Top 5 Manga Box Sets You Can Still Buy in the UK

Top Manga Box Sets
Pictured: Claymore box set

Introduction

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.

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Getting Into Gundam, for Beginners

Getting into Gundam

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.

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Humble Manga Bundle: Fantasy Edition

Preview of Land of the Lustrous

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.

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British Museum Announces Manga Exhibition

Anime, manga and otaku culture are increasing in popularity in the west at rapid speed, and next year is going to be massive for manga fans in the UK.

The British Museum has announced a manga exhibition that will take place at Room 30 between 23rd May and 26th August 2019. It is set to be the largest manga exhibition ever held outside of Japan and will feature all kinds of titles, providing something for everyone.

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The Forgotten Otaku Pioneer: Comic Party

Introduction

Anime that revolves around otaku culture is nothing new – in fact, the earliest instance was a very unique OVA from 1991 titled Otaku no Video, which combines an anime story with live action interviews featuring real otaku in order to create a rather loose retelling of how critically acclaimed anime studio Gainax was founded.

More than thirteen years later we saw Genshiken, Welcome to the NHK, OreImo and a wide variety of other series dealing with the anime, manga and visual novel fandoms. And somewhere inbetween, we had Comic Party – a visual novel derived anime from 2001 that essentially spawned a genre but has been seen by fewer than 15,000 MyAnimeList users.

I first came across Comic Party about three years ago when I was searching for more otaku-focused anime, although I only got around to watching it last week. I came out of the series with mixed feelings, but I certainly don’t regret sitting through it.

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