Fangirl Monthly – April 2017 Review

Fangirl Monthly is a subscription that sends you jewelry and accessories themed around a monthly anime or manga.  This month’s featured anime is Tokyo Ghoul!

$18/month plus $3.99 shipping within the U.S., $10.99 to Canada, and $13.99 internationally.

You can also purchase 3 and 6 month prepaid subscriptions for a slight discount.

I’ll be totally honest: I haven’t watched Tokyo Ghoul.  It’s been on my list for a while, but I’m kind of a chicken when it comes to (even slightly) scary anime and manga, so I’ve been a bit reluctant.

Tokyo Ghoul follows the life of Ken Kaneki, a student who undergoes surgery and becomes a half-ghoul.  He must adapt to this new lifestyle, where he has superhuman strength and abilities, and consumes human flesh to survive.  A live action film is supposed to be released this summer, so this is a well-timed box!

Fangirl Monthly includes a gorgeous minimalist postcard in each box.  This one features Ken in both his ghoul and human forms.  I love that everything in this box is red, white, and black colored – the effect is very striking!

All of the jewelry is packaged in a custom drawstring bag.  They’re always very high quality and have a design related to the monthly theme.  The front of this bag has a gorgeous red spider lily printed on it, a symbol that is heavily featured throughout the series.

Ken Kaneki Mask Pendant

This pendant represents the mask Ken wears whenever he becomes a ghoul.  The mask is meant to protect the ghoul from being identifiable in his human form, and I’ll be honest it kind of freaks me out and is a big reason why I have yet to watch the show.  The pendant is very heavy and beautifully detailed, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing it in public.

Touka Kirishima Bunny Mask

Touka Kirishima is another ghoul-in-hiding who wears this bunny mask to protect her human identity.  From what I’ve briefly read about her, I feel like I would like her character a lot – she seems tough and smart.  This pendant is lighter than the Ken Kaneki mask, but also seems good quality and well detailed.  I especially like the red accents!  It’s cute that they provided both Ken and Touka’s masks as necklaces.

Custom Lycoris Radiata Compact Mirror

This mirror is gorgeous!  Again we have the lycoris radiata (red spider lily) design.  In the opening sequence of the anime, a white carnation turns blood red and unfurls into a red spider lily.  In flower language, the spider lily represents loss and longing, so it seems appropriate for the show.

The double-sided mirror has one normal magnification and one 2x magnification.  It’s a little difficult to open if you’re in a hurry, but the mirrors are clear and have no distortion.  It’s a beautiful piece!

Mask Zipper Ring

This ring is a play on Ken’s mask, featuring only the zippered bottom half that covers his mouth.  The zipper dangles freely, and the rest of the ring has a dotted/pebbled pattern.  The detail on this is impressive as well – look at all of the sharp tiny teeth!  It’s only one size, and it seems to fit on my size 5 or 6 middle finger.  Again, it’s a well-crafted piece, but I don’t know that I would wear it out since it’s not really my style.

 

Overall, this was a beautiful box!  I don’t watch Tokyo Ghoul, but reading up on it for this review has made me very curious – I will definitely be giving it a try!  I was a little bummed at first because I had planned to cancel after this theme was announced and waited too long, but after looking at the pieces I’m quite happy that I got it.  They aren’t really my style and I’m not sure if I will wear them, but they’re so detailed and intricate.  I’m glad this box introduced me to a new show!

 

All opinions are my own.  No compensation was received for this review.  This post contains affiliate links.

Vicki

Vicki

I'm a researcher for a pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania.Most of my money goes toward spoiling my cat.The rest of it goes to subscription boxes.
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