Studio Ghibli fans all over the world love visiting places that remind them of their iconic anime films like Laputa: Castle in the Sky or Spirited Away. But Japanese netizens recently discovered a home in Mexico City that was not quite the ode to Hayao Miyazaki films as it seemed. At first glance, netizens thought they were looking at video evidence of the existence of soot sprites from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, but soon realized the horrifying truth that the home was crawling with spiders.
The video of the spider invasion had been making its rounds on the Internet, when some Japanese netizens noticed last week that they may have spotted “evidence” that the susuwatari or soot sprites, as they’re known in English, might be living in the Mexican capital. In the video, clumps of daddy longlegs spiders fall to the ground and swarms of the 8-legged creatures move almost just like the little black dustballs that made their first appearance in My Neighbor Totoro. But when the camera zooms in on the infestation, it becomes very clear that these are not the cute, cuddly Ghibli characters to which you’d want to feed Japanese candy.
▼ Soot sprites: cute, fuzzy, animated and definitely not hiding out in a Mexico City home
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Needless to say, arachnophobes or people generally averse to the words “clusters” and “spiders” being used in the same sentence should probably skip pressing play on the video below. But if you have a strong stomach and care to watch a few thousand spiders overrun a small Mexican home, take a look and let us know what you think. Can you see the resemblance to the soot sprites or are you too busy rocking in a corner whispering to yourself “this isn’t real” to notice?
Video: YouTube (Cope Studio)