Totoro Skin

So, remember Drazile12?  Well – he has crafted yet another skin that makes me proud to be a fan.  This Totoro skin is the greatest thing in the universe since sliced cheese (because, really, is sliced bread that great?).

 

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It would be blasphemy for you to have not seen Totoro, but in case you haven’t, here is a reference image:

 

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There is sadly no way a player skin could capture the completeness of Totoro’s fat, fluffy adorable magic, but Drazile did a pretty great job with the resources available.  I immediately stopped scrolling when I saw this skin and got excited (if you couldn’t tell yet, I love Totoro).  The character is immediately recognizable – so mission accomplished.

 

Now I’m going to attempt to somehow subdue my double bias of loving Totoro and Drazile’s skins.  In terms of technical execution, this skin is pretty decent; the shading is clear in most parts and distinctly illustrates the roundness of the character.  The only area of concern for me is the knees and lower legs – it gets a little confusing.  I also feel that the stomach could be a little more rounded.

 

I award Drazile eight out of ten adorably undersized umbrellas.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

This post is going to be all about Totoro.  Post in the comments below and share your favorite moment in the animation – and if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading this and go watch it!  The subtitled original Japanese voiceover version is the best, in my opinion, but if you don’t want to read text there is an English dub from Disney.

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