Critical Bit #4:
Fluid Dynamics

Written by Ian Yuan, February 24, 2013, 0 Comments

I’ve just started playing Ni No Kuni.

If you’ve yet to play it or even hear anything about it, it’s a action RPG developed by Level-5 (creators of the Professor Layton series and White Knight Chronicles). It features an art style inspired by and in-game cinematics from Studio Ghibli. (Only the slightest of spoilers follow) It tells the adventure of a young boy Oliver that loses his mother to a sudden accident. Shortly after, while clutching a stuffed toy his mother had made for him, he cries. His tears fall on his toy bringing it to life. Introducing himself as Drippy, the toy claims to be from a parallel world that only Oliver can save. Oliver agrees to go but only with the hopes that doing so may save his mother somehow.

As of the writing of this blurb I’m only about 8 hours in. I’m enjoying it so far, it is terribly cute. I intend to spend more time with it if I can manage but it has already inspired this comic as well as 3 others that will follow.

And yes, I do frequently cry at the end of Homeward Bound. Don’t judge me until you’ve seen it for yourself.

Critical Bit is a web comic about video games written and drawn by Ian Yuan. New additions are published whenever he gets around to it (about twice a month)

About Ian Yuan

Ian has been playing games for as long as he can remember and pretending to write about them for some significantly shorter amount of time. Words often mistakenly used to describe him include: sophisticated, gentlemanly, scholarly and Korean. His favourite time-wasters beside videogames include reading pulp detective novels, making hand sewn sock animals and adding to his skinny tie collection. He does not talk about his day job and neither should you.