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The Japanese label adds to its manga-inspired collection with this playful capsule.

Uniqlo’s UT section – a sub-label dedicated to their graphic tees – has become a cult feature of the brand. Drawing on every inch (in fabric) of pop culture – from Billie Eilish to Minnie Mouse, Keith Haring to text messages – they’ve created a cornucopia of dynamic tees to throw on.

Recent months have seen the label build-up its manga collection. Already exploring the likes of Tokyo Ghoul, Marmalade Boy and The Genius Bakabon, they’re now turning to the theme of ‘Manga Sports’.

Quite unsurprisingly, the focus is on game-players from across manga. Kicking things off is ‘Captain Tsubasa’, which follows the eponymous young football prodigy through his rise to the top (and some serious tekkers to boot). UT have tackled four different designs based around the franchise, including an action shot piece that’s made to sport throughout summer.

Next up is ‘Ashita No Joe’, featuring Joe Yabuki and his boxing mentor Danpei Tangee. An arch-nemesis (Toru Rikiishi) emerges from the shadows, and the fight is on. Two tees this time, both featuring knock-em-out illustrations.

Completing the trio is ‘Ping Pong’: Taiyou’s Matsumuto’s series following two members of a high school table tennis team. The khaki tee is the winner here – game, set and match from Uniqlo, we reckon.

The Manga Sports Collection is available here and instore.  

Words by Kyle MacNeill

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