As I’ve discussed previously, starting your otaku collection can prove expensive, especially when it comes to figures. My favourite figures are the Nendoroids, which tend to be fairly expensive, but there are some pretty affordable ones available, often dispatched directly by Amazon UK with the option of next day delivery.
As I write this, one of the cheapest anime Nendoroid figures I can find on Amazon UK is actually from a pretty popular idol series: The IdolM@ster. It’s of the character Miki Hoshii and the current price is less than £22, but make sure to snap it up fast if you’re interested because these price tags are known to fluctuate.
Another nice figure retailing at less than £30 is Futaba Ichinose from the lesser known anime series Seiyu’s Life! which takes a look into the world of voice acting. This one even comes with the character’s plush doll, called Korori.
The British Isles is a vast geographic area, containing several countries and crown dependencies. There are plenty of towns and cities, but I don’t think there is any region more remote than the Scottish Highlands, which I had the pleasure of visiting in April.
My trip began in Inverness; the only city in the Highland council area. While there I made sure to have a look at the anime and manga for sale in mainstream shops like Waterstones, HMV and CeX. I have made it a habit to look out for bargains in every town and city I visit, after all it would be a shame to miss the chance to snap up a product on my wish list.
If the city I’m in has a Forbidden Planet store, that’s all the better. What kind of otaku can pass up a 3-for-2 offer on manga volumes? But still, these are all brands with abundant locations across the UK. I often prefer to browse small local comic shops and get to know the owners a bit.
Thanks to publishers like Viz, Yen Press and Kodansha, most popular manga and light novels of the last few years have received official English releases that can be found in most major book stores in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and a plethora of other countries.
Despite this surge in availability, manga collecting remains an expensive hobby. Individual volumes can cost anywhere between £7 and £20, which adds up fast, especially if you’re collecting a popular series with dozens of volumes, such as Naruto or Bleach.
This can put some otaku off starting a physical manga collection, but I would like to offer some advice on how to fill your book shelves with your favourite series without burning too big of a hole in your wallet.
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.
The most common starting points that longtime Gundam fans recommend to newbies are the original Mobile Suit Gundam series from 1979, the resulting movie trilogy, or 2007’s spectacular hit Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
All of those are great, but if you’re not entirely sold on the franchise and want a quick taste of what it has to offer, you might prefer Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, which is a film released in 2016 with a fairly short running length of 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The film does not require any prior knowledge of the Gundam franchise so new viewers should have very little difficulty following the story and understanding what’s going on.
I ordered the UK Blu-Ray release last week and received it today, and have been taking a look at the extras that Anime Limited / All The Anime have included.