Akibento Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2017
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 U.S. shipping
The Products: 6-8 items including an exclusive t-shirt
Ships to: U.S., Canada, and other countries found in the top right corner here.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s theme is “Demon”. The inside of this info card has a visual list of all the items.
Akibento Monthly Pin – Retail Value $1.00?
Every Akibento box comes with a little pin to suit the theme.
Exclusive Akibento Combat T-Shirt – Estimated Value $25.00?
I couldn’t find this shirt on the Akibento online shop, so I linked to another exclusive design on the Akibento site. (It looks like they’ve been expanding their t-shirt options, and the prices seem to range between $20.00 and $25.00.) I love the colors here. It’s a cool homage to Celty from Durarara!!
Durarara!! Patch – Retail Value $6.61
There’s another Celty item in the box—this cool patch! I like that it’s on the smaller side (it’s just under three inches tall), so it can go on a lapel, sneak onto a backpack pocket, or even adorn the shoulder of a jean jacket. You can get kind of creative with it in a way that’s tougher with bigger patches.
Blue Exorcist Dad Hat – Retail Value $19.50
I love that these kinds of hats are becoming known as “dad hats,” haha! This one has Rin’s blue flames embroidered on the front. It’s pretty comfortable and a low-key, trendy way to nod to your anime fandom.
Blue Exorcist Rin Sticker – Retail Value $5.99
There’s also a sticker version of Rin that’s about 4.5 inches tall. It’s not the thickest sticker in the world, but it has a good gloss on it. Not all Akibento items are licensed, but I think this one actually is.
Exclusive Death Note Bandana – Retail Value $15.99
How fun is this bandana? You can wear it however you want, but it’s meant to pop up over your nose so that it looks like you’ve got a Death Hunter’s face. I think it’s super clever, and I like the silhouetted patterns running around the edge, too.
Look at this spooky little Ryuk! I love the detail on his clothes (especially his feathery shoulders) and the fact that he’s got his apple, too!
Bonus Item: Exclusive 2Spooky Sticker – Retail Value $3.99
The last item in the box is this tribute to YouTuber, 2Spooky. I’m always kind of so-so on the fan-inspired items that come with this subscription. It’s cool that they honor the anime-loving community, but as someone who doesn’t follow a lot of YouTube channels, it always feels a little random to me. I’m glad this one is framed as a bonus item!
The Verdict: This Akibento box was just a little spooky, so it was perfect for the Halloween season. Everything seemed to be pretty nice quality, and I really liked that there are a few licensed items here, rather than all Akibento-designed pieces. I think the Ryuk Funko Pop was my favorite thing in the box—he’s just as adorable as he is haunting!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up by the 19th of this month to get the November box!
Coupon – Save $3 off your first box with code ANIME
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $29.95 (cost + shipping). I estimated that the retail value of the items inside was $94.07. That means that I paid approximately the following for each item:
- Pin – $0.32
- T-Shirt – $7.96
- Patch – $2.10
- Dad hat – $6.21
- Blue Exorcist Sticker – $1.91
- Bandana – $5.09
- Funko Pop – $5.09
- 2Spooky Sticker – $1.27
What do you think of this month’s Akibento box?