Naruto, Gintama & More―UNIQLO Releases Manga-Inspired T-Shirt Series MANGA UT

06.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

Japanese retailer UNIQLO, which owns the T-shirt collection “UT” is developing a subseries called “MANGA UT” which is a collection based on world famous anime and manga. The new collection will be launched at UNIQLO stores nationwide and on the online store from Monday 27th May 2019.

Detective Conan © Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, TMS 1996

BORUTO – NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS NARUTO-NARUTO – SHIPPUDEN ©Masashi Kishimoto  Scott / SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Pierrot Co. Ltd.

This year the collection offers items for women too, so everyone can enjoy an even larger variety of products. This year, Detective Conan, Boruto – Naruto Next Generations and Naruto Shippuden are featuring in the collection for the first time. This will be the first time that a solo Detective Conan item is released.

NARUTO – SHIPPUDEN ©Masashi Kishimoto  Scott / SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Pierrot Co. Ltd.

Gintama © Hideaki Sorachi/SHUEISHA Inc, TV Tokyo, Dentsu Inc., BNP, Aniplex Inc.

Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho original works/Yoshihiro Togashi Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho (JUMP Comics published by SHUEISHA Inc.) © Yoshihiro Togashi (1990-1994)  ©Pierrot Co. Ltd./SHUEISHA Inc.

As well as original Weekly Shōnen Jump anime such as Naruto Shippuden and Gintama, legendary anime such as Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho and HUNTER X HUNTER are also part of the collection!

Urusei Yatsura © Rumiko Takahashi /Shogakukan

Ranma ½ © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan

 

…but there’s still more! The collection also features 14 popular Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga/anime such as Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½ and Inuyasha!

 

Come check out this T-shirt collection which features Japan’s most world-famous anime and manga!

 

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  • Interview: Gintama The Semi-Final Cast Comments On Prequel Anime’s Release

    18.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Japan’s online dTV service posted a special video interview with the main cast of Gintama: The Semi-Final on Friday (January 15). Tomokazu Sugita (voices Gintoki Sakata), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi Shimura), and Rie Kugimiya (Kagura) commented on their history with the beloved anime series and the 15 years they have spent voicing their iconic characters.

    We have translated the questions and answers from Japanese below. You can find the video interview itself at the bottom of the page.

    Please give us your thoughts on the anime, which is going onto dTV.

    Tomokazu Sugita: “I didn’t think it would be because the ending of the TV anime series and the film ties together. But the Shinseigumi don’t appear all that much, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.”
    Daisuke Sakaguchi: “The gags in the dTV version are getting more serious leading up to the film, but we get Shachi, so let’s leave it up to him to make things fun <laughs>.”
    Rie Kugimiya: “Without the dTV episodes, there’d be no room for preparation, and it would be super serious because of the film, so I hope people enjoy the gag elements of the dTV version and remember how warm and welcoming Gintama can be!”

     

    If you could say one thing to your characters, what would it be?

    Tomokazu Sugita: “On the contrary, I don’t think it can be put into words. I feel like I want Gintoki to talk with me. It can be hard to perform if I don’t find out what he’s thinking.”
    Daisuke Sakaguchi: “I’d say ‘Nice work.’ He’s the tsukkomi [straight man] of the group, which can get exhausting, so I’d want to say, ‘Live a comfortable life.’ Tsukkomi are kind of sour, so it might actually be more interesting to be an idiot! <laughs>”
    Rie Kugimiya: “I think I’d say, ‘Keep on living a fun life!'”

     

    Please give a message to fans of the series.

    Tomokazu Sugita: “Believe in the things you love. You’ll only feel empty if you go and start comparing yourself to others, so treasure the way you love things in a way that you don’t hurt yourself or get disappointed, since only you need to know why you love those things. And think about that when watching the Gintama film!”
    Daisuke Sakaguchi: “the dTV version is the perfect anime for watching while idling, and I mean that in a good way. It’s great for building your hype in the run up to the film or even if you’ve already seen the film, so you can then say, ‘Oh, so this is what is was like leading up to it.’ Watch it two, or even three times as you get ready for the film, and love Gintama.”
    Rie Kugimiya: “Watch the dTV version to warm your heart then head to the theatres to watch the film! I hope to enjoy the finale of Gintama with everyone with horseplay and celebration!”

