1. SPYx FAMILY x UNIQLO UT
SPY x FAMILY is 2022’s surprise hit. The series adapted from Tatsuya Endo’s manga of the same name features a unique ‘family’, with top spy Twilight a.k.a Loid Forger as the father, highly skilled assassin Yor Forger (formerly Briar) as the mother, and five-year-old psychic Anya as their ‘daughter’. Despite the intriguing nature of the main trio, the anime delivers a feel-good viewing experience, skyrocketing the series to fame as soon as it aired in Japan and globally on Netflix last April.
The series wrapped up this June but is already slated for a second season this October. That’s why UNIQLO’s UT collection featuring this series and its beloved characters couldn’t have come at a better time. The release has four unisex designs sold at SGD19.90 each.
Our top pick: The pocket reveal Anya t-shirt. Everybody loves Anya’s default smug expression and we love how it comes as a surprise in this particular design.
2. Jujutsu Kaisen x Dolce & Gabbana
Another surprise hit this year is Jujutsu Kaisen. The series’ movie instalment Jujutsu Kaisen 0 broke box-office records in Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S. recently as the fourth highest-grossing anime movie of all time.
The story is set in a world where people’s negative emotions awaken a Cursed Energy. If left unchecked, this energy transforms normal people into Curses, a race whose sole purpose is to harm other people. High school student Yuji Itadori accidentally becomes a host to one of the Curses as a result of protecting his friends. But while people expected the Curse to take over Yuji’s body, Yuji surprisingly maintains control.
This anime proposes a great metaphor for navigating the ups and downs of life, which might explain why people immediately fell in love with its narrative. Dolce & Gabbana’s collaboration collection featuring the anime equally deserves the same hype (despite the steep price point).
The collection has various types of apparel, from hoodies to shirts to shoes that are bold, ‘gender-neutral’, and inspired by the main characters’ own sense of style. A full outfit can range from JPY260,000++ to JPY940,000++ (~SGD2,600 to ~SGD9,500).
Our top pick: The Panda Jacket inspired by, well, the character Panda from the series. This cosy piece of clothing is made from faux fur and is equally edgy and adorable. It’s also perfect for fans who would like to sport anime goods without necessarily being too in your face.