Otaku Desperate to Get Hands in Yoshika’s Pockets

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A ¥29,400 (approx. $320 USD) Strike Witches branded “Ground Crew Jacket” emblazoned with the 501st’s delightfully moesome Yoshika Miyafuji‘s name recently sold out in about 15 minutes after coming on sale, a sure sign of the emotions welling up during the long wait for the show’s upcoming second season.

The jacket comes via K-Supply, a producer of anime and military themed goods, certainly the perfect blend of seemingly erstwhile market segments given the Strike Witches brand.

Sales of the jacket began at 23:00 (or 11 PM) on the 17th, which was soon followed by 2ch threads started at approximately 20:49 by antagonized otaku complaining of the jacket selling out in about, according to one poster, 13 minutes after going on sale (!)

The actual number of the jackets produced and that were available for sale at K-Supply’s website are unknown, but given the amount of coverage given the jacket on the site it stands to reason more than just a handful were made.

Some promotional images from the K-Supply website:

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Unfortunately, the website does not give much news on if or when more orders will again be available, only offering this update:

The First Shipment has been sold out.

Thank you very much for your orders.

2010/03/17

K-Supply’s Japanese-only product page for the jacket is available here, but as with nearly all Japanese language webstores, only domestic orders seem to be accepted, so foreign Strike Witch fans will need to go through some troubles to acquire their own copies of Yoshika’s jacket.

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An unrelated, yet alluring, image of the Witch in question, Yoshika, by way of compensation for not being able to rush out and order the jacket.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to make anyone rage.. but Funimation just english dubbed strike witches.
    and GOD DOES IT SUCK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the jacket is take-it-or-leave-it for me, but I want that subdued 501JFW combat patch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the patches

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    Comment by Tateha
    02:40 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    jacket sold out because if you didn't know any better it looks like normal military jacket.

    this not only fools the ignorant masses that you are an otaku but possibly making you look badass because it's military gear. two birds with one stone.

    it's sell out is justified.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it sounds kinda awesome... but i think one can make it himself rather than buying it

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If anyone actually does want to buy it, do a google search for "Japan shopping service" or the like, there are services out there that'll buy this sort of shit on your behalf (or stuff off yahoo auctions or whatever).

    I personally use crescent and bid-service for all sorts of shit, but there's a few different ones to look at.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 24/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    привет всем тут у вас ваще так смешно сайты просто умора ))))))))))

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    16:27 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is a really attractive jacket that would be by no means bad or shameful to wear in public.

    Unlike what some anime haters say, there are some very stylish otaku tastes.

    And I'd much rather own this than a lot of other otaku merchandise out there. Sadly, I'm a bit too prole to afford it.:<

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    Comment by fxc2
    10:50 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a picture is fine too

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    Comment by DFC
    00:54 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yoshika sucks, Perrine for life!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do believe that's what a lot of her fans hope for.
    That she does indeed suck.

    Course then the next question becomes does she spit or swallow.

    12:08 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have nothing against Miyafuji... but I'd be lying if I don't say Perrine is light years more delicious and deserves more love than Miyafuji. All hail meganeko tsundere loli.

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    Comment by Keigami
    02:16 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here here! Perrine's adorable growl can't be beat!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Killer jacket. If only I sold something that could sell that fast.

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    Comment by deadbeat
    22:52 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    aaaaaaaa

    strike witch is coming back!

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    Comment by 桂 言葉 死
    22:23 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    (Quote) ~

    "foreign Strike Witch fans will need to go through some troubles to acquire their own copies of Yoshika’s jacket."

    Hmmmm.....

    All one needs to (actually) do... is order/acquire the patches, then buy the jacket through another source, like a actual military source, or army surplus, or a military clothing retailer, thus you will have an - "authentic" - flight jacket.

    However ~
    The patches - alone - would be very worthy of a collection, so two sets of patches would be advisable.

    One set for collection purposes and the other set to be sewn on a jacket of choice.

    btw ~

    The Yoshika name patch can be made in actual leather with gold lettering as well, and will look - FUCKING KILLER - on the jacket.

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    Comment by Quen
    22:52 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was referring to getting a hold of this particular jacket, but yes, you could do that too. ^^

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    Comment by 桂 言葉 死
    23:02 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ndeed...

    I would like to purchase one as well, but I am sure once I got it, I would eventually change/add some things to it, to make it (even) more authentically military.

    (my suggestion) was merely an option to those with no access (or are unable) to purchase the Jacket itself.

    Possibly make it a project (of sorts) for those who have the time.

    If one really wanted to, had the monies to do so, the jacket could be made/bought in real leather, as it was during the WWII period, thus making it even more unique.

    (plus) ~ The eventual weathering of the leather jacket by constant use would be a prize in itself as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great if you know the NSN for the items needed to make such high end replicas...

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    Comment by ChocolateCrinkles
    22:21 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mmmm i'd dig that. but over here, if given a proper reference pic, this could be made for less that 5 bucks.

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    Comment by kyourin
    22:11 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    camp mode on XD !! this doesn't only apply to limited anime goods .. but to concert tickets as well .. been a victim of campers more than twice now lolz

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:57 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now thats anime apparel I can wear proudly,
    minus the gawking and disgusting look from regular t-shirts xD

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    Comment by thebis
    00:06 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku bought jacket for wearing or for the stuff come along like badget...?

    For me, these jacket look ok and normal when wearing outside.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess, you haven't watched Lucky Star

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems like he didn´t (^_-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smart move... exploiting desperate otaku that is.
    From the looks of it, that jacket isn't worth 10 bucks.
    The badges can be made by specialized shops really cheap.

    The guy selling those is probably having a huge profit on each sell.

    I imagine selling a full leather jacket with those badges for 2000 bucks or more wouldn't be so far fetched...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It must be hilarious to work for the company that exploits these fucktards, I would be able to go to work with out ROFLING my ass off every day

    Comment by Nin
    23:54 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quen articles win so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two Quenticles in a row? Sweet!

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    23:06 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do they come with their respective pantsu? Like Lucchini shimapan?
    That would be AWSM! =D

    12:03 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, do want Lucchini's shimapan as well as Eila and Perrine's pantyhose..




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