The gorgeous Studio Ghibli-style art of Ni No Kuni II



A large part of the appeal of the Ni No Kuni series is how the games look: it’s like you’re wandering around inside a lush Studio Ghibli animated film while playing a fantastical role-playing game. That was certainly true of the recent Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom — this in spite of the fact that the famed animation house wasn’t technically involved. It still bore the telltale signs of a Ghibli production, however, including the charming character designs of Yoshiyuki Momose and huge, stunning locations including mysterious, bioluminescent forests and vast kingdoms.

Naturally, the art behind the game is equally as gorgeous. Dutch art gallery Cook & Becker — which has previously released game-themed art projects including a massive Final Fantasy XV book — has just launched a new series of high-end art prints from the game, and they’re a sight to behold. They include watercolor paintings of some of the eclectic characters in Revenant Kingdom, like a king with cat ears and the adorable “higledy” magical helpers, as well as highly-detailed concept art featuring numerous fantastical locations and vehicles. My favorites are the airplanes with feathery wings. “The watercolor picture book aesthetic of his concept drawings is something you rarely see in video game development and makes for lovely art prints,” gallery co-founder Maarten Brands says of Momose’s work.

The prints start at $89, depending on the size and framing, and you can grab them here. In the meantime, peruse some of the collection in the images below.


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