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Studio Ghibli coin banks are cute and creepy all at once

Studio Ghibli just released an official “No Face” coin bank, based on the iconic character from Spirited Away. And much like the original character, there is something unsettling about it.

Fans of the film will know No Face as the mysterious spirit that goes on a rampage after accidentally eating a dumpling belonging to a River Spirit.

Appropriately, the No Face coin bank also eats things, specifically: your coins. If you have any left that is, given that you’re the kind of person who spends money on a No Face coin bank.

And, just like in the movie, the No Face coin bank ingests your cold cash through a huge, gaping mouth somewhere below its actual face. Which might be a bit too intense for kids:

People who haven’t seen the film will be very confused by everything they’ve read her so far. Don’t worry; it’s Miyazaki. It’s definitely weird, but just watch the movie. It’s really great.

And No Face is a pretty weird character himself:

And, as an added bonus, the coin bank will emit one of No Face’s creepy moaning sounds as a “burp” after each coin goes in.

But do people really still use coin banks? It seems kind of impractical, given all the other possible uses for your spare change.

Why not keep them in your pockets, using your change to cultivate an image as the creepy, coin-jangly pockets guy? Or you could just buy lots of overpriced candy from vending machines. Better yet, just put your coins in a sock and use it as a weapon, if that’s more your style.

Maybe people have lost touch with how amazing coins are. I blame it on the death of arcade games.

But if you really must have a Studio Ghibli accessory to keep your coins in, and if No Face isn’t really your style, you can also keep your change in an official Totoro coin purse.

That’s from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro, which is very different from Spirited Away:

And if you don’t know what any of these movies are, then just put your coins in whatever receptacle you have at hand, and save them up until you have enough to watch a few Miyazaki movies from Studio Ghibli. You won’t regret it.

Via Spoon & Tamago

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