It’s Friday night so that means we get back to my favorite time of the week: shout-out time! I haven’t done the separate anime and figure posts in a while, although I did somehow manage to write both an anime review and a figure review in the same week. Strange things do happen. Read on to see the most exciting things and stuffs in my otaku world.
This week’s items weren’t selected due to dubious quality; rather, they just make me wonder why they exist. I’ve always felt like if I wanted to buy licensed merchandise, the item itself should have some connection to the licensed property beyond just having a logo or something slapped onto it. Of course, Evangelion merchandise defies even this bit of logic. However, it can lead to good – even wonderful – things, as you’ll see in this post.
So much has happened this week. The San Antonio Spurs embarrassed the Miami Heat last night. All of reddit jumped on the PlayStation 4 bandwagon after Sony’s E3 press conference. It’s a lot to take in, so I’ll give you a mid-week break. Why not click through and have a chuckle at some Evangelion merchandise?
This week’s feature has some older stuff, but that’s only because I wanted to go for a more retro feel. I feel like we haven’t really explored the genesis of rubbish Evangelion merchandise, nor have we fully appreciated how far along we’ve come. It’s hard to say if we would have fancy iPhone button covers and Evangelion shoelaces without this other merchandise. Mostly it’s hard to say because nobody gives a shit, and it’s a stupid thing to waste time thinking about. So I guess that makes it perfect for Makigumo!
Wow, it’s week three already. I thought I would have to pace myself. I thought I would have to portion out the coverage because surely, there’s only so much licensing one company can dole out. Incredibly enough, though, I’ve been unable to keep up. I’ve been plumbing the depths of the back catalog, but new merchandise just keeps rolling out. So this week will be a split of some new, some old. And as always, it’s all rubbish.
With Evangelion 3.33 released to home video, this past week has been a good one for rubbish Evangelion merchandise. Hopefully we’ll see some good Eva merchandise too. Mostly I want more Robot Damashii Evas and some of those Bandai Monster Arts Angels that were teased forever ago. For now, though, we’ll just have to have a few laughs at the shitty merch.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime. You know that. It’s also a marketing juggernaut. You think Star Wars is the village bicycle of intellectual properties? You’re wrong. There is much more Evangelion merchandise. Well, I don’t have facts to back that up. I do know there are tons of Evangelion toys out there. Beyond that, there’s a lot of branded Evangelion merchandise. Some of it might even be decent – who knows? I’ll probably only ever own a fraction of what’s out there. But there’s also terrible Evangelion merch – stuff that can’t possibly be good or useful. Stuff that makes you wonder why they even put an Evangelion logo on it (before reminding yourself that the answer is money). So to celebrate the release of Evangelion 3.33 to Blu-ray, I’ll be starting a quasi-regular feature called Rubbish Evangelion Merchandise. Guess what it’s about!