Before you read this post, I’d like to warn my followers that this post may contain spoilers if you’ve never visited Aika village or heard about it before. I haven’t posted any photos to try and keep the spoilers down but I am going to describe it a lot and talk about some characters so if you haven’t visited the village I recommend you do before you read any theories or read my theory on it.
Last visit: 4th July 2017
Aika Village (2D00-002A-49A0) is a horror town in ACNL. Discovered sometime in summer 2013, it has quickly became a massive hit in animal crossing history. Millions of people have visited the horror town and written online their theories on the village and recorded their experience visiting the eerie village. I haven’t taken any photos/videos for you but I decided to write up what I saw and do some late night research on to what I think are the building blocks of the story of Aika village. If you have not already visited Aika village I highly recommend going to the village before you read my theory as you may understand what I’m talking about much better, some videos online may be very outdated as the creator of the village updates the village very regularly. I also read up online somewhere a few years back that the creator said in an interview that the true story is whatever the reader thinks the story is but I can’t find the original source or the interview anywhere to provide you guys with evidence. So let’s get into the story shall we?
When you first awake we are politely greeted with a present and a fuzzy looking pattern. The present contains a dolly which may resemble a mini version of Aika – kinda like the “mini me” from Coraline which foreshadowed that something dangerous was going to happen to Coraline in the future. As for the the fuzzy patterns , I think this is to do with Aika’s eye vision – this represents that she is suffering from a condition called myopia which means that Aika is short sighted. Not too far from the plaza we find Aika’s main house, a lot of beautiful statues, Jacob ladders, perfect peaches and a lot of gorgeous carnations. If you know a lot about Japan like me then you’d know that perfect peaches present a gift of gratitude as “In Japan fruit is a luxurious item, not like vegetables”. Carnations link back to the basic animal crossing guides, you can only receive them from mother and father’s day; the white carnation however is a crossbred flower from the red and pink carnation – I like to think that Aika is the white carnation as the parents has bred to create Aika. Jacob ladders also represent perfectness as you can only receive them if your town is in perfect condition.
Inside the first house, it’s just an ordinary family house, the downstairs house is a family room where Aika is celebrating her birthday. There is a table with three chairs surrounding it. On the table it contains the present alongside a cake, as we received a present outside, it’s safe to assume that the present is the dolly. As we go upstairs we find Aika’s little playroom which contains the same dolly she received she got for her birthday. Life here in this scene seems beautifully perfect as what Aika wants it to be.
Moving onto the later sections of the town, there is only one bridge to make sure the player navigates through the town correctly. Before crossing the bridge, the player can actually find some clothing next to a women statue and this is the mother’s clothes however; the mother didn’t commit suicide because in Japan people take their shoes off before committing suicide so they don’t stay grounded on earth and to let their soul free. After crossing the bridge, the player will find themselves in a maze full of bells, mushrooms, candy, K.K. Slider songs, fireworks and other items such as random items I actually dug up all the items in Aika village so that I could support my theory even more and actually find out why Aika dies later on. I think the reason why there is fireworks, balloons and sweets buried and dumped in the maze is because it may still be Aika’s birthday. The K.K. Slider songs are “I love you” which I believe Aika must have put there for her mother as she is currently on drugs and she misses her mother.
From what I found when I dug up there was a lot of mushrooms which reminded me of the drugs called Psilocybin mushrooms which are most commonly known by their street name of magic mushrooms, this drug makes the user have schizophrenic effects such as hallucinations in hearing and seeing things that are not real. These drugs also damage the heart and nervous system so if somebody overdosed on them then they could die from brain damage, a heart attack or a seizure.
From the last paragraph I think it’s the mother who is doing the drugs in this case as the mushrooms are always buried next to the statues which I think could possibly represent her. As the mother is possibly doing the drugs during Aika’s birthday. When Aika’s mother uses the magic mushrooms, she will experiencing schizophrenic side effects such as hallucinations (things that aren’t really there, like unicorns, dinosaurs and voices, etc) so her after taking the drug is like trying to navigate through a maze.
Outside the town hall we find the town flag which is the drawing of the mother that Aika created herself, the mother could be missing at this point because she must be very drugged up and she might not know where to go to navigate home. Around this area though there is a megaphone which means the mother is searching for her family or shouting for help as she might be lost, as the mother is on drugs she sees her daughter, Aika as dead (the graveyard full of dollies represents her hallucinations of Aika dying) so the mother is in pain (the police station full of bee nests suggests now the mother is in a lot of pain because bee/wasp stings hurt a lot) and the toy hammer could suggest that she isn’t afraid to get revenge perhaps or plans to avenge her daughter?
