Best Anime Subscription Box in the UK (2022 Update)

If you are an anime and manga fan living in the UK, you’re probably quite rightly peeved at the lack of recognition the exotic art from Japan receives here. The animated adventures of characters from the East Asian pop culture have been largely overshadowed by blockbuster superhero movies based on Marvel and DC Comics. But now it’s a lot easier to get your hands on authentic anime and manga merch through the post with an anime subscription box delivery. Scroll down to see our updated list of the 9 best anime subscription boxes available in the UK in 2022 but if you are new to the anime enigma, don’t skip the background story below.

What is Anime and why is it so popular worldwide?

First and foremost, it would be offensive to manga and anime lovers to call anime cartoons. ‘Anime’ are animated TV series and films based on Japanese Manga, which are graphic novels of in-depth stories filled with complex characters and illustrated in intricate detail. Because of the attention to detail and innovation involved in creating these animated films, aficionados consider Anime a higher art form than conventional slapstick cartoons popularized on British and American TV screens. Testament to anime’s growing popularity worldwide are the animated production ‘Spirited Away’, which was the first anime film to win an Academy Award, and ‘Your Name’ by renowned anime writer and director Makoto Shinkai, which earned more than US$355 million worldwide.

Best Anime subscription boxes in the UK

Loot Crate Anime Subscription

Kawaii Box

Nihon Box

Fan Girl Monthly

Mystery Anime Box

Bam! Anime Box

Manga Spice Cafe

Akibento Epic Gear for Anime Fans

Chrunchyroll Crate

Loot Crate Anime Subscription

Best surprise mix of official anime gear

Loot Crate anime subscription box

Loot Crate specializes in supplying pop culture fans with the latest merch from a few dozen of the most popular movie and entertainment franchises from the West and the Far East. Their Exclusive Anime and Manga Collectibles & Gear monthly box subscription is a treasure trove of all things anime for fans of all genres who demand only official merch. In the box you get a surprise mix of 4 – 6 officially licensed anime and manga items, including manga comics, apparel, figures and other accessories worth at least $60 for £23 per month plus shipping.

Kawaii Box

Best subscription box of cute anime collectibles

Kawaii Box anime subscription

Are you looking for an anime subscription box for a female anime fan with a penchant for cuteness? Get them a monthly Kawaii Box bursting with adorable plushies, stationary, squishies, bags and pouches, Japanese sweets, wearables and accessories sent directly from Japan. “Kawaii” (pronounced Ka-wa-ie) means ‘cute’ in Japanese and refers to the adorable anime characters that appeal to young girls such as Hello Kitty, MyMelody, Pompopurin and Moomin. Allow 2-4 weeks for your first Kawaii subscription box to arrive after placing your order. One of the best things about this anime subscription is that shipping to the UK is absolutely free.

Nihon Box

Best mix of Japanese culture products

Nihon Box Japanese anime subscription

The NihonBox subscription is ideal for lovers of all things new and old from Japanese culture. The box of surprises delivered to your door directly from Japan each month includes a mix of traditional and contemporary Japanese collectibles selected by a dedicated team of enthusiasts. The mix of anime, manga and traditional objects includes plushies, T-shirts, lifestyle accessories, mangas and food – all assured to be 100% Japanese.

Fan Girl Monthly

Best anime jewellery & accessories

Fangirl anime monthly subscription box

The monthly Fangirl anime subscription box is a fun gift for teen girls. The surprise box is filled with anime and manga inspired fandom jewellery and accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings (pierced or clip-on), rings, keychains, and other trinkets or lifestyle products, plus an exclusive collectible postcard and a custom designed drawstring jewellery pouch. The boxes have 3-5 items with a total retail value of $40. Shipping to the UK is an additional $19.99 with their ‘worldwide shipping’ option.

Mystery Anime Box

Best mystery anime box

Mystery Anime subscription box

The Mystery Anime Box is a bestseller from TwentyfiveAnime on Etsy. The boxes of postcards, stickers, prints and bookmarks come in three sizes: small, medium and large. The bigger the box, the more anime merch you get. Each box size has a mystery gift. The small and medium boxes include two to three A5 prints of anime characters and the Large Mystery Anime Box has five A5 prints plus two A4 prints – perfect for decorating boys and girls’ bedroom walls with their favourite anime memorabilia. You’ll get your subscription box within about a week of ordering.

Bam! Anime Box

Best autographed anime box

Bam! anime subscription box

Get autographs from celebrity Anime voice actors in your monthly Bam! Anime Box filled with exclusive Anime and Manga memorabilia from industry insiders. The anime inspired items are hand-curated to ensure you always get unique collectibles that other anime fans will really admire, including enamel pin sets; single run numbered prints of anime artwork signed by renowned anime and manga artists; and Kawaii inspired Anime vinyl decals. The anime voice artist autographs are authenticated by Beckett so you know you are getting the real deal. Enjoy the immersive anime experience while munching on the Japanese snacks thrown in for good measure.

Manga Spice Cafe

Best manga maid comics subscription

Manga Spice Cafe subscription box

The Manga Spice Cafe subscription introduces you to a new upcoming Manga artist each month with 3 brand new monthly manga volumes inspired by Japan’s maid cafes in a variety of genres from romance, comedy and action to horror, mystery, mecha and sci-fi. Maid cafes are restaurants in Japan with a cosplay theme where the waitresses are dressed in maid costumes. They act like servants in a private home, treating customers as masters (and mistresses) rather than cafe patrons. Getting the Manga Spice Cafe subscription is a novel way to support upcoming manga artists and gives you a taste of Japan with 5 -6 classic Asian snacks and drinks thrown into the mix such as mochi cakes and Ramune sodas for a cafe experience.

Akibento Epic Gear for Anime Fans

Best variety of exclusive anime gear and T-shirts

Akibento monthly anime subscription box

If you are a hardcore anime fan and want to let the rest of the word know how much you love the Japanese pop culture, get a monthly Akibento subscription box of Epic Gear for Anime Fans. Each box has an exclusive EPIC T-shirt featuring anime characters in action along with manga volumes and other anime merch worth $60 for just under $47 a month for a 1-month, 3-month or 6-month subscription plan. You’ll get up to 8 collectible anime items in each box, ranging from key chains, stickers and pins to anime and manga character models plus a few Asian snacks.

Crunchyroll Crate Subscription

Best English-language anime and manga subscription

Crunchyroll anime manga subscription box

Crunchyroll boasts the world’s largest collection of English-language manga titles. The American anime publisher and streaming platform has teamed up with Loot Crate to send out subscription boxes to international anime and manga fans. Characters from Haikyu!!, Black Clover, Mobile Suit Gundam and hundreds more manga volumes come to life in the Crunchyroll Crate of collectible figurines and toys plus anime T-shirts and other manga merch. The subscription boxes are available in the UK if you are willing to pay an extra fee for international shipping on top of the monthly £29 box price.

Best anime subscription boxes: The verdict

Anime fans number more than 10 million worldwide and they come in all ages with all kinds of tastes. Netflix has recently released its own anime title, ‘A Whisker Away’ to critical acclaim, featuring a female protagonist in middle school, struggling with day-to-day life, family and schoolmates as she goes through a rebellious phase – a common context in Manga novels that makes it highly popular with teens. But anime is certainly not just for kids. Swathes of adults are into anime in its many forms, too. If you’re not already an anime fan, try exploring a genre that appeals to you or watch a recent anime film to gain an appreciation for the East Asian art form. Then come back and order an anime subscription box that suits you.