Loot Anime Subscription Box Review – December 2015
Loot Crate describes their Anime box as “a monthly mystery bundle of figures, collectibles, manga, apparel, accessories, and more from some of your favorite anime and manga series with a new theme each month.”
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box.(Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Subscription Box: Loot Crate Anime
Cost: $24.95 per month, plus $5.00 shipping
The information ‘card’ that Loot Crate included was a pretty good sized anime poster, illustrated by Barachan, with the information about all of the items included on the back. I love that it can serve a double purpose, like the Petit Vour information cards (they’re always gorgeous!). The theme for this first box was “Enchant.”
Since she is so knowledgeable and did such an awesome job last time, I asked Lauren, who loves (and is quite the expert on) all things anime to give me her take on the box again this month.
Exclusive Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers T-Shirt (Ripple Junction) – $10.00?
This t-shirt is super soft! One of my biggest pet peeves about printed t-shirts is that the print can begin to crack once the shirt has been washed and dried. While I can’t guarantee that it won’t with this shirt, it seems like the printing is high quality and will be less likely to crack, which is exciting!
Here’s what Lauren had to say about this item: “The Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers t-shirt was the item in this month’s box that was from an anime I was not aware of, which is always exciting. Looking up information on this anime I found that it is a show that was released in July of 2015. It is an action story about a group of six people chosen to defeat the Demon god, yet when they gather there are seven, making them believe that one of them is an imposter on the side of the Demon god. This anime is exclusively on Crunchyroll as of right now. Crunchyroll is a website that gives next day access to shows shown in Japan. This anime sounds really exciting and I can’t wait to watch it.”
Exclusive Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Enamel Pin (Ripple Junction) – $5.00?
This pin seems to be well made, and it is really cool looking. The pin back is a butterfly clutch, as opposed to the half safety pin things you can occasionally find. This would not really lay flat on a t-shirt, but would work great on a lapel!
Here’s what Lauren had to say about the pin: “Is it Wrong to pick up Girls in a Dungeon is an anime that can be found in both Hulu and Crunchyroll that is an action/comedy about a young adventure who is trying to prove himself by working in the dungeon; and unaware that he has gained the affections of many young ladies. Normally all harem style anime’s are hilarious due to the various characters fighting for the main protagonists affections. This pin is another item that is perfect to add to any outfit to show your love for a show without going full cosplay mode.”
Exclusive Enchant Phone Charm (Loot Anime Labs) – $2.00
I received one of these in the November Loot Crate Anime subscription, and I mentioned then that it almost cheapened the feel of the box. This one is a bit better, because of the illustration on the backside of it!
Lauren’s thoughts: “The phone charm is not something you see in use a lot here in the states, but could be used on something else like your keys.”
Exclusive Fairy Tail Replica Scarf (Bioworld) – $15.00?
This scarf is awesome. The pattern is super cool (I think it is supposed to look like dragon scales), it’s so soft, and it’s a great length for a winter scarf. I was definitely excited about this!
Here’s what Lauren had to say: “Fairy Tail is an anime, about a guild of wizards, which has gained in popularity since it’s American premier in 2012 gaining a rating of 8.3 out of 10, as well as a multitude of fans through extended exposure to the show. The Fairy Tail scarf is perfect for anyone who loves this anime! One could use it as a low-key item with any outfit for a little low-key cosplay that would seem like a cute scarf to anyone else but to other fans would see and simply love, or for the cosplayer that goes all out.”
If you like rock candy, this would absolutely be up your alley. The tiny pieces make it a lot easier to eat than rock candy, and they’re so adorable! Loot Crate says “These sweet star-shaped snacks are the favorite food of adorable soot sprites, a popular snack for many anime characters and the inspiration for Legend of Zelda’s Gratitude Crystals!
And Lauren’s thoughts: “The small star candy in heaps of soot sprites makes me think of the soot sprites from My neighbor Totoro, a movie from renowned Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki. Even if one does not watch many anime, there are few who do not know of My Neighbor Totoro or have not seen its characters. It’s nice to see something edible within the box, it’s always nice to eat something that is themed from something one watches or read. Themed foods can be fun for all ages.”
Exclusive Madoka Art Print by Barachan (Loot Amine Labs) – $7.00?
This is a really cool designed art print, that would go great with the poster/information card this month. The artist Barachan illustrated both, and I love the use of color!
Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Keyring – $7.89
This is a really cool keyring. I took a detail picture of it so you could get a better view of the details! It feels like it is solid metal, and seems very sturdy! I think this is my favorite item in the box, even though it was a hard decision between this and the scarf!
Here’s what Lauren had to say: “Kingdom Hearts is a series of games that has been around since the early 2000’s and has remained to keep years of gamers entertained for years. This game has a mix of Disney characters, which makes it more appealing to those who would not normally try something with an anime style. This keychain is incredibly detailed and would make any fan super excited. Even if not a fan of the show many would be excited for this keychain due to its design.”
Verdict: Many, many of the items this month were exclusives to Loot Crate Anime. With that being the case, my ‘value’ of the box is completely subjective to my estimates. I came up with about $56.78. My opinion is that Loot Crate Anime is knocking it out of the park so far. The items have been fun, varied, great quality, and they actually stick to the theme, unlike a lot of other boxes. The curation seems to be impeccable, with the variation of Anime featured, and the varied items. Lauren seems to agree – this is her summary of the box: “Though I did not know a few of the anime’s it does not deter me from wanting to see what the shows are about and adding them to my must watch list. It was fun seeing the various items and thinking of how I could incorporate them within my wardrobe all while eating those little sprites.”
What did you think about the second month of Loot Crate Anime?