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If you have a Nintendo Gamecube, chances are, you have played Animal Crossing, and if you get through all of the quests Tom Nook sends you on, you will be forced to let the Happy Room Academy, or HRA, go into your house and give it a rating based on how well-designed it is. For most gamers the HRA is nothing more than an annoying group of people who examine your house and then give you a rating. For some gamers, impressing the HRA is an important quest because they want that elusive manor model to finish their re-creation of their town that they have in the basement. However, the HRA is not just this RPG’s “Evil Empire.” The HRA is actually a major symbol in Animal Crossing; the HRA symbolizes the main character’s insecurity. The main character, who we will call Spike for his Viking helmet, pays off tons of Bells to get his house remodeled and re-furnished so that he can get a high HRA score, but as he gets closer to having the required score of 100,000 HRA points needed to earn the respect of the HRA, and of course the manor model, Spike’s insecurity continues to make the HRA stronger. This analytical essay will take you all the way through the inner workings of the HRA and how these villains create the symbol of Spike’s insecurity flawlessly. When a new file is created, the first character in Animal Crossing Spike meets is Totakeke, also known as K.K. Slider. Like the HRA, K.K. Slider is also a symbol, but K.K. Slider is a symbol of a being a free man; he does not play his guitar to look “cool,” and he does not play his guitar to make money, which is demonstrated by the fact that he gives Spike his music for free. He represents an ideal of breaking free from inhibitions and insecurity. However, after Spike meets him and takes the train into town, Spike goes into town where he meets the main villain of Animal Crossing, Tom Nook. When Spike meets him, he has Spike pick one of four houses to live in, and then after Spike selects his house, Nook charges him 19,800 Bells, even though Spike only has 1,000 Bells. As a result, he forces Spike to fall into his trap by making Spike work at his store until he has enough money to pay off 1400 Bells of this huge 18,800-Bell debt. This part of the game makes Tom Nook seem less evil than the rest of the game does because he is the character who is running the “tutorial level” of Animal Crossing, thus gaining Spike’s trust. However, as soon as Spike finishes his part-time job, Tom Nook then waits at his store in ambush, and the next time he goes in to buy something, he forces Spike to represent the town in HRA inspections. This event is a turning point in the plotline of Animal Crossing because as soon as Spike gets his first letter from the HRA, he loses that free personality that is represented by K.K. Slider and then Spike is filled with the insecurity that is represented by Tom Nook and the HRA. The events of the beginning of Animal Crossing make this game an epic story of insecurity and breaking free of one’s inhibitions. Tom Nook and the HRA dominate Spike’s life for most of the game, as best seen in the mail that Spike receives. Every few days, the HRA sends a letter telling Spike his HRA score, a score based on the appearance of his house. This score raises Spike’s insecurity, especially if the player knows that the house model can be obtained by getting a score of 70,000, and that the manor model awaits for the great gamer who has a house that has a score of 100,000 points. While these letters already portray the HRA very well as a beast of insecurity, another series of annoying letters from Tom Nook himself truly reinforces this portrayal of the HRA as the ultimate symbol of Spike’s insecurity. Sometimes, Tom Nook sends a letter to Spike advertising some furniture that he carries at his store. When the player receives Nook’s letter and the HRA’s letter on the same day, a realization occurs; the HRA tells Spike that his house is nothing more than a smoldering pile of garbage, but then Tom Nook’s letter tells Spike that this problem can all be fixed by spending a few thousand Bells on some piece of furniture that Tom Nook carries, so the HRA and Tom Nook, the masters of Spike’s insecurity, are working together to control Spike. In addition, the mail also continues to be a means of binding Spike’s life to the insecurity that is the HRA through Pelly and Phyllis. Pelly and Phyllis run the counter at the post office, where Spike can pay off his debt on his house, making this house bigger. This relates to the HRA being a representation of Spike’s insecurity in a few ways. Pelly, Phyllis, and Pete, the post office staff, have no intentional connections to the HRA themselves. However, Pete carries the mail, including the letters from Tom Nook and the HRA, and also, in order to pay off his debt, Spike must go to the post office and talk to Pelly and Phyllis. Spike pays off his debt to Tom Nook, and in return, Nook gives Spike a larger house and more debt. Early in the game, Spike gets letters from the HRA telling him that his house is too small to have a high HRA score, so as a result, Spike’s insecurity is made stronger by the mentality that “bigger is always better,” and as a result, Spike gives his hard-earned money to Tom Nook, the master of his insecurity. Because of this, without even realizing it, Pelly, Phyllis, and Pete are actually puppets of evil, working for the HRA