Aika’s third house shows exist signs everywhere in pitch black, I personally see this room as Aika and the mother trying to reunite and see each other but everything is pitch black and they’re both trying get back with each other so the correct path to choose is hard to take. To the left of the house is 14 dollies all eating in eating lovely looking food apart from Aika who appears to eating a spoilt turnip. This may symbolise that she is eating her own personality or is swallowing her throat and realises what she was before her mother suddenly left. The right wing of the house shows a demon statue with bat wings and a statue with angel wings being decided by a bunch of owls. There is Aika’s shoes, several mystery bags a rose chair and heart balloons. Has Aika met her mother and saw that she had transformed from an angel into a demon? The mother she loved who gave her red carnations on mothers day, who was lovely now had become a demon with mystery bags full of drugs. Upstairs shows the garden of Eden where Adam & Eve with the serpent and the apple are. Adam and Eve represent the mother and the father of Aika but the Eve statue is actually a fake statue, is the father cheating on the mother as she was gone from the drugs..? In the basement of the house there is a desert full of money and screaming gyroids, perhaps the mother is hiding the fact that she has a lot of money hidden somewhere to purchase more drugs or she has been illegally selling the drugs.
To the left of the town, the village becomes a waste site as there is just rubbish everywhere, the house looks like it’s been created with someone with their own hands. Inside the house is the maze with a dolly holding an axe as if it’s telling the visitors of the house to leave as soon as they enter the house. As if it’s telling you, you’re not welcome. To the left, there’s a random Sanrio room, perhaps this is Aika’s bedroom? The basement (which was originally a room which showed that Aika was actually raped in and gave birth to a baby in) has now became a cafe to show that Aika is still a child and likes to role-play in to show that she is developing intellectually. Upstairs there is a dolly starting at a static screen. All the furniture is pictures of the family together to show that the dolly is obsessed with the family being perfect as if the dolly is preparing for something? (I didn’t get time to check the right and last room I’ll check it in the future, but last time I visited in 2016 it was a piano and eggshells to symbolise that the mother wants her to play piano perfectly and that the experience was like walking on eggshells and the back room was a room full of ripped out pages with a diary, this might be Aika’s diary of her living in the shabby house or something) But then when we leave the house and enter the last house, the whole house is a mess, the back door is open and if we enter it we see that the dolly with a axe is in prison with Aika. From the south east of the house we can see a beach slope leading to the beach, using a wet suit we can go to an isolated beach not far from there but there is also a depressing part to the beach. There is Aika’s shoes that has been placed on the beach next to the water that symbols that Aika has committed suicide, now if we use a wetsuit, we can swim to the isolated beach to find Aika’s grave as she is buried with the dolly alongside a time capsule that we obviously can’t read.
By this point when Aika was imprisoned with the dolly I think the father was murdered by the mother as he isn’t in the destroyed house at the end, she must of murdered him when the mushrooms kicked off (like the mother tripping on the drugs/ she isn’t high anymore) and she became aggressive. She found out that he was cheating and murdered him and she became depressed, because she still believes Aika is dead she just overdoses on the drugs eventually and kills herself as she looses it (or perhaps she abuses Aika when she finds out Aika isn’t actually dead – there isn’t enough evidence however before the WA update from Nintendo – this may have been possible as the mother wanted Aika to be a perfect daughter as when Aika was playing on the piano it felt like she was walking on eggshells). From the magic mushrooms being a dangerous drug it’s possible that she may have died from a possible seizure, any brain damage or a heart attack. Causing that to happen it would of left Aika with a lot of grief anyway causing her to commit suicide in any possible situation, because she would of been depressed and wouldn’t know what to do because she was a child who would of turned to her parents for help.
I still believe there is a possible evil connection between the doll too as there is a fortune cookie (number 9) that brings up Majora’s Mask from the Legend of Zelda series when I was toggling with the maze. Could this be linked (no pun intended) to the dolly being left out there for something bad to happen? (For those that haven’t played Majora’s Mask, it’s where the mask has been stolen from a mask salesmen and the person wears the mask and evil events occur in a small village called Termina, these evil events even make the moon crash on the village within a three day time period so Link has to use time against his free will to save the village and to retrieve the mask from the character and to give it back to the salesmen in order to stole the evil coming back from the mask). I also found a golden axe whilst digging around in the maze two around the statue that I believe represents the mother so perhaps the mother did kill the father after all?
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Suicide in Japan
Dangers of Magic Mushrooms
What happens when the ‘happy buzz’ ends with Magic Mushrooms?
Adam & Eve