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Suzume’s ending revolves around a subtle nod to Studio Ghibli.



Fans of anime writer/director Matoko Shinkai may notice occasional allusions to Studio Ghibli films in his latest work – and they’re very deliberate. But these references aren’t just a tribute to Japan’s most famous animation studio: they serve a very specific purpose.

Unlike the previous two Shinkai films, your name another Weathering with you, his last, suzume focuses on the consequences of a real disaster: 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. These films’ little nods to Studio Ghibli—cultural touchpoints that audiences will likely recognize—concretely root the world. suzume closer to our reality before the film’s links to the 2011 disaster are fully revealed.

one of suzumeGhibli nods candidly – someone on social media notices Daijin, the keystone cat, riding the train alone, and compares the image to Whisper of the Heart. Another more subtle one: Serizawa, a friend of Sōta-turned-human, drives the protagonist Suzume and her aunt Tamaki to their final destination during the game. Rouge no Dengon from Kiki’s delivery service on his phone. But the best Ghibli nod in the film is the most subtle. In fact, maybe not even at all. be a complete guide – and yet it resonates much more when you read it as a whole.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the ending of Suzume — and for Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle.]

Image: CoMix Wave Films/Crunchyroll

Throughout the film, random companions of Suzume and Sota travel around Japan to close magical doorways. It’s not too far from jumping to compare these portals to the magical destination switching doorway seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s movie. Howles Moving Castle. This seems especially true when Suzume steps through one of these doors for the first time and sees a lush meadow covered in wild flowers – a landscape that could easily fit next to a magnificent field that Howl shows Sophie in a Miyazaki film.

The viewers learn that this is the door to the afterlife, and the reason Suzume can see him through the doorway is because she somehow wandered into the realm as a little girl. A flashback reveals that Suzume actually entered the mysterious door as a child and was greeted by a figure she mistook for her dead mother. Afterwards, she found a chair she thought she had lost, the one that Sota ends up being cursed with.

Suzume learns that she must return to the door she originally entered if she wants to save Souta, so she returns to the ruins of her hometown. This episode is reminiscent of the climate scene in Howles Moving Castle, in which after Howl’s castle is destroyed, Sophie finds his magic door on the rocks among the ruins. Opening this door, Sophie stumbles upon Howl’s childhood and the past version of the meadow he showed her, then watches him meet his fire demon Calcifer and make a deal that costs Howl his heart.

As the scene begins to fade, Sophie calls out to Howl, “Find me in the future!” both Howl and Calcifer are both looking in her direction. This is implied to be the reason Howl seeks her out later in his life, as well as the reason Sophie is ultimately able to save him.

Image: Studio Ghibli

So when Suzume enters his magical doorway and finds himself in a flowery meadow, it’s like an echo of a Miyazaki movie. Suzume enters the afterlife to save Souta, just like Sophie entered the past to save Howl. Admittedly, suzume Includes more giant earthquake and worm battles, just enough to make the instant comparison disappear. But after Suzume saves Souta – and regains her will to live in the process – she looks out into a field of wildflowers and spots a small figure in the distance. This is her as a child.

IN Howles Moving Castle, a return to the past links the two main characters of the film, weaving together the beginning of their stories. But suzume it’s not a romantic movie Howles Moving Castle. The focus is on Suzume growing up as she moves from apathy and self-destruction to one who truly wants to live. So, even though she enters the door to save Sota, she is actually saving herself. She looks back at the past and sees a younger, depressed version of herself and tells the crying little girl that everything will be fine. It ties her story together perfectly, bringing the end back to the beginning – just like a Miyazaki film does, in its own way.

suzume now in cinemas.

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Sunday papers | Rock paper shotgun



Sunday is meant to be your first weekend in the UK in a long time and feeling a bit disoriented. Before you sit back, let’s read the best gaming (and related) articles from this week.


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Community Spotlight 2023.04.15 – Giant Bomb



Welcome to the latest issue of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host once again as we look back at some of the best work the community has created over the past week!

The employees are back and recovering from their DreamHack convention performance. In case you missed any of the live streams, here’s an overview of what’s been posted so far, and I’m going to include stuff recorded by the staff on the way to the event. Also, as you can see in Dan’s tweet below, there’s a lot more to come!

