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New Poll - Wearing in Public
This week's poll was suggested by our member mu2020. Would you feel comfortable wearing any kind of manga/anime related merchandise in public? Watch, t-shirt, pants, wallet, earrings, ring, necklace, etc. I dunno what else is possible to wear besides a full-blown costume...

PS: My wallet for the last 5-ish years is from Mahou Sensei Negima!.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related):
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Worst pet peeve with the author
Choices:
Kill off the main character - votes: 895 (5.8%)
Have such similar characters (looks or personality) that you confuse them - votes: 1678 (10.9%)
Draw the same faces on different characters in other series - votes: 537 (3.5%)
Discontinue the series (or hiatus) - votes: 6478 (42.1%)
Divert the plot away from the main characters - votes: 747 (4.9%)
Have characters step out of character - votes: 438 (2.8%)
Copy art or story from another author - votes: 379 (2.5%)
Being too formulaic - votes: 623 (4%)
Have a plot that makes no sense - votes: 1553 (10.1%)
Have lots of plot holes - votes: 1256 (8.2%)
Dislike his/her art style - votes: 809 (5.3%)
There were 15393 total votes.
The poll ended: June 23rd 2012

I have to agree that if it just suddenly ends (or doesn't end at all), it really sucks. I always want a proper closure!
Posted by lambchopsil on June 23rd 8:07am Comments ( 58 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» yarn on June 23rd, 2012, 1:11am

I have an anime keychain. It's really the only merch I have. I keep it on my bus pass case, so yeah, I wear it. I probably wouldn't wear an anime t-shirt though, unless it was REALLY classy.

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» nert5 on June 23rd, 2012, 1:15am

I have a bleach wallet that I have had for 5 years, a third division crest keychain and a flcl shirt that is so old it has holes in it(I use it as an undershirt now)

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» auriga on June 23rd, 2012, 1:36am

I remember seeing a college student on the train using the Akatsuki cloak as a jacket on a school day morning a few years back. Seriously.

I would wear anime merchandise, but only if it's subtle to the point that only fellow fans would get it. For example, even though I am a Gundam fan I would think twice of wearing a shirt with a giant robot on it; I am, however, willing to wear an "Anaheim Electronics" shirt. Problem is subtle merch like the ones from Cospa are very expensive and hard to get outside Japan, and the leading anime merchandise store here is notorious for bootlegs.

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» yuno19 on June 23rd, 2012, 8:11am

talking about power level

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» kaloo on June 23rd, 2012, 9:16pm

I feel the same. I've had a couple of such things over the years.

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» Oriolidae on June 23rd, 2012, 1:38am

No, I don't wear anime or manga merchandise at all. Just like I don't wear anything else that's notably branded, like band t-shirts or fashion brands with huge logos (except for fjällräven). I like my clothes (and accessories) simple and chic.

... And I already look too young, so if I wore that stuff, people would think I was 14 years old.

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» silent killer on June 23rd, 2012, 1:55am

Used to. Had a a Blame! shirt that I wore once or twice. Then I washed it and it shrank. And I'm already festively plump to begin with. dead

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» imercenary on June 23rd, 2012, 5:39pm

Same. I used to have a few anime t-shirts but I've either outgrown them, they've shrunk, they've ripped or they're so faded away that I get more "that guy is poor" looks than "that guy is a cartoon freak" looks. (I loved my .hack t-shirt sad )

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» mybackhurtz on June 23rd, 2012, 2:16am

no chance. I really love manga, but I just can't bring myself to wear one of those kinda shirt, pants, wallets outside. It's pretty lame (no offense to anyone) to wear shirts with anime characters on. Especially when your friends are all those based-on-clothes judges.
But if it's those cool accessories those manga characters have then no probs, they look pretty cool.
And childish stuff are fine too, like Mickey Mouse or Tom & Jerry, they would probably look cute

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» Nirhtuc on June 23rd, 2012, 2:23am

Heh- considering my taste in manga and anime is probably reviled by the majority of the anime and manga fan community, I like to keep it in the closet, thanks!!!

And I would never consider wearing manga/anime-related in public no matter how acceptable the anime or manga is- yes I'm a closet-otaku! laugh

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» Hanae on June 23rd, 2012, 2:35am

I only have a Naruto frog-shaped money purse, some Japanese keychains and Totoro earrings (I don't wear them very often), but if I had some manga&anime related clothes I think I would wear them in public. Of course, in moderation - I've seen some otakus dressed from head to toe in manga&anime related stuff, it looks ridiculous. I mean, it could be okay during anime conventions, but otherwise it looks stupid.

