Loot Crate is already the best subscription box service on the market for pop culture fans, but the company isn’t stopping there. Available now is Loot Anime, a separate subscription box for enthusiasts who enjoy anime. LA Fan Cultures Examiner had the opportunity to review the latest Loot Anime release, and it’s more of the same quality material.
Just like Loot Crate, Anime is a monthly package of randomly selected merchandise arranged according to a particular theme, but as the title indicates everything in this box is related to the world of Japanese anime and manga. Fans do not have to be a Loot Crate subscriber to receive Loot Anime, which has its own separate enrollment.
But there’s one significant difference: the price. At $25 per month, Loot Anime has a base price of $11 more than Loot Crate, which is just $14. Shipping for Anime is currently a dollar cheaper, so the bottom line is that you’ll pay $30 for Loot Anime as opposed to $20 for the regular Loot Crate delivery. That’s a sizeable difference – if you subscribe for a whole year, that’s an extra $120.
So is it worth the expense?
That depends on how much you enjoy anime.
Loot Crate is such a great service because it sends products that fans are most likely to actually use, and that’s still the case with Loot Anime. Our Anime box contained two exclusives – a paperback manga and then a mug from the anime Attack on Titan. It also included a Ripple Junction T-shirt and some Attack on Titan themed Band-Aids. While the latter may not be a regular purchase, the other three are in the most common categories of fan merchandise.
Anime promises a minimum value of $60 in every crate, and the one we received is not far off from that price point. A T-shirt can range from $20 to $25 at your average comic book convention, with a themed mug going from anywhere from $10 to $25 depending on your retailer (as an example, the Marvel Comics Carnage Mug included in a previous Loot Crate is now available for $15 on Entertainment Earth).
Your average paperback manga retails for $10 to $15, with Amazon.com currently offering discounted prices on many volumes; the e-tailer has the first volume of Attack on Titan on sale for $6.20. Themed Band-Aids are roughly about $5 online.
If you add up the high end of those estimates, we got an estimated $80 of merchandise in our Loot Anime delivery. But realistically, for those willing to shop online it’s closer to $40. Even so, the customer is still getting back $10 more in product than what they would have paid for the box, and in the form of things that you’re likely to use rather than just put on a shelf.
For people who are only casual anime and manga fans, Loot Anime isn’t going to be a worthwhile investment, especially since it’s more expensive than the normal Loot Crate that features a wider range of products (both in terms of brands and the types of merchandise that are included). And if you’re already a Looter, spending $50 a month for both subscriptions would certainly leave a dent in your wallet.
But if you or someone you know is a superfan, Loot Anime might be just the thing, especially around the holidays. It’s a selection of useful products delivered right to your doorstep, and you’re paying less than you would at retail – which is ultimately all we can ask for. Loot Crate continues to be the leader when it comes to subscription boxes.
For more on Loot Anime, visit the official website.