Back to school – otaku style!


Back to school - otaku style!

Updated in August 2018 to add fresh items. Enjoy!

Are you excited to go back to school? There’s nothing like that back-to-school feeling – the thrill of newness, excitement to see old and new friends, the slight tinge of sadness that summer is ending, the anticipation of the cool autumn chill in the air… One of the BEST things is back-to-school shopping, and stationery paradise Japan has some of the most covetable equipment for any school bag. You can show your love for your favorite characters from any genre down to the last pencil shaving. Whether you’re K12 or post-graduate, or even if school is far behind you and you just LOVE stationery and cute characters, read on for our roundup of some of the best collaboration and tie-ins to get you ready to face the start of the school year with boldly displayed otaku pride!

Croquis Sketch Pads

Croquis Sketch Pads
With hard-wearing covers and high-quality paper, the Croquis series of sketch pads help you foster your creativity every day and on the go. The iconic brown covers have proved a tempting canvas for decoration, which was the inspiration behind a now-extensive collection of collaboration designs featuring character illustrations. Croquis sketch pads are available in a range of sizes, with spiral or tear-off binding, and with pure white or cream-colored paper. Let your favorite inspire your everyday creativity.

Popular Collaborations

Pentel Pens

Pentel Pens
Pen-making juggernaut Pentel has proved themselves the go-to source for innovations in writing technology. One of their hit products is the Pentel i+ (アイプラス in Japanese), a fully-customizable multi-color pen available in a staggering array of options for both pen colors and pen bodies. Pen bodies and pen refills are sold separately so you can make a pen that’s just for you. Their adorable character collaborations see popular faces decorating pen bodies that fit three or five Pentel i+ refills.

Popular Collaborations

Washi Tape

Washi Tape
Not finding your favorite character on a notebook or pen? Don’t worry – with the amazing range of character washi tape available, you’re sure to find the perfect roll. Once you get your hands on some, use it to decorate the inside or outside of notebooks, to frame a favorite picture, or put some tape anywhere that could do with a dose of character cuteness.

Popular Collaborations

Clear Files

Clear Files
Collectible character items are a staple of Japanese fan culture, and although key chains, straps, plushies and figures may take the majority of the spotlight, stationery is also popular! In particular, the transparent or semi-transparent flat document files known as clear files are prized as a great showcase for illustrations. Make sure you check the dimensions of any clear files you find – while the standard A4 is the most common, you may find your documents don’t fit at all if you end up with a smaller size. At least the illustrations will look just as good!

Popular Collaborations

Outdoor Products Day Packs

Outdoor Products Day Packs
So you’ve got all the stationery you could ever want – now all you need is somewhere to put it! Luckily, the handy Day Pack backpack from Japanese brand Outdoor Products is a natural choice both due to its practical design and its wide range of collaboration partners. The all-over character-inspired patterns tend to be on the subdued side, making these backpacks a stylish testament to your fandom.

Popular Collaborations

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