Feb 3, 2013

Animation Roundup: He Was A Sweet Man, Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill, Ni No Kuni

Delving in to the world of the very abstract, we come across animator Daniela Sherer's 'He Was A Sweet Man.' The concept is simple, a woman mourning the loss of her boyfriend, who's only flaw was being too sweet, literally. Following his turning into a pile of sugar. Loved the B&W straight ahead animation style.

Next up, good news for all Studio Ghibli fans as 'From Up On Poppy Hill' (コクリコ坂から) is getting a US release on March 15th. Set in Yokohama around 1964, the story follows the tale of Umi and Shun, two school kids caught up amidst a cultural shift following World War 2. With that signature Ghibli style and an understated narrative, we're looking forward to checking this out.

And Bandai Namco just recently released this animated story trailer for the critically acclaimed Ghibli foray into the RPG world with Level 5, Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Wtich. Due to it being sold out just about everywhere, we're going to have to wait a little to finally get our chance to play it. The trailer gives us that warm, fuzzy retro RPG feeling. Memorable characters, a beautiful world and a great narrative make this a well rounded package. 

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