House Upgrades Are a Rip Off!

I played Doubutsu no Mori today, hoping that since today is Howaito de (White Day), I would get something in the mail from my male villagers. As I previously explained, Valentine’s Day in Japan is celebrated by girls giving presents to guys, and White Day is exactly one month later, where guys give presents to girls! However, I got nothing. I’m not sure if the game even acknowledges this holiday- it wasn’t like anything was posted on the bulletin board or anything. Anyway, it was a rainy day in Weezey Village, which suited my mood.

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The gloomy weather suits me just fine.

After checking my mail, I stepped into my house because I knew Tanukichi had offered to upgrade my living space since I had previously paid off my debt! As you can see from the placement of my furniture below, I got a sizable upgrade.

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I need more furniture now!

I then spoke to Tanukichi, who told me I now owed him 498,000 Bells! Are you kidding me?!?! The last upgrade only cost me around 47,000 Bells, so this is a huge jump in amount of debt owed. I wonder if this is the final house upgrade.

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Good god, what a rip off!

Since I owe such a large sum of money now, I decided to do a little bit of fishing to earn some Bells. However, I accidentally kicked a basketball into the river, and it scared off like five fish I tried to catch! Stupid thing!

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Crap…

I also said hi to several of my villagers while wandering around town. Diana scared the shit out of me because I entered her house, and she came in right behind me a split second later. She pushed me out of the doorway, then just stared at me. Creepy!

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Um, sorry for intruding!

I also ran into Sutoroberi, and I thought it was so adorable how she is using a strawberry umbrella- as I mentioned in a previous blog entry, her name translates to Strawberry! 🙂

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She is completely adorable!

One last thing I want to mention. I picked up an umbrella from the dump, and after equipping it, I decided I didn’t really like the look of it. I walked around with it for a second, and I could swear the sound of the rain changed! I thought maybe I was imagining this, so I equipped and unequipped it a few times, walking around a little bit each time. Sure enough, when you are using an umbrella, the tone of the rain changes! It sounds more muffled, like rain hitting up against plastic. When the umbrella is not equipped, the rain sounds softer as is splashes onto the ground. This was a really neat little touch that I was not expecting.

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I don’t like this umbrella at all, but the sound effects are cool!

That’s it for this entry. See ya!

Hanami? Not Yet I Guess!

I haven’t been able to play any games the past few days, so I was happy to have a chance to play today. I fired up Doubutsu no Mori and set the time back a few days, to the Hanami Festival!

…except, unfortunately, there was NO Hanami festival! It is supposedly a 3 day long event in March that celebrates the arrival of spring. It’s basically the Cherry Blossom Festival, and it’s a really big deal over in Japan!

Now, I have a hell of a time finding reference material for Doubutsu no Mori. There are very few guides out there and this has basically been all trial and error for me. I think perhaps the guide I was referencing meant the festival occurs in April, not March. The trees are not even pink yet! So, for now, I took Hanami off of my calendar, and I will try again throughout April to see if I can find out exactly when it is!

It’s kind of frustrating, but it’s all good. This is all part of my journey! Who knows, maybe by the end of this year, I’ll know all the tips and tricks for Doubutsu no Mori and I’ll have played through all the holidays, so I’ll be able to write my own guide! 😉

Spring is Here!

Today I played Doubutsu no Mori, and the first thing I noticed was that the grass was green! The snow has melted away, and spring is here.

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The grass looks so nice!

I enjoy all seasons in the game (and in real life, too!). I’m sad to see the snow melt, but it does look really pretty in the springtime. Anyway, before I could do anything else, Kenta ran passed me extremely quickly, stopped in front of another house, then kept running! It was really bizarre behavior. I decided to talk to him and see what was up. He seemed happy to see me at first, then threw a temper tantrum because I wouldn’t buy a kiddie wardrobe from him. He ended up giving it to me for free, then stomped around angrily.

Moving on from that weird encounter, I opened up my mail. I got one from Tanukichi that I had trouble translating at first, then I realized that he was telling me that his store had expanded! I ran over to check it out. It’s nice having a bigger selection!

On a side note, I want to mention that all of my flowers I planted by the store are back in bloom. This confirms my earlier theory that I had about the flowers losing their petals in the winter and coming back into bloom in the spring. That’s a neat touch that’s not in any of the localized games here.

After selling some fossils and other random goods I had, I noticed something weird about my inventory screen. I had a bag of Bells and only about 22,000 Bells in my pocket. I tried to combine the two, but it said that I could only carry 50,000 Bells at a time! This is a huge difference from all the other Animal Crossing games, where you can have 99,999 Bells in your pocket. Definitely different.

