A fan artist has shown off an illustration of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in the iconic art style of Studio Ghibli’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro.
An artist on Twitter posted an original artwork for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice inspired by Studio Ghibli My Neighbor Totoro. After his release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice inspired a slew of fan art from artistic fans. This piece inspired by My Neighbor Totoro is one of the newest, as well as one of the most creative.
After its initial release in 2019, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was critically acclaimed across all media. The game was praised for its setting, combat, and mechanics, and was another huge hit for FromSoftware. sekiro was FromSoftware’s first abrupt departure from the usual formula they were known to have created in dark souls and Bloodborneas this game lacked character customization, multiplayer elements and introduced weapon arts and stealth which would be implemented more recently in Ring of Elden. With the many fans the game has amassed, artists have come together to create their own art, and this new piece is definitely something special.
On Twitter, VideoGameArt posted an illustration of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice inspired by the hit animated film by Studio Ghibli My Neighbor Totoro. This artwork, by illustrator Niko Geyer, shows royal heir Kuro protected from the rain by his loyal bodyguard and main character of the game, Wolf. The art was originally released on February 23 in honor of the then-imminent release of Ring of Elden. But, the illustration has now gained popularity thanks to its repost from VideoGameArt.
Fans of both Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and My Neighbor Totoro should be quick to notice the similarities between Niko Geyer’s original illustration. Arguably the most recognizable work of art for My Neighbor Totoro shows the titular Totoro and one of the main characters Satsuki standing in the rain with an umbrella next to a bus sign. As inspiration for this, the fan art shows Wolf doing his usual bodyguard duties and protecting the Dragon Heir Kuro from the rain. But, in a cheeky twist, Wolf uses his own version of an umbrella. Specifically, the Loaded Umbrella Prosthetic tool. While in-game it is used to block incoming attacks, its purpose is more innocent in this illustration, simply blocking rain. Additionally, the sign they stand next to reads “Invisible Help”, another in-game mechanic in which Wolf keeps all of his accumulated currency after he dies.
The attention to detail in this work is evident. Not only has Niko Geyer created a very detailed illustration, but there is also an obvious love for these two mediums brought together in this image. The illustration is from My Neighbor Totoroartistic style when implementing Easter eggs from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Fans of both of these works will truly understand the references of this piece and fully appreciate it. Niko Geyer certainly deserves a lot of appreciation for the hard work that has been put into this piece, as well as the other artwork they have created.
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