Yoshiyuki Momose (Ghiblies Episode 2)-directed adaptation will open in the summer 2019
The official website for the upcoming anime film adaptation of Level-5 (Yo-kai Watch, Professor Layton)'s
fantasy RPG Ni no Kuni has started streaming a 60-second teaser trailer introducing its main character
voices, including the protagonist boy Yu voiced by 24-year-old actor Kento Yamazaki. The OLM (Shinkansen
Henkei Robo Shinkalion)-produced film is set to be released in Japan in the summer of 2019.
The original story film follows three childhood friends: Yu, Haru, and Kotona. Because of a certain incident,
Yu and Haru are transported to a magical world called "Ni no Kuni," where people's lives are connected
to their counterparts in the real world. Travelling back and forth between the two worlds, Yu and Haru
meet Princess Ayesha, who exactly looks like Kotona. As a danger approaching to their important person's
life, they must make an ultimate choice.
Yamazaki has been playing lead roles in many live-action films based on popular manga series, such as
Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2016), Your Lie in April (2016), One Week Friends (2017), JoJo's Bizarre
Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I (2017), Psychic Kusuo: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
(2017), and the upcoming Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (2019) and Kingdom (2019).
This is the first time for Yamazaki to voice an anime character in his career. Other voice cast include Yuki
Kaji, Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Sakamoto, Kemjiro Tsuda, and Koichi Yamadera.
Kento Yamazaki in the voice recording session.
- Original work: Level-5
- Original work general director / original draft / screenplay: Akihiro Hino
- Director: Yoshiyuki Momose (Ghiblies Episode 2)
- Music: Joe Hisaishi (Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano films)
- Animation production: OLM
©2019 Movie "Ni no Kuni" Production Committee