Warner Bros. Japan and Level-5 have announced a new anime film based on Ni no Kuni. The new film will be animated by OLM, Inc., and is premiering sometime this summer in Japan. OLM is the animation studio behind a multitude of animated series based on or inspired by video games, including Pokemon (the original animated series), Yo-kai Watch, Inazuma Eleven, and more.
It’ll feature character designs by Yoshiyuki Momose and music by Joe Hisaishi. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino is taking the role of executive producer and scriptwriter of the film. Hino is credited as the writer of all the Ni no Kuni games released so far.
Yoshiyuki Momose is a veteran in the animation department with work on many of Studio Ghibli’s titles such as Porco Rosso and Spirited Away. He previously worked with Level-5 as the animation director of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and as the character designer for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.
Composer Joe Hisaishi is known for over 100 film scores, many associated with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, and has composed scores for all but one of his films. He was the composer for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.
Actor and model Kento Yamazaki, known for his role as L in the live-action Death Note series, will voice the Ni no Kuni film protagonist named Yu, who travels between Ni no Kuni and the real-world with his childhood friend Kotona.
Ni no Kuni animated film is set to debut in Summer 2019 in Japan.