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Kiki’s Delivery Service remade perfectly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 11/Jun/2020 23:53

by Brent Koepp

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Studio Ghibli’s hit movie Kiki’s Delivery Service comes to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in what could possibly be the cutest fan crossover you’ll ever see.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of Japan’s top-grossing animation movies. Winning countless awards and shifting millions of copies, it’s a classic masterpiece that everybody should watch. It follows the story of Kiki, a 13-year-old witch who ventures away from home with her cat Jiji in order to complete her training.

One thing that many Animal Crossing players love is Studio Ghibli, and we’ve seen that many times with Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Now, a Kiki’s fan has brought the whimsical movie to the game, and it’s absolutely adorable.

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The adorable Ghibli witch animation made its debut in 1989.

Kiki’s Delivery Service in Animal Crossing

Before taking off on her adventure, viewers are given a small glimpse into the young witch’s bedroom in a scene where she asks her father if she can take his radio along with her. Reddit user ‘notjoejonas’ recreated the room in their own house in New Horizons.

The floral wallpaper they used is almost an exact replica of the one in the movie, and they nailed the bookcase and chair placements. Even the chair is there, and the books by the bedside table tie everything together perfectly for the most charming replication.

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The talented fan re-imagined Kiki’s Delivery Service in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The fan even dressed their character up as Kiki for that final finishing touch, using a red bow ribbon in her hair, and wearing a purple dress with the famous brown crossbody pouch. All that seems to be missing is Jiji, though we imagine he’s prowled off on an adventure of his own.

If this has given you the itch to watch the Studio Ghibli movie, you can catch it on HBO Max in the US, or Netflix in the UK. The groundbreaking animation celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier in 2020, as new generations of kids continue to fall in love with the adorable witch.

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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.