UNIQLO were selling a replica of Kaneda’s pink polo shirt for a while.
Some friends of mine were talking about how the fashions in Akira just haven’t dated. They still look like the future to me. Katsuhiro Otomo at his best is a frustrating artist to look up to because he’s exceptionally good at almost everything he tries.
Here’s my friend Tim talking about the polo shirt:
"what’s so interesting about kaneda’s shirt in akira is that it’s so comic-book-artisty. it’s got this weird trapezoidal lower hem, which is super-radical as far as polo shirt designs go.
"it’s likely katsuhiro otomo was drawing the character and thought, "hmm, shirts should probably look like this". i don’t know if it was him being futuristic or him forgetting what polo shirt hems actually looked like due to some residual stored-up ideal impression, though whatever it is: wow, the shirt has a fabulous cut, right down to the buttons and the sleeves!
"every japanese fashion industry person i ever knew cited otomo as an influence! i wish he (and akira toriyama) would design some real-world clothes so i could cut out the middlemen."