I recently received word that Loot Crate has been interested in hearing how people would design their own “dream crate” if given the chance. Loot Crate, as you may know, is a monthly subscription box service where you get four to six items for a retail value of $50 or more. Loot Crate also has an anime version, and Crunchyroll Premium members get special pricing. Since this is a “dream crate”, the sky is the limit.
My dream anime crate theme: magical girls. You may be familiar with the concept from series like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, but the genre really includes any story of females with special magical abilities. Don’t mistake magical girl stories as just being for little girls; these heroines’ stories can be enjoyed by young and old, female or male, action fans and romance fans… everyone!
So here’s my crate. Prices below are rounded to lowest or average prices based on what I found across the Internet. MSRP is usually higher.
Look at it. Now click on the image and really drool. This figure is GORGEOUS!! The detailing is amazing (look at the phases of the moon!), the celestial bodies move, and Sakura herself is as full of smiles as ever. What a beautiful tribute to the 15th Anniversary of the Good Smile company and 20th Anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura.
I’m no gardener, but who couldn’t smile with a pot full of flowers (and Jiji!) as Kiki flies away? Not all magical girls have to fight, you know!
Of course, you can’t mention magical girls without Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I have seen the show thanks to streaming, but this is one show I would love to own (especially on Blu-ray!). I knew what to expect since I watched it years later, but the show really does impact you.
Now back to something more traditional. I know I’m not the only one who dreamed of living a double-life as a superhero with awesome friends, neat wands, and a cool boyfriend. Well, with the Cosmic Heart Compact, I can relive her third transformation. Or at least act out this awesome skit.
I’m a big manga fan, so how could I not include a manga? However, this is probably not a series you think of when talking about magical girls. Again, though, the genre is quite large, and Rosario + Vampire has many of the common elements: a girl who transforms? Check. Magic? Check. Witches? Check. Magical mischief? Protecting people? Check and check! With a box and a bonus comic, this set is even better than collecting the volumes individually.
Well, there’s my dream crate. I tried to include a few different types of magical girl tales: one about a battling/fighting heroine, then the superhero team, a more slice-of-life adventure, a male-demographic story with a magical girlfriend, and, of course, the infamous deconstruction of the genre. But despite the differences, the magical girls themselves all have heart and girl power.
What would you include in your own dream crate? Any other good items for a magical girl dream crate?