‘Gintama’ and ‘Pop Team Epic’ Creator Collaborate for Some Special Merchandise

If you thought that you were possibly free from any more Bkub Okawa madness, you’d best think again. Anime character goods producer Bandai Premium has announced a collaboration between Bkub Okawa (of Pop Team Epic fame) and Gintama, a property of fittingly similar lunacy. The company today announced two types of merchandise  –  a set of rubber straps and a set of unique acrylic stand figures. Both are adorned with matching artwork of the Gintama characters in Bkub Okawa’s signature style.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store, shall we?

Bkub Okawa x Gintama goods
First up: the rubber straps.
Bkub Okawa x Gintama Rubber Straps
Taking a closer look at the designs, you’ll notice that each character’s unique personality is manifested quite perfectly!

Bkub Okawa x Gintama Rubber Straps

 

Gintoki is complete with his signature “dead fish eyes”, while always-hungry Kagura is posed with an empty bowl of rice! The two are also most obviously reminiscent of Bkub Okawa’s ‘Pop Team Epic’ characters Pipimi (a 14 year-old girl who is tall) and Popuko (a 14 year-old girl who is short) respectively.

You can also rest easy, as the show’s best character, “95% composed of glasses Shinpachi,” is included as a small, color-changed variation on each strap. They certainly ran with his defining character trait, as Shinpachi really is just a head, glasses, and appendages. If you do opt to purchase the entire box, a giant version will be included as a bonus.

Bkub Okawa x Gintama Rubber Straps - Shinpachi

Bkub Okawa x Gintama Acrylic Stands
The acrylic stand figures feature Shinpachi with different expressions reflected in his glasses.
Bkub Okawa x Gintama Acrylic Stands example
I’ve noticed this type of figure becoming more popular recently, with more and more companies actively weighing in on the trend. Bandai Premium has also provided an image to give you a better idea of what the assembled product looks like.
Bkub Okawa x Gintama Acrylic Stands Gintoki Roller Skates
As a bonus for purchasing an entire box of the acrylic figures, you’ll receive an alternate-version Gintoki in roller skates!

I have to admit that it’s very hard to keep my wallet shut here. As a huge fan of Gintama, and someone recently introduced to the surreal charms of Pop Team Epic, this collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time.

Luckily, the goods are not exclusive to the Bandai Premium shop. You can net yourself a box of the straps or a box of the acrylic stand figures on online web-store amiami. While it may seem a bit on the expensive side to buy complete boxes, at least you’re guaranteeing yourself one of each option. If you were to buy them individually, you may find yourself with a character you don’t prefer, or even worse, duplicates. The latter is this character goods collector’s worst nightmare.