A little while ago we here at the NerdHub were discussing what else we could do for the site besides what we normally write. One of the ideas that cropped up was trying our hand at unboxing Loot Crates as some of us occasional treat ourselves to them. So as I’ve just reactivated my subscription I thought I’d give it go first by taking a look at April’s Loot Anime. This months theme is Humanity and features items from the franchises Attack on Titan, Black Lagoon and School-Live! I’ve reactivated my subscription for this crate because this collection of franchises to me is more appealing than some of the more recent boxes.

So before opening here’s some initial thoughts. Each crate comes with five items with four of those coming from each of the announced anime. With this crate though only three were announced so before opening it’s expected that one of these will be getting a second item. I’ve been huge fan of the Attack on Titan since it first aired and I happily binged watched Black Lagoon when it cropped up on Netflix just before Christmas. With these series I’d be happy with pretty much anything but it’d particularly like to see a figure and perhaps a t-shirt included. As for School-Live! I’ve only seen the first episode and have been meaning to return so I what I’m hoping for is an item that’ll peak my interest once more and persuade me to start again.

With those initial thoughts over it’s time to get on with the unboxing!

Upon opening the box the first item your eye will be drawn to is a large green tin with Revy emblazoned on the side. Upon closer inspection I found that it was designed around an ammo box which is very suiting for the series, what was inside though initially left me a little disappointed. Featuring mug shots of Black Lagoons Rock, Revy, Dutch and Benny were four…coasters. I was expecting something a little more for such a darker series. Saying that they are they are decent coasters with a hard metallic top and soft cork base. Plus they are a more functional item, I’m currently using Benny to rest my coffee as I write this.

Next out of the crate was a box containing a miniature figure of the Survey Corps strongest solider, Captain Levi. The miniature comes from Banpresto’s World Collectable Figure line and as you can see from the picture above the figure is highly detailed. However when compared to figures that have come with previous Loot Anime Crates the scale of the titan hunter is a let-down as he stands at just 3 inches. As Attack on Titan is the biggest of the announced franchises and with the second series now underway it’s no surprise that this was picked to receive a second item.

Out of the box next was an AoT themed faux-leather pouch. You could say that this item counts as this month’s wearable item (not that I can see myself ever wearing it) as it has a strap and clasp on the back. The front is shows off the Scouting Regiments Wings of Freedom, attached to the side is space for a pencil based on the shows blades and inside the pouch is a notepad with grid paper. It’s a very nice looking piece however there are some niggles. With the pencil being such an awkward shape I’m a little unsure how to go about sharpening it and on the flip side of the poster it states there should be three pencils but I’ve only received one.

Now School-Live! Is the only franchise in this crate I wasn’t too familiar with and, as I said before, I was hoping whatever item included might prompt me to revisit it. Well I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Included was the first volume of the manga, which is a great place to start. This Loot exclusive print also happens to include a pull out poster of the four key girls. Compared to the other franchises this series is a little more unknown, so if you don’t know the story here’s the write up on the back of the book:

“Meet the members of the School Living Club! There’s the shovel-loving (?) Kurumi Ebisuzawa, the big-sister figure Yuuri Wakasa, club advisor Megumi Sakura, and last but not least, the ever-optimistic Yuki Takeya. The School Living Club is just your average after-school organisation where the girls hang out, have fun…and live at school as the sole survivors of a zombie apocalypse. NBD.”

Finally as with all Loot Anime crates is a poster and phone charm of the lovable mascot Yume. This new poster artwork comes from Lowzi Rang and Wong Su Ling of Collateral Damage Studio and sees her armed with a couple of fancy blades and taking on a couple of large demons. Very Attack on Titan-eque. The charm is also present and this time it features a more battle-worn Yume covered complete with gore.

Overall I’m really not sure what to make of this crate. There’s been no one item that I’ve really been blown away by, it’s just been an average collection of “neat” items. Excluding the charm and poster the Attack on Titan items I’d say are the weakest items in this month’s Loot Crate. The figures detail is great but the size is feeble, particularly when compared to the Luffy figure from a couple of boxes back and the pouch and notepad set look very impressive I can’t really find a use for other than cosplaying. Also never thought I’d have to google how to sharpen a pencil. I was initially disappointed with the coasters but I’ve now started to come around to them. They’ve really spruced up my workspace and the quality metal finish also makes them very easy to clean and maintain.

For me the volume of School-Live! Is probably my inclusion as it was exactly what I was after something that would hook me back in to a series I had drifted away from. I’ve just finished the first two chapters and I really recommend it, don’t be put off by the cover of a cute girl clutching a teddy theirs is much darker plot behind it featuring zombies and shovel fighting action.

May’s Loot Anime theme is Unnatural and features items from Noragami, Mob Psycho 100, Death Note and Parasyte which we’ll be unboxing again next month.