I have recently just got back from Japan, so that means there are a lot of T-shirts from my recent haul. This Misaki Akeno (岬明乃) T-shirt from the series High School Fleet (ハイスクール・フリート), or Haifuri (はいふり), is one of my main targets to raid.
Because of my love to those Kantai Collection/KanColle (艦隊これくしょん～艦これ～) T-shirts, I am always open to other ship-themed T-shirts and this is one good example. Like those Kancolle counterparts, the design of this shirt is very nice. I really like the elements that Cospa added to the shirt, such as the emblem, the text, and the ship silhouette so that it has a full illustration. Also, the blue colours are also very soothing, which is also why I fell in love even after Cospa announced this T-shirt on their site.
Close up of the distorted printing, showing that the printing quality is absolutely terrific. The resolution is very sharp, and the printing was done by using a DTG method too. So, for sure the design will not crack. However, the printing utilises a lot of dark inks – blue, black, brown – so always do give extra care when washing this T-shirt. Remember to wash her inside out with cold water and dry it in a dark place away from sunlight. After the initial wash, there are quite a lot of white spots on the fabric because some cotton balls formed during wearing, and took out a little part of the ink. But thanks to the sparkle effects, it does not look so obvious from afar.
The emblem is one of the cute points of this T-shirt, I have to say. It does not look like it, but it is actually very big when you wear it. Because of the looseness of the T-shirt, the poor emblem is always distorted whenever I wear it. But it adds a really nice touch to the T-shirt, so I accept it. I have to say that this is one of my best buys from Japan and I will cherish this T-shirt.
(T-shirt store page: ハイスクール・フリート 岬明乃フルグラフィックTシャツ)
This is a T-shirt that was designed by Itotin, from the series Kantai Collection/KanColle (艦隊これくしょん～艦これ～) featuring Kawakaze Kai 2 (江風改二). I am not sure if this is for a certain event (Comiket or Festivals), but I get this T-shirt from Melonbooks online store.
The design is very eye-catching. From the use of colours, the elements, everything. I have to say that the Kawakaze here looks adorable though (I am not a big fan of the original illustration despite it was illustrated by Kujou Ichiso, one of my favourite Kancolle illustrators).
It has a back design too, despite most of it is just text with a wolf insignia. The overall design is something fresh for me, because I am already really used to Cospa designs. So I like it. The T-shirt itself is a polyester T-shirt so that is one reason why the colours come up very strong and sharp.
Close up of the distorted printing, just to show that the printing quality is really good. It is directly printed to the fabric, so the resulting printing is very soft and does not have a ‘print–like‘ feel when you wear it. Also, because it is printed on a polyester fabric, it is pretty much resistant to fading and cracking, which is really really good.
Engrish on the back side of the T-shirt. Overall, this T-shirt is actually really great. However since it is quite difficult to find another one, most of the time I think this will be very much used for my collection purposes.
(T-shirt store page: 艦隊これくしょん～艦これ～ フルカラー江風改二Tシャツ)
My cousin went to Japan some times ago so I asked her to get me some shirts, and I only wanted a second Hiryuu T-shirt in my mind. She said that this shirt was pretty nice so she gave this T-shirt as a gift, so I am very grateful not just because it is a gift, but also because that this T-shirt is really nice. This is a Hidan no Aria/Aria the Scarlet Ammo (緋弾のアリア) T-shirt featuring Akari Mamiya (間宮 あかり) and Aria Holmes Kanzaki (神崎・H(ホームズ)・アリア).
It is quite unusual for Cospa to utilise a grey background, but this is what makes the T-shirt unique. The colours are pretty nice and actually it does not look as dull as the one in the official image. I like the lightning effects and its gradient from yellow to red, which is really good.
Obligatory distortion shots just to show that the printing is very nice. As it can be seen, the resolution of the illustration is very very good. The illustration is very sharp and clear and was directly printed to the fabric using a DTG (direct–to–garment) method. So, the resulting printing is very soft and smooth and does not have a ‘print-like’ feel on the fabric.
Contrary to the screen–printed T-shirts, the printing will not crack due to the printing technique. However, it may fade away, especially the dark prints like the text. So make sure it is washed properly with cold water, inside-out, and dried properly away from sunlight. Because it is really good, I am thinking of getting the second one as well just for collection purposes. Hopefully there will be some discounts.
(T-shirt store page: 緋弾のアリアAA あかり＆アリア フルグラフィックTシャツ)
This is a T-shirt of Amane Suou (周防天音) from Le Fruit de la Grisaia (グリザイアの果実/Grisaia no Kajitsu), which series I came to know after buying their non-Cospa iron-on T-shirt few years ago. So that is why somehow I thought I should own this one too, because I really like that T-shirt.
The bad news first, I like the illustration better on the other T-shirt. The good news is, this is still a T-shirt that I really like. The sparkles are really nice and the overall design with the font and decorations are really nice. Plus the overall tone is much lighter/happier here. Too bad that the top part is almost all white, because Cospa really used a nice tone of purple here.
