The Otaku Box has sent Sequential Planet its first box. For those who aren’t familiar, Otaku Box is a monthly subscription box that focuses on anime stuff, especially ecchi content. For those who aren’t familiar, ecchi is essentially more perverse content, and that shows in the posters and statues in our first box. While I don’t have a high tolerance for fanservice in anime, I do still like anime, so I got this box with some hopes that I can find something for myself. Were my expectations met? Here is what I got in my first box.
Please note that we will not be showing a picture of multiple items due to partial or even full nudity.
Project Diva Mini Figure
The first cute little figure comes from the Project Diva franchise, and every box gets a random figure. I got the little blonde one below, but the Hatsune Miku is in some boxes. She’s the only character I recognize, but this little one is still cute. A nice prize for Project Diva fans. Otherwise, getting a character that isn’t the flagship idol doesn’t appeal much since this is already a niche franchise.
Is it bad that my favorite thing in this box is a pair of socks? This doesn’t speak badly of the items necessarily, I just really like socks, and Chainsaw Man is simply one of the best comics out there right now. Every chapter that we review gets high praise, so getting a pair of socks with this little guy is excellent. Can’t wait to wear these out by wearing them every week.
Otaku Box Calendar
It’s a small desk calendar with tons of ecchi art. The proportions are ridiculous and there is a lot of skin showing. You certainly can’t have this calendar out in public. Again, if this is your thing, you will like it, but it leans towards the niche and too far-gone corner of anime fandom.
Muzan Stress Ball
The big bad from Demon Slayer being printed onto a stress ball certainly isn’t what I expected from this box, but I can’t deny that it’s cute. This is one of those things that will get thrown into the back corner of a desk drawer but will get a little smile from me every time I stumble upon it. It will get a few squeezes, then go back to the desk.
This exclusive t-shirt comes in just ahead of the 2024 remake. Holo is loved by many, and this shirt has a nice design that isn’t obnoxious. It’s not particularly soft are exceptionally well-printed, but it is still a nice shirt and not a bad add-on if subscribers choose to opt for it.
Rias Maid Statue
It’s okay to say something isn’t for you, and this isn’t for me. As I mentioned earlier in this article, I love anime, and I even have a decent tolerance for some fan service if it doesn’t completely ruin or distract from what the series is actually about. With that being said, I think I draw the line at statues with removable clothing. If this is your thing and you love Rias, then you’ll dig this. For the casual anime fan who just wants some cute anime merchandise, this one is incredibly hard to recommend.
High School of the Dead Coasters
These rubbery coasters have two High School of the Dead characters. They aren’t anything special, and again, this is a pretty niche series, but someone out there will like having these on their desk with their favorite cold beverage.
Yor Forger Waifu Card
So every box comes with a Waifu card, and this month’s card features the beloved Yor Forger from Spy x Family a favorite around these parts. This sounds great! Yor is cute and collecting trading cards is fun (I for one, love the One Piece Card Game)! Unfortunately, the art leaves much to be desired. It only exists to arouse, and the proportions are frankly awful. I don’t know who decided that an already gorgeous character needs her assets blown up, but the one at Otaku Box did, and it drives home what these boxes are all about.
There you have it! For an anime fan like myself, who certainly isn’t casual but also doesn’t buy into all of the fanservice, this is a hard subscription to recommend. A few of the exclusives, like the socks or t-shirt, are nice, but this box mostly feels like a bunch of niche objects that only exist to arouse (Or come from series that feature excessive fanservice). The result is a box that will only appeal to those who are a little too far down the ecchi rabbit hole.