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Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Box Review- August 2016


Doki Doki is a new subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii! Items range from plushies, collectible, household goods, apparel, miniatures and more.


Note: Doki Doki recently made big changes to its subscription! Starting in August, every crate will include an exclusive or licensed t-shirt. Starting in September, each box will include 5-7 higher quality items as opposed to the current 8-10 items. This means they can send larger, more practical, and higher quality things compared to before. You can read about it here.

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 per month + free US shipping

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

The Products: 8-10 licensed, authentic kawaii items plus a licensed/exclusive shirt

Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here

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Each month comes with a fantastic booklet filled with images and artwork and information. August’s theme is appropriately named Back To School!


Homeroom Bear ID/Pass Holder – Value $10?

Homeroom Bear is the newest addition to the Doki Doki/Japan Crate toy line. Calvin is a studious British exchange student while Coco is a bear that’s in love with Calvin. I got Calvin, the yellow bear. He’s is made of soft, fleece-like material that feels super nice! There’s a slot for ID cards on the back of his head, though it’s not very practical for me.


The retractable string is a pretty neat feature.



Chocolate Dipped Biscuit Pen – Value $4?

This looks so tasty! It’s shaped like a Pocky, has a fine tip, and writes smoothly without bleeding. An overall adorable and practical item.


Hoppe-Chan & Doki Doki Friends Stickers – Value $2?

These are puffy stickers featuring a variety of cute characters. I adore the panda one that says “be happy”.



Sumikko Gurashi Notebook – Value $8?

I cannot stand how cute this notebook is. Look at the little animals on the cover! The tuft of grass on the top has a face! The pastel color scheme is very soothing too. This is one of my favorite Doki Doki items ever.


Hoppe-Chan Pencil Case – Value $8?

This is a flat canvas pencil case. The front features Hoppe-chan dressed up as a cat. I like the relatively simple design. My current pencil case was purchased back in high school, so it looks like it’s time to switch things up.


Petit Lapin Silicone Charm – Value $3?

This is a rubbery Petit Lapin charm featuring jewels as blush and a cute bow tie. The ball chain makes it easy to attach to my belongings.



Hoppe-Chan & Doki Doki Friends Washi Tape – Value $10?

I’m starting to get into the washi tape fad so these are definitely going to be used. The washi tapes feature Hoppe-chan and various characters from the Doki Doki toy line.


Rilakkuma Shirt – Value $15?

This is a Doki Doki exclusive t-shirt! I’m a little disappointed that the cream color washes me out, but the print is simply adorable. Korilakkuma, the yellow one, is apparently giving Rilakkuma a massage, but it looks to me like she’s just bullying him.

Verdict: Doki Doki Crate hit the “back to school” theme right on the nose! My favorite items are the notebook and pencil case. I estimate the value of this month at $60; alternatively, the cost breakdown is $3.75 per item. Either way, it is definitely worth the cost of the box.

I’m also very excited about the upcoming changes to Doki Doki Crate. They sound very promising! I’m especially looking forward to those “practical” items in September.

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy began her subscription box adventure in 2014 and never looked back. She loves Asian beauty and is constantly in search of skincare holy grails. She hoards lipsticks. Her favorites are beauty, lifestyle, and jewelry subscriptions.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: doki doki | japan crate | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Am I the only adult attracted to the illustrations? But most of the items are for kids! 🙁

  2. I wish there wasn’t going to be a t-shirt in every box. I’m sure they will be cute, but I’m not sure we need that many more t-shirts? I’d rather it was an occasional t-shirt mixed in with other wearables (scarves, socks, hats, etc.). So many boxes add in t-shirts and it gets to be too much.

    • With daughters aged 10 and 12, a t-shirt every month in our house is great! I hope they will include socks mittens and scarves sometimes, though. I don’t sub to any “geek” boxes and rarely get shirts in any boxes (though globe in has one this month).

      BTW-Kohls has some Harry Potter shirts and hoodies in their juniors department right now.

  3. Do you get to choose t-shirt size or is it one size fits all?

    • You choose the size! I can’t remember the range, but it started with small, and that is the one I got for my daughter. Can’t remember if it went all the way up to XL or not. At least to L.

  4. Cute! I signed my 10-year-old up for the September box. I had a $5 promo code, but I ended up using a code on the Doki Doki site for a free t-shirt with the first box. I think from the pic that it will be the t-shirt from the August box.

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