Let me start by saying, wow. I cannot begin to express how thankful Alan and I are for the overwhelming amount of positive feedback we have gotten from everyone over the past few days. It’s unbelievable, I’d like to thank the Reddit and Kotaku communities who embraced our project wholeheartedly and helped spread the word about this project. As you may or may not be aware, Alan has been working on this project for years now, and only recently have I joined the scene to assist him on construction and public relations such as this website. So believe me, he is feeling this reception much stronger than myself (and lovin’ it). I digress, the acknowledgement by these major outlets is a feat that I never saw this project achieving, at least not this rapidly, but its a sight for sore eyes and we are welcoming it with open arms!
With this new found recognition, a new fire has been lit in our “inspiration kilns”, so to speak, and we are both hard at work with this project whenever a free moment in our busy lives arises, fixing incorrect areas and enhancing other unfinished or less detailed sectors. Below is a photo of the (work-in-progress) Yubaba hallways with the new vase textures and such. This photo was taken on our private construction server and is not yet available for download, but will be included in the next patch. xD
In other news, with this added interest in our project, I will 100% stream all of the construction I take part in on my Twitch channel (button at the top of the page). Keep in mind that some of the construction takes place outside of our server by Alan, so not all the changes will be documented. Also note that this is my personal stream and I do play other games from time to time, but if you do chose to “follow” me all of my streams will be correctly titled so you can identify when I’m working on the project from your email notifications telling you that I went live. Also if you have not yet found Alan’s Minecraft Youtube channel, here is the link.
One more note on our project, we do have to pay out-of-pocket the cost of web hosting and Minecraft server hosting, without the Minecraft server it would be impossible for Alan and I to work together without the other being present; he lives on the East coast of the United States and myself on the West, so we need this server to meet and synchronize our progress. The costs of these two hosting packages and not outrageous, but I am a college student and it does dent my leaking bank account since both hosting packages are attached to my Paypal. What I’m saying is that if you enjoy what we have done and would like to not only see this project finished but future Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki worlds created in the future as pristine as this one, we would deeply appreciate a small donation to the cause. Below is a fancy Paypal donation button, a few pennies or a dollar or two, it all helps us offset the costs of the project like the hosting packages, but also the thousands of hours spent in block by block construction.
Thank you again, everyone. It’s been an exciting few days seeing how our project has hit the spotlight of many leading gaming communities as well as the fans of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. We hope to continue our own interests in the subject for a long time to come, and in gratitude for your support provide the best possible recreations of the worlds manifested in these films and in our hearts. If you have any suggestions for our Spirited Away recreation or future projects, leave a comment below and we will do our best to read them all!