Anime and video game merchandise dealer Amnibus has revealed a set of original items for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, including “yakisoba pan” apparel. Preorders for the new merchandise are now live in Japan.
If you’ve never heard of yakisoba pan, you might be wondering what the heck it is and why it’s on a T-shirt for 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. Think of Japanese stir-fried noodles stuffed into a sweet hot dog bun to answer the first question. As for the second part, it is the favorite food of Takatoshi Hijiyama, one of the protagonists of the game. There’s even a scene about him eating three of them in a row, which is basically what the new merchandise design is based on.
You might not get it now, but it’s essentially been a long-running inside joke or meme amongst those who played 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.
Yakisoba Pan T-shirt
First, we have the yakisoba pan T-shirt. The design says yakisoba pan three times to represent the three that Takatoshi ate. It is available to preorder for 4,180 yen (~$36.81).
Yakisoba Pan Hoodie
Next is a yakisoba pan hoodie. You can preorder it now for 6,578 yen (~$57.93).
Yakisoba Pan Stadium Jacket
Lastly, we have the yakisoba pan hoodie, which comes with three eat buttons to go with it. It also has the accompanying text of “The Best Food in This Period” right underneath. Preorders for the jacket go for 10,780 yen (~$94.92).
You can preorder the 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim merch from Amnibus.
Bonus yakisoba pan
Here’s Takayuki Ishii, the Japanese voice actor for Takatoshi Hijiyama. He reenacts a yakisoba eating scene, then listens to the English version and does his own version of it.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is immediately available for the PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch version will arrive in April 2022. If you’re a fan of Vanillaware’s art direction but want to learn more about it before it comes to Switch, you can check out reviews at our sister sites.