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This makes it a little harder to carry around higher sums of money.

I made my way around town, saying hello to everyone. I also met up with my new neighbor, Snow (Chevre) the goat! I’m not sure how much I like her, though. She kept calling me rude!

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The stuffed bears in her house are a little creepy too…

When I was done saying hello to everyone, pulling weeds, and digging up stuff, I headed over to the post office. There, I paid off my house loan! Yay for me!

Of course, I then went to Tanukichi and promptly asked him to upgrade my house. I’ll be in debt again tomorrow!

I finished up my day by doing a little fishing, then saved my game. See ya!

Valentine’s Day Across the Animal Crossing Universe!

Since Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday in the Animal Crossing world that requires much player participation, I decided to combine the events into one blog post. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th (of course!) in all Animal Crossing games with the exception of Animal Crossing: Wild World.

First up is Doubutsu no Mori. Now, in Japan things are a little bit different. Barentein de (Valentine’s Day) is actually a holiday geared towards guys! On this special day, girls will send letters or gifts to the boys in their lives. So, if you are a male, you will receive a letter with a present from your female villagers. Since I am a girl, I didn’t get anything. That doesn’t mean that girls are left out, though- March 14th is Howaito de, and THAT is when girls receive their presents. Anyway, I snapped a picture of the bulletin board announcement for Barentein de:

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Next up is Animal Crossing. Here is the announcement on the bulletin board:

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And obviously I did not heed Pete’s advice, because my mailbox was full! That means that I didn’t get any Valentine’s! 😦 I was kind of bummed about that. I even saved and played later, after mail would be delivered again- but I got nothing. Boo. I did, however, get a letter from the museum. Apparently I tried to send away my golden rod:

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What the hell was I thinking! I must’ve been asleep when I mailed that away! Good thing I didn’t accidentally send it to one of my villagers. Moving on…

In City Folk, Prince was my Valentine. He sent me a letter as well as a chocolate heart.

Here I am with my Valentine!

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Lastly, in New Leaf, I got letters from Isabelle and my mom.

Isabelle sent me a chocolate cake, while my mom sent me a spring shirt. Here I am pondering whether or not to eat the cake while wearing my new shirt:

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Also, please note that if you go to drink coffee from Brewster in either City Folk or New Leaf, it will actually be hot chocolate instead of coffee! This is a special Valentine’s Day treat.

That’s it for Valentine’s Day in all of the Animal Crossing games! Finally, I am all caught up blogging about February’s holidays. I didn’t mean to get so far behind! The only events left in February are a Fishing Tourney and a Flea Market, which I have blogged about before. See ya!

My First Snowman!

I was in the mood for some Doubutsu no Mori last night, so I turned the game on and settled in for a relaxing game play session! I realized that I hadn’t played since I purchased all of the grab bags during Shogatsu, so I opened those up. Well, I tried to anyway. At first, my pockets were too full, and the game told me that the bag wouldn’t open if I didn’t have three spaces available! Geez, the nerve!

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Do you ever feel like Animal Crossing games sometimes like to sass you for no reason?

I got a few good things in the grab bags. I really like the star shirt I got, for example. But then I opened up stuff that was total crap, like ugly wallpaper and two traffic cones. TWO. What the hell do I need those for?!

Overall, I enjoyed opening all the grab bags, because you never know what you’re getting! I kept a few things (like the star shirt and the wooden floor shown below) and sold the rest for a nice little profit.

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My house is looking cozy!

With that out of the way, I began strolling through town, talking to villagers and digging up fossils/ gyroids. I stopped by the dump and found this extremely weird shirt! It looks like blood stains! When I translated the name of it, it simply said “scoop.” Um, whatever! It’ll be cool to wear around Halloween.

Meanwhile, Kizzu asked for my birthday. I better get a nice present when it rolls around!

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I better get a present!

Next, I stopped to meet a new villager. His name is Hippocrates (Rollo) and he seems pretty cool and fun! Welcome to Weezey,  Hippocrates!

When I was running by the police station, I surprised myself by kicking a snowball! I didn’t even see it! I’m so happy to see snowballs in this game. I kept an eye out for the other one while I finished my walk around town. I soon found it, but when I tried to roll it over my bridge, it fell into the water! There was nothing I could do but watch helplessly as it floated away.

Luckily, I went into my house and came back out, which resets the snowballs. I found the new one quickly, which was nice. I didn’t feel like running around everywhere trying to find it! I decided to make a snowman right by my house. He seemed pleased with the way he turned out!

