Ni no Kuni - Reviews

Klozeitung's avatar
Feb 17, 2020

What a waste of time and effort to create a movie but end up with what feels like a rough summary of a 24 episode anime - you get the plot but bare of any tension, development,  character growth or even emotional attachment as the viewer. And to be honest, the plot isn't that great either. Twists, or what is implied to be such, can be foreseen way to early and do little to the overall progression of the story, since everyone is way too OP to even care. 

The biggest problem in this plot are the coincidences, but also every single challenge for the MCs being super easy, barely an inconvenience. The main conflict between the lead duo is neither going deep enough to make you care, nor is it lasting long enough to develop. With this, the main plot becomes a side story and it's really annoying to see bad storytelling ruining an actually not too bad idea.

With neither the animation, nor the sound being able to go beyond the realm of lower average, and since the characters are more of an ensemble of stereotypes and standard tropes than fleshed out beings and thus no more than two-dimensional sketches, the movie itself is more than just bad: it's disappointing, as you can easily imagine, how this could have been an actually quite entertaining and good anime.

1/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
1/10 characters
2/10 overall
xyst's avatar
Feb 16, 2020

So in case any of you guys want to watch this, it is available on Netflix.  This review may contain some spoilers but overall, there isn't much risk reading this. 



So i heard that this anime movie was originally a video game.  The concept and idea is actually really good.

So basically there are two highschoolers, Yuu and Haru.  Haru has this girlfriend, Kotona, who is also great friends with Yuu.  Kotona gets involved in an accident, then somehow Yuu and Haru stumble on a magical parellel world, much like their own, and guess what that world is called? NINOKUNI! The world is filled with dopple-gangers from their original world.  They try to find Kotona, and they found her, sike.  It is actually her dopple-ganger, this world's "Kotona" (I forgot her name sorry) is a princess.  Anyways, stuff leads to other things and now Yuu and Haru have to make a choice (and i can't tell you without giving spoilers).  Yes, there is an ultimate plot twist at the end.  

That is the summary.  Now, that sounds pretty good, right?  The trailer for NinoKuni is reALLy misleading.  If i had just watched the movie without the trailer, maybe i wouldn't have been disappointed BUT I DID.  Honestly, i feel like the trailer is better then the movie.  I may be exaggerating a little when i say the trailer is really misleading but in the movie, they don't even make the "big choice".  The trailer was so good, it got me hyped because i thought the movie would be an emotional roller coaster-

Keep in mind that maybe it just wasn't the anime for me, so you guys could still really enjoy it!

Link for the trailer --> [CLICK HERE] So heads up, this trailer is an english dub, don't worry the japanese dub is available in the movie.  i couldn't find the actual video but we do what we can.  


To me, the animation wasn't anything special but overall, the art was quite nice.  The style of the characters isn't really my cup of tea.  But like, the animation wasn't bad or anything.  Don't have much to say on that.  The character design was really unique (for all the creatures and stuff).


i hardly ever pay attention to the music but i rewatched the trailer and it was fairly good.  The sound, as in the audio, was not unique or anything but you could hear every word clearly so yay.


One thing that really bothered me in ninokuni is that everyone was so OVERPOWERED.  Like the fight scenes weren't that fun to watch because everyone was busting out moves that was so OP...  This could be a spoiler--> Some point in the movie, an old man who was trying to come back to ninokuni pops out of nowhere (literally so random but oh so convient for our dear MC yuu) hands him the ultimate op sword.  All the other characters were like 'omg the sword that appeared in the legends *le gasp*'.  The sword was never mentioned before but the movie mentions it at a convinient moment like its supposed to mean something to us. 

Mc: Yuu. So overpowered i couldnt- 

Other mc: Haru, this dude was my favourite but he was so dumb, no offense.  He came to a conclusion (in about the middle of the movie)  with all the evidence pointing the other way.  Yuu tried to convince him to see the most obvious facts ever but he just ignored it? why bruh.  At the end, he comes to another conclusion, which is actually pretty smart.  But the ending speech from him seemed so rush and how he got to the ending conclusion was also very rushed.  

Princess Kotone (this isn't her real name, i forgot it, i'm so sorry) and all the other characters didn't contributr to the story as much i hoped they would but they weren't bad or anything.