despite not being evil themselves. Like the mail, the very ways of raising one’s HRA score also demonstrate the HRA’s symbolism of Spike’s insecurity. For example, to have a high HRA score, Spike almost absolutely MUST have a theme to at least one floor of his house. This quest for a theme leaves Spike trying to find about ten different pieces of furniture as well as matching flooring and wallpaper. This quest, which can take a gamer a few months to complete without time travel and universal codes, conveys the idea that Spike’s insecurity leads him to always need more. It does not matter if Spike manages to collect every NES game and then the player uses Action Replay to get Spike copies of impossible-to-obtain games like Zelda and Super Mario Bros. The HRA will still tell Spike that he will never have a good gaming-themed house unless he gets his hands on Cyberball for the Sega Genesis (which was NOT put into Animal Crossing, so don’t go and try to use a universal code there). Spike’s insecurity is also seen in the quest for a high HRA score because of the fact that to get the highest possible HRA scores, he must have a theme, and cannot deviate from that theme. Why can’t Spike blast some sweet tracks from his retro stereo in the same room that has cabana flooring? I’ll tell you why. It is because they are from different themes, and Spike’s house can only have one theme; Spike needs to be labeled! Surprisingly, this form of HRA-driven insecurity is not just a form of insecurity that exists exclusively in Animal Crossing; it exists in the real world as well, despite the fact that there is no HRA in the real world. In middle school and high school, while the HRA does not actually exist as a formal organization, the same pressures exist as students try and maintain a label. These students will try to look like punks, goths, jocks, emo kids, skaters, preps, rappers, geeks, nerds, or all-around popular kids, all to gain the acceptance of their school’s HRA, the cliques that are in the school, and as a result, the quest to fit into a clique makes it so that many students give up their individuality to fit a label instead of being themselves, much like Spike is forced by the HRA to abandon his own idea of a house design in order to fit the label of the themes, series, and sets that will give him a high HRA score. The fact that insecurity exists in this form so commonly in the real world is surprising, but the fact that a real form of insecurity that is so remarkably similar to that of the HRA in Animal Crossing exists further strengthens the HRA’s appearance as the embodiment of Spike’s insecurity. Another thing that demonstrates the way the HRA symbolizes Spike’s insecurity is the fact that if Spike designs a wallpaper or floor design himself, he only gets a few HRA points for it, which once again demonstrates the fact that the HRA is forcing Spike to live with a label instead of being an individual. In addition, if in a town there is more than one player, the players in the town may compete with each other to get the highest HRA score, and since HRA scores are given in a measurable unit, Spike may end up competing with other human villagers in town in order to get the highest HRA score, once again giving Spike a “bigger is better mentality” that puts him on a quest to catch as many red snappers, barred knifejaws, and coelacanths and slam his shovel against every money rock in order to get the Bells needed in order to complete those themes and get any other valuable items that can maximize his HRA score. Also, the method by which the HRA looks at Spike’s house also relates to the HRA being a symbol of Spike’s insecurity; the HRA is able to go into Spike’s house at any time, and then they just keep looking at his house to determine a score based on the appearance of the house. The HRA employees are completely invisible to Spike, so there is nothing Spike can do about them coming into his house, rating his house, and then mailing him an HRA score. This further strengthens the HRA’s depiction as a symbol of Spike’s insecurity; the insecurity has complete access to his mind, much like the employees of the HRA having complete access to his house, and because of this, his insecurity could do anything to him. Therefore, the letters from the HRA, a symbol of Spike’s insecurity, represent Spike’s insecurity strengthening itself. The ideas of labeling one’s character and Tom Nook and the HRA symbolizing Spike’s insecurity are also further extended into Spike’s life in Animal Crossing when Spike leaves his town to go visit another player’s town. Tom Nook exists in every Animal Crossing town, which symbolizes the idea that Spike cannot escape the insecurity that haunts him even as he leaves his town to visit a friend. In addition, sometimes in order to get more furniture to complete a set and ultimately have a higher HRA score, some players choose to take Spike out of town to Animal Island and collect the island furniture, which can only be obtained using a Game Boy Advance. This is a particularly interesting symbol, as the Game Boy Advance costs money in real life. Since you control Spike and you are buying that Game Boy Advance, the act of getting Spike to Animal Island symbolizes Spike’s insecurity becoming so powerful that it reaches out as far as Spike’s Higher Self. However, the biggest example of the idea of labeling one’s character that exists when Spike leaves his town in Animal