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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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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp


An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.

The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.

Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.

Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.