Step into the World of Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Anime Films in Virtual Reality!

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  • Virtual reality is the current trend of the gaming industry and continues to change the way games are being played as users are becoming more invested as they feel like they are in the world of the game they’re playing. Virtual reality has now given people a new opportunity to explore the world of some of Studio Ghibli‘s most popular anime films – it is like you’re walking around alongside your favorite characters!

    How to get started?

    The world has not reached the point where many individuals own the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets. However, to those lucky few who own those headsets, count yourself extra lucky as you get to experience the virtual reality world of Studio Ghibli for free, which you can download here. Studio Ghibli is a very well-known Japanese film studio which has produced high-quality anime films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

    Which famous Studio Ghibli scenes can be explored?

    The Ghibli virtual reality demo was made possible due to the developer, Nick Pittom who incorporates scenes from some of the most popular Studio Ghibli films. The demo includes 3 scenes which are the Boiler Room from Spirited Away, the Meadow from Howl’s Moving Castle, and the Bus Stop scene from My Neighbor Totoro.

    What to expect?

    As it is just a demo, you certainly can’t expect it to offer a complete gaming experience expected from a typical virtual reality game. As such, the scenes do not seem complete with the environments which are non-interactive for the most part.

    Nevertheless, the demo is a fun experience as it is not often that we get a chance to walk around in the world of our favorite cartoons, other than in our dreams. Many anime fans have long dreamt of experience the anime world along with some of their favorite characters, and this virtual reality gaming is one step closer to making those dreams come true! Check out this video demo to get a taste!

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