Old man: honestly, his character was quite pointless to me.  As if his only use was to pop out to give the mc the op sword and, keep in mind he had been trying for YEARS to come back to ninokuni, he just decided to go back to our world as if all those years trying to come back to his home was nothing...

Summary: Overpowerd and no depth.


I didn't hate this movie, i was just so disappointed.  There was so much hype built up in the trailer, that just seeing the movie was disappointing.  The whole plot seemed so cheap at the end.  Like i said somewhere in the middle of my review -->  Just because i didn't enjoy it doesn't mean you wouldn't too.  Another thing i have considered is that maybe the movie was aimed at a much younger audience them me, since the scenes are too convienient and simple.  

Edit: Someone mentioned that they did in fact talk about the sword before.  I didn't remember it at all because the movie was boring to say the least.  

4/10 story
5/10 animation
?/10 sound
3/10 characters
2/10 overall
Viictiri's avatar
May 26, 2020

In all honesty, it's okay at best. Not my favorite movie and watching it right after finishing the original game, it's just not the same. The animation is decent and it has beautiful scenery, but the story was just bland. It's just about two boys who fall in love with the same girl, fight over her, realizing the fighting is dumb and then work together to defeat the main villain who you don't even really meet properly. It's good if your desperate for more Ni No Kuni content, it's mediocre though. You'll get a better experience just watching all the cut scenes from the games. It's the kind of movie you put in the background as noise. I feel like if Ghibli actually made this movie, it wouldve come out better.

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
7/10 overall
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Samantha1's avatar
Mar 11, 2023

I do not understand the bad ratings for this anime. It has a great storyline with interesting characters and a small twist at the end.

The only thing is that it got dragged out alot at the end. For me it's a clear 4/5 stars.

8/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
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Archert's avatar
Feb 8, 2020

Tras haberme pasado los dos Ni no Kunis tengo que decir que salgo muy decepcionado tras ver esta pelicula.

La peli nos narra de como dos chicos (uno en silla de ruedas) viajan al mundo de fantasia que nos tiene acostumbrados Ni no Kuni para rescatar a la chica a la que aman, matizo lo del chico en silla de ruedas porque en este mundo magico puede caminar y en el primer momento en el que este echa andar lo hace de una forma natural, como si hubiera caminado toda la vida cuando lleva desde pequeño postrado en una silla. La peli esta llena cosas tontas como esta que te sacan un poco de contexto como por ejemplo cuando Kotona echa a correr perseguida por un asesino esta llama pidiendo ayuda ¿Sabeis a quien llama? a la poli? a su padre? No, a su amigo paralitico....mucho aprecio no le tenia a su vida. 

Ni no Kuni se caracteriza por un mundo de fantasia increible, lleno de magia, pintorescos reinos y razas con sus diferentes cualidades. La peli no plasma nada de esto, no explora en ningun momento este bello mundo ni en sus posibilidades, lo unico que alcanzaras a ver es una taberna, el interiror del castillo y pequeñas zonas de la ciudad. 

Los personajes son un tanto planos y algunos los querras matar por lo absurdamente subnormales que son (ya sea el Rey o el amigo del protagonista paraplejico).

El argumento es medianamente entretenido pero infumablemente predecible, desde el minuto 10 de la peli probablemente sepas quien es el malo y como  terminará.

Las melodias usadas son las mismas que tienen los videojuegos, todo un acierto para los ya vienen conociendo este mundo. 

Su animación no esta mal, el dibujo es bonito pero los movimientos de los personajes quizas notes como si le faltaran frames, haciendola en algunos momentos no tan fluida. Para una serie no seria algo como para mencionar pero siendo una pelicula siempre se le exige un poco más.

La peli tiene algunos cabos sueltos que no termina de explicar como por ejemplo que Yu fuera capaz de sacar la daga del abdomen de su amiga, entiendo que pueda usar magia no que pudiera sacar la daga.

Para terminar tengo que decir que me ha gustado su final, hubo un girillo que no me lo esperaba que me ha gustado mucho pese que en terminos generales sea bastante predecible. 

En fin, que me he alargado mucho, la pelicula es una pésima adaptación al mundo de Ni no Kuni, jamas se la recomentadaria a un fan de esta saga, pero para aquellos que no conozcais nada de este mundo no esta mal verla un domingo que no tengas nada que hacer.

(La nota general baja por recrear mal Ni no Kuni).

7/10 story
8.2/10 animation
9/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
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