Nizo Yamamoto from Ghibli Works on Etrian Odyssey IV RPG

Nizo Yamamoto, art director of Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke and Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt through Time), is working on the background animation of the upcoming Atlus release entitled “Etrian Odyssey IV: The Legendary God” (Sekaiju no Meikyuu (世界樹の迷宮) ).

The cute-looking Etrian IV is a dungeon role-playing game that has been expected with  interest from a lot of the people who enjoy spending a portion of 10 hours straight, playing as their favourite anime-like character and levelling them up to the best possible for the upcoming challenge.

Atlus’ (also the company behind Persona 4) Nintendo 3DS game is a classic dungeon item. For those of you who don’t know a thing about this type of RPG, it’s a game where the player’s character can move step-by-step (or square-by-square to be precise) in order to explore a certain dungeon (or a tunnel, or a room etc). It is somewhat like those little FaceBook games where you explore islands and so on, but a lot heavier, with a lot more art inside and with better abilities since the development of the characters and the battles themselves are the main point, unlike in the social network where time-wasting and the more clicks are.

Nizo Yamamoyo is the man responsible for the art in the aforementioned movies, as well as the background (which is his job in Etrain) in Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart and Perfect Blue. Keeping in mind the marvellous work he had done in Whisper of the Heart (which is a show that won me with its landscapes and background art), for me personally, this foretells a positive change in the Etrian series. However, I haven’t played them all, so a true Etrian fan might have something else to say?

Source: Official Game Site on Atlus

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