Hot Topic was once known as the best place to find Johnny the Homicidal Maniac swag at the mall, though now it seems like the chain is willing to sell whatever the kids are looking to buy .
And it looks like what the kids really want to buy these days are shirts and goods emblazoned with Studio Ghibli art!
If you’re an anime fan, there’s a good chance you’re also a fan of Studio Ghibli. With the ever-growing population of anime fans abroad, it should hardly be surprising that the studio has a fairly sizable following in the US as well.
▼Even models love Studio Ghibli!
And where there is a following, there is a ton of money to be made from merchandising ( just ask Disney ), so it’s hardly surprising that SF/geek clothing manufacturer Her Universe decided to throw some Ghibli art on a few shirts. As you may have guessed from the name, Her Universe produces clothing for women, but that hasn’t stopped the manufacturer and Hot Topic from taking a lucrative idea and running with it.
▼Male models, too! (And yes, the Japanese makes sense)
The new Ghibli line-up from Her Universe, which is apparently available exclusively at Hot Topic, features a ton of shirts and other goods with art from or inspired by My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, two of the studio’s best know movies.
▼Boots optional, but highly recommended.
▼”I believe I can flyyyyy!”
▼But I don’t want to move…
▼We don’t remember Jiji having such smoldering, sexy eyes…
▼And now featuring Totoro as a manic pixie dream girl.
If you’re a guy and you’re feeling a bit left out, you can put your worries away–Hot Topic is happy to sell Studio Ghibli clothes to you, too! Of course, these aren’t produced by Her Universe, but they’re available exclusively at the most emo mall store in town, just like the women’s shirts above.
▼Tattoos not required, but highly encouraged.
▼”It was a dark and stormy night…”
▼Looks like Totoro took a few too many Xanax this morning.
And unlike the Her Universe line-up, there are even pajama pants for the men shopping at Hot Topic too! Though we’re not sure what’s stopping women from wearing these…
▼Is that Kiki on your pants or are you just happy to see me?
In addition to clothing, Hot Topic has a number of other Ghibli goods available, like this Jiji wallet and Jiji purse. Hey, if you can’t trust a talking cat with your money, who can you trust?
▼Twice as trustworthy as Wall Street, right?
In fact, you could just about assemble an entire wardrobe of nothing but Ghibli goods with one fairly expensive trip to Hot Topic. You might have to settle for some Minion socks , though we’re holding out hope that there will be some Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Tale of Princess Kaguya goods soon.
References/images: Hot Topic , Her Universe
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