I am super obsessed with all things happy, and find myself especially enamored with kawaii items. This said, it was no surprise that I would soon grow unable to resist the urge to subscribe to some of the sweet kawaii themed monthly boxes. (Kawaii means cute, and stems from Japanese culture, in case you have been living under a non kawaii rock.)
After looking at months and months of box reviews, I decided to get a 6 month subscription to two different companies, Doki Doki Crate and YumeTwins. They are very similar in price and both offer free shipping world wide. July is my second month for both, and one box is definitely far better than the other so far!
That said, here is my July 2017 Doki Doki Crate Review!
July’s theme is “Kirei Kitchen” which is Japanese for “clean and cute”. If you like to be surprised with your mystery boxes, don’t read the customs label! Also, their social media spoils a good amount of the surprise as well, which is a bummer for those of us that like to be surprised when we open our boxes!
Included in the box is a cute little booklet that has pretty cover art matching the month’s theme, as well as info on the products and other random interesting facts about Japan.
The first item in this month’s box is a Dokodemo Calimero figurine. This is a popular retro anime character from the 1960’s. I have never seen or heard of this character, and the description says he is supposed to hand from cups, folders, boxes and more, but he is teeny tiny, very top heavy, and doesn’t balance on anything at all. I’m not sure what I will do with him, I imagine one of my kids will end up with him.
Tanabata Angel Hoppe-Chan! Okay guys, this is my favorite item in the box. Part of my reason for choosing Doki Doki Crate, was the monthly inclusion of a Hoppe-Chan figure. So what the heck is this blob of goo? Hoppe-Chan is a byproduct of the decoden craze, which if you aren’t familiar, is the art of using silicon and trinkets and jewels to decorate phone cases, (decoden is short for decorated denwa, (phone). They are super popular with little girls in Japan, and even have little playsets and video games starring the colorful characters.
This month’s Hoppe-Chan is in honor of the Tanabata, or Star Festival, which is celebrated on July 7. Her angelic design is meant to help bring the two star crossed lovers, Orihime and Hikaboshi, together.
How incredibly sweet is that?! I love this story and really enjoy little tid bits like this that they include in their booklets. So cute!
Okay guys. These two items are listed as My Melody plates, and were advertised as dishes in all the Doki Doki Crate advertising for July’s crate. These two teeny tiny items are cheap plastic. Yes, they are Sanrio. Yes, they are covered in My Melody, the cute bunny character of the Sanrio family. But dishes and plates these are not. The sticker says they are trays, and if you considered them a jewelry or trinket tray, then yes, you would be spot on and for that application they are sweet and even adorable. But to advertise them as dishes, and then to see this? Well, boo! These will not be going anywhere near my kitchen. I already have a craft in mind for them, so stay tuned to see how I repurpose these tiny little plastic trays.
An actual kitchen item!
This is cool, guys. It is a Panda Onigiri Mold Kit. You use the big scoop bit to mold your sticky rice into an adorable Panda head shape, and then you use the cute little paper cutter looking dealio with a sheet of seaweed to make the details of the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
This will not get used very often, but I will definitely use it and I think it is super adorable! What a fun way to serve rice to the kids, or kids at heart.
Hello Kitty Kitchen Cloth Set
Okay. I feel like they are thinking if the items include Sanrio characters, they add value to the box. However, this item is a huge dud. Basically, it is two glorified paper towels. The material is super thin, and distorts easily. It is supposed to be used as a drying cloth, but I have real paper towels that are more durable than these “cloths”. Not worth putting in the box, if you ask me. I would have been happier with a cute spatula, or egg timer, or whisk, or anything that is actually usable. This item was a disappointment.
My Melody Microfiber Dry Cloth
Ummmmm…….More Sanrio crap. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sanrio. But this is another useless item that has an overinflated estimated value just because of the brand name. This dry cloth is micro size!! Like, perhaps you could wash one tiny baby setting of dishes and set on here to dry, but that would be a stretch! The only thing that makes sense to dry on these would be makeup brushes, it is that small. This won’t be in my kitchen either and it is definitely another disappointing item. If the Sanrio item is not usable, it is not worth including. There are plenty of cute, kirei type kitchen items that would have been a far better value and made for a much more exciting box this month.
Piyo Piyo Apron
Nope. First of all, this item really reeked of heavy chemicals. Secondly, what? Chickens walking over a sunny side up egg? That’s kind of morbid and twisted. This apron is super flimsy and cheap and just weird. It is not a cute design in my opinion and will also not be making it to my kitchen. I have received several free promotional aprons that were a far better quality than this. Honestly, this was the very last item in a very disappointing box, so it just had no chance of being appreciated by me.
And that, my friends, was the July 2017 Doki Doki Crate. Honestly, a big let down for me, as there were very few actual usable items. Like I said, Hoppe-Chan was my favorite item of the box. My second favorite would definitely be the Onigiri Mold Set, but everything else in the box was a bust for me this month.
I paid $28.33 for this box, with free shipping, because I ordered the 6 month subscription. This box comes straight from Japan, and for me, shipping has been very speedy, which I appreciate. I did enjoy June’s box slightly more, but so far, there is nothing making me feel motivated to keep subscribing to this crate. I hope that changes, because I really enjoy kawaii items and was hoping to get a good stash from this subscription. At least I know I will always have a little Hoppe-Chan waiting for me in this box!
Do you subscribe to Doki Doki Crate? What did you think of July’s box?