The Art of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Review

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Titan Books has published another fantastic video game art book, this time featuring the exclusive art from Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom! While there isn’t text or background information on the famous art by animator Yoshiyuki Momose, there is exclusive concept art not used.

Contents of Book

The Art of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is split up into different chapters that feature the specific concept art and design for their subject. The book is split up into:

  • Main Characters
  • Other Characters
  • Monsters
  • Kingmakers
  • Villains
  • Higgledies
  • Concept Art Not Used
  • Vehicles
  • Kingdoms
  • Evermore
  • Ding Dong Dell
  • Goldpaw
  • Hydropolis
  • Broadleaf
  • Other Places
  • Credit Titles Artwork

Inside all these chapters are the fantastic design and concept art used to create Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.

King Evan

To start out this review, we must begin with the adorable and main-character, King Evan Pettiwhisker – the grimalkin king of Ding Dong Dell.

Concept Art for King Evan

Monsters

There are other various monsters to take a closer look at as well!

Kingmaker – Bastion

Another great character shown in the book is Zip Vector’s kingmaker named Bastion. This colossal turtle is one of the boss fights in Ni no Kuni II, and honestly a very gorgeous design.

Kingmaker Bastion

Concept Art Not Used

We also have some adorable concept art not officially used in the game, and one including King Evan!

King Evan Concept Art Not Used

Vehicles

With Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom taking place all over the regions of Evermore, Ding Dong Dell, Goldpaw, Hydropolis, and Broadleaf there were bound to be intricate vehicles that take the characters from one place to another. We decided to highlight one of the boats and the concept art behind it.

 

Boat Concept Art

My Take

I really enjoyed looking through The Art of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and understanding all the hard work and design that went into the game. Games such as these require a ton of development, artists, and play-testers to ensure performance and quality are of perfection for their audience.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is one of those amazing RPG/JRPG games that enthralls the player. It is similar to those of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and has received many great reviews on quality and gameplay. Currently, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is only available on the PlayStation 4 and PC through Steam thanks to developers Level-5 and publisher Bandai Namco.

Currently you can buy The Art of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom directly through Titan Books, which then puts you towards a distributor in your region. As for playing the game, it can be purchased through both Steam and the PlayStation store for $59.99 USD. Though the game was just released in March 2018 earlier this year, it’s become a hit and one that any RPG and JRPG fan should play.

“Join the young king Evan as he sets out on an epic quest to found a new kingdom and, with the help of some new friends, unite his world, saving its people from a terrible evil.”

Good

  • Tons of concept art
  • Exclusive not used concept art
  • Very organized
  • Connected to video game well

Bad

  • No background information on game
  • Requires prior knowledge to understand concept art
7.9

Good

Concept Art Quantity & Quality - 10
Length of Book - 8.5
Connection to Game - 10
Background Information - 3.2
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