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» myrt on June 23rd, 2012, 2:35am

Sorry...but no way.

If I did, people will probably say something like:
a) Eh!? I remember that from somewhere... (but they can't remember)
b) Eh!? What's that? (I reply 'from manga/anime') Huh? What's that?
c) That's cool...but why do you wear it? (they look at me as if I am stupid)
d) *Ignores* / *Doesn't see*

Sad, but true. The people who I live around don't even know what manga/anime is. I hate being asked questions, so I probably wouldn't wear any, even if that manga was a perfectly normal one.

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» quark1020 on June 23rd, 2012, 10:57pm

I'd surprise you then. I remember pointing out an anime from some dude's shirt. I don't think the dude himself knew what it was, though. Wasn't interested in talking anime I suppose sad

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» tactics on June 23rd, 2012, 3:18am

For clothing, nah I wouldn't. I have a t-shirt, but I just wear it for home use. It's baggy and comfortable anyway, so it's perfect for that sort of thing.
I don't have any wallets or jewellery relating to anime/manga, but that probably wouldn't be too bad. They're usually subtle anyway, especially the jewellery. Unless people know, they're most likely going to think it's some random design. I've got a Miku phone charm and I have keyrings on my bag as well. Although it's not technically "wearing it", I did get approached by someone when I was in a shop and they were like "Omg! You're a Naruto fan!" and we had a little chat. (I have a Gaara keyring btw) laugh
I've never been approached by someone and them ask "What is that from?" so yeah. Unless people know or are brave enough to approach me, I don't think anyone else actually cares.

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» NightSwan on June 23rd, 2012, 3:21am

Ah, sure, why not?
I don't wear a lot of accessories, though,
so it'd have to be something like a key-chain or a coin-wallet.

I actually own a very cute, anime girl styled key-chain, but I refrain from using it because I'm afraid it'll get dirty or break, so it just stands on a shelf... Holding no keys. >.>

As for clothes - no.
I don't wear anything with huge prints.

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» TKS on June 23rd, 2012, 3:22am

I wouldn't mind owning merchandise, but no way would I ever wear and/or sport them in public...especially at my age.

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» szeszter on June 23rd, 2012, 3:39am

I have a cell phone strap, Chopper from One Piece smile

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» jHoward on June 23rd, 2012, 4:06am

Hmmm, I have a Fairy Tail necklace, A bleach and NERV t-shirt, some phone straps and some rings... Thats all that I can think of for now. And I wear them rarely.

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» randomreader on June 23rd, 2012, 4:17am

i personally dont own anything- but people who do really annoy me.

I don't mean like a keychain or some other little accessory- but like a big flambouyant naruto sweater, or an anime backpack clearly made for little kids, or a cat-ears hoodie and your hair dyed purple- or something else on the brink of cosplay. i cant tell you how many losers at my high school walked around wearing naruto headbands or akatsuki jackets. i find it increadbly uncomfortable to look at.
chances are the people who dress like that are the same anime obsessed weeaboos who use words like 'baka' or 'kawaii' in everyday talk. you are not japanese, you will never be japanese, stop pretending to do so- its just dorky and sad.

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» fuyuko00 on June 23rd, 2012, 9:46pm

I don't really see why them wearing those clothes or use those words would be sad. They like it and it's not harming anyone. Who cares

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» yuri999 on June 24th, 2012, 11:49pm

Rondamraedar pls

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» LiitoJ on June 23rd, 2012, 4:28am

I have a Death Note keychain (of L, the letter L and a small metal plate with Death Note on it) on my keys that was given to me and I have two Naruto t-shirts. They're both white but one of them is of Gaara and it's right in the middle of the t-shirt and the other one is of Kakashi but located at the bottom left corner so it's okay to wear casually smile

I don't have anything that shouts out "Cosplay!".

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» LawX on June 23rd, 2012, 4:36am

I see no reason why not. It's silly that some people are overly self-conscious about it. No one is going to corner you and interrogate you about your shirt,necklace,charm, etc. People really don't care what you are wearing unless you are taking it to the extreme by cosplaying. Anyway, I have a simple FLCL shirt and that is all. I have more game related merchandise, which is just some shirts and necklaces.

