Loot Anime Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017
Loot Anime, part of the Loot Crate family, is 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 every month.”
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Loot Anime
The Cost: $24.95 per month + $5 U.S. shipping. Discounts on longer subscriptions.
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION or SAVE3 to save 10% off any length subscription, or $3 off month-to-month.
Save 10% off any length subscription with code ADDICTION
The Products: themed t-shirt, accessories, snacks, and collectibles.
Ships to: USA, Canada, and a list of other countries here. Shipping varies per country.
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This month’s box opens up into a mini laptop. I like the design– it’s clean and simple.
The info sheet is a full-sized colored poster on the front…
…with product descriptions on the back. March’s theme is FUTURE, which explores the cyberpunk genre in anime and manga.
Ghost In The Shell: Arise T-Shirt – Value $15?
Classic 80s cyberpunk manga Ghost In The Shell has been extra relevant recently with the release of the live-action film starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major (Motoko Kusanagi). Ghost In The Shell: Arise is slightly different in that it follows a younger Motoko Kusanagi before the events in the original storyline. This t-shirt is a mashup of a young Motoko paired with her future title, Major.
The t-shirt is 100% cotton and great quality. I love the choice of maroon fabric paired with the black and white design. My boyfriend is wearing a medium here. He says the fit is smaller than typical Loot Anime tees. Sure enough, it’s noticeably tight around the shoulders and slimmer than usual around the torso. This shirt will probably have to go to someone else.
Yume FUTURE Charm – Value $2?
This is the monthly charm featuring Loot Anime‘s mascot, Yume. She is a mech pilot in this iteration (you can see her piloting it in the full-color poster). What a boss!
Kiznaiver Mousepad – Value $10?
Kiznaiver is an anime series made by the same people as Kill La Kill. It follows a group of high school students who are in an experimental program that forces them to share each other’s pain and feelings in order to see if a peaceful world can be created by this link. This mousepad features all the students in this Kiznaiver program. It is 9.75 inches long and 7.75 inches wide– a fairly large mousepad. I’m loving the unique preface and beautiful artwork, so it’s going on my “Shows To Watch” list.
Clockwork Planet Vol. 1 Manga – Value $8.44 on Amazon (retail price $12.99)
Clockwork Planet is written by the same author as No Game No Life, which was a featured title in January’s Loot Anime. This volume has an exclusive variant cover as well as a preview of Volume 2. The story is quite engaging so far but I’m feeling “meh” about the art style (all the characters look very chibi-like). That said, I’m glad I was introduced to this manga; I may check out its anime adaptation later.
Here is the summary from the back of the manga:
Naoto is a brilliant amateur mechanic who spends his days tinkering with gears and inventions. And his world is a playground–a massive, intricate machine. But his quiet life is disrupted when a box containing an automaton in the shape of a girl crashes into his home. Could this be an omen of a breakdown in Naoto’s delicate clockwork planet? And is this his chance to become a hero?”
Psycho-Pass Dominator USB – Value $8?
Psycho-Pass envisions a dystopian future in which criminals can be detected and stopped before committing a crime. The Dominator is a weapon that police use that can determine the mental state of a potential criminal.
At its longest points, the gun measures 4.5 inches. The front of the Dominator opens up just like it does in the show, but it reveals the USB inside. Truthfully, I’m more impressed with the matte rubbery exterior and intricate gun design than the USB drive itself… 2GB storage isn’t worth that much these days. It’s also too bulky for me to use as a practical item. This is definitely more of a collector’s piece.
Verdict: This month’s Loot Anime is a mixed bag. On one hand, I love the inclusion of the mousepad. The manga is a highlight of the box as well. On the other hand, I don’t have much use for the USB, and the t-shirt–the highest value item–doesn’t fit my boyfriend. However, I have no complaints about item quality or theme or curation. It just boils down to personal preferences this time. I estimated a total value of $43.44, which is well over the cost of the box including shipping.
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