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  2. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  3. Moon festival
  4. Band: LOVEBITES
  5. Chinese Traditional clothing
  6. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  7. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  8. Review: Wish
  9. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  10. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  11. Book: The White Book
  12. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  13. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  14. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  15. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  16. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  17. Artist: Hanggai
  18. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  19. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  20. Produce 101 China
  21. Crossfaith (interview)
  22. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  23. Food: Ramen
  24. Artist: Jackson Wang
  25. Special: BTSXARMY
  26. SPECIAL: BTS
  27. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  28. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  29. 10 years of SHINee
  30. Drama review: Erased
  31. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  32. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  33. Artist: Miyavi
  34. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  35. 10 Korean Proverbs
  36. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  37. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  38. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  39. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  40. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  41. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  42. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  43. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  44. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  45. Religion in Japan
  46. C-Pop
  47. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  48. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  49. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  50. Boygroup: GOT7
  51. Artist: BABYMETAL
  52. Online shopping in China
  53. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
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  56. Boygroup: Day6
  57. Drama Review: Last Friend
  58. Valentine’s day in China
  59. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  60. Valentine’s day in Korea
  61. Valentine’s day in Japan
  62. Terracotta Army
  63. Beauty in Korea
  64. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  65. Chinese New Year
  66. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
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  68. Cat Cafe
  69. Religion in China
  70. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  71. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  72. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  73. Review: Kaomoji
  74. Chopsticks
  75. Drama Review: Save Me
  76. LGBT in Japan
  77. Artist: Zhao Lei
  78. The power of BB Cream
  79. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  80. LGBT in China
  81. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  82. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  83. Rental bikes
  84. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  85. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  86. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  87. The Three Sovereigns
  88. LGTB in South Korea
  89. Japanese street food
  90. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  91. Mumun Pottery
  92. Boygroup: SF9
  93. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  94. Izanagi & Izanami
  95. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
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  103. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  104. Halloween in China
  105. Halloween in Korea
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  108. Camera Japan Festival
  109. Movie Review: Noise
  110. Heungbu and Nolbu
  111. Konpeitō
  112. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  113. Chinese Street Food
  114. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  115. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  116. Jeulmun Pottery
  117. Boyband: NEWS
  118. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
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  120. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
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Since the release of Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom on March 23, this JRPG game has blown up online! Why is this game loved by so many? Allow me to break down some of the reasons why Ni no Kuni has fans all over the globe.

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is the well-known animation studio based in Japan. Some famous works from Ghibli are Spirited Away and Ponyo both produced by Hayao Miyazaki. Ghibli was involved in the creation of the games predecessor Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch together with video game company Level 5. The iconic character styles make this game appealing to the eye.

Many fans have awaited the latest Ni no Kuni game, however the name Studio Ghibli is not mentioned anywhere. Level 5 has reached out to former members of the Ghibli team such as animator Yoshiyuki Momose and composer Joe Hisaishi to work on the new project. This explains why the Ghibli looks and feels are still very much present in Ni no Kuni 2.

Easy gameplay

When fighting monsters or bosses, the gameplay leans towards an easy modus. It’s not hard to defeat the enemies that come on your path, even when their names are highlighted in dangerous red and you’re underleveled, you should be able to defeat them. At this point in time there is no difficulty setting in the game. Perhaps intentional to make it appealing for a broader audience: that might just make this game even better for most people.

Combat system not turn-based

Combats are different from the first Ni no Kuni game. They are entirely real-time and no longer turn-based. This totally fits in the genre and makes combat more active, especially during boss fights. Because you always fight in your party, you have the chance to switch between characters and turn the fight to your advantage. Change between melee or spell-based characters or just simply when health runs low hop on to the next.

Higgledies

In the first Ni no Kuni game, players could collect and send Familiars (little creatures) out in to battle to fight for them, or even fight in their place against enemies. Now these have been replaced by Higgledies, who have a more passive/supportive role in battle. Some will deal additional damage, restore health or even change the laws of gravity. You can collect endless Higgledies but just like your party members you can only chose up to 4 in combat.

Building a kingdom

Evermore will be your new kingdom and taking care of your new land can consume some time. Construction of new buildings are done immediately, but you’ll have to take in staff and spend your Kingsguilders on research and expansion. Keep an eye out for sidequests that let you gather in new citizens so you can staff up all your shops. Also don’t forget to empty your coffers and store stock in your management menu: when it reaches maximum and you don’t empty you’ll lose money over time.

Revenant Kingdoms Kings Edition

This collectors edition is a treat for fans. In shown picture is the European version (for many the superior one!) which sells for a retail price around €150,-. Inside you’ll find:

  • Ni no Kuni game
  • Steelbook case
  • Making-of Blu-ray disk
  • Rotating diorama with themed music ‘Evolution of a King’
  • Art book with Yoshiyuki Momose en LEVEL-5’ concept art (148 pages)
  • Vinyl with music composed by Joe Hisaishi
  • Season Pass

The most interesting item for me is the diorama. They’ve put in so much detail and at first glance you wouldn’t expect actual music to come out of it. Even the tune comes straight of the game!

Ni no Kuni 2 has a lot of hype so if you’re looking into getting this game definitely watch all the let’s plays and reviews you can find on the web. Comment your thoughts below!

Source and photos: Ghibli Studio Japan and Bandai Namco

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