The last thing I wanted to do was mail some fossils away. When I did that, it pushed the mail into my mailbox, and I was delighted to see that I had a letter from the snowman I had just built! He gave me a snowman carpet for my troubles.

So there you have it! I was happy I made a perfect snowman in this game on my first try, especially because it’s not really that easy to do sometimes! See ya!

Shogatsu in Doubutsu no Mori!

2016 has begun! When I loaded my village in Doubustu no Mori, I was greeted with cheerful music which signified that it was Shogatsu (New Year’s Day). I checked out the bulletin board, where Tanukichi was wishing everyone a Happy New Year. And, of course, he was just trying to advertise his store!

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Another example of some English found in the game =)

I wanted to head down to the shrine, but first I checked my map. I noticed a new villager had moved in very close to my house, so I went to go meet them! I was delighted to see that it was Kenta (Goose)! He’s one of my favorite characters in the game.

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Yay, Kenta! I hope he sticks around for awhile!

After chatting with Kenta for a moment, I decided to pop into Tanukichi’s store since I was close by it. Instead of his normal wares, he was selling grab bags for 2016 Bells a piece. Sure, I’m trying to pay off my house, but I couldn’t help it… I bought them all!

You never know what kind of fun stuff I might find in those bags! Haha! I didn’t open them yet, because I wanted to get to the shrine and see what my animal pals were up to.

When I arrived in the acre the shrine is located in, the music changed to a beautiful Japanese tone that obviously was not in the other games. I couldn’t help but feel blessed that I am even able to play this game in the first place. It may sound silly to someone who doesn’t enjoy video games the way that I do, but as I have stated in previous entries, this was my most coveted game ever and part of me still can’t believe I own it! I feel like I’m getting a peak into a beautiful culture that I wasn’t born into, but can surely appreciate and enjoy.

The first thing I noticed was Hakkemi was set up at a table instead of her usual tent. I allowed her to read my fortune for 50 bells. Although it was an okay reading, she still told me not to take it too seriously. Moving on…

Several of my villagers were lined up, waiting to ring the bell on the shrine. I spoke to Tama, who asked if I wanted to participate. I did, so I got in line behind her and when she was done, it was my turn to ring the bell!

The whole purpose of ringing the bell is to pray for good fortune in the new year. That sounds pretty cool to me!

Overall, Shogatsu is a fun holiday that I was happy to participate in. If you don’t know much about the actual holiday in Japan, please check out this article on Japan-Guide. It is actually a three day long, bad ass celebration over there!

Thanks for reading! The next blog entry will detail New Year’s Day in Animal Crossing. =)

 

A Quick Update…

Just wanted to write a quick update while I have a little bit of downtime! I got home late on Christmas Eve, but as I was putting stuff away and cleaning up, I realized that I needed to check Doubutsu no Mori to see if Jinguru (Jingle) was in town! Jinguru is the self-described black-nosed reindeer who visits your town on Christmas Eve to give you a gift. In Animal Crossing, he is walking around until 1 a.m. on Christmas morning. Since it was 12:52 a.m., I figured I needed to hurry up and find him!

Surprisingly, Jinguru was very close to my house when I began playing, so I thought that was cool! I spoke to him and he explained to me what he does every year and how he enjoys it. He didn’t give me a present, though, which meant that the holiday is identical to Animal Crossing. This means that you have to find and talk to Jinguru five separate times in order to get ONE gift. I figured there was no way I would do that before 1 a.m., but I tried anyway. I found him a second time, then as I found him for the third time, the clock struck 1 a.m. and he disappeared. Bummer! Next year I will get him to give me a gift for sure =)

Also, I just wanted to mention that last weekend I entered a fishing tourney in Animal Crossing: Wild World. I didn’t play the game for a few days, so I wasn’t sure if I won or not. I was happy to see that when I played the game very early this morning, I had a letter saying that I won! I got a fishing trophy for my troubles.

One last thing to say: I retired Christmas Sweeper for another year. Boo! It’s a fun game, but after the last level that took me forever to complete, I got kinda burned out on it. Maybe next year I will be in the mood to play more!

Christmas Eve Fun With Doubutsu no Mori!

The holidays are here, which means that the next few days will be pretty busy. Nevertheless, I had some free time this afternoon to play Doubustu no Mori.

I was really happy when I came out of my house and saw that it was snowing! Also, my favorite music from Animal Crossing was playing (the Christmas theme). It immediately put me in the holiday spirit!

I ran around saying hello to all my villagers, many of whom said I hadn’t talked to them in two weeks.

