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Saving Money Is No Problem for No-Face!

| Ghibli , Souvenirs

Studio Ghibli’s 2001 animated film Spirited Away remains the highest-earning anime in Japan, with much of its success due to its unique cast of magical characters. There’s a mysterious boy who turns into a dragon, a stinky white radish with a bowl for a hat, soot sprites who hide in the shadows and, of course, a lonely spirit called No-Face.

As one of the main characters in the film, No-Face is a lonely creature who becomes close to female protagonist Chihiro, only to turn into a hungry monster when exposed to the greed of people surrounding him in the magical bathhouse. His gold-and-human-devouring rampage is one of the highlights of the film, where he reveals a set of white teeth from beneath his expressionless mask as he eats everything in sight, including a frog spirit called Aogaeru.

Now No-Face’s hungry greed for money is being put to use in a new product developed by Benelic, the company behind the official Studio Ghibli merchandise sold at Japan’s Donguri Kyowakoku chain of stores. Called the "Spirited Away No-Face Munching Piggy Bank," the automated product springs into action once coins are placed onto the red bowl it holds in its outstretched hands.

Once the coins reach a default weight of about 30 grams (1 ounce), No-Face lets out his signature “Ah…ah…” phrase, and music from the movie begins to play as the dish of coins moves towards its mouth. No-Face’s teeth are revealed, the coins are consumed and the spirit lets out a glorious burp at the end of its rich meal.

Given the huge demand for Studio Ghibli merchandise, this new product is sure to be a hit with locals and overseas visitors with a soft spot for the lonely spirit from Spirited Away. Set to retail for ¥5,184 (US$45), the No-Face Piggy Bank will go on sale at Donguri Kyowakoku stores around Japan from May 20, 2017.

For more information including links to pre-ordering and international shipping for this adorable money keeper, click on the full story below from RocketNews24.

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