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Watching Anime on Netflix Is About to Change
We recently published a blog post posing the question of whether original anime content can save a struggling Netflix. We still don't know the answer to that question, nor are we likely to know for some time. But we do...
Can Original Anime Save a Struggling Netflix?
Once considered the gold standard of streaming, Netflix suffered its first significant loss in over a decade during the first quarter of 2022. How bad was it? Pretty bad. They reported losing 200,000 subscribers, all the while projecting 2 million...
Top 5 Reasons Consumers Buy Their T-Shirts Online
It is a good thing we sell anime t-shirts and hoodies. Our focus on anime artwork sets us apart from thousands of other t-shirt sellers scattered across the internet. Our company is unique enough that we are easily found online....
What Do We Mean by 'Anime-Inspired' Clothing?
We occasionally market our clothing as 'anime-inspired' clothing. Doing so usually prompts questions from curious customers. They want to know what we mean. It turns out the question is pretty simple to answer. This post will give you that answer...
A Beanie in the Summer Doesn't Have to Make You Look Odd
  Let's face it, some pieces of clothing have a seasonal flair. Take the humble beanie. Prior to the millennial generation turning it into a fashion statement, the beanie was known as a winter hat. You wore it when the...
Umai Is More Than Just T-Shirts and Sweatshirts
Regular customers know Umai as the go-to source for anime apparel. We are well known for our anime sweatshirts and t-shirts featuring original artwork. But now, we want you to know there is more to our company and brand. T-shirts...
We Want You to Feel Good About Wearing Umai Apparel
Did you know that the name of our brand, Umai, was not randomly chosen? It is not a made-up word or somebody's name. Instead, it's a Japanese word that means 'wonderful' or 'good'. We chose the name for one simple...
The Eyes Play an Important Role in Anime and Manga
Have you ever taken in a piece of manga or anime and instantly felt like you knew what the characters were thinking? If so, what you experienced was the result of an artist's understanding of the medium. Anime and manga...
If You're Going to Use a Phone Case, Make It a Umai Case
Billions of people around the world use smartphones. We are guessing you are one of them. That being said, do you protect your phone with a case? Some people do, others do not. It is a matter of personal preference....
Umai Stickers: Where Can You Stick Them?
Here at Umai, we are most known for our anime clothing and apparel. We have a worldwide following among lovers of anime t-shirts, hoodies, phone cases, and posters. But did you also know that we carry a selection of stickers...
Streetwear May Be Dead but Anime Is Alive and Well
Google the phrase, 'streetwear is dead', and you will see tons of articles debating the topic. It is only a thing because one of the most respected designers in the fashion industry, Virgil Abloh, made comments to that effect in...
Will a Pre-Shrunk T-Shirt Never Shrink Again?
You will notice that many of our product pages make mention of pre-shrunk garments. For example, our February 2022 exclusive T-shirt – which has sold quite well, by the way – is made of 100% ring-spun cotton and is pre-shrunk....
Why Selling Anime T-Shirts Can Be Tricky Business
Here at Umai, we are proud to say we are one of the leading anime T-shirt brands on the market. Our road to success has not been easy. In fact, no successful business gets to where it wants to go without a lot of hard work and a bit of luck. Things in our industry are especially challenging. It turns out that selling anime T-shirts can be tricky business.
5 Reasons a Person Might Come Off as Tsundere
We previously published a post talking about what it meant to be otaku. It went over so well that we decided to tackle another term familiar to anime and manga fans: tsundere. If you have never heard of it before,...
Manga and Graphic Novels: What's the Difference?
The differences between manga and anime are as simple as the differences between comics and animated cartoons. Both tell a story. It's just that manga utilizes illustrations and text while anime relies on movement and audible dialogue. And that brings...
As an Anime Fan How Do You Feel About Otaku?
It is safe to say that at least some of our customers are hard-core fans of anime, manga, and all things Japanese. There is a word for that in Japan: otaku. Have you heard about the word and its meaning...
Yes – a Genuine Umai Piece Is Worth the Wait
Speed is the name of the game in the modern marketplace. We are so used to the on-demand economy that we expect to get what we want when we want it. That's fine. The on-demand economy is great for most...
So, You Want to Create Anime – Start with a Character
It seems like everyone wants to be an anime artist these days. We think that's great. Today's budding artists will be tomorrow's hot anime creators. But whether you are talking about anime veterans or newbies just getting started, they all...
5 Reasons Anime Hoodies Make Perfect Christmas Gifts
It is that time of year again when we have to start talking about gift giving. At the time this post was written, the 2021 holiday shopping season was just weeks away. You might be in the midst of your...
How to Introduce Anime to Your Friends
Anime has become so popular that an entire subculture has grown up around it. This can be frightening to non-fans, especially those who assume that anime is for children and adult geeks who never make it out of the house....
Have You Heard About the Umai Points Reward Program?
Here at Umai, we take great pride in everything we do. From our original artwork to our approach to customer service, everything is about providing you with the anime T-shirts, sweatshirts, and artwork you want at prices we know you'll...