History YMMV / NiNoKuni

8th Jan '16 6:48:17 PM nombretomado
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The music is ''fantastic,'' fully orchestrated even on the DS. But given that this is Joe Hisaishi--the composer behind ''SpiritedAway'' and ''Anime/PrincessMononoke,'' among others--it's clear why this is the case.
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The music is ''fantastic,'' fully orchestrated even on the DS. But given that this is Joe Hisaishi--the composer behind ''SpiritedAway'' ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' and ''Anime/PrincessMononoke,'' among others--it's clear why this is the case.
19th Dec '15 12:12:11 PM salvadorfranz
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Drippy gets one after TheReveal that [[spoiler: Alicia and Aille are the same person and he knew it all along.]] Did he manipulate a boy to go on an adventure, fully knowing that despite being able to save the world, [[spoiler: he still won't be able to fulfill his personal quest of resurrecting his mom]], or did he genuinely thought that he could help out Oliver in his travels?
7th Dec '15 6:10:59 PM tropower
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler: If you're loved ones die, they can't be brought back,]] and there's nothing you can do about it, so you have to accept it.[[note]]For many people, "accept" is a subjective term.[[/note]]
25th Oct '15 8:41:06 PM nombretomado
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* HilariousInHindSight: A BlackComedy example for PuellaMagiMadokaMagica fans who watched the series before playing this game. [[spoiler: Shadar and Cassiopia turn into witches ((literately) after falling to despair]].
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* HilariousInHindSight: A BlackComedy example for PuellaMagiMadokaMagica ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fans who watched the series before playing this game. [[spoiler: Shadar and Cassiopia turn into witches ((literately) after falling to despair]].
24th Oct '15 7:21:43 PM nombretomado
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The music is ''fantastic,'' fully orchestrated even on the DS. But given that this is Joe Hisaishi--the composer behind ''SpiritedAway'' and ''PrincessMononoke,'' among others--it's clear why this is the case.
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The music is ''fantastic,'' fully orchestrated even on the DS. But given that this is Joe Hisaishi--the composer behind ''SpiritedAway'' and ''PrincessMononoke,'' ''Anime/PrincessMononoke,'' among others--it's clear why this is the case.
1st Oct '15 12:24:01 PM Berrenta
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** [[spoiler: The second fight with Vileheart]] is a [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] case of this, to [[CurbStompBattle empowering]] and [[AwesomeMoments awesome]] effect. [[spoiler: Oliver [[HesBack finally comes out of his]] HeroicBSOD after learning [[WhamEpisode the truth about Alicia.]] The pureness of his heart]] unlocks an EleventhHourSuperpower that is [[ForMassiveDamage EXTREMELY]] effective against the boss. Cue ThemeMusicPowerUp and major CurbStompBattle.
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** [[spoiler: The second fight with Vileheart]] is a [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] case of this, to [[CurbStompBattle empowering]] and [[AwesomeMoments awesome]] effect. [[spoiler: Oliver [[HesBack finally comes out of his]] HeroicBSOD after learning [[WhamEpisode the truth about Alicia.]] The pureness of his heart]] unlocks an EleventhHourSuperpower that is [[ForMassiveDamage [[AchillesHeel EXTREMELY]] effective against the boss. Cue ThemeMusicPowerUp and major CurbStompBattle.

** [[spoiler: The second fight * GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While its sales numbers do not diverge widely between countries (due to the "children's [[EasternRPG JRPG]] stigma", you could say), Western players and critics are much more enamored with Vileheart]] is ''White Witch'' than Japan. There are two reasons for that: first, Eastern [=RPGs=] are becoming steadily more scarce in the West, especially on consoles, so a [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] case of this, to [[CurbStompBattle empowering]] big-budgeted one for the PS3 like ''Ni no Kuni'' draws attention. Secondly, and [[AwesomeMoments awesome]] effect. [[spoiler: Oliver [[HesBack finally comes out of his]] HeroicBSOD after learning [[WhamEpisode the truth about Alicia.]] The pureness of his heart]] unlocks an EleventhHourSuperpower more importantly, Japan was "burned" by ''Jet-Black Mage'' back when it was released. Level-5 promised that is [[ForMassiveDamage EXTREMELY]] effective against the boss. Cue ThemeMusicPowerUp two games would be widely different and major CurbStompBattle.also complementary to one another, but they only had very minimal differences in terms of plot and gameplay (putting it another way, they were promised ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]'', but got ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Crystal]])''. Those who bought the original (and they were many, it sold ''really'' well) didn't want to buy the same game twice, and critics couldn't quite "forgive" it. However, since that version was never released in the West, ''White Witch'' became much more unique in Westerners' eyes and could be judged (and sold) as its own, standalone title. It seems to have paid off.

