It’s November now, and you know what that means: holiday gift-giving time!
So while there are thousands of reviews and recommendations out there, I decided to create my own list with the following caveats:
In short, this list is geared toward general otaku holiday gift-giving. If you know someone is missing Part 2 of a box set or loves anything Naruto, great! Go with that! But if you’re looking for a Secret Santa or Angel Tree gift or want to give something to your cousin/niece/nephew that they can easily reread or rewatch without needing to invest more money, then I hope this list (or readers’ comments, hint hint) give you some starting points.
This is part one of two. This one features some anime and manga titles while the second will feature some gaming and miscellaneous.
I have included the MSRP as well as sample prices at popular stores. You may be able to get the price lower with coupons, but be sure to factor in any shipping costs.
Really, any Studio Ghibli title makes a good gift. The Secret World of Arrietty is, however, not the most well-known of Studio Ghibli works. Plus it has an advantage over some other works because it’s based on an English novel.
Two who shouldn’t have met, did: the last member of a warrior clan and a half-human, half-supernatural being. From the popular studio Kyoto Animation, the box set is available in DVD, Blu-ray, or collector’s edition formats to meet any size budget.
While many shoujo anime are just basically introductions to their original manga sources, Lovely Complex actually covers the entire series. This DVD-only box set stars a seemingly mismatched but surprisingly well-fit main couple.
While TOKYOPOP released the manga before closing, the King of Thorn film is the easiest way to experience the story. It’s being re-released as a S.A.V.E. edition, but you can decide whether you still want the original packaging or the budget release with uglier packaging.
Justin reviewed it, I reviewed it, and many others have as well. A beautiful coming-of-age story that combines the unfairness of life with first love.
While far from her best work, Mistress Fortune is a good, relatively inexpensive choice to help Tanemura fans finish their collection or to provide a gateway to her more popular works. If giving as a gift, though, just be aware of the male lead’s love for the heroine’s chest.
A heavy 3-in-1 hardcover for horror fans. Written by the popular Junji Ito, this omnibus both looks impressive as well as is impressive story-wise. Just don’t let your gift receiver think this has anything to do with the ninja of the same name.
While Uzumaki is a big book, Azumanga Daioh is a beast. But you can’t beat get four volumes’ worth of fun comedy about a group of girls and their teachers for one low price.
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