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T-shirts: My Unintentional Collection

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    T-shirts: My Unintentional Collection

    I buy a lot of T-shirts, that is an undeniable fact which I will not attempt to deny. I have worn Tshirts as part of bets, I've worn shirts of my favourite character (wearing nothing else, I again add), and I've even worn T-shirts of a much more interesting design.

    I didn't start out saying to myself that I want to collect shirts, it just sort of happened. I bought one shirt, and then when I saw another I liked I bought that one too. It's a drain on my resources but one I'm happy to have because I do like having shirts I can wear which cause other people to either smile as they know what it is, or be confused.

    I'm not one for hiding my fandom. If people ask me what my shirt is, I'll tell them it's from a Japanese animation. I have even worn anime shirts to work on a dress down day. Normally only the Haruhi one, but I'd also stretch to the Valkyria Chronicles and Aria ones since they're pretty plain. (Wearing a shirt of a Japanese Schoolgirl wouldn't go down well in the office - not that it's a problem now I'm working at home)


    I have ordered a lot of shirts at the start of this year. Again it's not something I planned, the shirts they just kept building up. In fact I passed on some great shirts since I didn't want to order too many. (On the record, all three of those shirts are 'work suitable' in my eyes)

    Instead of posting images of specific shirts like I did the last times I bought shirts, I figured I'd post images of almost all of my shirts in bulk. I say 'almost' as there are a handful not pictures, including my "UK Anime Club" shirt (no specific character, just a generic anime girl. It's a comfortable shirt for around-the-house wearing) and my Funimation Channel shirt (the one I'm wearing right now - it has Eclair & Lumiere on the front, and Setsuna on the back. I got it as a freebie when one of the old FuniReps posted me a replacement Negima LE figure).

    The top row here has three of my newest shirts, all from Madoka Magica. We do of course have Charlotte, Homura, and Madoka herself. Down the front we have three older shirts, all from Hayate. We have my Hin-A-loha Tshirt, my prized Ayumu shirt, and the Hinagiku shirt that preempted that one.

    Here we have seven shirts, including some old, some new, and the one that started it all. The top row has my SOS shirt, the one I bought while Haruhi was still airing and my first shirt I ordered from Japan direct. I'll always remember wearing it at Amecon that year and stopping to take a photo of a Haruhi cosplayer, and then being asked for my photo since I was wearing a cool shirt. Also on the top row is my other two new purchases, a Misaka Network shirt, with cute images of the various MISAKAs and Last Order, and my Valkyria Chronicles 3 "Nameless" shirt. It's a plain shirt with just an emblem on the front and a few markings on the shoulder, but the back has the Shocktrooper markings, which I think is cool and a nice thing to get the 'knowing nod' from people who recognise it.

    Down the front we have the Kannagi shirt that came with the US DVD, my Haibane Renmei shirt, my Aria 'Orange Planet' shirt, and my K-On! shirt. The Haibane one was the one that started it all for me. I bought it at my first Amecon, and it just worked. The K-On! one still gets some good remarks at conventions.

    Ah yes, we had to come to these eventually, right? The one on the left is a Churuya shirt I picked up at Aya 2009 from the J-List booth. I like it, but with any shirt like that it feels a bit akward. I don't know why, the printing always feels heavy on shirts like this. (Not a problem I've had with the full on face shirts shown earlier) The rest of the shirts here are my five Lucky Tee's, including the shirt signed by Kari Wahlgren. I don't really need to introduce them as you know about them already. I've not worn a couple of them, since I've got other shirts to wear.

    So that's it. So far I have 21 anime (and game) shirts. I do wear non-anime shirts (My "Get a Life" Green mushroom shirt, my "There's no place like 127.0.0.1" shirt, and my "Up and Dressed, what more do you want" shirt, to name but three) but I just find anime shirts comfortable. The real problem I have now is finding a place to store them all, as they are overflowing from my shirt draws.

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