So, uhh, Studio Ghibli are launching their own Ghibli-themed streetwear, and I’m officially about to McFucking lose it. Never in my life have I ever wanted someone to make clothing more than Japan’s answer to Disney, the pioneers of anime and basically what defined my—and I can almost guarantee, your—childhood.
The anime studio known for such beloved classics as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle is launching its own streetwear fashion via Japanese retailer GBL. The company previously announced a series of v cool Ghibli-themed vintage tees and belts, but what I’m currently frothing over are their skateboards and Hawaiian shirts and skirts, based on My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
The two new shirts are classic short-sleeved Hawaiian pieces, accompanied by maxi skirts with an adjustable tie waist. The Kiki’s Delivery Service skirt and shirt come in a bright yellow and feature a collage of gorgeous sketched illustrations of Kiki on her bike and broomstick, her black cat Jiji, seagulls, cabins, port towns and other warm seaside imagery.
The My Neighbour Totoro items come in a navy blue with adorable lil soot sprites surrounded by leaves, acorns and beetles. All in all, it all looks extremely fucking cute and I have to have it.
Then, there’s the skateboards. There are four Ghibli-themed boards on the GBL website, each based on different characters from Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I’m talking: No Face in front of the famous Spirited Away castle and bathhouse, the robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky surrounded in flames and a blue and cream patterned shining light, the Cat Bus from My Neighbour Totoro and a cute and warm orange design with random Ghibli symbols.
All that’s missing is a shirt, skirt and skateboard combo featuring the actual tanuki testicles from Studio Ghibli’s horniest and weirdest film, Pom Poko (I wish I was joking, lol).
According to HypeBeast, the boards are around 80cm x 20.5cm, made from Canadian maple wood and cost ¥12,000 JPY (roughly $160 AUD).
But, here’s the sad news, y’all. GBL doesn’t support international shipping and the new goodies are entirely exclusive to them. The items will be exclusively sold at the GBL Miyashita Park store when it opens on the 28th of July in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.
So, uhh, if you don’t have any friends or family in Japan or can’t visit the store until post-COVID-19, then, well, RIP to these stylish ‘mans’.