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Post Reply How do I start a manga collection? How did you start yours?
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Posted 7/4/16 , edited 7/4/16
I wasn't interested in manga, only anime. Then I made a friend who was. We visited a Book Off store in Namba and I bought 8 manga of recent anime I'd watched. Made the mistake of paying more than necessary on that first time though, having bought 5 of them for 249yen each even though the same books where also in the 100yen section. Now I only buy from there. They are second hand but, really cheap and well looked after.
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Posted 7/4/16 , edited 10/8/16
When I was younger I would go into Barnes and Noble and sit for at least an hour, looking through titles. Chances are you'll find at least one thing you like. You start there. When you go back for the next volume you'll probably find another title or two you like. Unfortunately book stores are a dying trade, so enjoy while you can.

Now, if you have anime you love I'd suggest looking into the manga and ordering online. Eventually you'll develop a full blown online ordering addiction like me. I order from Amazon personally, because I pay for prime and I like their customer service in the case that something goes awry, but you could easily snatch up collections on Ebay for pretty cheap.
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Posted 7/5/16
In my case, I only started buying manga after I started learning Japanese. I usually end up buying complete series (second hand) off Amazon Japan.
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Posted 7/5/16 , edited 7/5/16
step 1: buy manga
step 2: ...
step 3: profit

but really though I started with just seeing the manga on the store self and reading it and wanting more and it went from there lol so if there's a series that tickles your fancy then pick it up and if others come by that seem cool then pick them up too. Now if you're a hardcore collector you might wanna try to hunt down classic manga's like "Berserk", "Battle Royale", and "Battle Angel Alita" (hey they all start with the letter B!) but those probably go for a pretty penny! there are also manga's from defunct publishers like Tokyo Pop (they're actually making a come back right now) and Del Rey and their are also books that aren't in circulation anymore like "Black cat" and "Zombie Powder" from Viz (whats Zombie Powder you ask? its the manga before Bleach) you could find these books online or at cons,,, maybe comic books stores but in the end there's no real right or wrong way to collect manga unless you count the "Max Power" way (isn't that the wrong way? yeah but faster) so yeah a collection starts with that first book you pick up... then you'll hear about the anime so you'll wanna watch all your favorite characters and waifu move around and then BAM! you're an otaku! welp happy hunting!
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Posted 7/5/16
Besides all that above. The most important thing is having space for it in your home or else it's gonna get chaotic I'm not a manga collector myself, but if it's a manga that I REALLY love & enjoy, then yeah. I'll buy it. Just wish my local bookstores are still around. The good times when I used to always spend hours there reading most of them
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Posted 8/17/16
To be honest it starts off naturally. You buy the first one and when you realize that there is not enough desk space for your books, you start to look for a consistent place to keep them. Eventually you think about shelves vs. drawers and how much of your room you want to designate for your books.

For me I don't necessarily have an aesthetic look in mind, I buy what seems interesting and the series just pile up.
#teamdrawers all the way.
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Posted 8/20/16 , edited 8/20/16
I would say go with a series you really love and start with a focus on that. Build that one for a bit, and see if this is something you want to continue doing. If you feel comfortable enough to add another series or two, then feel free to get those series going. As to which series to go with, it really depends on your interest.

For me I went with a bit of familiarity with an Mangaka and looked into their older and current works. That worked as my starting point, but it's really up to you and where your interests lie.
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Posted 8/21/16
I just bought the volumes that contained the chapters I liked! If I was in the mood I would by the rest. Well, the only full collection in my possession is Shaman King, but OK!
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Posted 10/8/16
Here is my step by step.

1. Decide what series i want to give a try.
2. Read some peer reviews; i usually browse online forums, and blogs.
3. Read the first volume online. this has become a habit of mine, to make sure that i like what I am reading. totally Optional.
4. Got to Amazon. I say Just amazon because a good portion of the time they have used volumes and sell them for next to nothing for it +shipping. You can get old library books and the like.
5. Look around for competitive prices. If you can find something that beats the price and safety of Amazon, go for it. There are plenty of places online or even locally that can offer better deals, and better quality/condition.

Note: I dont worry about the condition of the volume unless the condition interferes with the storage or enjoyment. Like if its bent in such a way that make it impossible to stack or stow away, or if the cover and pages are ruined or missing.

i have bought numerous volumes this way; I bought ALL 27 VOLUMES for around 120.00 USD.
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Posted 10/8/16 , edited 10/8/16

Dragonflyvonn wrote:

Here is my step by step.

1. Decide what series i want to give a try.
2. Read some peer reviews; i usually browse online forums, and blogs.
3. Read the first volume online. this has become a habit of mine, to make sure that i like what I am reading. totally Optional.
4. Got to Amazon. I say Just amazon because a good portion of the time they have used volumes and sell them for next to nothing for it +shipping. You can get old library books and the like.
5. Look around for competitive prices. If you can find something that beats the price and safety of Amazon, go for it. There are plenty of places online or even locally that can offer better deals, and better quality/condition.

Note: I dont worry about the condition of the volume unless the condition interferes with the storage or enjoyment. Like if its bent in such a way that make it impossible to stack or stow away, or if the cover and pages are ruined or missing.

i have bought numerous volumes this way; I bought ALL 27 VOLUMES for around 120.00 USD.


What sucks about Amazon is that they charge shipping per book, regardless of whether it is coming from the same merchant or not. While that may not be a bad deal for some books, others aren't worth the $3.99 a pop shipping. I added a collection to my cart once, making sure that every book was from the same merchant based (literally) a state away from me; the price for the books was less than $30 USD for good or better conditions, but then I went to checkout and it totaled up with $100+ shipping and handling... Amazon is a complete rip-off when it comes to marketplace sellers.

If I'm buying new, it's always RightStuf. If it's hard to find or I'm looking for decent copies, I'll head to Ebay. If I don't really care about the condition and just need a fill that has no collectible value due to gratuitous stickers, stamps, creases, cover wear, etc., I'll use Thriftbooks--low price to begin with, a $10 threshold for free shipping, and a rewards program, regardless of seller (there are also sellers like Better World Books that use Thriftbooks as well as Amazon. It's definitely worth it to check both, since you'll probabaly get a better price from the former.)
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Posted 10/9/16
I started around 2002 collecting manga. It began with wanting to know what happened in Love Hina after the series, so I began buying the manga. I started a bunch of other series after that, I stopped though. Picked up collecting again roughly around 2010 because my job gave me excess time to read <and no internet for digital manga>. So now I'm basically working to pay for manga to read at work....its a vicious cycle.
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Posted 10/9/16
Start by buying the series you want to actually read.

That's pretty much how I started anyways. Want to read, buy, repeat. There really isn't a right way to "start a collection". For the most part, you end up with a collection because you want them, not because you want to make a collection. I mean, you can make "collection" the goal, but that sounds kinda wrong to me.

Just don't step foot into the world of book importing, unless you wanna cry about the shipping even on the slowest speed possible.
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Posted 10/18/16
Budget Budget and Budget!

Try sticking to 1 or 2 series at a time but this obviously depends on your income. If you can spend £200 on a manga a month with out any problems then cool but if you're paying bills and the like then you will have to sacrifice a little bit and possibly hunt down for good deals on manga. I live in UK and finding "good deals" is non existent.
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Posted 10/18/16
I've read so many mangas but the first one I actually bought was in S. Korea: Ao Haru Ride Vol 12

I plan to buy at least in every country I go to as a souvenir.
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Posted 10/20/16
mangafox has them all free
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