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The problem with vintage anime shirts

Every once in a while, I find myself browsing eBay or Instagram and I find older Naruto shirts being classified as “vintage”. Maybe I have a different expectation of what that word means, but seeing as how there’s so much misinformation on the Internet these days, I feel like I must shed some light on this topic.

When I see auctions for officially licensed North American Naruto shirts that are supposedly from 2002, I can’t help but laugh considering the shirt didn’t exist that far back. Yes, Naruto, the manga, was available in 2002, but the anime didn’t start airing in Japan until 2002, and it wasn’t until 2005 that the series was broadcast on North American television (who remembers the Americanized opening theme?). Viz Media, with Ripple Junction, started making the tops for 2005 and selling them through Viz Media’s online store and retailers like Hot Topic and FYE. So when you see the 2002 and 2007 dates on a shirt tag, it’s for the copyright dates of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series, not when the shirt was manufactured. By 2010, the tags on the neckline were replaced with the logo and license details printed on the inside to reduce costs; anything produced after that year doesn’t exactly fit into the vintage category.

Now, I’ve been buying anime-themed shirts for almost 15 years now and I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the bootlegs, I’ve ordered shirts from Japan, I’ve stocked up at conventions. I have some of the first Naruto t-shirts that were released for sale — you can determine this by the earlier “Shonen Jump’s” versus the newer “Shonen Jump” wordmark over the Naruto logo. Just like many sneakerheads, I can point out differences and give you an estimate from when that shirt was initially on the market.

How much are you willing to pay for an anime tee from the mid-2000’s?

But I think the real gem was a vintage reseller on Instagram revealed a hoard of new, never worn, with the price tags on tees from Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, InuYasha, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho and a few others. According to their Instagram story, the seller was going to drop the entire collection in the early morning and warned they would go quickly. So when they went up for grabs, I was astounded at the price — a handful started at $49.95 USD and went up, one clocking in at an astounding $149.95 USD (nearly $200 CAD after exchange). This was in August; it is now the end of October and some of those shirts are still waiting for a new home, still bearing hefty price tags. These shirts used to go for $17 USD a pop in the mid-2000’s, so you can see why I find the price beyond inflated.

Greed can get the best of us, and some see it as a way thinking they’ll get more than a few extra bucks from a hapless fan. Uniqlo shirts, originally from the Weekly Shonen Jump collaboration in 2018 and earlier this year, originally retailed at $14.90; you’ll be hard-pressed to find something from those lines under $30 USD or $40 USD today.

Not all resellers are greedy or dishonest. Many are nice people, who work hard to get things we may have missed out from back in the day. These are the respectable ones who are upfront with their prices and do their research into the articles they sell. For example, a good sneakerhead wouldn’t pass off a pair of 2010 retro Nike Air Jordan XI as originals from 1995; nor should a vintage reseller.

Now, there are some older shirts from the mid-to-late 1990’s that would come close to being vintage, those being from Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Akira to name a few. Keys to look for are the fabric weight (90’s tees were printed on much thicker cotton than today), the design and age. Some fade quite nicely, but shouldn’t appear to bright and vibrant as if they were printed just yesterday; image cracking is also a big giveaway. And don’t be afraid to compare or do an image search online. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

So, if you’re out looking for an anime shirt and you see the word “vintage” in title, ask yourself: Is it really vintage? Chances are you’re spending extra cash that you shouldn’t. I’m just waiting for the day when the apparel that’s available now is going to skyrocket in price under the premise that it’s vintage. Based on what everyone’s selling online, that may not be too far off.

Primitive Skateboarding announces Naruto Shippuden collaboration

Primitive Skateboarding revealed they are working on a Naruto Shippuden product line according to a post on Instagram.

The minimalist image included the Primitive Skateboarding and Naruto Shippuden logos, but with no information. Primitive recently worked on a collaboration with designs from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series.

No release date or other information was provided.

Editor’s Note: This was a pre-sale event, with more items returning on November 1st, 2019

Source: Instagram

Crunchyroll to stream NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 on October 9, 2019

To celebrate the 20 years of Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto, Crunchyroll is set to stream the 24-hour event NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 which begins at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT), on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 and ends at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT) on Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019
Promotional artwork for NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 will include performances from the bands FLOW, KANA-BOON, Game-Jikkyosha Wakuwaku Band, Little Glee Monster, SNOWKEL, DISH//, and FUJIFABRIC. The Japanese voice cast from the anime series Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will live-read special episodes in character. The cast includes Junko Takeuchi as Naruto Uzumaki, Noriaki Sugiyama as Sasuke Uchiha, Chie Nakamura as Sakura Uchiha, Nana Mizuki as Hinata Uzumaki, Yuko Sanpei as Boruto Uzumaki, Cocoro Kikuchi as Sarada Uchiha, Ryuichi Kijima as Mitsuki and Kensho Ono as Shikadai Nara.