Crossing actually is related to a character that has absolutely nothing to do with Tom Nook or the HRA. This character is none other than Blanca, the faceless cat. Most of the time when Spike goes to another town, he meets Rover, the cat that he met at the very beginning of the game who he talked to on the train ride into town. However, occasionally on the ride into another town Spike will meet Blanca, a cat who has no face. The symbolism is obvious here. Blanca has Spike draw her a new face, which could be just about anything. In other words, she is letting him force a label onto her, much like Spike is insecure, and is therefore letting the HRA force a label onto his room design. Spike and Blanca have this similarity: they are both insecure characters who let others make their decisions instead of thinking for themselves in order to gain the acceptance of others. Earlier in this essay, I mentioned how K.K. Slider is a symbol of Spike being a free man. Because of this, I will now elaborate a little more about how he fits into the symbolism of Animal Crossing. K.K. Slider’s appearances in the game are mostly the appearances on Saturday nights to play his guitar at the train station. Saturday night itself is connected to Spike being a free man because Saturday is part of the weekend, so with Spike now enjoying the weekend, he can go to a K.K. Slider concert and enjoy being free from the evils of Tom Nook and the HRA, even if it is only for a little while. As I mentioned before, K.K. Slider has the cool personality of a guy who is just being himself. At the very beginning of the game, K.K. Slider talks to Spike about the beginning of a new life as a free man, and being the first character in Animal Crossing that the player and Spike meet, K.K. Slider takes the appearance as a role model and a hero. Even after K.K. Slider’s message of freedom is destroyed by Spike’s encounters with Tom Nook and the HRA, K.K. Slider still enters the town on Saturday nights, which symbolizes him entering Spike’s mind and reminding Spike that he is a free man and that he should not let the HRA, Tom Nook, or any other forces of evil defeat him and create a new and insecure Spike. Tom Nook and the HRA are two of the most evil villains in the history of gaming, as well as the ultimate symbols of Spike’s insecurity, Blanca’s insecurity, and even the insecurity of real people. They clash with K.K. Slider, Animal Crossing’s symbol of freedom from inhibitions, so that they can try to control Spike and force him to work in the quest to live under a label, compete with other human villagers to have the best looking home, and throw away individuality, all in the name of one pointless and evil number: Spike’s HRA score. The fact that there is no escape from Tom Nook and the HRA even if Spike goes into a friend’s town or Animal Island as well as the fact that the HRA employees can waltz into Spike’s house at any time demonstrate that Spike has a quest to break free of his inhibitions, but that this quest is very difficult to succeed in. The quest seems impossible, but the fact that Spike is a human villager in a town of animals conveys the idea that Spike is an individual, and that no matter how powerful Tom Nook and the HRA are in Spike’s mind, Spike will not give in to his insecurity and become less of an individual just to please the villains of Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing is not about having a theme for Spike’s house and the quest to get the 100,000 points needed to get the coveted manor model. That is just what the villains of the game are telling Spike so he gives up his individuality and gives in to his insecurity to get a six-digit HRA score. Animal Crossing is a man’s quest to break free of an insecurity that has dominated his life, no matter how far he has to escape to. This symbol is seen most strongly in the fact that whenever Spike listens to K.K. Slider play his guitar; the credits roll, which symbolizes Spike’s victory. Maybe someday in a later game, Spike will have a boss battle with Tom Nook and finally defeat this insecurity that has left players trying to impress the HRA for three games, but until that game is released, just fill Spike’s house with whatever furniture you want, get out an Action Replay, use the C-Stick to grow, and Z-button jump over Tom Nook and the HRA once and for all!
The villagers are furries, and the player is a closeted furry.Notice how you are human, yet the others are animals. Over time, as you become more comfortable with your inner furry, you gain more and more animal traits.
Your human character is a stranded and lonely schizophrenic with a split personality.Your human character is actually not living in an animal village; rather, he/she has been lost in the woods for so long, that he/she has begun to hallucinate into thinking that the animals can talk, walk, and interact with each other like humans. The six basic personalities that the animals have are your own split personalities talking to you. The letters; the city; the buildings; the festivals? All figments of your imagination. The other humans that live in your village? That's just the same human you, thinking that you are someone else. The humans that visit your town? Imaginary friends. Whenever an animal moves out; either you killed and ate them or some other animal did. The whole game is just you, lost in the woods, away from society, trying to compensate for your loneliness.
