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You can now hang out with Totoro and explore Studio Ghibli worlds in virtual reality

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By Preston Phro, RocketNews24

If you’ve got a Vive or Rift at home, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing right now and start downloading.

Though we’re a long way from everyone having a VR headset at home, with the official release of both the Oculus Rift and HTV Vive, it’s now much easier for anyone to basically step into an entirely different world. The virtual reality experiences currently available can be surprisingly immersive, so stepping into the world of a Ghibli film is almost literally possible.

But with all the virtual reality games and experiences out there, it can be hard to find the right one for you. Well, it used to be hard — someone has made the decision easier for everyone by creating Studio Ghibli VR experiences.

If you have either of the major VR headsets currently available, you can download both these experiences and the boiler room from "Spirited Away." All three of them were created by Nick Pittom from Fire Panda, a British virtual reality development studio that also produced the popular Apollo 11 VR experience.

Based on the playthrough video below, it looks like the Vive allows you to jump around the scenes using the controller in addition to physically walking around. At the moment, it seems like experiences aren’t completely interactive yet — but they still look like a blast to walk around in.

You can download the demo, which has the boiler room from "Spirited Away," the bus stop scene from "My Neighbor Totoro," and the meadow from "Howls Moving Castle," from WEARVR right now. Even better, you can do so for free! After buying a VR headset and computer to run it, we imagine you might be watching your budget pretty closely.

Sources: WEARVR, Fire Panda, Kai-You

Read more stories from RocketNews24. -- Japanese homebuilder offers virtual reality tour of your new home while you’re still designing it -- Oculus Rift vs Project Morpheus: The VR headsets duke it out at E3 -- TRANSFORM! And write while you’re at it, too — with these cool shape-shifting Transformers pens!

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Thanks for the heads up. This worked great on the Vive, you can walk around Totoro's bus stop and the boiler room was awesome!

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The virtual reality experiences currently available can be surprisingly immersive, so stepping into the world of a Ghibli film is almost literally possible.

The virtual reality experiences are currently clouding the minds of Japanese citizens. Who, instead, should take their head out of "Totoro" (manga, anime, j-pop, variety tv, etc.)

. . . . . And think about Japan's economic, military and political posture these days.

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