One of my neighbors, Diana, even said she was pissed! Look at what my translator says!

That made me laugh. Sorry to piss you off, Diana! =) After saying hello to everyone, I went back to my house. Upon entering, I realized that I was infested with roaches! Yuck!

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Look at those three little bastards, just waiting to be squished!

I stepped on them all and once my house was bug-free, I decided to do some fishing. I’ve greatly improved my fishing skills, but they still need a little bit of work.

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Fishing from the waterfall was fun, even though all I caught was a can!

Besides catching a chiisaibasu (small bass) and a futsuunobasu (bass), I caught nothing but a bunch of wakasagi (pond smelt)! What is up with that!?!

I went to Tanukichi and sold my goods to him, then I bought some paper because I had a ton of fossils that I needed to mail away. I hate buying paper in this game because he only gives you one sheet at a time!

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40 Bells for one sheet of paper? What a cheapskate!

I then mailed away all my fossils and saved my game for the day. Merry Christmas everyone!


	

Finally, A Snow-Covered Ground!

I wanted to play Doubutsu no Mori today, because I haven’t played it in several days. I had some extra time tonight, so I was able to play for a bit!

The first thing I noticed when my game loaded and I came out of my house was that not only was it snowing, but snow now covered the ground! I always love this time of year in all the Animal Crossing games- everything looks so beautiful! Plus, since it never snows where I live, I get to have some winter fun even when it’s 80 degrees (or more) out!

I then walked around and said hello to all my neighbors. Some missed me, some were annoyed that I hadn’t talked to them. Hey, life gets busy, chill out!

I also noticed that I had another new villager in my town, so I hurried over to their house to meet them. It’s Dalman (Hopper)! He’s a really cool penguin character I’ve never had in any of my other games. Even though he supposedly has a cranky personality, I hope he sticks around for awhile!

I didn’t have much time left to play, so I decided to go to Tanukichi’s shop and see what he had for sale. I saw something really weird when I approached his shop: all of the flowers I planted a couple weeks ago turned into weeds!

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What in the hell…???

That’s never happened in any of the other games. In Animal Crossing, the flowers never die. In all subsequent games, the flowers will wilt after a few days of no water/ rain/ snow, but you can water them and they will come back to life. I’m stumped! There is no watering can in this game… I’m not sure what to make of it. Maybe because it’s winter the flowers lost all their petals?

Anyway, I ended up buying a large festive tree from Tanukichi, even though I already have a small one in my house. I love the holiday season, what can I say! =)

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What, don’t you have more than one Christmas tree in your house?

One other thing I’ve been thinking about. I wonder if you can build snowmen in this game too? I’m pretty sure you can, because an online guide I’ve been consulting shows the Snowman Series furniture. I didn’t see any snowballs tonight, but I didn’t do a full sweep of the town either. So, it’s possible I just didn’t see them. By the way, I only like to look up stuff when absolutely necessary, like if I’m trying to translate a name or something like that. I like discovering things on my own! Games are way more fun that way. I guess I will find out soon enough if I can make a snowman!

Why, Tanukichi?!

I played Doubutsu no Mori briefly tonight. I wish I had more time to play, but real life often gets in the way of my virtual life. =( Anyway, I fired up the game and was a little bummed to discover that there was still no snow on the ground. Oh well, I know it will happen soon! I immediately noticed that the roof of my house was painted black, which means that the first expansion was complete!

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Yay! A bigger house!

The outside didn’t really look too much bigger, but inside was a different story. I have a considerable amount of extra room now!

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You can tell how much bigger my house is by where my furniture is located. 

I checked my map and realized that I had another new neighbor! I headed to the beach, where I met a chicken named Diana (Leigh). She has a really cozy house!

I then headed to Tanukichi’s shop, and he told me he hoped I liked the expansion on my house. Then he casually announced that I now owe him 49,800 Bells! It was fun not being in debt, however briefly.

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Boo… do I really have to pay you back all those Bells?!

I then noticed that he had two tools available for purchase… a net and a shovel. UGGH!!! I HAVE THOSE! I NEED A DAMN FISHING ROD! What gives, Tanukichi? Why are you torturing me?!

I did see something I wanted in the shop today though: a festive tree! I bought it and put it in my house, then saved my game for the night.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Also, today I got a pack of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards. I enjoy collecting cards because they are nice to look at and don’t take up a ton of space. Besides, I can use these cards with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Here’s what I got:

So I got some cool cards, although I could do without Resetti LOL!!! I hope to get more of them soon. Good night everyone!