The humans in Animal Crossing are just Tom Nook's indentured servants.Despite being welcomed in as new "residents", they are all quickly put to work. Whether it's delivering mail or various packages for the 'real' residents, handing Tom Nook almost all of your hard-earned cash (there is no way putting in an extra room should run you nearly a cool million) and acting as the town gardener for no compensation, you do it all for very little. Only when Nook feels he's made enough off of you, are you truly free.
Animal Crossing is a hallucination of Shinji Ikari.It had to be done.
The "glasses cases" you deliver are just carrying cases for a mind-altering drug produced by Nook to compete with the illicit turnip trade.Have you ever seen anyone who asks for their glasses case actually wear glasses?
Tom Nook is the leader of the mob.You know it's true.
The town of Boondox does not actually exist. All the money you donate to it goes straight to the mayor's pockets.Repeatedly hinted at in-game, but never quite confirmed. All but confirmed in the Wii game, which replaces the option to donate to Boondox with the option to donate to your own town's civic fund.
Gyroids are Soul JarsYou know those animals that write letters saying they're going away? This is actually some sort of funerary ritual, in which the deceasing member of the community sends a goodbye letter one day before his predicted death. Then their bodies are disposed on the sea, and the natives bury a funerary statue somewhere. And here comes the creepiest part: the soul of the deceased never leave the village! They come back to haunt the same funerary statues that have been buried in honor to them. And that's why the gyroids can move and... boink. Or whatever sound they make.
The player is an artificial human.
Tom Nook is actually a former contractor who founded the island with a partner who perished long ago, and harvests the organs of the residents for his wife Penny to use to replace her own.
Adding to the above: Gyroids slowly turn you into an animal.Which is why it's called "Animal Crossing".
You play a retired secret agent.
Animal Crossing is Purgatory. (Someone had to say it.)When you are first taken there, it's dark and rainy outside. You then have to pay the taxi driver, like Charon across the River Styx. Once there, you're forced to perform repetitive tasks to pay off an arbitrary debt. And even after you pay it off in two months, you still can't escape. And have you ever thought why you have to collect Bells? It's a pseudo-reference to the 108 bells that must be tolled before you can enter the cycle of reincarnation in Buddhist mythology.
Tortimer is just a puppet rulerTortimer is just a figurehead. The real ruler is Tom Nook. He controls the economy, as he is the only one who gives out bells, and he puts all incoming residents to work for him. Nook maintains an iron-fisted stranglehold on the town, no products go in or out of town unless he sells it in his store.
Gyroids are the worker-slaves of a long dead civilization, singing to ease the pain of eternal life with no meaning.Golems. Also Ood. Long ago, the Gyroids worked for the civilization that built and knew how to control them. The civilization died out, either by landslide/volcano or by plague. The Gyroids that were inactive simply stayed where they were, and those that were preforming a task when their controllers died either stopped, kept going until the task was complete or the object of the task was destroyed, or still wander the earth to this day. After a few hundred million years, they started singing (either because they're sick of immortality, or the humming is a sort of "check engine light".)
Dung beetles adapted to making use of snowballs in the Animal Crossing world.Wild World and City Folk have dung beetles. They're dung beetles, so they're found pushing balls of dung, right? Wrong. They always push snowballs and never appear in seasons other than winter due to this. Why is this? Well, take a look around you. Before you moved in, your new hometown was inhabited entirely by sapient animals. Sapient, like you and me. Thus, they are obviously capable of knowing not to do their business out in the open. Dung beetles, being beetles who make balls of dung, will have a hard time finding any dung, so they use snow instead. Apparently it works fine. Oh, and those snowballs you find sitting around your town? Dung beetles made them, because everyone knows that snow doesn't spontaneously form into balls.
Tom Nook secretly lives in your house.The animals go inside your house all the time and bring up in conversation that they did some cartwheels on your floor when you weren't home (creepy, yes). Tom Nook doesn't sell any sort of locking mechanism because "he" likes to go in your house. He's just waiting for when you get bored and stop playing. Then he moves in. He keeps the house spic and span while you are gone, except for the cockroaches, which are his primary source of food (he buys your bugs, people!). He wants you to keep expanding your house because he wants more room. He purposely makes the game repetitive so that you will get bored and allow him to move in. If you play for eternity without taking breaks, YOU WIN.
