“Too Cute To Spook”
Hello everyone and welcome back once again to another subscription box review with us over on ComicBuzz. Today let’s take a look back at what was included in October’s edition of SoKawaii, which ran with the theme of ‘Too Cute To Spook’. We had six items this month that ranged from homewares, a plush, an accessory and beauty, from the likes of Sanrio, Pokémon and Twisted Wonderland. So before we get this review started, let’s take a look at who SoKawaii is!
For those of you that don’t know – SoKawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (the Japanese word for cute). They create monthly subscription boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from brands such as Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio, Studio Ghibli and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 5 to 7 cute & useful items exclusive to Japan, pack them up in a very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep each month. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently trending in Japanese arcades and stores. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. They also listen to what you would like to be included in future boxes, by asking across their social media accounts. So make sure to have your opinions heard over on their social media posts, particularly their Instagram one – https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/
Our first item this month is far from spooky, with this bright pink Pokemon alarm clock. This item was available in four designs and colors, including pink, yellow, green and purple. As you can see from the pink version above, it features Slowpoke, Mew, Luvdisc and Alcremie.This is a battery operated clock, with the battery not included. It is rather cute, great for a bedroom decoration.
Next up is this Makeup Brush Cleaner and stand from Sanrio. Featuring two of my favorite girls – Kuromi and My Melody. Now this is a rather practical item I must say. As you can see from the packaging above, all you need to do is take the lid off of the tub, add some water or cleaning solution and wash your makeup brushes in it by moving the bristles along the pointed spikes at the bottom which help to remove the likes of foundation from the brush. Now I’m not one to wear much makeup, so I’m unsure as to how well this item actually works but going by just the design alone – it is actually quite clever and well thought out. And who knows, maybe it also works on kids’ paint brushes?
Moving on now to our Twisted Wonderland item, with this acrylic stand featuring Idia Shroud. With one of seven characters included in every box, its a series that is still rather unheard of here outside of Japan. Twisted Wonderland is actually a Japanese mobile game created by Aniplex and Disney. Interestingly enough, the character designs, scenario and concept was actually created by the author of Black Butler – Yana Toboso. There is even an anime in the works at the moment and should hopefully be released sometime next year over on Disney+.
Our next item is a Narikiri face mask from Sanrio. I’m unsure as to how many varieties of designs that were available, as there were at least two. I received the Hello Kitty design, while the Pompompurin one is advertised in the leaflet. These character designed face masks make a great inexpensive souvenir and are a good seller in Japan. This particular one is rose scented and claims to be packed full of everything your skin needs to feel revitalised including ingredients such as witch hazel water, damask rose, hydrolyzed collagen and soybean extract, it will also leave your skin smelling like roses. If you missed out on getting your own face mask last month, then do not fear as ToFu Cute is also selling them over on their UK based website and store based in Portsmouth.
Okay so who here also loves Aggretsuko? Exactly, practically everybody that has come across her! Retsuko is a 25year old red panda, working in the accounting department of a Japanese business. She is the most realistic Sanrio character I have ever come across, as she depicts the many ups and downs of being single, dating and working life. In order to blow off some steam, she goes on solo trips to a karaoke booth to play some heavy metal as she screams out her frustrations. It is definitely an entertaining watch, and you can catch it all now over on Netflix. Season Four is set to hit screens shortly, on the 16th December. So in order to get on the hype train, everyone received this Two sided Aggretsuko pouch. Where one side shows her calm demeanor, the other has her Rage side! It’s a small zipped pouch that you can attach to your bag with enough room inside for a couple of coins.
And our last item this month is this Halloween inspired Cinnamoroll plush. This exclusive Halloween plush takes our normal Cinnamoroll design and makes it a tad more magical. It’s ears now have a colorful fade on them from purple to orange on the tips, with both bat, black stars and spider web designs printed on. The plush also has a small black witches hat attached, a black and orange cape and the cutest of pumpkin wands attached to their right hand. With the addition of this new plush, I now have a trio of Sanrio Halloween plushies to break out each year. All thanks to the last three years of the October SoKawaii box. I wonder just what character we will be receiving in 2022?!
And there we have it folks, that was the end of our October box review from SoKawaii. What did you think of this one? Let us know by reaching out to us across our social media accounts. So let’s continue with how you can get your very own SoKawaii box, as well as a small discount for all your first time buyers!
So here is the price breakdown of the box each month and the savings you can get. SoKawaii are back to shipping their boxes via Japan Post, so delivery may take a number of weeks. Whether you subscribe month to month, or for their 3, 6 or even 12 month package options – there are savings to be had.
1 Month – $35.00 (€29.00mo roughly)
3 Months – $33.50 (€28.00mo roughly)
6 Months – $32.00 (€26.50mo roughly)
12 Months – $31.50 (€26.00mo roughly)
Better yet, here is a $3 discount code that you can use on your first box by clicking this link!http://sokawaii.refr.cc/maryhealy
Now if you enjoyed October’s box, then just wait for Novembers’! It’s theme is “Wish Upon A Star”, which will feature a number of items from Sanrio, Pokémon and Cardcaptor Sakura. That box is already sold out and on the way to me and will include an exclusive Kuromi Pastel Rainbow plushie. Stay tuned to SoKawaiis’ social media, as they announced their themes, sneak peaks and opinion polls on what fans want to see next in their boxes. They are very active on their Instagram and really listen to what their customers are looking for – so go have your say now! Also make sure and use that special discount code I left you all above!