Whether you’re into anime, video games, comics, or any other flavor of geek culture, what fan doesn’t love subscription boxes? It’s like getting a little treasure chest every month filled with an assortment of collectibles, clothing, and more. But have you ever wished you could decide what they put in your box?
The folks at Loot Crate seem to know that I have because they asked me what I would include if I designed my very own ‘Dream Crate’. For those of you unfamiliar with Loot Crate, they are a subscription box service specializing in geeky goods. They have many different boxes to choose from, like Pop Culture, Anime, Gaming, and even stuff for Pets. Each one comes with 4-6 items inside, consisting of licensed and exclusive merchandise.
For this Dream Crate project, the sky was the limit. I had creative freedom to base my design on any franchise and follow any theme. Best of all, there’s no limit to what I could ask for. With this in mind, I came up with:
The Bare Your Heart Anime Crate
Anime has the incredible ability to move viewers with gripping stories, memorable characters, and captivating atmosphere. Some of my favorite series and movies are emotionally stirring works, designed to evoke heart-wrenching reactions, while maintaining a beautiful presentation. My theme, therefore, is “Beautifully Tragic Anime” Each item I included is related to an emotional anime or manga that will remind you of bittersweet memories or inspire you to explore a new tragic story.
I love figures, so I would have to include one of these 1/8 scale PVC models. Or while we’re fantasizing, why not both? They capture the essence of the characters they depict so well, and would have me reminiscing every time I saw them.
Kaori Miyazono from Your lie in April
Menma from Anohana
There are still plenty of sad anime I haven’t yet had the chance to watch. To remedy that, I would love to get Clannad: After Story on blu-ray in my crate.
I’m always looking to expand my manga collection too, so having a copy of Orange by Ichigo Takano in the crate would be a fine addition.
What better choice than a reproduction of the candy tin from Grave of the Fireflies, with little Setsuko printed on the front? I wish I could give her all the candies!
To tie it all together, a fun shirt to announce to the rest of the world how much anime moves you. In stolid charcoal gray, of course.
As a special bonus item, just to show that it doesn’t have to be all sad, I would also have this fun backpack with a glow in the dark emblem. We found you, Menma!
If you had the chance to put together your own Dream Crate, what would you do? Would you go big or keep it small? Loot Crate is looking for lots of ideas to post on social media and might even select a crate idea to use for a future month’s subscription, so feel free to come up with your own and post a link in the comments for others to check out!