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So I've watched anime forever (over 15 years now) and occasionally read a manga here and there if a series gets poorly done or if everyone says the manga is better.

My question:

What is the best way to get a complete series?

As an example) Claymore

I know that I could buy the individual volumes or locate a box set potentially.

In the world of manga is there anything like a 'book' that gets released when a series is complete? So that I can just spend my money on a single, well put-together packaged product.

Thanks for the comments!
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G1lgam3sh wrote:

So I've watched anime forever (over 15 years now) and occasionally read a manga here and there if a series gets poorly done or if everyone says the manga is better.

My question:

What is the best way to get a complete series?

As an example) Claymore

I know that I could buy the individual volumes or locate a box set potentially.

In the world of anime is there anything like a 'book' that gets released when a series is complete? So that I can just spend my money on a single, well put-together packaged product.

Thanks for the comments!


Hi, I've moved this to our new Advice, Info, Recommendations forum, and edited your title to make it more clear what you were looking for.

Where you wrote "In the world of anime..." did you mean to write "In the world of manga?" (If so, you can go back and edit it.)

Manga is usually originally published chapter at a time in periodical manga magazines--for example each issue of Weekly Shonen Jump has a chapter each of several series. For popular series at least, once there are enough chapters, they get published in volumes called tankobon. Long series will have a large number of volumes. You can buy English language versions of some manga in similar volumes.

But it sounds like you pretty much know that.

Beyond that, I don't really know though. I've never seen volumes collected into bigger sets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. For long series I don't think you could have a single book that consists of a lot of volumes, because the book would just end up impractically fat.

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Thank you for the info, I edited the OP to correct the wording.

From what I've seen scrolling through the manga collection thread a volume is about as large as the collection gets. I assume it isn't very cost efficient beyond that.

Thank you again.
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G1lgam3sh wrote:

Thank you for the info, I edited the OP to correct the wording.

From what I've seen scrolling through the manga collection thread a volume is about as large as the collection gets. I assume it isn't very cost efficient beyond that.

Thank you again.


Yup, I also edited mine to mention that one problem with collecting volumes together is that for long series you'd end up with something too fat to fit in a single book.

I do think Viz does (or did) "Big" Editions for very popular titles that combine a few (like maybe 3) volumes together, and also has a larger page size, but I've never purchased one.
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Yeah, if you're looking for physical versions of manga in English, you generally have to buy them one volume at a time--which is expensive, and can take up quite a bit of shelf space. Occasionally, I have seen manga with multi-volume books in English, but that's pretty uncommon.

I should note that an increasing number of manga are available in licensed electronic formats (e.g. Kindle), and those are often substantially cheaper than buying physical volumes (and also saves on that aforementioned shelf space).

Also, if your really want to save money, you can read fan-translations of many manga for free on the internets (there are plenty of sites out there), although I would strongly urge you to financially support quality authors as your budget does allow.
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Viz has 3-in-1s of popular series like Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist. The 3-in-1s are more of a value item as they are made of cheaper material. They also have "Viz Bigs" that contain 3 volumes with higher quality pages and I believe color pages as well. They also have a full box set of Bakuman。and partial box sets of One Piece and some others. There are also some digital bundles. I believe these are expiring soon but Viz has expressed interest in doing more in the future.

For Claymore, I see 25 available digitally right now. There are 27 volumes according to anilist.co. Looking at Viz's release calendar volume 26 will be available in March so it won't be long until the series is complete in English. But I wouldn't know if Viz would want do a box set for this manga after its completion. You might want to ask them yourself. They are pretty responsive on Twitter @vizmedia.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm definitely looking for physical copies (I'm a sucker for physical products, I think I own most of the Tolkien store collectors books). Looks like I'll have to just buy a new shelf and petition my wife as to why we need yet another nerdy decorative addition to the house.

I appreciate the responses again. You were all very informative.
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