I remember the days when it was hard to find anime clothing, especially quality anime clothing. Of course, you could always go to Hot Topic to pick up anime merch, but other than that your options were slim. Luckily, more and more companies today are selling anime clothing or are dropping anime collaborations.
From my personal experience, the companies on this list produce some of the best anime clothing; In addition, they are of great quality for their price-point and they are all officially licensed. Check out my favorite places to buy anime clothing from below!
Atsuko is an anime clothing company I discovered at a con one year, and I'm happy I did. Since then, they have been a go-to of mine, because their graphics are bold and I really enjoy the designs of their t-shirts. Although, I will say that I'm partial to some of their collaborations more so than others, particularly their Hunter x Hunter line, especially because it features colors and graphics you'd see in the 80's. I'm also partial to their Berserk line, because they have some pretty unique color combinations; In addition to the standard Berserk black and red, they also have some items in purple and blue.
In terms of colors, their t-shirts come in standard colors like black, white, and gray, but they also come in brighter colors, like blue and pink. This of course varies from item to item and line to line, but they have different options you don't typically see from anyone else. For instance, I've never seen an Attack on Titan graphic printed on a pink t-shirt, but they chose this unique color combination for their Mikasa t-shirt. This really differentiates them from other brands.
Quality-wise, they are one of the best on this list. Aside from Primitive, which I will talk about later, their graphics really pack a punch in the color department. After multiple washes and many months, the colors still have yet to fade and the shirts I purchased from them have remained soft to the touch. I will note though that I always hang-dry my clothes and wash on delicate mode. But, my biggest issue with anime clothing is that most of the time, they are printed on lower quality materials. Atsuko's t-shirts, however, are always of higher quality and I have yet to have any issues with shrinking, pilling, or sagging, like you'll experience with t-shirts from places like Hot Topic. I don't have experience with their other items yet, like their anoraks, pants, and accessories (lapel pins, face masks, hats, bags, etc), but I can attest to the quality of their shirts.
The one thing I wouldn't recommend buying from them is their crewneck sweatshirts. From my experience, these items in particular aren't of great quality and they tend to feel rough and the stitching on them comes loose after a few washes. The particular crewneck I'm talking about is their Hunter x Hunter one with Gon and Killua. While I liked the graphics on this crewneck, personally I feel the quality just isn't high enough to justify its $65 USD price.
When it comes down to the price, Atsuko's t-shirts, in particular, are affordable. Compared to places like BoxLunch or Hot Topic, which have some of the cheapest prices, they are competitively priced at around $28. For the quality, they are priced at an affordable price-point, which is a strong selling-point to buying from them. But, the thing I love about them most is the variety of graphics and sheer number of anime licenses they have to shop from!
Also important to note for anyone who is considering buying from Atsuko is that they have free shipping after $50, and they usually have promo codes you can apply at checkout to save you some money.
You can see a full list of Atsuko's current licenses and clothing lines below!
Atsuko Anime Clothing Licenses
- Attack on Titan
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Black Clover
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- Cowboy Bebop
- Demon Slayer
- Dragon Ball Super
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dr. STONE
- Fire Force
- Goblin Slayer
- Hunter x Hunter
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
- Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
- Kill la Kill
- My Hero Academia
- My Hero x Hello Kitty & Friends
- Mob Psycho
- The Rising of the Shield Hero
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Sword Art Online
- The Promised Neverland
Primitive are unique because they are a skateboarding company that also sells anime apparel from time to time. As a result, you will see unique anime items from them that you wouldn't usually find anywhere else, like skateboard decks and griptape. As of now, Primitive have released clothing collaborations with Dragon Ball Super, Naruto, and Sailor Moon with their latest being their Naruto Shippuden Delivery 2 collection that features graphics of Obito, Pain, Gaara, Itachi, Kakuzu, and more.
The thing I appreciate most about Primitive is that there clothing is influenced by streetwear with graphics that are more modern than other anime clothing companies. The fonts they use in particular are ones I enjoy, and in addition to their more standard, base color t-shirts, they also have washed and tie-dye options that offer more variety when browsing their site. They also have anime snapback, strapback, and beanie hats available, and they are some of the best I've come across yet.
