Micro 26, Bunny Day, Hanami

This is the 26th post in the series Microposts. Start reading at the beginning, Micro 1.

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. My villager, wearing the colorful Bunny Day dress and hat, stands underneath an arch made of colored eggs. Nearby, the village flower garden is decorated with a basket of colored eggs and an egg in the shape of Zipper, the large overall-wearing rabbit whose appearance heralded Bunny Day. In the town plaza, Dizzy the elephant walks by in her yellow Bunny Day dress and hat, and Matilda in her orange Bunny Day clothes. Zipper himself stands next to some balloons decorated like eggs. It's all very, very colorful. My character looks annoyed.

grits teeth Happy Bunny Day

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I think one of the reasons Bunny Day was so hated was not about how the eggs interrupted normal collecting, or how they took up inventory space, or the constant balloons, or how creepy Zipper is, or how it overlapped with the cherry blossom and spring bamboo events that everyone was actually excited about

I think everyone hated Bunny Day so much because it felt so familiar, too much like the interruption happening gestures everywhere

And Animal Crossing was an escape from all that, such a needed and important escape, and then suddenly our comfortable places and all of the new routines we had found were broken up as Zipper barged in

Saying “you’re not in control here either”

And all we could do was wait; there wasn’t a way to make the event finish early, or a way to skip it or ignore it, it was just here and present and pervasive

And all of that helplessness and frustration and anxiety about gestures everywhere was redirected into what was supposed to be our place away from that, and it didn’t feel great at all

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Also the furniture was ugly which is maybe the greatest possible sin in Animal Crossing

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. My character stands in her Bunny Day outfit, holding a shovel. Nearby, Coco kind of looks like a gyroid rabbit (based on real-life haniwa), with a baked clay texture and adorably terrifying eyes and a mouth that seem to be circles of absolute nothingness. She's wearning a green Bunny Day dress and hat.

At least I got to take this nice photo with my good friend Coco I would have taken another without the shoven but she seemed busy and walked out of frame that’s fine we’re really good friends right Coco?

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. My villager, wearing the default shirt with a pineapple motif, stands in front of her tent. She has thrown up her hand in celebration, and the dialog box says "I set up my tent! That's a big first step!"
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. It's evening, and my character stands in front of the lit tent. A birdhouse and a cot, just a couple of humble pieces of furniture, stand nearby. The timestamp in the corner reads 03/20/2020.

I moved in just three weeks ago, but it somehow feels like so much longer than that??

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. The famous musician dog K.K. Slider holds an acoustic guitar, illuminated from above by a single spotlight, against an otherwise pitch black background. He says, "The world was made for exploring, you know?"

I super agree, but it’s not the greatest time to bring this up, K.K.

Learn to read the, uh, everything.

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. The Nook Miles+ tasks. The highlighted one reads "Catch a Sea Bass".

CAN DO.

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. Clay, the hamster, stands in his house. He says, "Isn't my house really clean?". His floor is literally dirt.

clay your floor is made of dirt

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. My character sits at the resident services desk, talking to Isabelle, a dog. She looks relieved. She says, "Phew! That's a relief." and then in smaller text "I don't like confrontation…".

Same

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. Gulliver the seagull talks to my villager. He says, "As long as my communicator works again, everything will be alright."
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. Gulliver continues, "Let's see here…" and then in lighter text, "No replies yet…".
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. Gulliver continues, "It says they read my message… I'll bet they're just busy planning my return celebration." He looks pretty excited.

gulliver’s crew leaves him on read?

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An Animal Crossing: New Horizons screenshot. My villager is wearing a cherry blossom colored yukata and haori coat. A picnic blanket with a lantern, a mug, a magazine, a portable turntable, and a picnic basket is surrounded by trees with blooming cherry blossoms.

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