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.
A common misconception among anime fans in the west is that merchandise for their favourite shows is difficult to come across on the average high street. That would have been true about five years ago, but otaku culture has recently reached new heights and its now easier than ever to find DVDs, Blu-Rays, manga, figures, plushies and other anime merch on the streets of Britain. I’ve travelled the UK extensively and have managed to find some kind of anime-related merch everywhere from Penzance to Inverness!
Nearly all Waterstones locations now have a selection of manga, the quality of which often depends on the size of the store. Larger cities such as Sheffield and Glasgow tend to stock plenty whereas smaller towns like Barrow-in-Furness and Middlesbrough will have smaller collections, usually only offering the most popular manga, which at the moment tends to be shounen series like Naruto, Bleach and My Hero Academia. If you’re looking for manga and haven’t yet checked your nearest Waterstones branch, give them a look!