A Slice Of The Last Story’s Story

By Spencer . October 20, 2010 . 12:40am

Nintendo posted a new trailer of The Last Story on Japan’s Nintendo Channel. This video begins with two teenage (?) kids, one wearing a hoodie and the other boy asking if he’s alone.



The movie then cuts to Elza and the main cast of The Last Story excited for a new job given to them by Arganon, the ruler of Ruli island who apparently resides in a candlelit room. The video also shows Elza acquiring the "gathering" ability before returning to the cloaked kid. He joins the other boy who is also by himself. A flashback, perhaps?


The Last Story comes out on January 27, 2011 in Japan.

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  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    “You alone? I’m also alone. Come with me!” That kid probably need an adult.
    Anyway, nice to see the game in action, also to hear some of the other characters, like Eye-patch and Redhead.

    • Aoshi00

      Eyepatch and Siren (redhead) have been my favs all along, even though the others are also cool :)

  • Aoshi00

    yay, release date.. let us order it alrdy.. I hope it includes some pre-order bonus (not just a mini-soundtrack).. Xenoblade was a great RPG and all, but the characters look nothing like this. Even though I got used to it, the char models in Xenoblade still look a little strange to me.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      You mean they’re low poly/ FFXII looking? Probably because the overworld was so huge. But yar the character models look fantastic here, as does the facial animations.

      • Aoshi00

        To me Xenoblade doesn’t look very much FF12-esque at all.. I really liked FF12’s graphics. Xenoblade has a huge world too, but the chars’ face look off somehow, they’re a little similar to FF12 at times but they look weird most of the time, I call them fish face :)

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          I think there was a little more care put into the modeling of FFXII’s characters. The overall look and style of everything is very coherent. I was just reminded of FFXII because the characters were very angular, and I know they traded the high poly-count from FFX for advanced lighting. But no, definitely not like-for-like style.

      • Aoshi00

        yea, the facial animation looks really good, also I’m glad they did the lip sinc to Jpn this time, unlike Lost Odyssey which was to English only, so playing in Jpn was a little jarring. The story and chars look to be very good, and we don’t have to worry about amateur actors messing it up (like Miyazaki movies).

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Don’t even get me started on the dubbing of Miyazki movies… *barf*I wish people were a little more open minded towards viewing content in their original language. I understand some people aren’t use to reading subs, but for me it’s a price to pay for enjoying something in its entirety that wasn’t meant for me to begin with.

          • Aoshi00

            I actually meant the Jpn dub for the Miyazaki movies are pretty bad, since the director or Studio Ghibli always insists on using actors who have little to zero experience voice acting rather than professional voice actors, his later movies (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl, Ponyo) all suffered from that.. while Nausicaa, Laputa, Totoro, I Can Hear the Sea used seiyuus and they were so much better and memorable.. maybe their intent is those actors sound more like real people and less like anime chars, but voice acting actually requires skills and experience. They don’t have as much leeway as Hollywood actors doing Pixar or Dreamworks stuff because their lines are pre-recorded and the animation were made to fit their acting.Like the Jpn dub of Lost Odyssey used actors too and the performance was so-so (other than the comedian who did Jensen), the Eng dub was good because it used American voice actors. It’s like you could have the best screenplay, directing, and make up for the movies but if the actors can’t act they drag the movie down..I liked movies like Spirited Away and such, but I still can’t get over how bad Chihiro sounds or Lisa in Ponyo (Yamaguchi Tomoko), they just can’t voice act at all and sound totally flat and amateur.. not to say Agent Skully was a good wolf or Batman was a good Howl (but Kimura Takuya was just as bad, though he was actually kind of okay).

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Interesting. I didn’t know they insisted on amateur VAs . I’m more of an old school Ghibli fan, and I haven’t really enjoyed many of their films post Whisper of the Heart. I find the newer films not as memorable as a whole or as the old films (pacing uneven, characters underdeveloped, shinto undertones getting too weird, heck I read Howl’s and the Earthsea trilogy to psych up for the movies and I was massively disappointed by the films’ comparative lack of imagination). But I digress. Maybe the mediocre VAs contributed to my “meh” experiences.

            Still, because Studio Ghibli’s characters are as Japanese as they come, I view the American VA choices (big names or not, or maybe because of that) for the older films to be misguided and glossed over with a “Hollywood” sheen (i.e Laputa), at best incomparable to the original and at worst stripping the films of their flavor. Not saying all American dubs are bad, I just feel certain types of content are just not meant to be dubbed.

          • Aoshi00

            I think the amateur voice have a lot to do w/ the newer films being worse off, just wrong casting.. I haven’t read the original Howl’s or Earthsea, wonder how those are, but Ged Senki was done by Miyaaki’s son against his wish right? He said his son was “not ready” lol.. Earthsea’s animation looked like older Ghibli animation though so I liked it. Oh yea, I totally forgot about James “Dawson” van der Beek as Pazu (Jpn one was voiced by Luffy), he sounded like 25 lol.. I think most overseas dub of Ghibli films copied the Jpn dub way, using big name actors in their own countries, which also made the film worse off because actors aren’t voice actors..

  • doomspeller10

    that music box-like tune at the end reminded me of a song in Chrono Trigger reserved for sad moments.

  • gatotsu911

    Please with the Last Story updates… it hurts…

  • hadjimurad

    i don’t really mind the young feminine males that are in some of JRPGs, but it IS nice to see some non-wimpy and non-oafy males that just look cool.

  • This looks so awesome the real FF13. Hope Nintendo brings this over….

    • Aoshi00

      Because this is FF14, as in Lost Odyssey being FF11, the Gooch’s still got it :)

  • Roses4Aria

    This is looking better and more intriguing with each new bit of info. I’m really looking forward to this!

  • This game… looks amazing.

  • Joanna

    Gah, I’m getting anxious about this and other Nintendo games left in Japan. I want them!!!

    I love the red haired girl’s VA. She makes the character sound so funny-loving, and I like those kinds of characters. :3

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