well as a soundtrack courtesy of their very own Joe Hisaishi.
While Ni no Kuni II will not feature Ghibli's direct involvement, Hisaishi returns to provide a stirring score, as does character designer Yoshiyuki Momose. With its lush art style embellished by the power of PS4 and PC, Ni no Kuni II looks no less like a Ghibli film come to live.
Originally set for release on January 19, 2018, the game has received a slight bump to March 23 for finishing touches. Developer Level-5 can take all the time they need in my book, because if all goes well they have an instant classic on their hands. The game will boast dual audio, so players around the world can enjoy both the English and Japanese actors' efforts.