Hooray for busy work schedules! Makes for some delayed articles, but enough excuses from me, time to do a much belated unboxing! This crate’s theme is Underdog and features items from My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Saint Seiya, and...Batman and the Justice League. To be honest MHA aside this lineup doesn’t exactly scream “underdogs” to me, but I digress. Like always let’s start with the box:

Nothing really of note. Just the average sized Loot Anime box. Now for the inside flap:

It is obviously highly stylized around American superhero comic books, which of course feeds into both My Hero Academia and Batman and the Justice League, but again not so much the underdog theme. I honestly feel like this particular crate has an identity crisis.

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Most likely they anchored the entire crate on My Hero Academia and didn’t really know how to theme around that, going for both the underdog aspect of Deku and the superhero aspect. That is legitimately the only idea I could come up with how the series selection and presentation pull in so many directions. *ahem* Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there.

The first item is:

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It is a freaking sweet white and gold Saint Seiya hat with Athena’s symbol front and center. This is one slick ass looking hat with the white and gold bringing multiple things to mind, like the White Ranger from Power Rangers and Jotaro Kujo’s white hat.

The second item is:

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Ah, now here’s the item that is clearly meant to be this crate’s centerpiece item, a prize figure of Deku from My Hero Academia in his hero costume.

As for what it looks out of the box:

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Not bad, not bad at all. One of the better figures they’ve included, and easily their third best Shonen Jump figure(this is still behind their Liffy and Josuke figures, but miles ahead of their Gintoki and Sasuke figures).

The third item is:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fucking hell, even in shirt form Asta won’t stop screaming.....

So, cards on the table, as an actual everyday shirt, I actually don’t mind this too much. I mean I don’t like the character on it, but only because of how they are written and especially because of how they are voiced. Design wise, Asta isn’t actually that bad.

The fourth item is:

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It is a special preview volume of the Batman and the Justice League manga. It’s...alright. I don’t expect this manga to really amount to anything, and it has the rather unfortunate timing of being a thing within the shadow of the gloriously bonkers looking Batman Ninja movie coming out.

The requisite phone charm:

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The requisite phone charm:

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I said “The requisite phone charm:”!

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Well now...this is awkward...turns out this crate does not have the up until now consistently appearing phone charm. This wasn’t even a mistake of my crate missing it. The crate’s included poster which always lists all of the included items on the back of it, including the phone charm, does not have the phone charm on it. So either they couldn’t think of a charm to make for the theme(again pointing to the lack of thought and cohesion put into the theming of this crate), or as a cost cutting measure they decided to ditch the phone charms going forward, likely in part based on reactions from the customer surveys. Anyways, moving on...

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The interior of the box:

Just more comic book paneling. Couldn’t really be arsed to fold this box inside out, so I didn’t.

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And there you have it. Setting aside the whole mess with the theming, this crate got off to a great start with the sweet, sweet Saint Seiya hat and the Deku figure, but then it quickly goes on a noticeable downswing. Not saying the other items are bad, just a very clear drop off. This crate is a tale of two halves basically.

The next crate, which should be arriving in just a couple of weeks, has the theme of Game On!. All of the included series are either based on games, styled around games, or are games synonymous with the otaku fanbase. The represented series are Steins;Gate, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Memoria Freese(yes the mobile game), Final Fantasy Type-0, and...Sonic the Hedgehog(hey Sanic has an anime so it counts). This actually marks the second appearances for both Steins;Gate and Is It Weong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. Needless to say this is an...interesting collection of titles, so I really don’t know what to expect until I open the crate, so until next time!