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This Spirited Away Piggy Bank Gobbles Up Your Change

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Donguri Sora

You can now celebrate the classic anime film Spirited Away (2001) with a piggy bank based on the movie's most corruptible character, No-Face. In case you don't remember, the traveling spirit gets itself into a mess of trouble after being surrounded by the greed at The Bathhouse. After discovering that a little bit of fake gold can go a long way, the character ends up eating everything there (along with a few employees).

Now you can put No-Face's money grubbing to good use. The adorable piggy bank depicts No-Face in his normal state, but when you slip some coins in the red bowl, the spirit's mouth emerges to devour the offering (anything weighing over 1 ounce will trigger the sensor). The bank even burps after finishing its monetary meal. Along with burping, it also speaks and plays music from the movie.

The bank will hit Donguri Kyowakoku stores in Japan in May, but you can also buy it online. Pre-orders have already begun and you can grab one for 5184 yen (roughly $45).

If you can't cough up the gold (like No-Face) to buy this Ghibli-inspired money holder, consider one of the other coin stealing banks on the market.

[h/t Geek]

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Hayao Miyazaki's Greatest Hits Are Coming Back to Theaters This Fall
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STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: Castle in the Sky
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Get ready, anime fans. As part of an upcoming film festival, some of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki’s best-loved films will be coming back to U.S. movie theaters this fall.

Fathom Events and the North American animation distributor GKIDS are running a film festival devoted to Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki's Tokyo-based animation studio. As part of a series of monthly events that began in June, the festival will be showing Castle in the Sky, Nausicaä, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Earlier this summer, the festival showed My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Due to the festival’s popularity, Studio Ghibli Fest is adding an extra day of showings, beginning with the August re-release of Castle in the Sky. Instead of two days of movies, there will be three screenings on three different days.

The films will be shown on the last Sunday of the month, with subsequent screenings the following Monday and Wednesday. The Sunday and Wednesday films will be dubbed in English, while the Monday showings will have subtitles. The festival runs until November 29.

Since it’s through Fathom Events, the films will be shown at hundreds of theaters around the country. You can check where screenings are available near you by entering your ZIP code here.

Miyazaki is technically retired, but he hasn't been able to resist the call of Studio Ghibli. He's scheduled to release Boro the Caterpillar, a film he's calling his last (several years after saying the same about 2013's The Wind Also Rises) in 2019. So maybe we can expect an extended Studio Ghibli Fest in a few years.

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Sailor Moon-Themed Cafe Coming to Tokyo
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Whether it's a My Little Pony-themed restaurant, or a Moomin Cafe, Japan has all the edible fan fare you could ask for. Coming April 16, the lucky country will also have its own Sailor Moon-themed eatery filled with imagery from the '90s anime we all know and love. 

The Chibiusa Cafe (named after the character of the same name) will be opening up in Tokyo near a related Sailor Moon art exhibit. Inside, fans can find themed food that includes pink hamburger buns, star-shaped tater tots, and a Luna-shaped berry mousse dessert. There's also a hilariously blunt dish called Tuxedo Mask’s Nihilistic Pasta, which comes with the hero's signature mask and rose petals. On top of delicious-looking food, the restaurant will also be serving up some technicolor drinks like the Sailor Senshi Beauty Juice drinks, which come in five different colors to represent the team of heroines. 

Admission to the restaurant is free, but visitors will need tickets to the museum observatory or Sailor Moon Exhibition to get in. 

[h/t Eater]

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