The Crunchyroll 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
The Crunchyroll 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Hello everyone and Season’s Greetings. My name is Peter Fobian, Associate Features Editor. We here at Crunchyroll know how hard it is to plan out holiday shopping for your friends, family, and loved ones, so we wanted to put together a handy gift guide for the anime-inclined! We’ve separated the gifts into several different sections for varying types of anime fans and included options for different budgets. Whether the person you’re shopping for loves Attack on Titan or Sailor Moon, we’ve got something for them on this list. Light up the fireplace, pour yourself a mug of good nog, and enjoy the Crunchyroll 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!
Gifts for the Shonen Fan
Martial arts, powerful psychic abilities, and Earth-shattering fight scenes—if the person you’re buying gifts for loves these things, here’s the section for you! Here are gifts for the people in your life who love shonen.
For fans of Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, Yu Yu Hakusho
$: Dragon Ball VIZBIG Vol 1 (Crunchyroll Store, $19.99)
Akira Toriyama’s groundbreaking manga set the stage for modern shonen and the international megahit Dragonball Z. A more light-hearted, simpler look at Goku’s adventures with Bulma as a child. The VIZBIG editions of the series offer a lot for your dollar, collecting several volumes in omnibus with plus-size pages!
$$: Kakashi Military Hoodie (Crunchyroll Store, $45.99)
Perfect for running with your arms out behind you, the Kakashi Military Hoodie is great for the Naruto fan in your life who has cold arms. This type of gear is my favorite since it can be worn casually or as lowkey cosplay and acts as a conversation starter for fellow fans.
$$$: One Punch Man (Crunchyroll Store, $59.99)
Here we have the collected edition of one of the most popular shonen anime of the past few years, including all 12 episodes and 6 OVAs. One Punch Man’s comedy-heavy take on the superhero genre and amazing fight scenes demand blu-ray quality viewing as we all wait for season 2.
Gifts for the Shojo Fan
Do you know someone who loves nothing more than love triangles and flurries of cherry blossoms? Does the sight of magical girl transformations make their heart flutter? Well we’ve got the perfect gifts for you to buy them!
For fans of Sailor Moon, Blue Spring Ride, Glass Mask
$: Sailor Moon Socks (Crunchyroll Store, $16.99)
By the power of the moon, these socks will keep your toes warm during the winter. A perfect accessory for Usagi fans and a great way of buying someone socks for the holidays without the usual accompanying disappointment. With several different patterns, no one will be able to accuse you of using the same socks every day.
$$: Cardcaptor Sakura Figure (Crunchyroll Store, $30.25)
With the approach of the Clear Card arc after nearly two decades of hiatus, it’s time to start gearing back up with Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise. Although the series is known for its myriad outfits courtesy of Sakura’s best friend Tomoyo, nothing look is more iconic than Sakura in her trademark rollerblades.
$$$: Revolutionary Girl Utena (RightStuf, $146.22)
A genre-defining shojo title whose influence has reached well beyond the anime fandom. Revolutionary Girl Utena broke new ground when it aired in the late ’90s, and our friends at Nozomi are giving it a gorgeous box set fit for a prince. This gift is great for diehard fans, people who you know will fall in love with the series (everyone), and the rings make it perfect for finding your own rose bride.
Gifts for the Manga Reader
“Well, the anime was pretty good, but have you read the manga?” Here are some excellent gift choices for people who have always, always read the manga before watching the anime.
For fans who are reading a ton of manga that still haven’t gotten anime adaptation.
$: The Promised Neverland (RightStuf, $7.49)
Although The Promised Neverland has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump for over a year, the first volume just made it to print in the United States this month. I won’t ruin the twist, but there is more to this cute-looking series than meets the eye. If I had to provide one common title to compare it to I’d maybe say… 20th Century Boys?
$$: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (RightStuf, $45.00)
An influential manga classic, this series was written and illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki himself. The Ghibli movie of the same name only gave you a taste of the greater story which has been collected in this beautiful 2-volume hardback box set. A seminal work and a must-have for manga collectors.
$$$: One Piece volume 1-23 box set (RightStuf, $139.49)
One of the most popular comics in the world, for good reason. One Piece has been running strong for 20 years and just keeps getting better! A perfect balance of action, hijinks, and some of the highest emotional highs of the genre. This set contains the first 23(!!!) volumes of the series and is a great starter pack for anyone looking to build out their collection. More of a briefcase than a box set, it’s even got a carrying handle.
Gifts for the Anime Newbie
Anime is more popular than ever before, which means you probably know someone who is just getting started down the rabbit hole of anime fandom. Here are some presents to help you foster the growing anime fan in your life!
For fans who are dipping their toes in.
$: Crunchyroll Membership $6.95/month
Is there any greater gift in the entire world than a Crunchyroll Premium membership? Access to one of the largest anime libraries in the Western hemisphere ad-free and a ton of digital manga—it’s never been easier to get into anime!
$$: Ghibli Bundle – Spirited Away/Princess Mononoke (RightStuf, $32.70)
Ghibli movies are some of the most well known anime to mainstream moviegoers and are responsible for bringing in more than their fair share of dedicated fans. Most of the people I talk to today got their start with either Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away. Now it’s easy and affordable to buy them together!
$$$: Your name (Crunchyroll Store, $84.98)
Speaking of anime films that made it into the mainstream, Your name has become a global phenomenon and one of the most successful anime features of all time. The opus of science fiction romanticist, Makoto Shinkai is a perfect starting point for blossoming anime fans.
Gifts for the Arthouse Buff
We all have that one friend. You know the one: that person who has an encyclopedic knowledge of anime directors and a top 10 list of shows you’ve never heard of. Well I am that friend, so these gifts are objectively good choices for the arthouse buff in your life!
