Subscription boxes are popping up all over the place lately, but one reached out to me that I actually got really excited for. Fanipack (Fan + Anime + Pack) is a fairly new subscription service that specializes in anime merchandise. Each month the folks at Fanipack will choose around four different series to base the box around. One or two items from each franchise will make its way into the box, with each box containing 4-6 items on average, depending on the total cost. Speaking of, each Fanipack retails for $29 shipped. Given the usual markup on anime goods at places like Hot Topic, FYE, or specialty shops, the price is a pretty solid value for what you end up getting. Considering Fanipack just started a few months ago, there’s only room to grow as well. If you’re a fan of anime with a wide spectrum of interests, Fanipack is definitely worth checking out.
Fanipack also has two Premium Boxes. Premium Boxes ship out TWO times a month, and are specifically themed. One box, for $40 is filled entirely with Sailor Moon goodies. Another box, for $45 is titled Game Box, and features items from Sword Art Online, Accel World, and No Game No Life. These boxes will be available until they are sold out.
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Contents of January 2015’s pack, as well as my unboxing video are after the jump.
February, 2015’s Fanipack
• Bleach – Shinigami Necklace
• Ouran Host Club – School Logo Patch
• Accel World – Wristband
• Spice & Wolf – Holo Button
• Spice & Wolf – Holo Sticker
Fanipack once again offered me a box, and here it is! This month features items from Bleach, Ouran Host Club, Accel World, and Spice & Wolf. I had never seen Spice & Wolf before, so of course that’s the show that got two items. At least the character is cute. I’m not super familiar with Ouran, but I’ve seen a few episodes, and actually recognized the patch, so that’s kind of cool. I used to be a big fan of Bleach, so the necklace is actually pretty cool to own. Finally I LOVED Accel World (and am still really mad it hasn’t gotten another season), so the wrist band is really cool, even though I would have preferred a necklace or something along those lines. I’ll still proudly wear the wristband. It’s really hard to judge these boxes since I get them via sponsorship, but I can safely say that if you like anime, and like these series, you definitely get enough for your money. The worth is completely up to you. It may not seem like much, but overall I’m satisfied.
As with any of these subscription services, they aren’t for everyone. But if you’re a fan of anime, I can totally recommend giving this a go. They pick around four anime every month, so the chances of hitting a series you enjoy is pretty high. Fanipack is great at announcing which anime will be included in the next box, so you have plenty of time to decide if you want to join or cancel during that particular month. While you don’t get nearly as much goods compared to other services, the fact that the items are usually marked-up anime merchandise, it becomes worth it in the long run. I can also see this service being a great gateway for people into checking out more anime they might not check out otherwise. If it interests you, I’d certainly give it a shot. Thanks Fanipack!