Obviously, the most important news this week is related to THE GLORIOUS RETURN OF THE GIANT BOMB SHOP! Not only that, but the site is running a special promotion for those who live in the United States. If your order of goods exceeds $75, no shipping fee will be charged. For those of you ordering internationally, since the supplier is based in the United States, please allow 7-10 business days for all garments to ship and feel free to report incredibly ridiculous shipping and handling charges to Oddly enough, non-clothes orders are delivered faster.

For premium members, use the “Login” button above to access exclusive items! If your premium login is not working, there is a temporary fix/workaround you can read about in this thread! Also, keep in mind that the engineering team is working on a permanent fix right now.

Finally, did you know that it’s almost time for The Giant Bomb Community spring charity event known as the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run.? Only two weeks left before the event, and you can find out how to support it!

Actually it is worth noting that I will be participating in the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run., and if you like the Community Spotlight feature on the site, consider donating to my charity page. Even small amounts are welcome, and if you can’t make a donation, consider sharing the page with someone you think can.



Giant Bomb Robocop Prime Directives (From: @permanentsigh)

Does Mike Minotti have the Prime Directive while playing RoboCop for Blight Club? Photoshop guru Permanentsigh believes so, and was inspired to create this piece of art as a result!

robotic (From: @chucktowski)

Big thanks to Mike Minotti, Blight Club latest issue, for inspiring a new wave of Giant Bomb fan art that is sure to give you nightmares! This post came from chucktowski on Discord Giant Bomb, which you can join by clicking on the link above!

Friendship ended with Grubb (From: @jearum)

After Jan posted the following image below, as jearum eloquently tweeted, “It must be done.”

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Tamur x Naruto (TO: @MOHAMMEDFI10)

MOHAMMEDFI10 organized a fun “Best Naruto Fight” contest and when Sakura vs. Sasori defeated Lee vs. Gaara, they and Tamur immediately voiced their differences. To join Tamur in solidarity, MOHAMMEDFI10 made the following photoshop.

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Beacon Pines is the eighth game of the second year of the UUGPGC. Complete the game before April 24, 2023! Mark all spoilers! +

Return to Monkey Island is the seventh UUGPGC game! Complete by April 10, 2023! SPOILERS ARE OPEN! (From: @bigsocrates)

Do any of you have any thoughts on this game or Monkey Island?  If so, click one of the Game Pass Game Club links!
Do any of you have any thoughts on this game or Monkey Island? If so, click one of the Game Pass Game Club links!

Beacon Pines is the eighth game of the Giant Bomb Game Pass! Do you have any early impressions or thoughts about this storybook style adventure game? Click the link below to join the community conversation!

Similarly, the Game Pass gaming club has officially opened the Return to Monkey Island discussion for SPOILERS! Do you have any thoughts on the story development or plot twists of the game? Share your opinion NOW!

The GB Album Club 027 – Hang Ups by Goldfinger (From: @unclejam23)

Thanks to Tony Hawk, can you read any of the songs from this album?
Thanks to Tony Hawk, can you read any of the songs from this album?

Hang-Ups by Goldfinger is the next pick from the recently revived Week Club album! If you have any experience with this classic album and its presence in video games, or just want to know how to join in on the fun, click the link!


All 3DO (type) games in order: 1994 (part 01) (From: @borgmaster)

I'm always happy to have some FMV on this site!
I’m always happy to have some FMV on this site!

What do people want these days? If you said “Regular Game Coverage on 3DO!” Then I have good news for you! borgmaster has another blog that covers all the games released for the 3DO in early 1994!

Puzzle The Quest For The Worst Adventure Game – Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb (i.e. The Furry Adventure Game) (From: @zombiepie)

Moderator ZombiePie is back for a definitive look at puzzles in classic adventure games! This time they explore Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb, an unfortunately forgotten gem of the “Golden Age” of adventure games!

Mega Archive CD: Part V: Hook to Panic! +

Indie Game of the Week 315: Superhot (From: @mento)

Let's talk about the forgotten classic of point and click adventure games!
Let’s talk about the forgotten classic of point and click adventure games!

Mento invites you to join them on another journey through the “wonderful” video games that graced the Sega CD! This edition of their “Mega Archive CD” post covers all Sega CD releases from January 1993 to April 1993!

In addition, Mento’s latest “Indie Game of the Week” feature is dedicated to the wildly popular Superhot! Do they agree with the game’s critical acclaim and are they happy with its minimalist visual design? Click on the second link to find out!

