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.
Pick #1: Claymore
Claymore is an action/fantasy/horror manga that was published between 2001 and 2014, and received an anime adaptation in 2007 that was fairly successful but only covered the first 11 volumes, out of 27. It’s a classic series that contains a thrilling story remnisicent of early Japanese role playing games. Its full of strong female characters, has plenty of gore and I would go as far as calling it a masterpiece – but its certainly not for the fainthearted! Purchase here!
Pick #2: Rosario + Vampire
Another anime classic, although the manga is undoubtedly a better experience as it has a more fleshed out story, better fight scenes and more likeable character portrayals. This is an ecchi manga, but its not too over the top and does have an interesting premise. If you like vampire fiction, chances are you’ll enjoy it! Purchase here!
Pick #3: Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is often recommended as an introduction to anime, and its brilliant, but if you don’t want to commit to watching a 64 episode series, you can read the manga in less than half the time. It’s an epic fantasy involving magic, fighting, comedy and even politics. Purchase here!
Pick #4: A Silent Voice
This is much shorter than the previous picks at just seven volumes, but its a beautiful, emotional roller coaster that tells the story of a deaf young girl and a boy who comes to regret bullying her. There was also an anime movie adaption in 2016. Purchase here!
Pick #5: Ouran High School Host Club
A shoujo comedy series that has always been popular with the fujoshi community! This shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but if you just want to sit back, chill and have a laugh, you can’t go wrong with OHSHC! Purchase here!
Bonus Pick: Monogatari Season 1
This isn’t manga, but its one of the best light novel series out there. Its also one of the cheaper options on this list, so if you’re a fan of the anime, definitely pick it up! Purchase here!