Tips For Aspiring Manga Collectors in the UK

An impressive manga collection; unfortunately not my own!

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.

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Boogiepop works better as a Light Novel.

Who doesn’t love her smug expression?

When the current Winter 2019 anime season started, one of the first shows to air was Boogiepop and Others, and it was the first I picked up. Its an adaptation of the light novel that kicked off the craze in Japan, and I thought the anime seemed promising at first – the production value was solid and Kensuke Ushio had done an ear-inspiring job with the music.

But unfortunately after three episodes I was finding Boogiepop a bit confusing and struggling to keep up. At first I was wondering if this would be another Steins;Gate, which made more sense as it went on. But I’m now six episodes in and it isn’t getting any better.

I eventually came to the conclusion that watching one episode per week isn’t ideal for a show like Boogiepop and Others where its good to remember little details, and decided to check out the light novel, which is being released in English by Seven Seas.

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