** If a Miracle Move is used at the ''exact'' moment certain [[SequentialBoss Sequential Bosses]] are changing forms, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1u2gq6Rbpc this]] [[ZeroEffortBoss happens.]]
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** If a Miracle Move is used at the ''exact'' moment certain [[SequentialBoss Sequential Bosses]] {{Sequential Boss}}es are changing forms, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1u2gq6Rbpc this]] [[ZeroEffortBoss happens.]]

* MoralEventHorizon: It was always clear Shadar was not a nice guy, but you truly start to hate him after finding out what he did to Rashaad and Esther. Basically, he forced Rashaad into being a RetiredBadass by doing the following: first, he steals his daughter's courage and turns her into a Brokenhearted. Now the guy can't bring himself to do anything for fear of her being hurt further. But it doesn't stop there. To ensure her heart is not just broken, but outright ''closed'', he goes after Esther's AlternateSelf Myrtle in the Otherworld. He [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] her father (also Rashaad's Sould Mate) into becoming a DomesticAbuser, which traumatises her so much she becomes a {{Hikikomori}}. All this to elimanate someone who could ''possibly'' become a threat to him later.
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* MoralEventHorizon: It was always clear Shadar was not a nice guy, but you truly start to hate him after finding out what he did to Rashaad and Esther. Basically, he forced Rashaad into being a RetiredBadass by doing the following: first, he steals his daughter's courage and turns her into a Brokenhearted. Now the guy can't bring himself to do anything for fear of her being hurt further. But it doesn't stop there. To ensure her heart is not just broken, but outright ''closed'', he goes after Esther's AlternateSelf Myrtle in the Otherworld. He [[MindRape Mind Rapes]] {{Mind Rape}}s her father (also Rashaad's Sould Mate) into becoming a DomesticAbuser, which traumatises her so much she becomes a {{Hikikomori}}. All this to elimanate someone who could ''possibly'' become a threat to him later.

** Some of the puzzles too are ''much'' more difficult than you'd expect from a non-puzzle game. (Then again, since {{Level5}} worked on this, [[ProfessorLayton it's probably to be expected]]) In particular, the Trial of Friendship in the Temple of Trials is essentially DoublePlay, though as a actual mandatory story quest rather than a SelfImposedChallenge!
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** Some of the puzzles too are ''much'' more difficult than you'd expect from a non-puzzle game. (Then again, since {{Level5}} worked on this, [[ProfessorLayton [[Franchise/ProfessorLayton it's probably to be expected]]) In particular, the Trial of Friendship in the Temple of Trials is essentially DoublePlay, though as a actual mandatory story quest rather than a SelfImposedChallenge!

* ThatOneBoss: The Royal Jelly, a FlunkyBoss who swarms you with Jelly Babies with its [[LiteralMetaphor Baby Shower]] attack, which can very easily overwhelm you (Thankfully, it stops attacking for a few seconds after it does this). Add the fact that [[HerdHittingAttack Herd Hitting Attacks]] are in short supply at this point and... yeah. Thankfully, Drippy's Mother gives you several spells for defeating it.
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* ThatOneBoss: The Royal Jelly, a FlunkyBoss who swarms you with Jelly Babies with its [[LiteralMetaphor Baby Shower]] attack, which can very easily overwhelm you (Thankfully, it stops attacking for a few seconds after it does this). Add the fact that [[HerdHittingAttack Herd {{Herd Hitting Attacks]] Attack}}s are in short supply at this point and... yeah. Thankfully, Drippy's Mother gives you several spells for defeating it.

* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Westerners Love Wrath Of The White Witch]]: While its sales numbers do not diverge widely between countries (due to the "children's [[EasternRPG JRPG]] stigma", you could say), Western players and critics are much more enamored with ''White Witch'' than Japan. There are two reasons for that: first, Eastern [=RPGs=] are becoming steadily more scarce in the West, especially on consoles, so a big-budgeted one for the PS3 like ''Ni no Kuni'' draws attention. Secondly, and more importantly, Japan was "burned" by ''Jet-Black Mage'' back when it was released. Level-5 promised that the two games would be widely different and also complementary to one another, but they only had very minimal differences in terms of plot and gameplay (putting it another way, they were promised ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]'', but got ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Crystal]])''. Those who bought the original (and they were many, it sold ''really'' well) didn't want to buy the same game twice, and critics couldn't quite "forgive" it. However, since that version was never released in the West, ''White Witch'' became much more unique in Westerners' eyes and could be judged (and sold) as its own, standalone title. It seems to have paid off.
11th Jul '15 8:00:12 AM SapphireBlue
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Double checked and this is actually not true. The name of the star is similar, but not the same.
* GeniusBonus: Shadar is the name of a star in the Cassiopeia constellation. Make of that what you will.
27th Jun '15 6:24:52 PM Kytseo
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* SpiritualLicensee: This is the closest we have to a {{Pokemon}} ActionRPG. ** ...unless you consider ''PokemonRumble Blast'' an Action RPG. ...Or the PokemonRanger games.
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* SpiritualLicensee: This is the closest we have to a pretty good {{Pokemon}} ActionRPG. ** ...unless you consider ''PokemonRumble Blast'' an Action RPG. ...Or the PokemonRanger games.** It's also a pretty good adaptation of Literature/BraveStory.
4th Apr '15 10:22:54 PM vidioogeims
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** ...unless you consider ''PokemonRumble Blast'' an Action RPG.
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** ...unless you consider ''PokemonRumble Blast'' an Action RPG. ...Or the PokemonRanger games.
28th Mar '15 12:10:56 AM Kytseo
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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Westerners Love the White Witch]]: While its sales numbers do not diverge widely between countries (due to the "children's [[EasternRPG JRPG]] stigma", you could say), Western players and critics are much more enamored with ''White Witch'' than Japan. There are two reasons for that: first, Eastern [=RPGs=] are becoming steadily more scarce in the West, especially on consoles, so a big-budgeted one for the PS3 like ''Ni no Kuni'' draws attention. Secondly, and more importantly, Japan was "burned" by ''Jet-Black Mage'' back when it was released. Level-5 promised that the two games would be widely different and also complementary to one another, but they only had very minimal differences in terms of plot and gameplay (putting it another way, they were promised ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]'', but got ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Crystal]])''. Those who bought the original (and they were many, it sold ''really'' well) didn't want to buy the same game twice, and critics couldn't quite "forgive" it. However, since that version was never released in the West, ''White Witch'' became much more unique in Westerners' eyes and could be judged (and sold) as its own, standalone title. It seems to have paid off.
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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Westerners Love the Wrath Of The White Witch]]: While its sales numbers do not diverge widely between countries (due to the "children's [[EasternRPG JRPG]] stigma", you could say), Western players and critics are much more enamored with ''White Witch'' than Japan. There are two reasons for that: first, Eastern [=RPGs=] are becoming steadily more scarce in the West, especially on consoles, so a big-budgeted one for the PS3 like ''Ni no Kuni'' draws attention. Secondly, and more importantly, Japan was "burned" by ''Jet-Black Mage'' back when it was released. Level-5 promised that the two games would be widely different and also complementary to one another, but they only had very minimal differences in terms of plot and gameplay (putting it another way, they were promised ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Persona 2]]'', but got ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Crystal]])''. Those who bought the original (and they were many, it sold ''really'' well) didn't want to buy the same game twice, and critics couldn't quite "forgive" it. However, since that version was never released in the West, ''White Witch'' became much more unique in Westerners' eyes and could be judged (and sold) as its own, standalone title. It seems to have paid off.
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