Anime advertisement on my person is a very new thing to me; I have never before owned any clothing with anime or kawaii designs. That was mostly because I just didn’t know where to purchase such items, but also had a good deal to do with my own embarrassment about revealing such out-of-character hobbies as a college student. It’s only recently that I’ve become a bit more comfortable with my hobbies–if people want to be my friend, they might as well get to know everything about me sooner rather than later!
Official website: http://www.gesshoku.org/
Payment through Paypal (they also accept major credit cards and money orders)
Shipping experience: Because of the warning on their shipping page about the extended waiting period, I purchased my items fully equipped with the patience to wait. Unfortunately, the waiting took a bit too long. I made my order on the 8th, and after two weeks of absolutely no update on my purchases, I contacted them on the 24th. I was pleasantly surprised at their very quick E-mail the next day; however, I wasn’t so pleased with the content of their reply. The shipping delay was caused by a shortage of printing supplies, and my items hadn’t even been put into the printing process yet. It seems like common sense to me for the company to at least issue out some kind of consumer-wide E-mail or order status update as soon as they were aware of the delay. As an apology, they did kindly offer me three free pins–an offer which I gladly accepted.
As an added delay, the address was somehow ripped off on the package’s journey, so it came all the way up to my state then was sent all the way back to the manufacturers. Gesshoku was very quick to reply to my E-mails, sending my purchase back immediately and apologizing profusely for the inconvenience. I’m not sure if the blame is on USPS for handling the package too roughly, or on Gesshoku for not securely attaching the label.
My products came inside a padded flat rate envelope–cheap and fairly protective. The bag and shirts were wrapped up neatly inside, and my pins were gently layered inside some additional tissue paper.
Kitsune Udon Babydoll T-shirt (Size L) – $18.50
Even though I’m a steady medium for women’s sizing, I took the advice of Gesshoku‘s babydoll sizing chart and went up a size. This was a good decision, as the shirt fits me just right. It’s loose around the bottom hem so that it doesn’t bunch up around my waist, and I don’t have much stretching across my chest either. The material is pretty thin and 100% cotton, and you may want to wear a thin cami/tank-top underneath if you have a color bra. I really like how simple and lightweight the shirt is and look forward to wearing it at AX 2012. For you guys, they do make regular t-shirts!
Onigiri Rice Balls Messenger Bag – $39.50
I have been looking for a fun messenger bag for quite a while, and thought I would give theirs a try given all the positive reviews I read on their main site. The canvas is sturdy, and I really like how secure the strap feels; with the double stitching on the ends, I’m not too worried about it snapping from some weight. The edges are stylistically frayed–I prefer this since I often find that canvas bags without that detailing tend to look cheap unless there’s a special border. There are a couple of zipper pockets, one you can fit a small laptop charger or other miscellaneous items into, and another smaller one that I might use for pens and pencils. There are two outside side pockets that look perfect for cell phones or mp3 players.
There’s really only the one large compartment, so if you have a laptop or any other easy-to-scratch product like an E-reader, you should make sure that they’re in their own sleeves if piling them in with spiral notebooks. The inner material is cloth, so I don’t foresee any ripping like plastic interiors are prone to. My 15-in. MacBook Pro fits inside it perfectly with just enough give on the sides. I do warn, however, to avoid black for the bag color if you have any sort of shedding pet. My dog has both black and white fur, so it didn’t take long for me to notice her fur clinging to my bag.
Tasty Japanese Food 4-pin Set by Dokkirii – $5.50
I have never purchased pins before since I never had a reason to use them. I guess I just didn’t see the point in high school and college when all my hobbies were shared with my friends and they already knew what I liked. Now that I’m in my mid-20s and no longer in such closed settings, I’ve found it harder and harder to break ice with strangers whose interests are unknown to me, and vice versa. These pins seem like such a fun and cute way of displaying my interests and personality. My only concern is that over doing them on any one accessory looks gaudy, so I plan on only ever having one or two at a time.
These food pins really are adorable and well made. They’re just little enough that I don’t mind stacking two of them right next to each other along an edge of my new bag.
Kaomoji Emoticon Cute Kitty Pin
Kaomoji Emoticon Crying Despair Pin
Blush Face Emoticon Pin – Free, though priced at $1.50/pin
These pins were the conciliatory gift from Gesshoku due to the long waiting period. They asked me to choose any three that I liked.
Deal with Purchase
Along with my chosen items, I received a cute little note card thanking me for my purchase. It provided a 7%-off code for my next order. This is such a personable and adorable way to show gratitude to their customers!
On my wishlist:
- Mochi Love Babydoll T-shirt
- Bento Box Kawaii Babydoll T-shirt
- Onigiri Rice Ball Babydoll T-shirt
- Chibi Goth Panda Fashion Tote Bag
- Asian Moon Bunnies Messenger Bag