Interest Akira's Red Kaneda Jacket Offered by Bandai in Japan
posted on 2011-10-07 08:30 EDT by Egan Loo
The Japanese media company Bandai Visual launched a website on Friday for "Akira [A] Project" to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic science-fiction manga Akira. The first item in the project is the signature red jacket of the main character Kaneda. The jacket is made from oil-softened cowhide leather and comes in Japanese sizes medium, large, double-large, and triple-large. Bandai Namco Games' LaLaBit Market site is offering the jacket for 69,800 yen (about US$910).
Bandai is also offering a separate 30th anniversary Akira jacket in black for the same price. This jacket is based on Kaneda's jacket, but it replaces the capsule logo with a "2019 A.D. 28 Neo Tokyo" logo. (28 is the research test number of the story's title character.)
Pre-orders began on Friday, and the jackets will ship in late January of next year. People who order either jacket from Lalabit Market will receive three of 12 different pin badges.
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō
Image © 1988 Mashroom/Akira Committee
Update: More information added.
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