Cellular Swimsuit Gundam is well-liked worldwide, however in its dwelling of Japan it’s virtually a cultural establishment. And although the unique “Common Century” Gundam setting tends to get many of the consideration, spinoffs like 2015’s Cellular Swimsuit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans are well-liked in their very own proper. That could be why Bandai’s honoring the fifth birthday of the sequence by releasing a brand new, bespoke clothes and accent line impressed by the present [Thanks, Famitsu!].
Courtesy of the Bandai Attire Division (the identical people that introduced the Kamen Rider clothes line into being), the Iron-Blooded Orphans fifth Anniversary Assortment will likely be offered by way of Bandai’s Gundam-centric clothes retailer, STRICT-G and the Premium Bandai on-line outlet.
The objects embody Iron-Blooded Orphans-themed T-shirts, hoodies, and different equipment like tote luggage and pins. Quite than emblazon the merchandise with footage of mecha or characters, the designs evoke the present extra obliquely, by way of iconography and quotations. That may very well be a plus for a buyer who prefers to maintain their fandom a bit extra low key.
For instance, although many of the objects within the line characteristic the stylized fleur-de-lis-like emblem of Tekkadan, the principle group in Iron-Blooded Orphans, one hoodie design impressed by the character McGillis Fareed options nothing greater than a candy-colored emblem that claims “Chocolate Man.”
The design is a reference to McGillis’ first in-person assembly with sequence protagonist Mikazuki Augus. After narrowly avoiding a site visitors accident involving Mikazuki’s associates, Fareed tries to make it as much as the younger teenagers with some sweet. Mikazuki, by no means a lot for remembering names, refers to Fareed as “The Chocolate Man” for a lot of the sequence shifting ahead.
The Cellular Swimsuit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans fifth Anniversary clothes line is out there for preorder through the STRICT-G on-line retailer.