The voting is closed and while we're printing our Top 3 Vote-Getters in the usual way, this Derby brings with it a special case. In case we haven't beaten you over the head with it enough yet, our Robots Save the World Derby was in partnership with FUNimation to celebrate their release of Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance on DVD and Blu-ray. We were content to just do the usual Derby thing, but they insisted on upping the ante with awesome prize packs for our winners AND selecting one winner of their very own on which to bestow over $1,000 worth of anime goodies.
And that was supposed to be that.
But then FUNimation made their pick and it was bassanimation's design, Mirai:
Suddenly we thought, "Woah. They picked a really great shirt." We hadn't talked about it before, but we suddenly felt compelled to print it. So we did, and now it's ON SALE UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY NIGHT! Check it out, order it, and then wait a bit because we didn't accommodate this in our original production schedule so it won't be shipping until April 4.
And bassanimation has taken it upon herself to continue the awesomeness of the Derby as well: she has pledged to donate her commission from this design to the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Sure, that's probably what we would say in order to boost our sales numbers, but bassanimation isn't a hyper-cynical t-shirt site, she's a real person and stuff. Look, she proves it in a statement:
"Ever since I was a small child, I have been drawn to all things Japan. Their culture and art have inspired my life and creativity in countless ways. This image was my way of expressing my wishes and hopes for Japan's future as they recover from devastation. For each sale of this design, 100% of the proceeds given to me will go to the Red Cross for the Japan quake relief effort. Thank you Woot and FUNimation for this great opportunity to give back to a country that has given so much to me."
So what are you waiting for? Go check out the shirt already! And while you're at it, be a decent human being and find a way to help someone who needs it.