Doki Doki March 2016 Subscription Box Review

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doki doki crate march 2016 box

Doki Doki is a new monthly Kawaii subscription box from Japan Crate. Every month you’ll receive super cute Japanese items – accessories, stationery, plushies, and other adorable Japanese goodies.

Read about Japan Crate’s self-admitted supplier issues for Doki Doki here. (Essentially they bought a bunch of bootleg items and sourced them all in advance). Doki Doki promised no counterfeit items in this box – let’s see if they delivered!

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The branding for this box is really super cute!

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Each crate comes with a manga-style booklet to help you figure out what each item is (that means it’s bound on the right side instead of the left!).

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The middle of the booklet contains all the information about the items. There’s a little comic and a contest too.

doki doki crate march 2016 review The March box theme was Foodie Fun and contained all sorts of cute food related accessories perfect for making a bento lunch!

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Kawaii Notebook: The information booklet said this was a small spiral notebook with a loveable character on the character. Cute character, check, but no spirals!

The insides were cute and you can use them to ensure you never repeat a bento!
doki doki crate march 2016 IMG_6938 Omg I die! A set of little animal sauce/condiment squeeze bottles ($2.85) (complete with funnel) and Kawaii space-themed food picks ($3.25) from Mama’s Assist.doki doki crate march 2016 IMG_6939 Two mini squishies: a green frosted donut with sprinkles and a blue paw print. The donut is smelly – supposedly like a donut but smells like an almond to me. I’ve heard a couple complaints on the quality of the cat paw squishy. Mine isn’t perfect, but fine, although I’ve seen a few that were somewhat chewed up.

doki doki crate march 2016 IMG_6940 There was also a set of 3 disposable bento boxes. I would have preferred something to keep but these are super cute and there are times when you need something toss able and this fits the bill!

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The back shows the three cute patterns and colors!doki doki crate march 2016 IMG_6942 There were 2 sets of vinyl decals included: onigiri birds and eggs that look like Gudetama (but aren’t and don’t pretend to be).  These were created by the cover artist Kata, and the in-house artist Tomo, respectively!

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Geisha Pens: To memoralize your favorite bentos! I could totally see my husband using these in the book to sketch out a bento plan. I don’t think bento lunch for the kids every day is in our future, but he would totally be into doing it every once in a while!

Mama’s Assist Bento Box Food Cups (~$2.50, link to similar) Use these to separate the different foods in your bento!

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Re-Ment Onigiri ($4.25)

Re-Ment Curry Plates ($7.16)

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Each box contained a gum (it’s terrible, don’t eat it), the tiny food, and a mini poster showing all the possible variations. Which ones did you get??

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I got yellow & white rice (with black bean paste on top?) and what looks like an orange curry. Plus a toasted onigiri with…. water chestnuts?

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The curry set came with a little placemat. Yum yum. There is a whole line of the mini food and accessories and now I want a whole playset.

This was a fun box with maybe about $36 in value (on the generous side). I was ok with it, because I got lots of cute bento themed items that will be really fun to decorate my kids’ lunchboxes with (or my own food, I’m kind of spoiled), a bit of a savings, and no shipping. There weren’t any wow licensed character items, but the Re-Ment items appeared to be authentic. I’m hoping that Doki Doki can put out a few solid boxes, improve their subscriber base, and start getting big ticket licensed items in their boxes!

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The Price: $30.00 per month
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  • Nicole

    Your notebook is totally different than mine. I did get a small spiral one as described in the box. .

  • Amy H

    Very cute box!!

  • Jenn

    This box is so adorable!! 😀