Tom Nook is secretly a superhero!Sure, he could be a mob boss, but think about it... He owns the most profitable business in town, is never seen at night, is an animal that is primarily associated with shadows (except in Japan, since that's the only place where people know he's a Raccoon Dog), has two kids hanging around with him, and has a well-known symbol as his logo. Thus, he is.. The Tanuki Avenger, bringer of justice and cheap furniture! He has a "Nook Cave" under his store with a Nook Mobile that drives out of a hidden tunnel entrance, and he only does his crime fighting at night (which is why the player never sees him after closing time). The observatory in the museum doubles as a Nook Signal. Also, Phyllis killed his parents.
Tom Nook has connections with the PsychonautsHe runs a summer camp and he has you do meaningless tasks and dig up things in exchange for token rewards. No way that's a coincidence.
Tom Nook is a philanthropic magical forger.He uses the bells to buy things and trade up so he can replenish his mana pool in order to make more bells out of leaves, in order to add to the local economy. He's a creep about it because repeatedly using almost all of your mana while trying to keep your philanthropy a secret tends to do that. If he didn't, the animals would have little modern convenience and be stuck out in the middle of nowhere while the humans live it up in their city of invisible people (...philanthropomorphic?). Going to all this trouble is also why he wants you to help so much: it's either to make at least one human atone by working for the other animals, make himself believe that humans aren't all bad, or (my preferred version) begin bridging the gap between the humans and Animal Crossing species/breeds/races/whatever.
Ruby Quest is canon in the Animal Crossing universe.Hey, why not?
Tom Nook is not the bad guy.
The Gyroids are peace offerings from aliens.A long time ago, let's say a couple centuries, a race of alien creatures came to Earth hoping to form an alliance, maybe even a friendship, with the people of our planet. They began executing their plan by leaving gifts of small, mechanical statues that sing and dance buried deep within the ground. Eventually, when all the Gyroids are dug up, they will return to Earth and try to directly contact our civilization.
The villagers speak Japanese with English thrown inTranslation Convention with Gratuitous English. The talking sounds like gibberish in English but you can make out certain words that were changed to sound more En. In JPN it also sounds like gibberish but the syllables make more sense since it's translated JPN.
The village of Animal Crossing is located in a totalitarian Crapsaccharine World. (Inspired by the previous WMG)Think about it. Tom Nook (the actual leader of the village) has near-complete control of the village's economy and when he tells the player about the HRA (which is actually a government organization which aims to keep tabs on the town's citizens), he either persuades him/her to join it (if the player says yes) or signs them up anyway (if s/he says no). Tortimer is just a puppet leader so the locals don't get suspicous of what is going on. Boondox is a hoax (as stated in a previous WMG) in an attempt to get citizens to donate to the government, funding the further oppresion of the people and the facade of a Sugar Bowl. Resetti appears so the player does not interfere with the governing of the country by resetting the game. After all, the government can't have citizens being granted god-like powers over the town! Crazy Redd is actually a freedom fighter who sells counterfeit goods to raise money for the anti-goverment resistance. ...And that's about it.
Blathers has narcolepsy.He gets excited telling people about filling up the museum with exhibits. Then he falls asleep.
Sonic the Hedgehog and Animal Crossing are set in the same world.Both feature humans living alongside large-headed anthropomorphic animals, with nobody considering this unusual. Sonic is a distant relative of the Able Sisters, but doesn't often visit because he interferes with people's fishing by running everywhere.
NPC houses are built Welsh style.In the game, a sign transforms into an NPC villager's house overnight. Such Ridiculously Fast Construction is plausible even in our world; see Welsh one-night houses.
Brewster is somehow secretly related to Sanae from The World Ends with YouThink about it: they both run coffee shops, have a rather laidback attitude towards life, Brewster is an animal and Sanae can transform into Panthera Cantus.
Rover is God.Think about it. In City Folk, he's the one you talk to to change the time (without using the system clock that is). If you do it through him, the consequences are far worse than just time traveling using the Wii clock, thus implying that Rover is the cause of all of these things being so much worse. Also, he has the power to destroy your town, kill (delete) another player, and create a whole new town in general. Finally, when your character starts out, Rover is the first thing you see, and by choosing certain reactions in your conversation with him, it affects your character's appearance. Thus, Rover is God!
