Survey being held to determine which of six different furisode designs will go into production.
Next month will mark four years since the theatrical release of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the third of the four theatrical features that compose the Rebuild of Evangelion, a mysterious remake and/or sequel to the giant robot anime TV series and associated movies from the late 1990s. Creator and director Hideaki Anno recently apologized to fans for the delay in bringing Rebuild’s finale to theaters, but offered no timetable as to when it’ll be finished, and so the waiting continues.
With no new animation being released, Evangelion has taken a break from obfuscating to flex its muscles in its other areas of expertise: marketing and merchandising. During the wait for the fourth Rebuild film, we’ve seen Evangelion cheeseburgers, lingerie, and bullet trains. Seriously, what’s next? Evangelion kimono?
Tokyo Otaku Mode’s latest fashionable endeavor is the Evangelion Full Graphic Kimono. The striking fabric patterns were prepared by Niigata Prefecture-based digital print company Digina, and features Evangelon’s core cast on technologically inspired fields in the hues of their respective image colors.
This particular style of kimono, with long-flowing sleeves, is called furisode, and is predominantly worn by young women. In contrast to futuristic Digina, the garments’ sewing will be handled by Assistar, a Hiroshima kimono tailor founded more than 70 years ago.
Such craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, and the Evangelion kimono, with a limited run of 100 units, are expected to retail in the neighborhood of 200,000 yen (US$1,940), a similar price point to non-anime-themed high-end kimono.
Tokyo Otaku Mode has yet to officially decide which designs will go into production, and is taking a survey on its website to help it make the selection. The survey can be found here, so even if you’re not in a position to buy one of these wearable pieces of anime art, you can still help choose which ones come into existence.