Akibento Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2016
Akibento is a monthly subscription box for anime & manga enthusiasts. Aki is short for Akihabara, a district in Tokyo famous for their anime and manga goods. Akibento sends “authentic and original figures, collectibles, manga, apparel, accessories and more” with a guaranteed exclusive t-shirt and $60+ in value each month.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Akibento
The Cost: $23.95 + $6 US shipping. Save with 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
COUPON: Save $3 off your first box with code ANIME
The Products: 6-8 items including an exclusive t-shirt
Ships to: US, Canada, and other countries found in the top right corner here.
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The theme for April is Revenge. From first glance this already seems like a good box.
Exclusive Revenge Shirt – $12?
This month’s exclusive t-shirt is nice and soft. It features Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist, Sebastian from Black Butler, and possibly Sasuke from Naruto? The Japanese in the background says “revenge.”
Black Butler Ciel Plush – $17.99
Subscribers receive one of 5 Black Butler plushes, and I got the regular Ciel Phantomhive one. Black Butler, or Kuroshitsuji, is a fantasy manga and anime set in Victorian England. The main characters are 12-year-old Ciel, the head of his aristocratic household, and Sebastian, Ciel’s butler who’s also a demon in disguise. I can’t spoil the series too much, but it’s very fitting to include Black Butler in a box about revenge! The plush is very well constructed with the exception of Ciel’s cane. The cane is supposed to be straight! Instead it looks like he’s jabbing his foot with a sword.
Art Print – $20?
This is a beautiful art piece created by illustrator and concept artist Carissa “Pyroute” J. It’s on thick and textured matte paper. Subscribers also get a certificate of authenticity with their print. I actually had no idea what series the characters are from and had to ask a friend. They are from Seraph of the End, a dark fantasy manga/anime series.
Fullmetal Alchemist Wristband – $6?
Subscribers receive one of 4 wristband variations. Fullmetal Alchemist is a top-selling action-adventure fantasy series about two brothers who can use alchemy, which is a type of science in this universe. I don’t wear wristbands so this will be gifted to another FMA fan.
Meiji Hello Panda Snack – $1?
I love Hello Panda cookies! They’re small cream filled cookies and can be found at my local Asian grocery stores. I would have taken a photo of the cookies but they got eaten pretty quickly.
Akibento Monthly Pin – $1?
This is the monthly pin. I think the two characters are from Seraph of the End.
Exclusive Scissor Necklace – $20?
This necklace is my favorite item of the box! It’s the iconic scissor blade from the anime Kill La Kill. I only recently discovered the show but now I love it. It’s all sorts of crazy. The length of the chain is pretty long and the scissor blade is made out of solid metal. It’s a quality piece, definitely worthy of collectors out there.
Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed opening April’s Akibento. It had a great mix of stuff and plenty of exclusives. My favorite was the Kill La Kill scissor necklace. The only thing I didn’t like was the lack of information about included items. I think Akibento can do a better job of giving subscribers more details about what each item is, what anime they’re from, and/or why they selected them. This way, if I’m not familiar with a particular show (I’m looking at you, art print!) I’d still have basic knowledge about the item. I estimated the total value to be around $78. That’s more than twice the cost of the box!
What do you think of the April Akibento?