     

    Video Interview

    ©空知英秋/集英社・テレビ東京・電通・BNP・アニプレックス

  • Uniqlo U Reveals Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

    14.January.2021 | FASHION

    Uniqlo U, the brand created by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his team in Paris, is giving us the warm welcome of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection which is set to drop first in Japan on January 22, 2021 and globally on January 28, 2021. The line-up features a fitting silhouette comfortable for the warmer seasons and focuses on simple and comfy threads perfect for today’s modern lifestyle. The items come in earth tones that serve us season-changing vibes. This 10th season of Uniqlo U also welcomes a kids line-up to the collection.

     

    The women’s collection features light and airy items made from viscose and cotton-polyester blends as well as 3D knits to give that refreshing summery feel. The sheer shirt comes in men’s stripes while the regular fit jeans have been updated with a straight silhouette. The shiny rayon tunic and dress present fluidity and soft colors while the twill skirt will come in an A-line silhouette. Coats have been cut shorter for those who are active.

     

    The new kid’s collection added to Uniqlo U features all the classic one pieces, T-shirts, and short pants made into children’s sizes so that they too can enjoy the thrills of dressing well in comfortable, sophisticated styles.

     

    Don’t miss the Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.

  • Jason Polan x UT Collection to Drop at UNIQLO

    13.January.2021 | FASHION

    UNIQLO’s T-shirt brand UT is set to collaborate with American artist Jason Polan with a special collection featuring his art that will drop on January 29, 2021.

     

    Polan was a New York-based artist who passed away in January 2020 at the age of 37. He become a partner of UNIQLO in 2016 and has since collaborated with UNIQLO on three separate occasions with his collections being made available worldwide.

     

    Honouring Polan’s favourite iconic drawings

    In 2008, Jason Polan gave himself a challenge to draw every person in New York. Each drawing in this project featured a description of what Polan saw when drawing people along with the date of when he saw them, giving people an insight into his world as he saw it. He is also known for his love of giraffes, hamburgers, and tigers, which make up some of his most iconic art pieces. He even did some drawings while in Tokyo.

     

    Join in continuing his legacy with artists around the world.

    Jason Polan’s passion for bringing people together to create their own art gave birth to the World’s Biggest Drawing Club. This has inspired people from across the globe to share their own sketches of everyday life. UNIQLO will commemorate Polan’s death anniversary with a special online drawing event on their Instagram page on January 27, 2021.

     

    The World’s Biggest Drawing Club – Online Event

    Help continue Jason Polan’s mission and join the The World’s Biggest Drawing Club. For more information, visit UNIQLO’s website here.

    Running: January 8, 2021 – February 21, 2021
    How to Join: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/en/contents/feature/jason-polan/campaign/
    #worldsbiggestdrawingclub (Global hashtag)
    #ドローイングクラブ (Japan hashtag)

     

    Every Person in “UNIQLO TOKYO”

    On January 27, the first anniversary of Polan’s death this year, UT will host a special one-night drawing workshop hosted by prominent artists. UNIQLO TOKYO will also welcome pre-sales of the T-shirt collection on the same day.

    Date: January 27, 2021

    Time: 19:00 (JST)

    Where: UNIQLO’s official Instagram page.

     

    Special Items

    Novelty

    Those who buy two or more items from the collection at select UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO’s online shop will receive the uni-ball Vision Elite, a pen loved by Polan, with the artist’s name inscribed on it. Limited quantities available.

    Original Box

    Those who order from the collection online will have their items shipped in an original box. Limited quantities available.

    Leaflet Book

    All UNIQLO branches in Japan are now handing out a special Jason Polan leaflet book have also have dedicated drawing spaces to encourage people to make art.

  • Gintama The Semi-Final Anime Posts New Trailer

    12.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Japan’s online dTV service posted a new trailer for the upcoming net anime special Gintama The Semi-Final which is set to begin airing on January 15, 2021.

     

    Gintama The Semi-Final

    The anime special will air exclusively on dTV and serves as a prequel to the Gintama: The Final anime film which itself was released on Friday (January 8).

    The trailer itself apologises for the net special’s delay and acknowledges the irony in the prequel being released a week after Gintama: The Final.

