The latest episode of Loot Anime, “Dimension,” looks into worlds parallel and virtual for its source material of warrior gamers and magical girls, by way of the franchises Log Horizon, Sword Art Online I & II, No Game No Life, and Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World, as well as Loot Anime mascot Yume’s arrival onto a Dimension-themed poster and phone charm.
This month’s crate interior depicts a fantasy setting bordered by the letters L, O, and T, fragmenting the word Loot into a binary cloud. When re-folded, the Dimension Loot Anime looks like this. While there’s no crate craft this month, this would be a great underbed box, or a shelf accessory for storing awkward collectibles upright.
Though I haven’t started the anime, my favorite item this month, based solely on its sheer visual impact, is the exclusive No Game No Life T-Shirt, made by Ripple Junction. Jibril the Flugel appears in a palette of metallic hues that contrasts dynamically with midnight blue fabric. If the fabric had been black, Jibril would have been a flatter image, and not seem to float in the foreground as she does now, so kudos to the shirt scientists at Ripple Junction for this design.
This exclusive Yen Press edition of Mamare Touno’s light novel Log Horizon: The Beginning of Another World, is an attractive paperback in a non-standard size, with excellent illustrations by Kazuhiro Hara: a frontispiece glossy gatefold illustration, chapter breaks marked by black and white in-game character records, and full-page black and white manga-styled illustrations to depict key scenes. This 213 page novel is just the right size for taking on a flight, or for killing an hour at the coffee shop.
The next item is exciting just for what it is: anime socks. To get anime socks in Pittsburgh, I would have to visit a digital storefront, travel 40 miles to Joy’s Japanimation, or wait until Tekko and poke my head in a dozen or more vendor stalls. These exclusive Sword Art Online I ankle socks, made by Great Eastern Entertainment, are also a really nice design–with chibi Kirito posed four different ways on a white background that is so bright to be almost paper-white. Looters could also receive chibi Asuna. I generally prefer calf-length socks, but I am looking forward to wearing these to Tekko.
Sword Art Online II is also represented, by an Asuna figure made by Banpresto Co., Ltd. The figure comes in four parts, and when assembled, depicts Asuna in a chibi sculpt of her Undine avatar from ALFheim online. The numerous ribs and folds in her dress remind me of 1980s AD&D miniature art, but with the shocking addition of a beholder-sized head and barbie-doll hair. It’s a particularly nice piece of shelf candy that holds attention.
Another piece for your shelf is the exclusive Re:Zero Rem & Ram rotating picture frame, made by Infinifan, which is a cool way to remember the ones that you put in the picture window. I like that if there is no photo inserted into the glass, Rem and Ram appear to be looking at each other through the portal.
This month’s poster, illustrated by Madeleine Rosca, and phone charm, designed by Ashley Swaby, depict Yume as a “magical girl,” which is a good look for her. Rosca’s design has less of a narrative design than previous posters, and looks less like a manga page or panel and more like concept, cover, or title art. If a book with this cover was in the middle school section at Barnes and Noble, it would probably sell some books based on the cover alone. Like good cover art, it isn’t entirely static, but instead has activity and symbolism that draw the reader in by suggesting questions like “why the chess pieces?” or “why the playing cards?” or “why the time vortex?”
The portal has closed, and the Dimensions are forever sealed (check in at vault.lootcrate.com occasionally, though, for a few boxes to slip in from cracks in the rift). Orders are now being taken for episode 16, “Together”, which contains collectibles devoted to One Piece Film: Gold, Haikyu season 3, The Boy & The Beast, and Mr. Osomatsu.
— Loot Anime (@lootanime) February 1, 2017
Loot Crate sent the review copy.