Animal Crossing, or something similar, exists as a concentration camp for anthros in the Sonic the Hedgehog universeRun by Eggman, of course. When someone leaves, they either move to a different area of the camp or are killed or roboticized. These dead anthros are sold as meat. Hence why the only anthros in Sonic's world are all superheroes: the others are being killed.
The game is the most blatant drug trip in the world.You harvest mushrooms during fall. Some of the shrooms resemble psychedelic mushrooms, and other amanita mushrooms. Your character can eat the mushrooms. There are colourful talking animals. Some are octopi, frogs and birds. You can catch real octopi, frogs and get a real bird in the birdfeeder item. Put them together, and the only conclusion is your character is on a lot of magic mushrooms.
Brewster is being polite when he says 'pigeon milk'.The reason there is no extra bottle or jug in the coffee-making sequence when you accept some is because he only offers when he needs to go.
Coco is a highly advanced gyroid.Okay, so we know very little about gyroids. What they are made to do, what they do beyond making music, and if they are still being produced in Animal Crossing's world. So, we don't really know how far the design can be taken. So it's entirely within the realm of possibility that she is some sort of gyroid. A gyroid gynoid, if you will. What is she doing in the town? A rare self-aware type that was given all the rights of the regular animals? A trial test for a new domestic model? Ancient advanced model excavated and now living in the modern day?
Mr. Resetti and Don Resetti are agents/aspects of God or are Gods. And the underground realm is another dimension.Which is to say, the game's God, or whatever version thereof. Whenever the game resets, only these two—and the player—are aware of it. And they only show up when you start mucking about with the game's equivalent of the time-space continuum, with the power of erasing your save files, essentially erasing you from the timeline. And the underground where they come from. Think about it. You never see it, nobody even mentions it. Fossils come from underground. The gyroids come from underground. Tom Nook may think he is in charge, but the real lords of the game world are these moles. Maybe he knows it. Maybe everyone knows it. Maybe nobody talks about it for fear of being erased from existence. Oh, yes. These moles are angry gods. Speak not of them, make no mention, lest ye be FORGOTTEN.
Ankha the cat and Lucky the dog are connected somehow.For starters, they both seem to be of Egyptian descent. Ankha resembles Cleopatra, while Lucky is wrapped in bandages like a mummy. Plus, both of their houses are decorated like pyramids. It is also notable that the Egyptian goddess Bastet had a cat's head, and the god Anubis had a dog's head. It is likely that Ankha is a reincarnation of Bastet, and Lucky of Anubis.
Rover is being forced to live on the train by Tom Nook.Whenever Rover convinces another person to live in Tom Nook's debt, some of the debt on his house is paid off. He lives as a stowaway, this is why you see him so commonly. He constantly is in despair that he has not seen much at all except the train, and what little villages he is allowed to visit occasionally.
K.K. Slider once was human/another animal.Villagers sometimes refer to him as 'dog-faced', not simply dog. This implies that he has the face of a dog but in reality is not one and hints at a demoralizing term when they regard him angrily.
Animal Crossing is Limbo and a Secret Test of Character.Your character has passed away, but your moral fiber is in doubt. The solution? Wipe your memories a bit and place you in a simulated world. Devoid of any real pressing concerns, your testers assume that your attitudes and actions will be as "true" as attitudes and actions can possibly be. If you prove that you are basically a good person, you are allowed to pass into Heaven. If you fail, into Hell you go! Consider this; the moral content of your actions affects the town in mysterious ways, from the attitude and health of its inhabitants (testers playing a role) to the cleanliness of the environment. This is a visual affirmation/warning of your progresses towards your final destination.
The Happy Room Academy is behind everything. Every single evil deed and mystery and everything ever done.Tom Nook is simply Brainwashed and Crazy, in a way. Lyle, the Resetti brothers, Tom Nook, the Gyroids and everyone from the town are merely pawns in their sick, twisted game. They can see everyone and everything that goes on in your town, for why else would they go in and 'rate' your room without you seeing? The City is their domain. Only the humans and Rover are immune to their brainwashing.
All of the characters are actually humans, you just see them as animals, and they see you as an animal.The other sheep in Catherine are humans like Vincent, and seen as sheep. This makes more sense to me than the animals being actual animals.
