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IS ANIME-INSPIRED CLOTHING ON THE RISE?

More importantly, is Michael Jordan a secret anime fan???

It seems that Nike is teaming up with mangaka Takehiko Inoue to bring us some sweet new swag based on his mega-hit manga SLAM DUNK. The “Jordan X ‘SLAM DUNK’ Collection” includes two pairs of kicks brandished with art from the series, allowing you to channel both His Airness and SLAM DUNK’s Hanamichi Sakuragi.

The price of such power? $185-250. This has to go down as one of the best merch pairings in anime history. Sure, there’s a lot of stuff like costumes and jewelry that gets made (official or otherwise) from designs in anime and manga, but how often is it actually practical like this?

The only other examples I can think of off the top of my head are the DEATH NOTE notebook and the recently released SAILOR MOON makeup compact with real makeup inside

But I say why stop there? There are all kinds of cool thing from anime and manga that would be great merch that people would gobble up! Sometimes literally – what about Ginsu Bean snacks? Or an actual Greed Island video game from HUNTER X HUNTER? Maybe even some official Survey Corps climbing gear from ATTACK ON TITAN? The possibilities are nearly endless!

What kind of anime merch do YOU think needs to happen? Let us know in the comments!

zaldaron Oct. 23, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.

I am not sure I would call 250 dollar shoes practical ...

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:46 p.m.

Hey, if Hello Kitty can have "marital aids", then anything is possible. One of my favorites has to be the Goku Super Saiyan french fry container, where the fries make up his golden hair.

I believe they make BLACK LAGOON replica guns. ONE PIECE devil fruit candies - just not Runts style(Edit: An internet search shows that's already unsurprisingly a thing.). I think a Dragon Ball-style Magic 8 Ball would be fun.

CODE GEASS chess set
CODE GEASS chess set

What I would really love for them to make, and I'm shocked it wasn't been officially made. I would love a CODE GEASS themed chess set. I'm not talking about the characters. Although, the KMFs as chess pieces would also be cool. As long as the Guren SEITEN was the black queen piece. I'm talking about the pieces that are designed in the series for the actual chess game. The designs are really sleek.

I seem to remember quite a few young teens getting into some rather serious legal trouble for having "Death Notes".

sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 25, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

@zaldar: At the least, they aren't noticeably more expensive than most legit Jordans are. They regularly start at $150 for the popular numbers and shoot up way higher depending on the colorway.

I'm more surprised that they aren't absolutely hideous. I mean, I don't like either of those models of shoe but the anime stuff isn't what's hurting them. If they were on some decent Jordans like I, III, IV, XI, XIII, XVI they might be pretty cool.

Whats_out_the_bagon Oct. 25, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.

Pretty cheap. I love Jordans. Now I have anime mixed with it is nice.

zaldaron Oct. 28, 2014 at 8:19 a.m.

@sickVisionz: Well yes but legit Jordan's are ridiculously over priced also. But then a lot of trademarked stuff is anyway.

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