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» Sorcha on June 23rd, 2012, 5:34am

Depend on the design. If its looks good, why not? Especially if its usable.

The problem is that most of anime related goods in my country have bad quality, and the real good one are expensive, so I rarely buy/use one. But I do have (and use) some key chain, and other merchandise (book notes, journal, pin, ...) that are related to anime/manga.

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» OAPPLE on June 23rd, 2012, 6:07am

it usually depends on the wearer.. i have a friend that uses a Gaara sandbag backpack, he's a bboy, and it just looks real cool biggrin haha

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» KaoriNite on June 23rd, 2012, 6:11am

I don't own any merch, but I don't think it would be a big deal to wear a t-shirt or something in public. I have a t-shirt with Itchy and Scratchy from the Simpsons, so I wouldn't think of wearing a t-shirt with characters from an anime being any different from wearing a t-shirt with cartoon characters. I think as long as you're not overdoing it, liked dressed head to toe in merch, you're fine.

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» Deathkun on June 23rd, 2012, 6:53am

I already do-- it's a simple cross key chain with "B★RS" on it (If you consider having a key chain on you as "wearing" it). But I don't think I'd personally go as far as to wear a bag or a t-shit with an anime motif, even though it's pretty damn common here in the Philippines.

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» Damnedman on June 23rd, 2012, 7:05am

I used to have a black knight (code geass) symbol keychain that I would always wear but I lost it in one of the boxes after moving. I prefer the non-blatant anime merchs that only people who watched the show would get while others would think it's just a trinket.

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» whatnot on June 23rd, 2012, 7:27am

only within the right circles

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» kyashi39 on June 23rd, 2012, 8:57am

about the previous poll.
i'm one of the voters, who hates "discontinued / hiatus series"
who wouldn't? especially if the series has lots of potential for being a longer series
just like "Nononono"...= n =... OTL

about the current poll.
i voted for "i already do"

1. I bought it and I want to use it.
2. I don't care about "public opinion" =P
it's my item, not theirs.
3. I'm proud to be an anime/manga fan.
Heck, if I have lots of money I'll buy every manga I've read so far even if it's in RAW. =D

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» Saons on June 23rd, 2012, 9:03am

I think it really depends on the anime/manga, hahaha. I probably wouldn't wear anything from, say, InuYasha, but I could from other ones that I really enjoyed.

I don't think most people would even know what it is anyway, I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear it.

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» TaoPaiPai on June 23rd, 2012, 9:09am

I do use sharingan contact lenses

not too often but it happens

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» mizaki2100 on June 23rd, 2012, 9:25am

No, I wouldn't. I'm already using my idol group (Arashi) merchandise when I go out. I'd never change them to an anime/manga one. no

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» Dionaea on June 23rd, 2012, 11:57am

I have Pokemon cellphone straps attached to a couple of my USB sticks and this adorable pikachu shirt I just can't part with X3 Other than that nothing, but that's just because anime/manga merchandise is hard to get here... The stuff online is sometimes just awesome and I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if the stuff didn't all have to come from the US, which like triples the price >.<

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» yuno19 on June 23rd, 2012, 12:57pm

I can't believe nobody has an answer like mine,
"People's opinion mattered little for me. As long as I comfortable inside what I'm wearing, I'm doing fine. However, that's not implying that I suck for anime weardrobe. In the contrary, I prefer not to wear those kind of outfit. Not out of like. Not out of dislike. I'm pretty neutral about it. 'no way' option hence became too much."

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» lynira on June 23rd, 2012, 1:26pm

I definitely wouldn't. I have this passionate hate for manga/anima merchandise. I can't explain very well why or think of a good justification for it, but I just do! There's something about it that is just so unbearably lame to me. I even dislike seeing other people wearing this kind of merchandise, so I can't even imagine wearing that stuff myself.

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» yuri999 on June 24th, 2012, 11:51pm

How tragically judgemental you are about this. Did some incident related to such merchandise scar you when you were younger confused

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» SilverStorm on June 23rd, 2012, 9:07pm

Only if the item would aesthetically appeal to me if I weren't a fan of it. To be honest, a lot of anime/manga merchandise simply isn't fashionable. Furthermore, in general, I don't wear clothes with logos/brands on them, which a lot of anime/manga merchandise do. I would make the exception if the logo was nondescript or presented in a particularly artful/typographic manner. As it is, I own way too many tshirts

Something I would wear would be this very cute Vampire Knight bracelet. Very subtle. A great accessory on its own. I think the only reason why I don't have it already was because it was rather expensive.

