Hanging out with Totoro just become the coolest thing in virtual reality

Meet Totoro thanks to virtual reality

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Sure, the VR helmets are clunky, but you can stand at a bus stop with Totoro!

If you aren’t fully sold on virtual reality yet, the gateway drug for anime fans has just arrived: the chance to hang out with Totoro.

Thanks to the folks at British virtual reality development studio Fire Panda, you can download a free demo that works for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and explore one of three famous Studio Ghibli environments. The first brings you to the famous bus stop scene in Totoro where Satsuki meets the magical creature for the first time.

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You can also run through the field of flowers that Howl and Sophie walk through in Howl’s Moving Castle.

There’s also a third part of the demo that lets you wander through the boiler room from Spirited Away.

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Unfortunately, you can’t interact with any of Ghibli’s famous characters in the demos, but it’s still magical to feel like you’ve stepped right into the movies. Just having a Totoro look at you would be the most magical moment of your life. 

Can you imagine if they made one where you board the Catbus? Nudge, nudge, Fire Panda!

Colette Bennett

Colette Bennett

Colette Bennett is a writer and editor who specializes in geek culture, beauty products, and Amazon deals. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She's also given talks on working in news for CNN's Leadership Unplugged program. Bennett also runs popular Korean beauty blog Chok Chok Beauty and regularly slathers her face in snail slime.