     

    Gintama The Semi-Final x Tower Records Cafe

    Gintama The Semi-Final is collaborating with Tower Records Cafe to serve up two different themed menus as well as exclusive merch, bonus items, and more. The first menu slot is now over with the second having started on January 8.

     

    Fans who order a ticket to eat the themed food at Tower Records Cafe using Ticket Pia can get their hands on an exclusive coaster.

    Collab Menu Postcards – Batch ①

    Collab Menu Postcards – Batch ②

    Fans will receive a free lunch mat for dining at the cafe on the 2nd slot and can also get their hands on a random bookmark if they order a meal, dessert, and drink at once.

     

    ©Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Dentsu・BNP・Aniplex

  • Yu Nagaba x Snoopy Clothing Collection to Release at UNIQLO

    19.December.2020 | FASHION

    Japanese illustrator Yu Nagaba is collaboration with the popular Peanuts comics to release a collection of T-shirts from UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand UT. It is a follow up to his last year’s collaboration with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang and will release at UNIQLO in Japan on January 1, 2021.

     

    A heart-warming collection filled with positivity

    Yu Nagaba himself is a fan of Peanuts and has used his iconic drawing style to capture the gang’s positivity to create a collection that’s sure to keep you uplifted throughout the day.

    T-Shirts (6 Designs) ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax)

    Kids Line-Up (Excerpt)

    Merchandise Line-up 

    The collection also includes a line-up of merch too like caps, umbrellas, bags, and more.

     

    Yu Nagaba Interview (Japanese):

     

    UNIQLO Harajuku’s Enormous Snoopy by Yu Nagaba

    Nagaba has also illustrated an enormous 1.5-meter canvas of Snoopy which will be put into the UNIQLO Harajuku store on December 26. The illustrator will also be present on January 9, 2021 to do signings. But that’s not all—customers who spend over ¥5,000 (before tax) in the store between January 1-3 next year will also receive a Yu Nagaba original sign bag along with sweets. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, for every two Yu Nagaba x Peanuts items bought at all UNIQLO stores in Japan, customers will receive a special sticker.

  • Gintama Themed Cafes to Open in Shibuya and Sapporo in Collaboration With Tower Records

    11.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Tower Records is promoting the upcoming release of the anime film Gintama The Final by turning two of its own Tower Records Cafe branches in Sapporo and Shibuya into Gintama-themed spaces serving inspired dishes and selling exclusive merchandise.

     

    Merch Collab

    Gintama x  Tower Records Trading Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs) | ¥800 (Before Tax)


    Gintama x  Tower Records Towel | ¥2,500 (Before Tax)

    Get your hands on a Gintama x  Tower Records key ring or towel featuring the main cast wearing Tower Records aprons just like the real-life staff at the music store chain. These items are available to pick up at 41 Tower Records stores, three Tower Records Cafes, and their official website.

    Cafe Collab

    Tower Records Cafe has collaborated with numerous anime series before, but this will be its first with Gintama. Two menus will be rolled out, the first being served from January 1, 2021 to January 14, 2021 and the second from January 15, 2021 to January 24, 2021. The first menu is themed on the series’s six main characters while the second menu will be based around Gintama The Final as well as the two-part anime special Gintama The Semi-Final.

     

    Menu ① (Excerpt)


    Kagura’s Tenshidon With Kombu Salad | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the heroine of Gintama, Kagura, and served with her favourite vinegar kombu salad.

    Toshiro Hijikata’s Mayo Chicken Nanban | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Hijikata is known for his love of mayo, so it was only right that this mayo chicken nanban be served with three types of mayonnaise.

    Gintoki’s Week’s Worth Of Sugar Parfait | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    A strawberry-loaded parfait with plenty of sugar content, just how Gitoki likes it.

    Kotaro Katsura’s Elizabeth Dessert | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    An Elizabeth crepe with something hidden inside…

    Gintoki’s Perm Drink | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A cotton candy dessert drink inspired by Gintoki’s luscious natural perm.

    Shinsuke Takasugi’s Blueberry Smoothie | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A cool blueberry smoothie whose delicious flavour comes from it being chilled in the refrigerator.

     

    Menu ② (Excerpt)


    Yorozuya’s Special Curry | ¥1,480 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the friendship between the three members of Yorozuya, with the white rice representing Gintoki, the pink (sakura denbu) Kagura, and the blue (powdered cheese) Shinpachi.

