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This Spirited Away Piggy Bank Gobbles Up Your Change

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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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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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Animation Software Used by Studio Ghibli Will Soon Be Free to Download
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Cartoonists can already get their hands on Pixar's rendering software. Now, they can also download Toonz animation software, a program used by the legendary Studio Ghibli, Engadget reports.

Debuting at Anime Japan in Tokyo on March 26, Toonz Ghibli Edition—a special version customized to fit Studio Ghibli's needs—will be going open-source. This means new animators will be able to learn how to use the software, which previously cost thousands of dollars, for free.

Studios and fledgling animators can use the same program that legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki used to bring Spirited Away (2001) and Princess Mononoke (1997) to life. (The animators behind American favorites like Balto (1995), Anastasia (1997), and the cartoon Futurama have all depended on the technology, too.)

This new deal is the result of Japanese publisher Dwango acquiring Toonz from Italian developer Digital Video. Along with the free version, they will still be offering Toonz Premium as well as training and customization services.

Studio Ghibli is known for its use of conventional hand-drawn animation. But in order to produce high-quality animation, certain sections still need to be created digitally. Starting with the movie Princess Mononoke in 1995, the studio used Toonz to merge hand-drawn and digitally-created drawings seamlessly.

"We are happy to hear that this open source version contains the Ghibli Edition," Atsushi Okui, Executive Imaging Director at Studio Ghibli, says in a press release. "We hope that many people inside and outside of the animation industry will utilize this software for their work."

[h/t Engadget]

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