Above are the mandatory distortion pictures just to show the quality of the printing. As it can be seen from the cherries, the resolution is very sharp and clean. Like the other full graphic T-shirts, Cospa uses DTG (direct–to–garment) printing on this one as well, so the resulting printing is very smooth and soft, which makes the T-shirt very comfortable to wear around. Contrary to regular screen–printed T-shirts, there is no need to be concerned about prints cracking on these types of T-shirts, but do still be careful when washing because the print can fade away easily if not taken care properly. The shirt uses a lot of dark ink so always wash it inside-out with cold water and dry it in a place far from sunlight.
(T-shirt store page: グリザイアの果実 周防天音フルグラフィックTシャツ)
It has been a long time since I last bought a seductive, perhaps obscene, T-shirt. This time it features Ruri Gokō (五更 瑠璃)/Kuroneko (黒猫) and Kirino Kosaka (高坂 桐乃) from Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない).
The design is actually very nice, the colours are very soft and I like how they put the roses on the bottom right. At first, I was hesitant to purchase this T-shirt but my cousin showed me how good it is so I decided to get it in the end.
Close-up image of the distorted T-shirt. The quality of the printing is as good as ever. However, because there are a lot of dark parts in Kuroneko’s hair, the shirt gets discoloured very fast and after several washes. It is not as bad as it sounds because although the dark parts are getting lighter, it is not that noticeable unless you have two copies of this T-shirt. I bought two copies and this is why I can conclude the colours faded quickly.
Close-up of the roses. Look at how detailed the printing is. I personally still dislike the series, but this T-shirt is just too good to pass up. So for Oreimo fans, be sure to get one for your collection.
(T-shirt store page: 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。桐乃＆黒猫ドキドキ フルグラフィックTシャツ)
Ever since Cospa released their all print T-shirt, I always check on what they have to offer. However, because they release full graphic T-shirts, most of my budget went into those colourful printed T-shirts. But, whenever I see a great illustration on any kind of T-shirt, I always get one, and this is a good example of it. This “The Anthem of the Heart” T-shirt (心が叫びたがってるんだ。) features the main character Jun Naruse (成瀬順).
From afar, it looks like a black-and-white full graphic T-shirt. The design features the promotional image of the series, so I really wish that this T-shirt has a full graphic counterpart. Why? Because the design looks stunning in colour.
Like many other Cospa’s screen-printed T-shirts, they use this dot method to illustrate lighting and shading. Not many T-shirt producers that I see is able to portray multi-coloured illustration on a T-shirt like Cospa. Besides making the illustration look as natural as it is, it also helps to make the print more durable. Most of my fully screen-printed T-shirts from Cospa still have a nice printing, although they have been used extensively for years. I believe the case also applies to this shirt.
(T-shirt store page: 心が叫びたがってるんだ｡オールプリントTシャツ)
From the series Plastic Memories (プラスティック・メモリーズ), this is a full graphic T-shirt of Isla (アイラ). This is one of the series that I know nothing about, but I bought the T-shirt anyway just because it looks fantastic.
The design is very nice, because I really like the digital feel out of it. However, the official image in nijigencospa.com looks better actually because it has more colours than the real product. The font choice is also very nice. Well, overall, it is a nice design and that is the main reason why I decide to get this one.
Since this is a full graphic T-shirt, the design is printed using a regular DTG (direct–to–garment) method, but the difference is that they can do it for the whole T-shirt, not limited by a paper size (A4, A3, A2, etc). This makes the printing very soft and smooth and does not have any ‘print-like’ feel when you wear it. Also, since it is basically ink on fabric, there is no need to be concerned about cracking.
As it can be seen, the resolution of the printing is very very sharp, and I love it. Some of Cospa’s T-shirts turn out blurry or pixellated, but not this one. Those barcode design and the font choice adds up to the whole ‘digital’ or ‘futuristic’ feel of the T-shirt, which is very nice.
(T-shirt store page: プラスティック・メモリーズ アイラ フルグラフィックTシャツ)
Speaking about popular characters, it seems that Cospa sometimes take a liking to a certain character and produces a lot of merchandises. Megumi Kato (加藤恵) from Saekano (冴えない彼女の育てかた) is one of them. There are some that I already bought and there will be some more that is going to be released in the near future, which I think I will also purchase them.
Although I do not watch the series nor know the character in full detail, her character design is quite nice, and Cospa’s designs for her shirts are always nice, so I ended up buying most of her T-shirts. The colours are really nice and the design is very creative, so it is all good.
Above are the distorted pictures of the T-shirt, to show the quality of the print. The details are very nicely done as all the lines and colours look very sharp and crisp. The fabric itself is also very soft and smooth, comfortable for daily uses or other occasions. Wash inside out with a cold water and dry it in a dark place in order to preserve the colours.
(T-shirt store page: 冴えない彼女の育てかた 加藤恵フルカラーTシャツ)