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Studio Ghibli + Level-5 + Playstation 3 = “Ni No Kuni” Gorgeousness

Studio Ghibli + Level-5 + Playstation 3 = “Ni No Kuni” Gorgeousness  (photo)

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Studio Ghibli’s best known for turning out charming and wondrous hand-drawn projects like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro”. Every time a Ghibli movie premieres, it’s generally regarded as a masterpiece. The animation house co-founded modern master Hayao Miyazaki may not have released as many movies as Disney, but their batting average rivals that of Mickey and company at it best. So, two years ago when it was announced that they’d be working with Level-5–makers of the popular “Professor Layton” brain-teaser titles on the Nintendo DS–fans of both gaming and animation simultaneously shuddered in delight.

The lovechild of Studio Ghibli and Level-5 is being called “Ni No Kuni” (which roughly translates to “Another World”) and it finally debuted in playable form at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The game tells the story of Oliver, a young boy whose mother dies tragically. With the aid of a fairy, he then enters the pages of a magical world where he might be able to resurrect her. The gameplay is said to blend action and role-playing elements and, as you can see, it’s utterly stunning. This is Level-5’s first effort on the Playstation 3 and there’s been no mention of a publisher yet. It’s entirely possible that Sony will publish the game in Japan, but the more troubling question mark for Western gamers and Ghibli fans is the prospect that the game may take a long while to receive an English-language version. Everybody get to a wishing well. Quickly.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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