    Sadaharu’s Pancakes | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    Inspired by the pet of Yorozuya, served with three sides representing the three members.

    Shinpachi’s Ramune | ¥750 (Before Tax)

    A ramune based on Shinpachi, topped with a cherry to express his cherry boy-ness!

     

    Takeout-Only Menu

    Gintama Quote Omurice | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    Classic Japanese omurice served with one of six famous quotes in Japanese from the series. Not available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE or Umeda NU Chayamachi branches.

    Yorozuya Gin-chan’s Takeout Drink | ¥900 (Before Tax)

    A takeout drink based on Yorozuya Gin-chan with two different coloured jellies at the bottom to represent Shinpachi and Kagura with the white Calpis drink being Gintoki.

     

    Bonus Items


    Coasters (6 Designs)

    Those who reserve the bonus item ticket at Ticket Pia machines will receive one of six possible Tower Records x Gintama coasters.

    Menu ① Postcards (6 Designs)

    Menu ② Postcards (6 Designs)

    For every item ordered on the menu, you’ll get a free postcard. This includes takeout items.

    Set of 3 Bookmarkers (6 Designs)

    Those who order a food item, dessert, and a drink all together will get a set of three bookmarkers.

    Lunch Mat (During Menu ② Servings Only)

    Those who dine at the cafe during the second menuy serving will receive a free lunch mat featuring the key visual for Gintama The Semi-Final.

     

    ©空知英秋/劇場版銀魂製作委員会
    ©空知英秋/集英社・テレビ東京・電通・BNP・アニプレックス

  • Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area Adds New Photo Spots

    08.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, added new photo spots to its popular Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area on Friday (December 4).

     

    The new spots

    New statues of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi have been placed around the park, making the perfect for a photo opportunity and to make guests feel even more like they’re in the world of Naruto.

     

    A new Gaara-inspired ramen dish

    ¥1,180 (Tax Included)

    The area is home to Ramen Ichiraku which is inspired by the ramen bar seen in the Naruto series. There, they have cooked up a new ramen dish inspired by Gaara which comes with a boiled egg with the kanji for ‘love’ (愛) that’s written on the character’s forehead.

     

    Naruto themed hotel rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa

    Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, has its own special Naruto-themed rooms with references to shinobi and the Hidden Leaf Village dotted everywhere. A new batch of amenities are also set to roll out for guests from February 1, 2021 which will include yukata that dress you like Naruto and Sasuke, face towels with Naruto and Sasuke on them during their final battle, and more.

     

    If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re in the world of Naruto, look no further than Fuji-Q Highland.

     

    ⓒ岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • Gintama The Final Anime Film Collaborates With Mameshiba

    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    To promote the upcoming anime film Gintama The Final, a new commercial is set to hit Japanese television on December 2 in collaboration with merchandise franchise Mameshiba.

     

    Gintama The Final is set to be released in Japan on January 8, 2021. This will be the film’s second collaboration with Mameshiba, which will see two commercials with the anime’s three main characters Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi turned into Mameshiba characters.

    Mameshiba commercial storyboard

  • UNIQLO x JW ANDERSON Unveil Their First Ever Holiday Collection For 2020

    28.November.2020 | FASHION

    London-based fashion brand JW ANDERSON is following up its Autumn/Winter collaboration with UNIQLO with the two companies’ first ever holiday collection. Centring around the theme “A Cozy Countryside British Cottage,” the collection captures the vibe of spending time in a cozy cottage on the outskirts of London.

     

    Traditional and uplifting British prints for a brighter winter

    The holiday collection is made up of everything you need for surviving winter: beanies, gloves, socks, and snoods, all decorated with traditional British prints like argyle and jacquard. All the colours match together perfectly so the line-up works perfectly as a set. It features an JW ANDERSON-esque twist and incorporates HEATTECH technology to get you through the cold months.

     

    Limited-edition argyle gift boxes

    Gift Box | ¥290 (Small/Medium/Large)

    This collection is boxed in an argyle gift box to make for the perfect Christmas packaging.

     

    Stay warm this winter with the soft and cozy new JW ANDERSON x UNIQLO holiday collection, rolling out December 4, 2020.

