Animal Crossing is set in purgatory.
Don't be fooled by cuddly creatures, Animal Crossing is actually the story of an endless fluffy purgatory. Whatculture's Edan Nissen broke down this theory that has gained traction in the gaming community in recent months. Animal Crossing truthers point to the fact that "you are trapped in this small city and can't leave," and that you're a "... slave, constantly running little errands to pay ... land tax for a property that was supposedly 'given' to you" as the tentpoles of this theory. Next time you play Animal Crossing we bet you'll have a different opinion of the raccoon dog Tom Nook. Not only is he a greedy shop owner, but perhaps he is the eternal gatekeeper, watching over the denizens of purgatory as they slave away for all time.