No official connection to the beloved anime studio.
By Robert Marrujo:: One of the cooler things about the first Ni No Kuni game was its connection Studio Ghibli. The Japanese animation house is home to some of the most beloved animated films ever made, including Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and many more. While Wrath of the White Witch bore the studio's name, fans will likely have noticed by now that Ni No Kuni II does not seem to have that in common with its predecessor.
Speaking to Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft, producer Shin Noda said the following:
“Studio Ghibli has changed its business model, so we can’t say it’s Studio Ghibli.”
When asked to clarify if this had anything to do with Sudio Ghibili's transition away from being an anime studio (and subsequent return), Noda confirmed this to be true. Production of Ni No Kuni II features many returning faces from the original game, including Studio Ghibli alumni like animator Yoshiyuko Momose, but despite this there will be no official connection to the studio for this sequel.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is scheduled to drop January 19, 2018.