There’s also additional treats to appear during this 24-hour event, so tune in to Crunchyroll to catch it.

Naruto first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in September 1999.

The character, Naruto Uzumaki, has his birthday on Thursday, October 10th.

Editor’s Note:
To watch on Crunchyroll, visit this link.

Source: Crunchyroll

Viz Media to celebrate 20 years of Naruto

To celebrate 20 years of Masashi Kishimoto’s popular manga series Naruto, Viz Media revealed they are hosting a year-long celebration for the orange-clad ninja.

Announced on their official blog, Viz Media will begin the Year of Naruto with events at New York Comic Con (October 3rd-6th, 2019 in New York City) with limited merchandise, such as a skateboard deck, posters, and other artwork. The celebration will continue into 2020 that will feature video games, events, discussions, and collaborations with other brands and companies. Viz Media will release details regarding these events as they become available.

Naruto first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1999.

Source: Viz Media

Adidas to release Kakashi-themed sneaker

Back in June, it was revealed that Adidas would be working on a new footwear line based on the Naruto manga series. A pair designed using Sakura Haruno’s colour theme was shown first; now it’s time for the legendary Copy Ninja Kakashi Hatake.

Photos of the prototype shoe are detailed using colours based off Kakashi’s hair and outfit: grey with olive green and navy. The tongue features a red mangekyou sharingan, and a Leaf Village headband adorns the laces. On the heel, there’s a red ANBU emblem with the Leaf Village emblem above it. Adidas is using the Copa Ultra Boost model as the base, and with Kakashi’s name in Japanese on the iconic styrofoam support.

No release date for when these Naruto-themed sneakers go on sale was mentioned.

Source: SneakerNews.com

New promotional images and video for Live Spectacle Naruto stage show

New promotional images and videos for the upcoming Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ were released on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

This live-action display performed on stage is based on the popular Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which started in 2015 and have held subsequent productions in 2016 and 2017. Japanese band FLOW, which had many of their songs used in the opening sequences of the animated series, recorded a new song for the show titled “Chasing Light”.

The first visual shows the heroes of the Hidden Leaf Village; Tsunade (Cecile Daigo), Sakura Haruno (Yui Ito), Naruto Uzumaki (Koudai Matsuoka), Kakashi Hatake (Yuuki Kimisawa), Yamato (Rei Fujita) and Sai (Fuuma Sadamoto). The second image is of the Akatsuki with Pain (Teruma), Tobi (Hironori Katayama), Itachi Uchiha (Shinji Rachi), Kisame Hoshigaki (Takeshi Hayashino) and Deidara (Ryo Tsuji).

The videos include comments from cast members of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha (Ryuji Sato) and Itachi Uchiha.

Performances of Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ will be held from October 25th to November 4th, 2019 at the Osaka Mielparque Hall in Osaka, November 8th to November 10th, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo and November 15th to December 1st, 2019 at the Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo.

Sources: Natalie, Live Spectacle “NARUTO”

Adidas working on Naruto sneaker collaboration

Fresh off the heels with their Dragon Ball Z footwear collaboration, Adidas is moving on to the next Shonen Jump series: Naruto Shippuden. While not too many details are available at the moment, there are a few images of the first pair which is themed on Sakura Haruno.

Naruto x Adidas T-7 Sakura Sneaker
Naruto x Adidas T-7 Sakura Sneaker

Using the familiar styrofoam-like Boost sole, Adidas based the T-7 design on Sakura’s red outfit and pink hair without anything overly announcing that this pair is styled off an anime character. The only real giveaway is that there’s an image of Sakura from Naruto Shippuden on the left insole.

No date for release or information on any other pairs was made available.

Source: SneakerNews.com

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38
Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38

While Naruto Shippuden ended in 2017, Viz Media was still releasing DVD box sets of the animated series which has now concluded with the release of the 38th and final DVD box set.

These closing episodes delve into the childhoods of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata, Gaara, Shikamaru, Jiraiya and Kakashi, before moving onto the present day where missing villagers are transformed into human bombs. And, after all these years, a familiar face makes the decision to return home. But of course that can’t top the last few episodes dedicated to the wedding of Naruto and Hinata.

The box set contains two DVDs with both Japanese and English voice casts for episodes 487 thru 500. Also included are interviews with the English voice actors for Naruto and Boruto: Maile Flanagan and Amanda C. Miller.

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38 became available for purchase on June 11th, 2019.

Source: Viz Media

Shonen Jump heroes and villains to appear in Jump Force

E3 has unofficially started and Bandai Namco has jumped on trailer release train with a teaser of a new game with everyone’s favourite Shonen Jump heroes and villains: Jump Force.

The video opens with short scenes from manga series Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball, before focusing on a battle-scarred metropolis with Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy and Goku preparing to fight Frieza. At the end of the teaser, Light Yagami and the shinigami Ryuk from Death Note survey the devastation.

Jump Force is expected to launch in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Source: YouTube

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo