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Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away recreated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 12/May/2020 0:24

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Best-rated anime movie of all time, Spirited Away, is Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece – and fans are really loving recreating it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch.

Spirited Away is Japan’s most successful film ever, grossing over $347 million as viewers fell in love with Hayao Miyazaki’s fantasy world. It follows the story of Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who accidentally slips through to the spirit world of Kami. After her parents are transformed into pigs, she takes up a job at a bathhouse in order to find a way to switch them back and return to the real world.

It was even voted as the top anime movie ever made by over 170 critics, and is often touted as one of the best films of the 21st century across all genres. Fans love it so much, they’ve even brought it over to Animal Crossing, and recreated their favorite places and scenes so they can experience the magic for themselves.

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Soot sprites appear in multiple Studio Ghibli movies.

Spirited Away in New Horizons

Reddit user ‘zavj‘ decided to recreate the boiler room from the movie, and absolutely smashed it out of the park with their design. In one of the most famous scenes, Chihiro encounters the soot sprites – tiny balls of dust also known as Susuwatari that assist in powering the bathhouse – when tasked to find a job by Lin.

Using star fragments, the fan remade the scene from the film where candy is scattered to feed the sprites – almost like a farmer does when feeding chickens. The game’s Custom Designs tool was used to place the dust bunnies on the ground.

Boiler room master Kamaji’s bed is also there, along with his teakettle and jars, which tie the whole thing together and gives off the perfect anime atmosphere.

I made the Boiler Room from Spirited Away from AnimalCrossing

Another fan, ‘denohmarie,’ created the outside marketplace in Spirited Away, where Chihiro’s parents are first turned into pigs for eating the spirit food. The street is filled with vendors who sell various wares, and stalls with custom designs on are used to replicate that.

Cherry blossom and paper lanterns light the way and pull everything together, looking like a scene ripped straight from out of the anime movie.

Many believe that the mountain town of Jiufen, Taiwan was the inspiration for the setting, though Miyazaki has never said this outright.

Wisp visited my Spirited Away inspired shop alley from AnimalCrossing

Studio Ghibli fans are a talented bunch, but that’s not the only series players have brought to Animal Crossing – Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, and EarthBound are just a few examples.

If these creations don’t make you want to go and watch the movie, we don’t know what will! We know what we’re going to be doing later…

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


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.

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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.