Professor Layton Screening at NYCC

For Professor Layton fans in the United States, they are quite well aware that the second DS game, Professor Layton and the Last Spector released on October 17. The release of its movie on DVD Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva by Viz is going to be on a later date at November 8.

At this year’s Comic Com though, 150 attendees got the chance to be present for a “secret” screening of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, and be a part of a presentation by Nintendo. Why do I call this a “secret” screening, because on the official schedule of New York Comic Con’s events, there was no mention of this surprise screening.

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Since it was a last minute event, it was still popular enough to fill the hallways, and the event staff kept counting to see if they can give the opportunity to more fans to enjoy this film.

Other than the feature film, attendees got the chance to check out a demo of the upcoming DS game, take pictures with Professor Layton cosplayers, and snacked on site-prepared movie theaters goodies arranged at the back of the room.

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A significant theme in the movie.

Professor Layton is a popular DS game that appeals to puzzle or mystery fans. From my experience with the first video game, I actually appreciate its thoughtful story line, filled with puzzles to either stump or satisfy the player. Upon solving these puzzles, the game has a running story plot where players would eventually end the game with unlocking the mystery for the good professor and his trusty sidekick.

Not to give away any detail of the film, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva follows a flashback case that Professor Layton and Luke would find themselves in, dealing with a former student of Professor Layton. The movie reminded me of watching parts of Detective Conan meets Laputa Castle in the Sky with The Phantom of the Opera thrown in.

This movie illustrates a concept of waiting for a popular DS game to eventually make its way into being a featured animated movie. I have some high hopes for Phoenix Wright to eventually get an animated treatment, though the next I heard for it is a live action movie.

Back to Professor Layton though, this is a movie with the target audience as children. However, with the factor that animation movies can also satisfy an older audience, then Level 5 had done a nice job. Also as a follow up to this movie, there is planned to be another animated movie to the Professor Layton series. Before I go off into another tangent for this event/movie review, I happened to have take some images which I have uploaded to Anime Diet’s Flickr account.

3 thoughts on “Professor Layton Screening at NYCC”

  1. Very cool! I like to see anime movie too.

    Which one is the best Professor Layton series? Which one is recommended for a starter? Since I have a DS, I probably would try it.

    1. Yep.. so when the movie comes out.. check it out. Though I hear on the grapevine, there’s going to be two more games, and one more movie to come. In the United States there are only two games released of the Professor Layton series. This new one in plot is prequel to the previous game of the Curious Village. Though for a starter.. checking out the Curious Village is fine, since it is the first of the Professor Layton game series. This is a game of definitely solving puzzles, and if there are enough fans for the game, then yes.. it is a good series to try out. Keep me up to date, if you like the game. ^_^

      1. I see, I’ve been hearing it’s a fun game. So, so far only two games are released in US… I’ll try a US version, since it’s a lot more affordable for a starving NEET like me.:) So Curious Village is a safe one to start, hu? Okay, I’ll try it! Thanks for recommending!

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