  • UNIQLO Announces Loungewear Collaboration With Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi

    18.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO has announced a loungewear collection for the holiday season in collaboration with Pokémon and Sumikko Gurashi—the latter being a set of fictional characters created by San-X. Set to roll out in Japan from November 19, the fleece line-up is the perfect gift for the coming winter months.

     

    Pokémon Line-Up

    Everybody’s favourite Pokémon are coming together for this cosy collaboration. The fleece set’s theme is “Night Explorer” which imagines the wearer exploring the night together with their Pokémon. The designs feature moon and star motifs with neon colouring.

    When the collection launches, those who purchase one of the Pokémon fleece sets in Japan will receive a set of two clear-coloured Pokémon figurines. And if they order online via UNIQLO’s website, their order will be shipped in a special Pokémon box.

    Buyers will also receive a card with a code on it to participate in a special campaign.

     

    Sumikko Gurashi Line-Up

    The corner-dwelling Sumikko Gurashi character merchandise is themed on a sleepover with items made warm, fluffy, and cosy.

    The three Sumikko Gurashi sets will launch online only on December 18.

    Picking up either of the fleece sets or poncho blanket sets from December 18 will land you one of the above-pictured plush toys.


    UNIQLO will also be selling limited-edition Sumikko Gurashi gift cards too both online and in-store when the sets are released.

  • Gintama x adidas Collaboration Launches in Promotion of Gintama: The Final Movie

    16.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Alpen Co., Ltd. is currently holding its longest brand campaign in collaboration with characters from various media. This time around, it is joining hands with the upcoming anime film Gintama: The Final. A special campaign website launched on November 13 which sees the film’s three main characters donning adidas clothes.

     

    adidas x Gintoki x Kagura x Shinpachi

    The three main characters of Gintama, Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi, are all wearing sporty items from the 2020 fall/winter adidas CASUAL Collection in the promotional images.

    There was much hype amongst speculative Gintama fans in the run up to the collaboration when it was first teased with a picture of Shinpachi’s glasses. The post trended on Japanese social media, gaining over 5,000 retweets and over 10,000 likes.

     

    adidas brand has been parodied on numerous occasions in both the Gintama anime and manga with Shinpachi wearing clothes that looked just like the brand’s. In promotion of the new film, which will wrap up the series, adidas wanted to do a real collaboration.

     

    The Outfits

    Gintoki

    ​Gintoki is wearing a women’s white long jacket over a stand-up collar and with sporty trousers. The colours are reminiscent of his usual style.

     

    Kagura

    Kagura’s sweater is red just like the Chinese dress she wears in the series. Over it she’s layered a beige-coloured long gown together with black pants which bring the look together.

     

    Shinpachi

    Shinpachi’s navy jersey has the iconic adidas stripes down the sleeves. The combination of the white shirt and sneakers as well as the beige pants makes for a casual look.

     

    Gintama The Final will be released into Japanese theatres on January 8, 2021.

     

    ©Hideaki Sorachi / Gintama The Final Production Committee

  • UNIQLO’s Collaboration With Jil Sander Returns With the +J Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection

    02.November.2020 | FASHION

    It’s been 11 years since Jil Sander first teamed up with UNIQLO, but now she’s set to bring back her signature modern style as the legendary collaboration returns with the +J Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection which is serving “sophisticated essentials.”

       

    The collection is “inspired by a sense of enlightened understatement” and “consists of versatile, iconic pieces.” Each item boasts trendy volume and sophisticated silhouettes while maintaining comfort and style.

     

    +J 2020 Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection

     Outer: ¥7,900-¥24,900 / Pants: ¥3,990-¥9,990 / Skirt: ¥6,990 / Shirt: ¥3,990-¥8,990 / Cut & Sewn: ¥1,990-¥4,990 / Knitwear: ¥3,990¥12,900 / Dress: ¥4,990-¥5,990 / Accessories: ¥2,990-¥9,990

    The sophisticated and modern line-up includes the Down Volume Hooded Coat, Hybrid Down Oversized Fit Parka, Ultra Light Down Hooded Coat, Cashmere Blend Chesterfield Coat, and more.

     

    “I set out to define the global modern uniform with this in mind: Clothes should be long-lasting and enduring,” Sander said in a statement. “They should serve the wearer and give her or him the energy and self-assurance which is so much needed in our global reality.”

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