Top 5 Manga Box Sets You Can Still Buy in the UK

Top Manga Box Sets
Pictured: Claymore box set

Introduction

Collecting manga can be an expensive hobby – each volume tends to cost around £7, and for long series such as Claymore and Rosario + Vampire, this can add up very quickly. That’s where box sets come in handy! At first glance they can seem like a massive investment, but if you’re planning to collect an entire series anyway, the cost should be well worth it in the long run.

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Getting Into Gundam, for Beginners

Getting into Gundam

Gundam is one of the most iconic anime franchises, and I think every otaku should watch at least one Gundam series – but there are so many and it can be difficult to know where to start. You might be wondering whether they’re all connected, or whether they hold up as standalone entries, but fear not – all will be explained in this post.

While some Gundam series are connected to each other, there are several different timelines and most of them hold up as standalone watches. Don’t worry, there’s no need to watch all 900+ episodes that have aired since the 1970’s!

That said, the original Mobile Suit Gundam series from 1979 isn’t a bad place to start. Its 43 episodes long, the budget was clearly low and the pacing can be a little slow, but you’ll learn the basics and get to see what Gundam is all about. If you don’t want to commit to watching too many episodes, there are three movies that cut out all the filler.

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Today’s Anime Blu-Ray Releases: Dagashi Kashi & More!

Dagashi Kashi poster featuring main character Hotaru

All The Anime / Anime Limited is releasing three popular anime series on DVD and Blu-Ray today, including everybody’s favourite sweet shop comedy Dagashi Kashi. The other series being released are Divine Gate and Haruchika.

All have been rated ’15’ by the British Board of Film Classification and come with a variety of bonus features including textless songs and trailers.

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My Anime Viewing Journal #1

Today I would like to write about the anime series I’ve been watching over the past few months, some quick thoughts on them and whether or not I recommend them! This list will be a mix of classics as well as currently airing shows. So, without further ado, lets get started!

Back in September I picked up The Vision of Escaflowne on DVD from the Anime Limited stall at MCM Comic Con Scotland. This is a massively popular mecha/fantasy series that first aired in 1996, but I hadn’t seen it until recently. The pacing is slow at times but its a fun watch that does romance well and has a beautiful soundtrack. 7/10.

Another old anime I got round to watching is Full Metal Panic!, seasons 1-3. I bought the Blu-Ray releases and watched the English dub. I love it when anime gets political, and this series provides the perfect mix of epic fights, high school comedy, military madness and governmental woes. It sounds like a weird mix, and the story is nothing spectacular, but it made me laugh and it would make a solid introduction to anime. 8/10.

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My trip to the UK’s National Video Game Museum

The UK’s first permanent video game museum launched in Nottingham in 2015, attracting more than 100,000 visitors within two years and winning several awards. I had always planned on paying a visit, but it relocated before I got the chance. Thankfully, its new location is my home city of Sheffield, so I was able to experience it over the weekend without travelling too far!

The museum is a ~15 minute walk from Sheffield train station and is fairly easy to find using Google Maps or similar. Trams and buses also stop nearby, so you shouldn’t have much trouble getting there.

The entry price is also very reasonable – £11 for adults and £9 for children, students and the disabled. If you book a ticket online the day before your trip, you even get a 50p discount – but do keep in mind the museum is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!

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