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.
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.
I’ve been reading a lot of manga as of late, and I was really chuffed to see Humble Bundle partner with Kodansha Comics to release a package full of fabulous fantasy manga at the end of January. I was quick to purchase the bundle myself, and after digging into some of the stories I cannot recommend it highly enough!
The full bundle is available for $20 and its in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense fund, which is an American non-profit organisation taking a stand against censorship and protecting the freedom to read comics.