When it comes to sweatshirts, I have to say that they have the highest quality options out of all the choices on this list. Their long-sleeve and short-sleeve t-shirts are great as well, but I have noticed with their long-sleeve t-shirts in particular, that the sleeves can shrink a little over time even with hang-drying and washing on cold. I'm not sure how this keeps happening, but it's happened to me with three of their long-sleeve t-shirts. The one thing I really appreciate about Primitive's clothing though is that they do fit unisex. They are in men sizes, but to give you an idea, I'm a 5'5" girl and I wear a size small in their clothing.
All in all, Primitive's quality is high in comparison to other anime clothing companies, and while they don't exclusively sell anime clothing, they still have some of the best anime clothing currently available on the market. Their color combinations are the most unique, even more so than Atsuko. Personally, Primitive is my favorite option in terms of design and style on this entire list and I highly recommend them!
When Primitive drops a new collection, they tend to sell out fast, especially their skateboard decks, so always keep this in mind. They have been known to re-stock items when they sell out. If there's an "Email me when available" section on a sold out item's page, make sure you sign-up to be notified when it goes back in-stock. Primitive is also sold at Zumiez, so if something is out-of-stock on their site, you might be able to find an item there as well!
It's also important to note that they have free shipping to the U.S. on orders over $49.95 USD. They also tend to have promo codes available, which I find through Honey, that you can use to save money on your purchase.
Primitive Anime Clothing Licenses
- Dragon Ball Super
- Sailor Moon
Uniqlo Manga UT
Uniqlo has the most affordable anime t-shirts on this list, coming in around $14.90 USD. Lately, they've been adding even more collaborations to their Manga UT line with their most recent being their Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba collections and Jujutsu Kaisen collections.
I must admit that I was skeptical as to just how well-made Uniqlo's anime t-shirts would be since they came in at such a low price-point. But, I was pleasantly surprised. They are of much better quality than Hot Topic and BoxLunch's anime t-shirts, and cost less. The shirts feel soft and even after multiple washes, they have remained the same as when I first got them. But as always, this depends on how you care for the item.
Graphic-wise, they are more minimal than other options, and they don't necessarily stand out in-your-face as anime t-shirts, and I really appreciate this about them. I really like what they did with their Demon Slayer shirts in particular. They added in elements that were clearly from the anime, like the patterns they use throughout the t-shirts, but they are subtle and incorporated into the design. Other favorites of mine, include their Tokyo Ghoul:re and Evangelion t-shirts they released in the past. Uniqlo are releasing more and more anime collections, so I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!
If you have yet to purchase from Uniqlo before, make sure you sign-up for a free account before purchasing. First time buyers with an account get free shipping on their first order!
Uniqlo Anime Clothing Licenses
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Jujutsu Kaisen
- Weekly Young Jump 40th Anniversary (Tokyo Ghoul, Golden Kamuy, etc)
- Gundam 40th
- One Piece
- Spy x Family
Right now, these are the only companies that sell anime clothing that I've had personal experience with and feel comfortable in recommending. Hypland may be a future addition to this post, but I haven't purchased anything from them yet. I have a feeling that they may one of the better options out there, but I have refrained from buying from them, because I personally prefer the style of Primitive's clothing.
I also do want to mention that you can of course purchase anime clothing from Hot Topic and BoxLunch. While their clothes don't last long, I have still purchased from them in the past because they have such a wide variety of anime licenses to shop from that I can't find anywhere else. I personally prefer BoxLunch's anime clothing over Hot Topic's, because I've found their clothing to not only be of better quality, but they have graphics that I prefer more as well. But, even still, if you are looking for a cheaper option, I'd recommend Uniqlo's Manga UT line over these two options.
Hopefully this list is helpful for those of you in search of good quality, affordable anime clothing! As I buy from and discover more licensed anime clothing companies, I'll continue to update this post with my favorites.