Quick Look: Survey Corps T-Shirt from Japan Goods
05/04/2016 Leave a comment
Over the past few months a new online anime merchandise retailer, known as Japan Goods, has surfaced online; and their goal is to provide exclusive, affordable anime-related merchandise to the UK Public with their products being produced and shipped from within the UK. It’s an interesting goal and its one that will see Japan Goods rise-up against other online retailers, such as Tokyo Toys; but for the time being at least the retailer is small with only a handful of T-Shirts on offer.
To highlight this new store I was provided with one of their ‘key products’ to test out; in this instance the Survery Corps T-Shirts which features inspriation from the Attack on Titan franchise. Truth be told i was given free reign on which T-Shirt to choose from and after my latest binge watch of the Attack on Titan anime series i opted for this particular shirt.
Potential bragging rights aside this Survey Corps T-Shirt is as you would expect it to be; a simple singular colour, which mimcs the colour of the jackets worn in Attack on Titan, with the scouts regiment logo on the front. Personally i found this scouts logo to be slightly bigger than needed, as it takes up nearly the entire front of the T-Shirt; but i have beeen informed that the newer revision of this T-Shirt features a slightly smaller logo – so its all good.
Disappointingly however there is nothing on the back; so it is a single sinded logo T-Shirt that offers the impression that you are part of the Scouts regiment from Attack on Titan; but in my eyes at least this simplistic effect is well justified.
Most anime related t-shirts i have seen tend to be big and shouty and offer very little in being conservative or restrained; that is unless you view the anime T-Shirts at qwertee, and yet the designs found at Japan Goods highlight that you are a fan of anime but in a more conserative fashion. There is no over-bright colourful moe designs to be found here, not yet at least; instead they offer T-Shirts that fit in with the regular crowd but highlight that you enjoy anime.
In other words these are T-Shirts that can be wore every-day rather than once every six months at a conventation. As mentioned this Survey Corps arrives as you see; a simplistic T-Shirt; but unlike past shirts i have purchased, such as those Steins;Gate and Senran Kagura T-Shirts from Rice Digital, the material is thinner and more comfy to wear; especially in warm areas such as expos. Furthermore the logo print on the front feels much smooth and natural (i.e. not a plastic print) than those aforementioned titles and, judging from the feel of it, offers the impression that it won’t fade away as easily after several watches.
It’s also worth noting that while this Attack on Titan themed T-Shirt was inspired by the franchise other shirts found on the site, such as the Naruto, Samurai and Prince of the Sea, have been designed exclusively for Japan Goods by japanese artists and as such offer an alternative take on a franchise we know and love. As mentioned this Survey Corps is just another T-Shirt; but it highlights the hobby we love and thanks to its conservative nature i will feel proud to wear it anywhere i go; and the same can be said for the other designs available on the website.