With Ni No Kuni on the Playstation 3 you would be forgiven for missing some of the Easter Eggs that are hidden in the world, chances are you’ll be too busy enjoying the rich landscape and excellent animation that is used to bring the game to life. With its own wealth of not only playable characters but also non-playable characters you may not be surprised to find that Studio Ghibli and Level-5 have been nice enough to add a few surprises into the game.
Ranging from references to movies, a creature very much like one of the most famous Ghibli creation of them all and another anime creation you may not know, there are a few Easter eggs out there that are just waiting for you to find. These secrets won’t spoil the game for you, but you do have to be at a certain point in the game to find them though, so be prepared to do some work if need be.
Ni No Kuni’s Magical Easter Egg Adventure
One of the Easter eggs is in fact a reference to The Lord of the Rings and can be found after completing Hamelin’s main quest. If you visit the Temple of Trials you’ll find that there is a character called the Pig Iron Duke, if you talk to him (he’s easy to find as he’s dressed as a Hamelin Guard) he’ll say to you “You shall not pass” which is an obvious reference to one of Gandalf’s most famous scenes in the movie.
Another Easter egg lies in a cave that you’ll find to the east of Hamelin, you’ll find that it’s identified as the Abandoned Mine. If you travel there and enter inside the cave itself you’ll find Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy is the main character from the anime series One Piece which is about pirates searching for treasure, Luffy has a dream to find the treasure and become the king of the pirates. Looks like if he is in a cave in Ni No Kuni he may be slightly lost.
Probably the best Easter egg of them all though is one of the most popular characters from Studio Ghibli and that is Totoro. When you’ve cleared the Hamelin area of the game return again to the Temple of Trials. You’ll find that there are a group of non-playable characters there now. If you talk to the big white furry one you’ll find that he’s named “My Neighbor Tomtoro” which is a reference to the much loved character from My Neighbor Totoro.
You’ll find that along with these there are other subtle references to the characters from other Studio Ghibli films which have obviously been added for the fans to find. It’s no surprise that Totoro was references in some form, especially when he is part of Ghibli’s logo. He may not look the part in the game but his name is there at least.