Top Ten Best Gifts for an Anime Fan
By J.H., 13-year-old anime fan
Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail
Because people have different tastes when it comes to their favorite type of anime, this is a list of general gift ideas rather than specific recommendations.
A Subscription to Crunchyroll, Funimation or Other Anime Website
Crunchyroll and Funimation are anime websites that allow viewers to watch past and current seasons of anime (new and old) in HD. On Crunchyroll, if you don’t want to watch everything with ads, you can even update to Crunchyroll Premium for $6.95 a month. This is an easy gift to give to an anime lover.
Anime Series DVDs and/or Blu-Rays
DVDs and Blu-Rays are perfect for anime-lovers, as they have a great set that they can access and watch at any time they please, even if they have already seen the series. There are some Blu-Ray box sets that come with extra items inside, such as collectable artwork and more.
Manga is sort of like the Japanese version of a comic book. Almost every anime starts as a manga series before coming to life on television. Before you gift someone a manga set, you should make sure that they don’t already own the manga and that the manga is on a topic they would enjoy. Even if someone has seen the anime series, they can still read the same series in manga form and have a slightly different experience.
Posters and Wall Scrolls
Posters and wall scrolls are gifts that are easy to buy. You should find out the person’s favorite anime or character and search for a poster relating to it. Wall scrolls aren’t much different from posters; they are made of a different material and pull out like a scroll. This gift would be recommended for younger anime fans.
Plush toys are a simple option for a gift. This gift would be recommended for younger anime fans up to their mid-twenties. Just make sure to find out what shows or characters the person likes before buying a plush toy.
Figurines are a great gift that fans can enjoy as both children and adults. You won’t have to worry whether the gift is age appropriate or not. Some figures can be cheap, but there are others that are very pricy. If you know the favorite character of the person you’re finding a gift for, a figurine could be the way to go.
Studio Ghibli Movies
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese film-making studio, much like the Disney of Japan. All of the movies are beautiful and imaginative, and gifting one of them would be perfect for young and old anime fans. Some of the most popular films would be My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away.
Clothing and Accessories
As long as you know the size of the person you’re buying for, anime clothes and accessories are an easy option that nearly all fans will love. Just make sure that you’re buying clothes or accessories from a show they actually like!
Anime Video Games
If the anime fan you’re buying for is also a gamer, then this would be a perfect gift for them. There are some popular games from the world of Dragon Ball, Naruto, and most recently My Hero Academia.
Subscription for Crates
A popular type of business currently is charging customers a monthly fee and sending them a box full of goodies they will love. There are services like this that were created specifically for anime fans, such as Kawaii Crate, Anime Loot Crate, My Box from Japan, Anime Bento, etc. The goodies included in these crates include clothing and accessories, manga, figurines, Japanese candy, and more.