Things took a dark turn when I went to unbox April’s Loot Anime crate. The shipment’s theme was “Humanity” and drew inspiration from the franchises Attack on Titan, Black Lagoon, and School-Live! If the titles involved don’t already give you a sense of the box’s tone, the monthly poster erases all doubt: Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain in this scenario. Let’s take a look at the items Loot Crate has provided for us in the event of the apocalypse.
The illustration on this month’s poster/inventory list is created by Low Zi Rong, Wong Su Ling, and Collateral Damage Studios. Return readers know the drill: flip the poster over to reveal descriptions of what you will find in your crate. This time, four of the five items are exclusive to Loot Anime.
This month’s manga is School-Live!, written by Norimitsu Kaihou with art by Sadoru Chiba. The story follows four girls in a Japanese school club (The School Living Club, to be precise). The dark twist is that the group live at the school as the last remaining survivors of a zombie apocalypse. With cutesy visuals and a thoroughly unsettling premise, it reminds me of Madoka Magica.
The pull-out poster inside the cover is exclusive to Loot Anime.
The phone charm for this month features a battle-worn Yume, armed to the teeth and covered in gore. This isn’t one I am particularly fond of.
April’s crate comes with two items for Attack on Titan, the first of which is a Banpresto prize figure of Levi Ackerman of the Survey Corps’ Special Ops Squad. The figure stands approximately three inches tall. It did require some assembly to get the figure to stand on the base but it was not difficult (unlike that Luffy figure that continues to haunt me).
This is the only item in the crate that is not exclusive to Loot Anime.
The second Attack on Titan-themed accessory was a pouch and notebook set. I was a bit disappointed in one particular design choice, the pencil’s shape. The thing is shaped like a shoebox. I have no clue how I am going to sharpen it. Yes, I get that it is suppose to resemble the weapons used in the show but this is completely impractical. Also, the poster mentioned there being three pencils included. I only received one.
As for the rest of the set, the notebook bears the Wings of Freedom crest and is filled with graph paper. The leather pouch that holds both the notebook and pencil also has the crest on its front. The back of the pouch has a strap that opens with a snap closure, in case you wanted to attach it to your belt or something.
I found the final item, the Black Lagoon coaster set, to be useful. The coasters have cork board on the bottom and printed metal on the top. The color on the metal portion is impressively vibrant and I liked the faux bullet holes design in both the coasters as well as the container. I could actually see myself using these.
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[This unboxing was based on a sample provided by Loot Crate. All opinions are my own.]