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.
Every so often, Humble Bundle releases collections of manga that can be purchased at a price you choose. This month they have released the ‘Manga 2 Anime’ bundle, which mostly features manga series that have been made into anime already.
The full bundle costs $20 USD and is in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and 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 across the world.
Being an otaku can be rather expensive, and collecting individual manga volumes definitely strains the wallet – completing one series can often cost in excess of £200! That is where box sets come in, which can save you loads of money.
There are a few manga box sets releasing this year that all shounen fans should be on the lookout for. The first of these is the Dragon Ball box set, coming out on the 27th June. This contains all sixteen volumes of the original Dragon Ball manga and can be pre-ordered on Amazon UK for less than £90 right now.
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.
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.