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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.

Uniqlo to launch Dragon Ball t-shirt line November 2019

Following their release of the Manga UT, Sailor Moon UT collections, Uniqlo is coming out with new designs based around Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball for their UT graphic t-shirt line this November.

Uniqlo uploaded a video interview with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura who gives insight into some of his work and designs that are planned for the upcoming Dragon Ball UT collection.

The Dragon Ball UT collection is expected to hit Uniqlo stores and online November 2019.

Dragon Ball UT Collection

Dragon Ball as you’ve never seen before! Coming end of November! #uniqloUT #dragonball #WEARYOURWORLD

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, September 20, 2019

 

Source: Facebook

Uniqlo releases for manga themed t-shirts just in time for Summer

Uniqlo My Hero Academia t-shirt
Uniqlo My Hero Academia t-shirt with All Might, Bakugo, Deku and Todoroki.

Calling all anime and manga fans! Uniqlo has released a new round of manga themed t-shirts as part of their UT line.

This year, shonen series including Gintama, Naruto, Bleach, My Hero Academia, Haikyuu!!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Hunter x Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho and Prince of Tennis are given the t-shirt treatment in a variety of colour and styles. Each shirt retails at $14.90 CAD.

Last year, Uniqlo also had a line of shirts to celebrate Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary.

These shirts are available in-store and online.

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

COSPA Sword Art Online shirt

Sword Art Online t-shirt front
COSPA Sword Art Online t-shirt

Japanese clothing company COSPA now gives you the opportunity to show off your favourite VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online. The t-shirt comes emblazoned with the Sword Art Online logo, tagline, and launch date on the front. The logo of the fictional manufacturer Argus, the small company which assembles the Nerve Gear for entry into the world of Aincrad, is on the back.

You’re bound to either intrigue or confuse someone with the far off launch date of November 6th, 2022 or the term VRMMORPG (it’s Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game if you didn’t know).

The shirts are 100% cotton and are available in two colours: royal blue or pure black. Just remember that Japanese sizes are a bit smaller than North American sizes – check those measurements first!

You can only snag these Sword Art Online shirts from Japan or at a specialty import store. Online retailers such as Rakuten, CDJapan or AmiAmi will also stock these.

Blue Exorcist t-shirts

Want to show off your favourite True Cross Academy students, but don’t know how? Viz Media and GE Entertainment have teamed up to bring you two t-shirts from Kazue Kato’s hit series, Blue Exorcist.

Rin and Yukio Okomura Blue Exorcist t-shirt
Rin and Yukio Okomura Blue Exorcist t-shirt

Made of dyed navy cotton, the first shirt has a box of the Okumura brothers, Rin and Yukio in shades of blue. Rin is in demon form with his sword drawn while Yukio is aiming his pistol above the Blue Exorcist logo.

The second is a slate-grey shirt with Ryuji Suguro, Rin and Yukio Okumura surrounded by coal tars. Kuro is clinging to Rin’s outstretched arm with the sword in hand. The Blue Exorcist logo appears atop the trio.

Both tops can be purchased at most places that sell anime and manga related merchandise, or at your nearest convention.

Uniqlo anime shirts

Uniqlo Sasuke stance t-shirt

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has released a series of t-shirts based on three popular anime series: Naruto, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece.

The short-sleeve shirts come in varying colours with detailed monochromatic designs of popular characters and slogans (“I’m gonna be king of the pirates” or “Believe it”) making each style unique. All are priced at a reasonable $19.90 USD.

You can’t purchase these tops online, only in Uniqlo stores. However, if you’re in New York City stop by their flagship SoHo location on Broadway.

Favourite anime t-shirts

I’ve got quite the collection of anime-themed t-shirts, with the majority being from Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, and Death Note. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites, in no particular order.
Looking to buy some yourself? The dealer’s room/exhibition halls at anime conventions are a great place to start, or you can visit your local Hot Topic, fye, or check out Stylin’ Online. Continue reading Favourite anime t-shirts