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» BlackOrion on June 23rd, 2012, 11:23pm

That totally depends, i would use a "Monster" shirt (or whatever) but never a moe shirt.

If it doesn't look odd i don't see what's the problem, i hate when things don't go together tough (i can't go outside if my boxers don't match my socks, no one is going to notice, but i like it that way)

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» Whatever on June 23rd, 2012, 11:55pm

In the past I would have said no but now I no longer care. I dont go out of my way to find them but if I found one I liked and bought it of course I'm going to wear it. I've seen people wearing worse in public. A cartoon on a shirt or keychain isnt a big deal.

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on June 24th, 2012, 11:36am

i dont own any...but the only type of anime/manga merchandise i would buy is earrings
i like my clothes plain...no images or text
i dont like carrying purses around and most anime-related necklaces and bracelets ive seen before looked tacky
earrings are usually not blatant when it comes to anime/manga references thats why its probably the only type of anime merchandise i would buy

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» caozhi on June 24th, 2012, 3:44pm

User Posted Image

laugh ..... none No.

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» Badkarma on June 24th, 2012, 4:52pm

Big, fat, flashy anime-print shirts are pretty gay. Coincidentally, ANY big, fat, flasy printed shirt is pretty gay.

If I'm gonna wear anything, anime related or not, I'd rather it not be so big, fat, and flashy. Also, I prefer "in-universe" clothing IE something practical that a character wore. Something like this shirt, which is awesome.

I have the Junpei Iori baseball hat that came with my pre-order of P3P, and I rock it harder than Junpei ever did. Unfortunately, people think it's a Led Zepplin hat, but since I like Led Zepplin, it's cool.

I have both a male and female Yasogami High School uniform that me and a friend wore on Halloween, and good times were had by all.

I once went on a quest to find a Captain Matthews baseball hat. Sadly, it doesn't exist.

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» yuri999 on June 24th, 2012, 11:52pm

Stupei the lame defective

Oh god thinking about that part still cracks me up laugh

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» BlackOrion on June 29th, 2012, 4:38am

Quote
I once went on a quest to find a Captain Matthews baseball hat. Sadly, it doesn't exist.





Not true: Cap

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» crazyboutcute on June 29th, 2012, 8:08pm

I fail to understand how a shirt could possibly have a sexual orientation. >.> What, did it decide to go for another shirt as opposed to pants?

To be honest, I don't own a lot of anime merchandise, but I do have some, and so I wear it. That's why I bought it. I mostly dress in a style that's "cute and comfy," so even when it comes to anime apparel, I tend to follow that. I have three Vocaloid shirts, one with chibi Luka, another with chibi Miku, and the last with beautiful original fanart for the song "Servant of Evil." I think they look cute and classy, respectively. I also have a shirt with cute original chibi art from Okami and socks with anime versions of the members of the k-pop group 2PM, which many people have called cute despite not having an interest in Asian culture. I also like charms and cell phone straps and other little things like that because I think they accent my style. I tend to wear a lot of t-shirts (I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl :3) with prints and designs on them that aren't related to anime, too. I really like butterfly and flower motifs. xD So yeah, I kinda just go with what I think looks nice on me. I don't really care how other people dress since it's just their own freedom of expression! =)

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» Badkarma on June 30th, 2012, 3:38am

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I fail to understand how a shirt could possibly have a sexual orientation. >.> What, did it decide to go for another shirt as opposed to pants?


I meant gay as in happy. Since I'm sad, I hate looking happy.

So sad...

Like people who can't tell when I'm using a term facetiously.


@BlackOrion: 403 FORBIDDEN - If I can't see it, it's not there! The quest still continues!

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» jrdragon2003 on June 24th, 2012, 6:04pm

It's kind of funny everyone is saying no to it, but some big stores like Uni-Qlo sell anime based shirts. Some people who wear don't even know what they're wearing.

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» AnimeSolider on June 24th, 2012, 6:18pm

I always go HAM at Anime North and Pacific Mall when buying anime merchandise. I have so much and I wear it with pride. T-Shirts or chains and rings. Rock the Fairy Tail chain, akatsuki ring, and an anime t all day bigrazz

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» Cyren on June 25th, 2012, 1:16am

I have some stuff, mostly key chains and jewelry. I probably wouldn't wear any anime related clothes though, due to the fact that I'm incredibly cheap. If I'm coughing out 20 bucks for a shirt it better be INDESTRUCTIBLE....or on sale.

I started out with necklaces and key chains but I've started to move on to rings. Look how I wrote that. Does it give the illusion that I have a large collection of items? I wish. I've been wearing the Sky ring from Katekyo Hitman Reborn ring for about 2 years now and It's probably the item I get the most attention out of. Mostly because I have small fingers and the ring is so friggen HUGE. It was hard enough searching around for one that looked good enough so I wear it periodically.


Though this is a huge step from where I was years ago. My younger, square self, would never wear anime gear in public.

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» thebopper on June 25th, 2012, 2:39pm

Myself speaking, no I wouldn't. I used to when I was younger but now feel disgusted and embarrassed about it. Kinda feel/sense some stigma when I wore anime-related shirts back then, especially living in a country where animation in general usually viewed as kid's material. Plus, it might've made me viewed as weird or abnormal within some sects of the public as well.

But yeah, I don't have a problem wearing anime and manga-related stuff when I'm home chilling out or going to bed, when I'm in a closed, private setting. But out in public, most definitely not.

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» That3rdGuy on June 28th, 2012, 11:13am

Never. I'm a closet anime/manga fan. I don't want to wear some shirt with cartoon characters because many people would think I'm immature for watching them since when a LOT of people see anime characters they think things like Pokemon. I already look quite young for my age (24), so I don't need to exacerbate that image. It doesn't really bother me because I don't really have a fashion sense and just wear plain clothes. It's sad that many people in America just assume all or most anime is for kids, as there are many, many know-it-alls. Oh well, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it bigrazz
I would not judge so harshly based on clothing unless they really looked the part or the clothing had ecchi images. I would probably just think their young or simply enjoy anime/manga.

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» r4ptor85 on June 28th, 2012, 10:54pm

I got lots of Cospa T-shirt with me.

I wear in public.

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» themasterwarlord on June 29th, 2012, 1:22am

Depends, I guess. I often wear a green Sogeking T-shirt to class, and also a Chopper hat sometimes. However, I don't want to be seen wearing my Death Note T-shirt and a few others if I can help it.

Now that I think about it, the only anime merchandise I wear lately are One Piece related. huh, didn't realize that. Never did think about it. Maybe I should go merchandise hunting sometime later...

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» Azula on June 29th, 2012, 6:54pm

There should be an option that states: "Vice-Versa" or something similar.

User Posted Image User Posted Image

Copy someone else, B*tch.

Actually, the problem is this. I think the manga/anime is wearing my merchandise, not the other way around. These comic/manga/anime artist designers are people who create ideas based on what their imagination shows them. These imaginations are scoped through everyday information and resources that are collected from around the world. If an artist sees me wearing a crown and draws it for his "popular series" and looks at me and says, "Nice Cosplay," I would literally burn him to shreds.

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» Unknown on June 29th, 2012, 8:24pm

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» BlackOrion on June 30th, 2012, 7:44pm

User Posted Image


can you see it now?

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» Badkarma on June 30th, 2012, 8:48pm

No. Actually, no.

Strangely enough, however, right-clicking the broken image box, selecting properties, and copying/pasting the image's URL into the URL box of my browser allows me to see the image of a strange woman(?) bridge-pushing her Harry-Caray glasses in an attempt to achieve a mischievous/temptress(?) look, whilst showcasing a ball-cap that was lovingly made in the sweat-shops of a third-world country.

Kudos to you, sir. It does exist. This makes me slightly happy, yet at the same time sad, since Episode II of Xenosaga was such a joke, I have yet to play the third. Maybe I'll get on that... Ugh... but then I'd have to play Episode II again, since I ... repressed it from my memory...

But that's dangerously off-topic.

Right, I forgot I also have a black FMA t-shirt that simply has a small blood-seal on the back, up by the collar. It's neat.

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» tsuto on June 30th, 2012, 10:18pm

Gundam T-shirt, and that is it. Not like it stands out that much.

I have seen people wearing Dragon Ball Z T-shirts (really flashy ones)

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