Kodansha Comics Gift Guide Part 1: Black Friday Buying Guide
If you’re looking to save big bucks this Black Friday on the latest and greatest manga sets, we’ve got you covered. From extravagant collector’s editions to limited edition box sets of your favorite classic series, whether you’re looking to complete your own manga collection, or to find a great set to gift someone special, you won’t want to miss stacking up on our top picks for Black Friday buys.
If you missed your chance to snag your copy of the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set when it crashed into stores last year, you’ll definitely want to put this box set on the top of your “To Buy” list. After winning not one, but two Eisner Awards this year (Best Publication Design and Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books), we’ve brought the behemoth box set back—but not for long. Not only is the set a limited edition, but it’s also the only way to experience Akira as the author originally intended. With the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format preserved, along with Otomo’s hand-drawn sound effects, this limited edition box set houses all six-volumes of Akira, plus the Akira Club artbook, in beautifully bound hardcover editions in a premium collector’s box—and also includes a limited-edition patch with the Akira iconic pill design. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Akira, or have just been waiting for the right time to delve into this classic series, this is one box set you don’t want to miss. (And you’ll be sure to save big if you make it a Black Friday buy!).
The only thing more fun that binge-watching Attack on Titan is binge-reading Attack on Titan to get hyped for a brand new season—and our brand new manga “season” box sets are not only great for playing catch up, but also make the perfect gift for the Attack on Titan die-hard fan in your life. Not only do they look terrifying when lined up next to each other, but each box set also contains exclusive bonus items— from tech sticker sheets, to an epic double-sided poster, and short story collections—that can’t be found anywhere else. The Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1 through Season 3 Part 1 Manga Box Sets are available now—collect them all before the Season 3 Part 2 anime season returns in April 2019!
Want to stack up even more Titan? The colossal epic continues in the Attack on Titan Colossal Editions – Volumes 1 through 4 available now!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who’s brand new to manga—or you’re searching for a new series to tug on the heartstrings—look no further than the A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set.This emotional drama, about a girl who can’t hear and the boy who strives to make amends after bullying her, has become one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade—earning an Eisner nomination and accolades from teachers and the American Library Association—and is perfect for manga readers young and old. Housed in a beautiful box featuring gorgeous color artwork from creator Yoshitoki Oima, this box set includes all seven volumes of A Silent Voice, plus an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster, a replica of Shoko’s communication notebook, and a preview of Yoshitoki Oima’s latest series, To Your Eternity.
ICYM grabbing the individual Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Editions this year, this box set is the perfect way to complete your Alita collection – or to introduce a friend to the sci-fi cyberpunk classic in a beautiful, deluxe edition box set. Not only does this box set bring the original Alita back bigger and better than ever—with glorious 400-page, 2-in-1 hardcover deluxe editions featuring an all-new translation and color pages—but it also includes Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories, an all-new Alita short story collection, plus three holographic, premium art prints signed by Alita creator Yukito Kishiro exclusively for this set. Catch up—or discover—Alita now before Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters in February 2019!
The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions gave international The Ghost in the Shell fans the opportunity to read the series in its original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time ever, and now those beautiful hardcover, definitive editions are available in one complete set. If you missed out on getting your Deluxe Editions before, don’t miss your chance to get this complete collector’s box set—which includes a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.
Need more The Ghost in the Shell? Be sure to check out The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network—a historic collaboration by some of the world’s most innovative comics writers and artists featuring four brand new stories inspired by The Ghost in the Shell universe.
There’s no better way to enjoy the greatest magical girl manga of all time than in a definitive, premium edition—fit for a moon princess (or prince!)! Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is perfect for Sailor Moon fans old and new alike, and features a brand-new translation, a glittery holographic cover, an enlarged trim size, and—for the first time ever in English—includes all original color pages. Whether you want to help complete a lifelong Sailor Moon fan’s collection—or inspire a magical someone by introducing them to the series – the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is a must-have.
Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volumes 1 & 2 are available now!
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Stay tuned next week for our next installment of our gift guide, featuring the latest series and spin offs from fan favorite manga creators!