SD Gundam G Generations Cross Rays (From: @valorianendymion)

SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays was only announced for Asia, but that didn’t stop ValorianEndymion from checking it out! If you’re a Gundam fan or a tactical/SRPG enthusiast, read their blog by clicking the link above!

Mushi’s Hidden Gems (Aren’t They?): Severed Steel (From: @mooseymcman)

Are there Gundam fans on the site who are also tactical fans?
Are there Gundam fans on the site who are also tactical fans?

Is Severed Steel a “hidden gem” that people sleep on? MooseyMcMan goes to the site to write a comprehensive essay calling the game “One Trick Ponies” but they commend One Trick Ponies! read more!

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Giant Bomb Community Run XIII Announcement Subject (From: @thatpinguino)

Donate what you can save and spread the word!
Donate what you can save and spread the word!

As mentioned earlier, the next Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run is underway, and for those who don’t know, it’s the website’s Spring Charity Fundraiser! If you’d like to join or just want to know how to help, please click the link above.

The Suicide Squad gets another delay; The release date has now been set for February 2024. (From: @zombiepie)

Oh my god, what’s going on with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League? The game was delayed for the third time and has been in active development since 2010/2012. What part of the difficulty of the game do you attribute to using the live service model?

Did I accidentally get the paddles to work on my DualSense Edge controller? (From: @axl159)

Some swear by manually adjusting the paddles on the DualSense Edge controller to make them orientate as shown in the thread. Do any of you have any thoughts? Are you a “Horizontal Team” or a “Vertical Team”?

Redfall will launch on Xbox consoles in quality mode only; The PC version will have Denuvo (From: @zombiepie)

What do you think happened behind the scenes that caused this game to turn into a mess?
What do you think happened behind the scenes that caused this game to turn into a mess?

Redfall launches on Xbox consoles with a 30fps cap, while the PC version will feature Denuvo. Will any of these events impact your decision to buy or check out the game when it releases on Game Pass?

Any highlights/snippets from the Dreamhack event with GB/GS/Fandom? (From: @bisonhero)

Calling all members of the Giant Bomb community! What moments or segments of the Dreamhack event with Fandom and GameSpot did you enjoy? Were there moments with Emma, ​​Bailey or Dave that made you laugh?


Games where the player character dynamically moves his hand over the wheat, like in the movie Gladiator (From: @shami_sansi)

For the record, that's what this list is looking for, but in video game form.
For the record, that’s what this list is looking for, but in video game form.

Sometimes people ask why Giant Bomb still has user lists. With its very specific criteria that no other website would ever guess, this is a perfect example of why. If you can think of more examples, send us YOUR SUGGESTIONS!

User Reviews


@vyzndrs Clash: Artifacts of Chaos Giant Bomb’s review applauds the game for all of its creative ideas and ambitions, but raises some concerns about what they consider to be “imperfect” design choices.

Wiki of the week


Learn more about the unusual popularity of 3DO in Japan!
Learn more about the unusual popularity of 3DO in Japan!

The @borgmaster blog series was a good enough reason to honor the 3DO platform page on the site, especially since the console is celebrating 20 years since its launch. Was the console ultimately unsuccessful? Sure, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a story to tell!

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Doctor Who could be coming to Fortnite later this year



It looks like the Doctor will soon install the TARDIS in Fortnite.

Prominent Fortnite insider and data miner iFireMonkey tweeted over the weekend that they confirmed rumors that a “potential collaboration” is indeed shaping up as a two-week event that will include “a bundle of free quest rewards as well as an item shop.” cosmetics”.

News Release: Are Unreal Engine Procedural Generation and Ubisoft’s Ghostwriter the Future of Game Development?

iFireMonkey even thinks they know what the items will be too; two skins, a glider and an emote.

“There will also be a FREE Beep the Meep spray as a kind of incentive to check out the creative map associated with this collaboration, while the image below is not what the spray will be, it showcases Beep the Meep from Doctor Who, giving an idea of what this spray might look like/around it,” they added (thanks, GamesIntel).

And when? Rumor has it that it will tie in with the series’ 60th anniversary later this year, and could involve the Doctor’s longtime government allies, UNIT.

And we even have a sneaky screenshot of the alleged event:

ICYMI, A player set about recreating the Dark and Darker map in the newly released Fortnite Creative 2.0 mode after Dark and Darker was removed from Steam following an investigation after gaming company Nexon claimed its game (P3) was used as a prototype for Dark and Darker. .

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