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Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Box Review – February 2016


Doki Doki is a new subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate

The Cost:  $30.00/month

COUPON: Use code MSADD3 to save $3 off your first box.

The Products:  Everything kawaii

Ships to:  Internationally with a few exceptions – you can find those here.

Check out all of our Doki Doki and Japan Crate reviews!

As soon as I saw this bubble gum pink box, I knew I was in for some fun!


Doki Doki includes a high quality, glossy paged brochure with a comic strip, and all of the information regarding the individual items sent each month.  They also include information about the other boxes that this company curates and sends out each month.


Spirited Away No-Face Plushie – $12.00?

I’m guessing on the value here since I can’t find this exact plushie for sale.  I definitely prefer this one over the ones I did find – it’s a little cuter!  Doki Doki said that this is what they like to think No-Face looks like under his mask.  The mask is attached to the top of the plushie’s head, like he’s holding it up to show his face.

Cardcaptor Sakura Kero Plushie – $16.99

This is a cute little guy!  The short description of this from Doki Doki is “We found this guy eating his way through our Japan Crate candy warehouse. He’s a companion to Sakura, and he’s excited to be your new companion.  Hang him on your bag to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t eat all your snacks!”  He’s very soft, and seems well made – he seems like he would last a while, even on a bag or keychain.


Cute Friend’s Pen – $5.00?

I can’t find this exact pen online, but it’s very clever.  So clever, than I never would have realized it was a pen without it being mentioned in the brochure!  The head of the cat comes off, and reveals a pen.  It’s pretty small, so it would be difficult to write with, but would be handy when you need a pen!

Cute Friend’s Bookmark – $5.00?

This is adorable.  It’s a cute little frog bookmark, with a metal holder to keep your page.  I’m guessing on value again, because I couldn’t find the exact one online!

Animal Friend Page Markers – $3.00?

These are really cute.  They’re all pandas, and each one has a different design.  They stick pretty well but they’re not so sticky that they’ll leave residue or take pieces of your marked page with them when they fall off.


Cute Friends Whistle – $3.00?

This is an adorable little whistle, but I can’t figure out what kind of animal it is.  Maybe a little bear?  Doki Doki suggests keeping him on your keychain to remind you to take a few minutes to read during the day!

Gudetama Keychain – $4.16

This is a lazy egg.  I never would have guessed that this was an egg, but it makes sense now that I know!  It is a very thick, solid plastic, so I imagine it would hold up to daily abuse on your keychain!  They come in one of 4 poses, so this item will vary.


Kiki’s Delivery Service Coin Purse – $10.00?

This is a decent sized zippered coin purse.  It is plush on the outside, and lined in white fabric on the inside.  I like the white lining, because that makes it easier to find things in!  If you have no use for coin purses, like me, this would be an adorable purse for a little girl to carry around!


Cardcaptor Sakura Blind Box – $9.00

I think I received Sakura with her companion Kero, but I’m not 100% sure.  What I do know, is that this is adorable!  I love the idea of blind boxes, and I think they’re probably a lot of fun (as well as a source of frustration when you get duplicates lol) for people who collect these.  It was a little hard for me to put together, but I eventually figured it out.

Chi’s Sweet Home Blind Box – $9.00?

This is a cute keychain type thing, but I think mine is broken.  I think if you pull the cord on the head, the eyes are supposed to do something – and they don’t.  The tail also looks like it does something!

Verdict:  My calculated value for this box was quite high: $77.15.  Since I guessed on some of the values, please don’t put too much stock in this estimate.  I think you need to look at the items and see if they’re something you would enjoy receiving!

I’ve read some posts about the items in the January box being bootleg items, and possibly some of the items in this box as well.  Since I’m not an expert in the world of Kawaii and Anime, I wouldn’t have picked up on this.  I am NOT claiming that these items aren’t authentic versions, but I wanted to mention it in case it is important to someone.

All-in-all, I think this box is like every other box – you have to look at it and determine if it is worth the cost to you!

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: doki doki | japan crate | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. Sadly, the entire box is actually all counterfeit knockoffs as was the December and January crates as well . Anime News Network just ran an article on this and GoodSmile Company (major Japanese figure manufacturer) issued a warning that those CardCaptor figures are bootlegs and hopes their fans won’t support something like this. It’s really unfortunate that it’s taking them so long to get their act together. I cancelled my subscriptions from them and won’t be back. There are plenty of better alternatives with legit merchandise.

    Here’s the article:

    • Goku, if you had read the link that you posted you would know that Japan Crate cut ties with that company and has signed on with other companies(such and Re-ment). They order stuff months in advance for boxes and as such had to purge out the bootleg stuff. The March crate is all new supplier and they promise that the items in the crate will all be legitimate.

      “It’s really unfortunate that it’s taking them so long to get their act together. I cancelled my subscriptions from them and won’t be back. There are plenty of better alternatives with legit merchandise.”

  2. Everything is so cute!!! (And overpriced… The box is so expensive for international buyers.)

  3. I am looking for the Spirited Away No-Face Plushie & Kiki’s Delivery Service Coin Purse if anyone lists them please let me know – thanks!

  4. I got the same cat blind box! It took me a bit of figuring out, but when you push in the tail, the eyes spin around and the cat gets a random expression. It can be kind of hard to push in sometimes, but that’s what it does! 🙂

  5. Yeah, I think the Chi’s cat blind box may be a bootleg one. I assume the cat originally was from Japan, but the outer box is printed in Chinese, so… I may be wrong but it’s just my 2 cents. I agreed with what Bekki said, it really depends on if one thinks it’s worth the cost or not.

    • If it has chinese printed on it then yeah, it’s fake.

  6. The whistle is a bear from the Rilakkuma series.

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