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Ghibli’s Spirited Away remade entirely in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 23/May/2020 0:27 Updated: 23/May/2020 8:39

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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An insanely talented Studio Ghibli fan has recreated Spirited Away in its entirety in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, making for one of the best crossovers you’ll ever see.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has become one of the top anime movies of all time since its release in 2001. It’s the highest grossing film of all time in Japan, pulling in over $347 million worldwide. It follows the story of Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who accidentally stumbles into the world of spirits while moving to a new town with her parents.

After her mom and dad are turned into pigs, the girl claims a job at the Bathhouse in an attempt to find a way to transform them back so they can go home. Along the way, she meets Haku, who tries to help her to return to the human world. Millions around the world love the movie, so it comes as no surprise that one skilled fan brought the fantasy film to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Yubaba runs the Bathhouse, and turns Chihiro’s parents into pigs.

Spirited Away in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Twitter user ‘AlmightyMe’ brought the popular movie to the life simulation game by using the Custom Design tool to create clothing, and also modelled certain areas after locations in the film.

The fan starts off with the scene where the human family first stumble across the entrance to the spirit world, and goes onto act out the part where the mom and dad are transformed into pigs after eating some street food.

They then progress through to the infamous bridge act, where Haku tells Chihiro to hold her breath while crossing the bridge leading to the Bathhouse, otherwise other spirits will be able to detect her presence. Obviously, she fails, and she’s ultimately spotted and has to flee.

The user then depicts when the girl finds her way to the boiler room, where she meets Kamaji and the soot sprites. After some persuasion, the old man convinces Lin, a fellow worker, that “Sen” is his granddaughter, and that they must help her convince Yubaba to give her a job.

In another scene, AlmightyMe shows Sen after getting work and helping to clean the “stink spirit.” After this, she causes havoc by accidentally letting No Face into the Bathhouse, who tempts workers with gold before swallowing them whole.

After this, Yubaba’s sister Zeniba ends up turning her son, Boh, into a mouse after it’s revealed that Haku took her magical golden seal. Another scene shows the mouse travelling alongside No Face and Chihiro on the train to see the sister and to return the stolen item, and they find out that she’s actually much nicer than her sister.

In one of the last depictions by the AC player, the Bathhouse owner orders the pigs to be slaughtered, but is stopped by Haku after he reveals that Boh has been “kidnapped” and offers to retrieve him, but only if she lets the girl and her parents return home.

Eventually, the family leave the spirit world, with the mom and dad not remembering a single thing that happened after they were turned into pigs. The ordeal gives Chihiro newfound courage, and the movie ends with her feeling set to face a new school and a new home.

The movie recreation just goes to show how talented Animal Crossing fans can be. You can view the Twitter thread with all the scenes in full here.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.