The town in Animal Crossing is a garden of Eden in the middle of a futuristic post-apocalyptic wasteland.Most of the humans have died in nuclear warfare. The sentient animals are the result of old science experiments to combine human and animal DNA to create better soldiers and better survivors. The experiments succeeded but the world was already caught in a nuclear war before more could be created to be trained as soldiers and fighters and spies. The animal-people had better survival instincts and were stronger and sturdier, so they were able to survive and hide when most humans could not. The towns in Animal Crossing all exist in a small area, as a large portion of the Earth has become a nuclear wasteland. Humans survive in small numbers but most of them live in the wastelands and are unaware of the peaceful, prosperous towns. The player character is a lone wanderer who was lucky enough to stumble upon the town.
Everyone starts out as a human, and gets turned into a humanoid animal when they hit puberty.This is either a mutation or just a characteristic of their race. Some people never grow into an animal because of a genetic disorder, or the player character is just a teenager. Other animals don't have any problem with liking each other, it's not interspecies romance because they all start as human beings. Their adopted appearance is related to their personalities, so a dog and a bird could father a cat, or the player character and a kangaroo could father a chicken.
Gracie is still a man in the non-Japanese versions of the game.He just pretends to be a woman to keep up his image with his fans.
Tom Nook DOESN'T control the economy; the town is collectively sustained by an agricultural market.This would explain what Tom and later Reese buy all those fruits and fish for, for one thing; they sell it to the outside world. Also, it would also explain the Stalk Market. Turnips are a relatively low-demand crop when compared to, say, fruits. A healthy demand for turnips would generally correlate with a healthy demand for the village's other products. This would also explain the lack of taxation and the lack of jobs for your player and the villagers. The profits go straight to the town, which are then funneled to the NPCs, and then to the villagers in exchange for their work harvesting food.
The Animal Crossing world is basically like the spirit world from Spirited Away.The animals are all spirits — or in some cases, possibly used to be human, but got turned into an animal for eating too much of the spirit food. They're stuck like that now. Considering that in the Japanese version, Kapp'n is a Kappa, the idea of being in the spirit world kind of works. Each time the player moves in as one of the villagers — or indeed, as the mayor — it's because they've accidentally wandered too far into the spirit world and can't go home again.
Tom Nook exports all the fruit and fish he buys from the player and the villagers.Hence why the players, and as it's mentioned, other villagers, can make so much money from collecting the easy to get fish, fruits, and bugs. Outside the town, such items may be very rare.
The places outside the Animal Crossing villages are either heavily polluted or industrialized.Hence why the exports of fish and fruit can make so much money despite being easy to obtain.
A future Animal Crossing game will have a terrain/biome option.Your village's biome will not be limited to just the forest. You will be able to choose from other biomes, like desert, mountain, and rainforest. All bugs and fish can be found in all biomes, but some will be more common or rarer in different places, and may appear at different times of the year. All types of fruits can be grown but biome will affect native fruit as well as other native plants. Biome will also affect the weather. Rainforests will rain a lot, but during the winter there would be little snow. There would also be other factors, such as gems and ore being more numerous in mountain and desert villages.
A future Animal Crossing game will allow the player to be an animal.The player would start out as human but later get options to get fur or scaled skin, animal ears, tails, eyes, wings, claws, etc. These add-ons could not be added or removed at any time like clothing items but must be changed through a special process.
Rover was supposed to be mayor in New Leaf.He just didn't want to be. So the moment he heard that the PC was heading to the town he was supposed to be mayor of, Rover decided to skip his stop and let the player take the fall.
The player does not natively speak AnimaleseAnimalese is a language that anthro animals created. The protagonist is a young adult who moved from a human centric area but learned Animalese.
There's some Fantastic Racism between humans and non-human animalsThey were largely segregated for most of their history. Nowadays they're not in the protags country but it's not uncomfortable for animals to live in animal-centric communities.
Skin tones will be implemented in the Wii U titleIt is a commonly asked for feature. Either certain faces will have certain skin tones or Rover/Whoever will somehow ask you what your tone is.
Rover is actually a godThink about it, his questions shape the appearance of your own face and the town you're heading to. In New Leaf, you're nothing more than his minion, sent to take over the village whilst the person who was supposed to become mayor was kidnapped.
