Hello again! I finally received the LootAnime box i’ve been waiting for today, and I was planning to do an unboxing video in celebration of this, but apparently my camera that says it records in 720p actually has terrible recording quality… So instead of a video, I took some pictures of the box and it’s contents with my phone, and will handle it this way instead!
I’ve wanted to try out a subscription box of some sort for a very long time, but none of them really seemed to be worth the price for what you actually get out of them. Now that LootCrate has teamed up with Crunchyroll for their anime themed box though, I can get a $5 discount since I am a Crunchyroll premium member. It still felt a bit too expensive for my tastes, but I figured “what the hell”, and decided to finally give this kind of thing a try.
Everything that was in the box is shown in the picture above, and while it was definitely fun to open everything up, I did find the contents somewhat disappointing. I think the biggest part of that though, was that I really only had an interest in two of the series that this box had items from (Dragonball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist), and had only actually watched/read one of them – I have the first three manga volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist in an omnibus, but still haven’t gotten around to reading them for some reason. The other two series, Yo-Kai Watch and The Boy and The Beast, I hadn’t even heard of prior to reading the preview of this crate on the LootAnime website. Nothing in the box was something I would have actually bought otherwise, but it wasn’t entirely disappointing.
The first thing I took out of the box was a Fullmetal Alchemist “Transmutation Circle” doormat which I thought was going to be a towel at first. I’m actually glad it was a mat, because magic circles of any sort are usually intended to be drawn on the ground, and while the mat isn’t overly big, it’s a still nice to look at and well constructed for it’s purposes.
The second item I pulled out was this t-shirt. I knew it was from Yo-Kai Watch by the tags on it, and after reading it’s description on the back of the poster I found out it is made to look like the shirt worn by the series’ character “Nate”. After some google searches, I know what the series is about, but it really doesn’t seem like something i’d care much for. The shirt fits nice, is really stretchy, and is quite comfortable though, so i’m content with it.
Item number 3 was this cute little thing. Apparently it’s a plush of Chiko from The Boy and The Beast, and while I know literally nothing about this series, the plushie is soft and kinda cute. I found it a nice little spot on my shelf, but being as I don’t really know what exactly Chiko actually is, I’m not really sure what to think of it.
The next item was something I still wouldn’t have bought for myself normally, but I love Dragonball in general, and the metallic hair looks pretty damn cool. The paint on the figure in general is nice actually. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Funko Pop figures by any means, but this one doesn’t look half bad sitting on my shelf. This was my favorite item out of everything in the box.
The last item in the box kinda threw me off at first – I thought they were earrings – but once I realized they were a matching pair of charms (With “LootAnime VII” stamped on the back) that matched the centerpiece on the “Unity” poster that came with the box, I actually quite liked them. I’m not sure what kind of metal they are actually made of, but they look like gold and are two feathers that fit together. I plan to attach one to my car keys, and I guess i’ll have to find someone to give the other one to if I want to go with the theme of the box. Or not. I might just find something else to put the other one on.
At the very bottom of the box was the poster that they have in every box that matches that months theme. I really like the artwork on it, and i’m a fan of Crunchyroll’s Hime-Chan, so this will be a welcome sight stuck up on my wall. It also had images of the box’s contents and information about each item on the back.
All in all, the box was really fun to open and see everything inside, but based on how much it costs and how satisfied I was with everything it came with, I doubt I will subscribe for another box. The doormat and the plushie aren’t really something I have much of a use for, and while the other stuff was nice, they’re still not something I would have cared to pay for if I was choosing something to buy for my collections. Everything in the box was cool and quite high quality, but just doesn’t really fit with my personal tastes.