If you were to go back in time and tell the me in middle school that I would be asking my brother on a semi regular basis for anime recommendations, I would have laughed heartily in your face. Not only did my brother and I not really get along as children, but I also hated anime.
Flash forward a decade, and I have found that the years really do change you. Now my brother and I are not only on speaking terms, but we actually like each other and enjoy the other's company, and I have come to enjoy the art, humor, and drama that is anime.
I'm still pretty new to the scene (hence my asking for recommendations), but I find myself enjoying it more and more with each new show that I watch.
I've always been the low key fangirl (think Legolas tee shirts and Harry potter school supplies during the awkward middle school phase) and now that I'm a grownup with my own place, I like to add little bits of fandom around me whenever possible (like a TARDIS mug and a Malcolm Reynolds figurine and a Rainbow Dash picture among others), but had yet to really figure out a way to do so with my newfound anime love.
All that makes me excited to discover Anime Bento, a subscription box for anime goodies! With plans starting at $35 per month, you can have a box of Japanese snacks and collectibles sent to your mailbox every month. Signing up is easy - first choose your shirt size, and then you can pick month to month, or a prepay for 3, 6, or 12 months.
I was able to receive the September box, which I opened with a childlike glee. Inside this box I found six items of Japan fun!
There were two key chains, one from Seraph of the End and one from Puzzle Monster Quest, a Gundam robot figure (#13, my lucky number!!!), a set of three buttons, a tee shirt, and some rice crackers.
I have both keychains on my keyring, and they are wonderful additions to it!
I often use my keys as a distraction for bored children in the store, and having a puzzle cube is perfect for it!
While I don't have a backpack to put pins on anymore (again with the school age fangirling), I do have a cloth purse that I had a friend make for me that I pinned the three buttons on. Now I get to carry them everywhere I go!
The tee shirt is a humorous faux advert for a cereal from an anime I don't recognize, but it is a lovely comfy shirt that gets worn around the house.
Now I have both Gundams guarding my friendship Kimmidoll in my dining room! The Gundam required a little assembly, but even with no actual directions (unless they were in Japanese, but I don't read Japanese, so I don't know), it took just a couple minutes, even with a Mischief attempting to help.
The last thing in the box was a bag of Himemaru Rice Crackers. These delicious crackers were a beautiful combination of sweet, savory, salty, and just a tiny bit spicy.
My poor Mister hardly got any, because they were just too good to share! I'm not certain what the exact flavor was supposed to be, but I'm going to go with delicious.
While $35 a month for a subscription box is not currently in our budget, I think this would make a great gift for the anime lover no in your life.
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