Loot Anime’s sixteenth crate of anime and manga collectibles have arrived, with a theme of Together, as represented by athletic, sibling, and pirate variations on camaraderie in Haikyu!!, Mr. Osomatsu, and One Piece Film: Gold, as well as the unique bond between The Boy and The Beast.
I’m a fan of the Haikyu!! manga, so I was pleased to discover this black Bioworld Haikyu!! T-Shirt laying on top of the other items. This shirt depicts the series co-protagonists Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama, as well as the rest of the Karasuno High School team. According to Loot Anime’s blurb on the reverse of this month’s Together themed poster, the Japanese lettering that underscores the team portrait reads “Haikyu!! Karasuno High School vs. Shiratorizawa Academy.” As no members of Shiratorizawa Academy are featured on the shirt, the vs. means that this is Karasuno as they are before taking on the challengers. Also pictured are Yu Nishinoya, Kei Tsukishima, Tadashi Yamagachi, Ryunosuke Tanaka, and more.
Each Together crate also contained a Mr. Osomatsu blind-bag charm, made by A Crowded Coop, and subscribers could have received any one of the Matsuno brothers: Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu, or Todomatsu.
In this household, we’re big fans of director Mamoru Hosoda’s anime films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children, and though The Boy and the Beast is still on our to-watch list, we were happy that the Together crate contains Mamoru Hosoda’s light novel adaptation of The Boy and the Beast, published by Yen Press and the Hachette Book Group.
The impressive rendering and coloring of the One Piece Film: Gold Luffy figure, as well as the dynamic box art, will make this month’s shelf candy highly desirable to anime collectors. This may be my favorite piece this month, as not only are the paints so precise that it elicits the admiration of the hobbyist in me, it also makes me a little nostalgic for those phone book sized print editions of Shonen Jump that came out in the oughts. Back then, One Piece was my favorite SJ strip, and though I’ve fallen behind on the manga and haven’t watched the anime, I remember appreciating the humor and outlandish characters of One Piece.
The Loot Anime mascot Yume takes a trick from Luffy this month for the theme of her pieces. This month’s poster, illustrated by Cotton Tan, depicts pirate-clad Yume and her cat bathing in unearthed treasure, and the Yume Together Charm, with art by Michelle Mauk, also portrays Jolly Roger Yume. The Loot Anime box interior, illustrating a dock and cargo crates marked Loot Anime washing up in the surf, also participates in this sub-theme of pirate camaraderie.
Together was my favorite Loot Anime since Delicious, as there were three items in it that I was happy to get: I’m not only delighted to have my first Haikyu!! item, I also am happy to have the novelization of The Boy and the Beast, and a pristinely painted Luffy figure.
The Looters have already dug up this month’s pirate booty–although you may find it for sale one day at vault.lootcrate.com–and currently Loot Anime is selling Episode 17, “Future,” which contains collectibles representing Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Psycho-Pass, Clockwork Planet, and Kiznaiver.
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Loot Crate sent the review copy.