Isabelle was supposed to be the mayor.The job was supposed to be passed on to her, but either she didn't think she could do it and gave the job to the first joe who walked into town, or a misunderstanding caused the villagers to believe the new mayor was the newbie moving in, hence the letter saying "One thing led to another". Isabelle took it in stride, put on an act to convince the player to take the job, and wrote the encouraging letter, but decided to keep it anonymous to avoid any trouble.
Fish tanks will be a separate item in a future Animal Crossing game.They would be available in varying sizes and styles, such as fish bowls, different decorations in each one, and fish tanks built into the wall, and players could put multiple fish in a single tank.
The Villagers all work for NookEvery possible animal neighbor actually works in a factory run by Tom Nook, making the products he sells in the shop. When an animal works hard enough, they are rewarded with a "company house" in the village and small pension. When the pension runs out, they lose the house and have to go back to work in the factory.
You Are an NPC in an MMORPG Hub City Where the Villagers are the HeroesTom Nook somehow always has money for you when you sell him things even though you appear to be one of the only people in town who has a job. Where does the rest of his money come from? Who is he selling to? To answer those questions, we must ask ourselves another question: Villagers have money when they want to buy things from you or you do them favors, but where does it come from if they don't work? The answer is that all the villagers are player characters in a huge RPG, and when you're not on screen they go out and grind for spending money. The villagers use you to transfer items to players who they can't find, either because they've tried and failed or because they don't have the time. And since it's a very realistic RPG, the PCs like to chat to NPCs like you and like to watch you fish and catch bugs and dig up fossils because they find it fascinating that you were programmed to do all these things while the players go about their own routines.
Several games take place in the same continuityI'm thinking the Gamecube, maybe E+, and Wild World but any combination is game.
Tom Nook started a drinking game he does at The Roost after people called him Evil.
Mr. Resetti has a secret crush on the player.
Grumpy villagers watch Game Grumps when nobody's looking.
Your character died, and the village is the afterlife.
The Animal Village from Link's Awakening was the same kind of town found in the series.
Timmy and Tommy's bedtime is 9 PM
The trains don't led to different towns exactly...
Tortimer is Kapp'n's stepfather.
There's always some unexplained in-universe reason when a villager changes personality types.
Ribbot and Sprocket are advanced A.I. units originally designed and built for heavy lifting.
Speaking of the non-organic animal villagers, Stitches is actually a robot, himself.
Everyone in the games aside from the players are filthy stinking rich.
Gulliver is in the Navy
Animal Crossing exists in a universe where inter-species mating is okay
The next game will have a Time Skip and some new features it could haveIn the next game Timmy and Tommy will be young adults/late teens, Leila will be older, there will be a new Raccoon/Tanuki character who is female and works either at the Roost or Club LOL whom Timmy and/or Tommy has a crush over. The villagers will stay the same age because really, there is no continuity with them. Tortimer will still be alive because Tortoises are infamous for having long long lifespans. You'll still be the mayor and Isabelle will still be your secretary but Digby will have a entirely new job, giving excuses to add more character development to him. Reese and Cyrus will have a child (If not several) but the Pete/Pelly/Phyllis love triangle won't be resolved because too many fans are siding with either. Dr. Shrunk's son (Whom he mentions) will appear. Also you'll be able to actually visit the "Non-Villager NPC's houses" and when there is an event or holiday. EVERYONE celebrates. Not just the villagers. Meaning Nook, Blathers, Harriet etc... all come to the town plaza to hang out. But being the mayor, you can choose to turn this off or not (Individually for each character) but doing so will create different dialogue options. Like Cyrus upset that his wife has to work while he is celebrating. Also an in-game friendship-meter similar to Harvest Moon.
Animal Crossing takes place in our futureIn New Leaf when you pay off your entire debt, Tom Nook sings the "Song of his people" in the ancient raccoon tongue which is read by the player like listening to an actual raccoon chatter. Which may imply that Tom Nook is an evolved descendant of modern day raccoons, as are the rest of the animals with their respective species. (Though the Japanese version probably excludes this WMG since Tom Nook is a mythological creature within that canon) But if this theory is that case, they either evolved naturally, or scientists sped it up with genetic enhancements. (Insert your own theories as to how it came to be this way) but while humans live in the same cities, same lifestyles. Animals live in a more "simple/humble" environment away from the hustle/bustle of human civilization. Though the two races have a mutual respect and understanding, and animals probably live in human societies but it isn't mentioned because well... the games aren't about the human world, they're about the animal world.
The player character is a Time Lord.You can travel through time and your house is bigger on the inside.