For fans of Bakemonogatari, The Tatami Galaxy, Yuri Kuma Arashi
$: In This Corner of the World (RightStuf, $20.67)
I’m gonna keep talking about anime films… While it didn’t make the bang that Your name did, In This Corner of the World was one of the best anime films of the same year. A painstakingly researched historic drama five years in the making from industry legend and Santa Claus of anime Masao Maruyama, anyone who loves anime or cinema in general should see this film.
$$: Only Yesterday (RightStuf, $31.48)
Isao Takahata is often overlooked in favor of Hayao Miyazaki, but his directorial work for Ghibli is just as important! Takahata’s 1991 film is a sensitive portrait of a young woman that reaches an impressive level of realism and depth.
$$$: Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition (Crunchyroll Store, $67.98)
From the creator of One Punch Man, Mob Psycho is the Studio BONES given free reign to go wild over the visual medium. This series reached into the far corners of the medium trying out downright experimental animation techniques. It even comes with a spoon to practice your psychic abilities!
Gifts for the Horror Lover
Halloween may be months past, but it’s never a bad time for horror! While these gifts might not be for the faint-of-heart, anyone with a fondness for all things scary will be sure to love them!
For fans of Another, Shiki, Ghost-type Pokémon
$: Happiness (RightStuf, $9.74)
From Suzo Oshimi, the author of Flowers of Evil and Inside Mari, comes a vampire manga that is as horrific as it is beautiful. Tokyo Ghoul fans will find a familiar premise taken in a much darker and introspective direction.
$$: Tomie (RightStuf, $26.24)
Junji Ito’s works are being collected into beautiful black and white hardback editions and Tomie is one of his most famous, spawning a series of live-action films. This collected edition tells the story of its eponymous character, a mysterious and monstrous beauty.
$$$: When they Cry (RightStuf, $84.49)
Spread across three seasons, When They Cry is a master class in how to do horror right in anime. Suspense and body horror both used to their fullest for the entire series run is now available in one convenient package.
Gifts for the Figure Collector
Anime figures are one of the easiest ways to show your love for a favorite character! This year has seen plenty of great new collectibles, and here are three that are sure to delight the figure fan in your life!
For fans of Figmas, Nendoroids, and everything in between
$: My Hero Academia Pop! Vinyl Figure (Crunchyroll Store, $8.99)
Everyone’s favorite heroes in training plus the symbol of Piece, All-Might, available in Funko Pop! form! Cute, affordable, and, above all else, HEROIC. PLUS ULTRA!!
$$: Breath of the Wild Link Nendoroid (Crunchyroll Store, $50.99)
The newest entry in the Legend of Zelda series was hailed by critics and fans as the game of the year when it was first released, and now this version of Link is available as a Nendoroid! Be sure it check out the store page since nendroid never skimps on customizability and accessories!
$$$: Viktor Nikiforov (Crunchyroll Store, $102.00)
Yuri’s coach is immortalized in this beautifully realized figure! Viktor’s known for always surprising his fans and your loved one opening a gift to find this figure within will be no exception. A must-have for Yuri!!! on ICE fans. There’s also a Yuri version to recreate their duet.
Gifts for the Gamer
There are anime fans and there are video game fans, but what to buy those who occupy the middle segment of this particular Venn Diagram? Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered with these gifts that are sure to put please any anime-inclined gamers!
$: Battle Chef Brigade (Steam, $19.99)
Recent digital release for Windows and Nintendo Switch perfect for fans of everything from Food Wars! to Avatar: The Last Airbender. This charming game combines side-scrolling combat with a novel Puzzle Fighter-like cooking system. Hunt monsters and and use their parts to win cooking battles!
$$: Persona 5 (Game Stop, $59.99)
One of the greatest videogames of what has turned out to be a stacked year for gaming. Persona 5 did a rare thing by living up to its own hype, delivering one of the most stylish games in recent history, including a great story with attractive characters and fun gameplay.
$$$: Dark Souls the Board Game (Crunchyroll Store, $120.00)
It’s the Dark Souls of board games! FROM may be finished with the franchise, but you can invade your friends homes to take on dangerous bosses as a group. It’s all the soul-crushing difficulty of the game except you’ve got a team at your back.
Gifs for the Fashionable Friend
Whether they’re cosplayers or friends who like to wear their fandom on their sleeve. Can’t go wrong mixing your enthusiasm for anime with function and fashion.
$: All-Might Socks (Crunchyroll Store, $9.99)
Your feet are fine now. Why? BECAUSE I’M HERE. AHAHAHAHAHA.
Anyways these All-Might socks are really good.
$$: Yuri Katsuki sweatpants (Crunchyroll Store, $33.99)
Do you know someone who wants to dress like a professional figure skater while simultaneously harboring a passion for loungewear? These Yuri Katsuki Sweatpants would make a great gift for them! Perfect for lounging around the house and eating pork cutlet bowls.
$$$: Subaru Hoodie (Crunchyroll Store, $80.00)
This hoodie is perfect for the person in your life who is willing to try and fail and try again! It’s a gift your loved ones can enjoy again and again… and again… and again…
The holidays are drawing closer but there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect gift. As a self-described anime and gift-giving expert, I’m confident this list has just what you need to end the year with a bang and cause the recipients of your gifts to spontaneously start conversations with others about what a great person you are when you’re not around. Until next year, good shopping, good buying, and goodbye-ing…
Peter Fobian is an Associate Features Editor for Crunchyroll, author of Monthly Mangaka Spotlight, writer for Anime Academy, and contributor at Anime Feminist. You can follow him on Twitter @PeterFobian.
Source: Anime News
The Crunchyroll 2017 Holiday Gift Guide