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Unholy_Nny



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:08 pm Reply with quote
Weird. They typically only have this kinda stuff for more popular anime (Death Note was heavily on window display at the local store when is started on AS)
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kyokun703



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:10 pm Reply with quote
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.
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Joe Mello



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:18 pm Reply with quote
So a store that claims to specialize in the 21st-century concept of "goth" is using characters from a show where there plausibly could have been actual "gothic" fashion.

Does this qualify as irony?
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Kit-Tsukasa



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:22 pm Reply with quote
kyokun703 wrote:
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.

If you look at it from the other standpoint, he is a total badass. Maybe not so much on the t-shirt, but definitely in the show.
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vashfanatic



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:27 pm Reply with quote
Kit-Tsukasa wrote:
kyokun703 wrote:
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.

If you look at it from the other standpoint, he is a total badass. Maybe not so much on the t-shirt, but definitely in the show.

Plus, his image might catch the attention of girls (or gay guys if you swing that way), and if you play your cards right they might actually take an interest in you, too. Wink

I know this marketing move may hurt the souls of some Black Butler fans, but in terms of color palette and style they are a very good match.
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KanjiiZ



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:28 pm Reply with quote
I'm not a marketing guy, but I am a 16 year old who knows how the Hot Topic fanbase works.

They should have had Black Butler merchandise in the front of the store with the manga and the anime side by side with the gimmick of "Goth transcending borders". Next to the manga and anime you would put lolita clothing with the theme of "real Japanese trends" or something of the sort. Those Hot Topic people will eat anything up that seems goth or "underground" and that Sebastian shirt isn't going to cause much of a stir.
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Aura Ichadora



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:29 pm Reply with quote
Even though I haven't read or watched this series yet (I might if Funimation starts placing episodes on their video portal), the shirt looks pretty cool.
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Joketsu



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:33 pm Reply with quote
No Grell Shirts? I am disappoint!
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:06 am Reply with quote
kyokun703 wrote:
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.


Don't be a chauvinist. Girls can fit men's sizes too. Cool


vashfanatic wrote:

Plus, his image might catch the attention of girls (or gay guys if you swing that way), and if you play your cards right they might actually take an interest in you, too. Wink


You see too much anime/manga/Hollywood. Laughing
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kyokun703



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:35 am Reply with quote
enurtsol wrote:
kyokun703 wrote:
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.


Don't be a chauvinist. Girls can fit men's sizes too. Cool

I'm not a chauvinist. Men's shirts usually fit like crap on women, except maybe as a nightshirt.
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Sheleigha



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:38 am Reply with quote
I have seen quite a few Vampire Knight shirts in there. And it is a funny store: guys always seem to get the best designs and style, with girls getting the super-girly versions, with MAYBE 1/4 of a selection :/

Seriously, I want a good baby doll tee of something like the guys have Sad I've seen pretty cool Zelda shirts and stuff there that are ONLY in guy sizes...
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:53 am Reply with quote
kyokun703 wrote:
enurtsol wrote:
kyokun703 wrote:
Why would they make this shirt only in men's sizes? Isn't Black Butler geared for girls? Sebastian seems like total fangirl fodder.


Don't be a chauvinist. Girls can fit men's sizes too. Cool

I'm not a chauvinist. Men's shirts usually fit like crap on women, except maybe as a nightshirt.


That just means that shirt is too big for them, no matter the men's. Find smaller shirts or bigger women. Laughing

(I'm not being serious, BTW.)
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Apollo-kun



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:13 am Reply with quote
Man, what a bummer. How is it that my least favorite anime always end up being the most popular? Well, except for Bleach.
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Redcrest



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:44 am Reply with quote
Apollo-kun wrote:
Man, what a bummer. How is it that my least favorite anime always end up being the most popular? Well, except for Bleach.


Judging by your icon, I'd say Ouran is another one that's pretty popular.

And even if the folks at Hot Topic had never read a single volume of Kuroshitsuji, they'd have gone for it because of its gothic art style and fashion. I agree with KanjiiZ -- it's a match made in heaven and a great tie-in for the Gothic Loli fashions HT has been trying to bring in. I think I've even seen those mini, lace-covered top hats that Ciel wears in the manga on sale at HT in the past...
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ZenErik



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:58 am Reply with quote
I haven't been in a Hot Topic in about 7 years, but I just wanted to note that slender girls can look quite lovely in a men's small and below.
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