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Top 12 Manga Box Sets You Should Have In Your Collection

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When it comes to collecting physical manga, I personally believe there are two ways to go about it. You could either get the original paperback as it was first published, or you could get the most super deluxe special edition available. 

These deluxe editions could be in the form of a handsome oversized hardcover, a big box set with bonus contents, or even a mixture of both. 

The following box sets are what I consider some of the best ones that you can get right now. To make things more fun, I arrange them based on the amount of books that you’d get inside the box. 

Less than 5 books

The box sets in this category are what I consider to be the best value for money among all of the boxes in this list. With less than 5 books in each box and each volume is an oversized hardcover, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to grab your hand on these glorious things.

1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set

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Nausicaä of the valley of the wind is the movie that first introduced the world to the colorful and powerful world of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Well, this is the original source material. Written and drawn by Hayao Miyazaki himself. 

It was originally published in seven volumes in Japan, but nowadays, the English version is published in this compact box set consisting of two gorgeous, oversized, hardcover omnibuses. By the way, the movie only explores about the first half of the first volume, so there’s still a ton of content left to read. 

Honorable mention: Revolutionary Girl Utena. This box set is actually similar in every way to the Nausicaä one. Unfortunately, this surreal and surprisingly modern shojo fairytale is simply no match against Miyazaki’s monumental work.

2. Ghost In The Shell Deluxe Complete Box Set

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For decades, whenever most people heard the word “Cyberpunk”, they would immediately think about the movie Ghost In The Shell. Well, just like with Nausicaä, this manga is where everything begins. It was originally published as one stand-alone story. 

As the years went by, the author published one sequel and a compilation of short stories that could act as a bridge between the two. Thankfully, Kodansha decided to publish these three volumes into a handsome oversized hardcover and compile them into these neat box sets.

Honorable mention: Magic Knight Rayearth. This monumental work by the legendary CLAMP could be said to be the first and one of the most epic isekai manga. But, if we talk about impact, there’s simply no beating Ghost in the shell. 

Between 5 to 10 books

And now we get to bulkier box sets. Mind you they all still consist of less than ten books in total, so it shouldn’t take too long for you to read the whole thing. Some of them are hardcovers while others are still in paperbacks, but all of them are very much worth every penny. 

3. Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set

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Another entry into the legendary manga box sets that you should own is Akira. This more than 2000 pages story that masterfully blends the world of cyberpunk and supernatural into one massive epic is something that every self-proclaimed manga lover should read. 

And this gorgeous box set is just the best packaging for it. This 35th anniversary box set is the definitive edition of Akira that comes with six oversized hardcovers with lots of bonus content such as stickers and art books. And while you’re at it, check out my other articles on Akira.

Honorable mention: Battle Angel Alita. From the genre to the number of physical books, Alita has lots in common with Akira. That being said, the Akira box set is just a tad more special than Alita’s. 

4. A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set

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This list finally enters the 21st century with this charming and heart wrenching story. By perfectly melting the element of a coming-of-age, romance, and slice of life into one unforgettable tale of guilt and hope, A Silent Voice is something that will inevitably move your frozen heart. 

With only seven books with reasonable thickness each, you can easily devour this series in one lazy spring afternoon. Unfortunately we still only get the original paperback version, hopefully it’ll get the oversize hardcover treatment soon. 

Honorable mention: Princess Jellyfish. Though it still lives inside the realm of emotional and inspiring life stories, I feel like Princess Jellyfish is hyper focused on its main demographic, Josei. It is a very good tale, but if you’re not familiar with the Josei story, it might not be your cup of tea.

Between 10 to 20 books

With 10 to 20 books per box, we finally enter the standard number of shounen books in this category. Some may be compiled into thick two-in-one paperback omnibus, but for the most part, these box sets housed the original paperback volumes.

5. Death Note Complete Box Set

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Though many people may still haven’t read it yet, I think it is safe to say that everybody has heard the name “Death Note” before. This groundbreaking cocktail of fantasy and mystery will explore the deep and dark corner of the human heart and brain. 

And what better way to read this title than with this handsome box set. With 12 paperback volumes and one special additional book, you’ll be sure to have a great time reading it. There are other versions of Death Note available, but I believe this box set is the best one of them all. 

Honorable mention: Pandora Hearts. This series has one of the most beautiful packaging of them all. Unfortunately, this box set is very elusive. You might even need to hunt on ebay to get your hand on one. 

6. Bakuman The Complete Box Set

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Bakuman is the one series in this list that will not only entertain you, but also drop some knowledge bombs while at it. Bakuman will give you a precious insight into the world of becoming a mangaka and how the manga industry works in Japan. 

This box set contains all of the 20 original paperback volumes of Bakuman with a little short story bonus inside. And each of them is a gem. And these gems are quite heavy and will take quite a lot of space, so make sure to make some room in your shelf. 

Honorable mention: Vampire Knight. This series is a staple in the shoujo fantasy genre and comes in only 19 paperback volumes, spread into two decent box sets. Though I don’t think it is as good as Bakuman, it is still a decent title for this category.

Between 20 to 30 books

This category marks the last series with only one box set. Everything from this point forward would come in at least two boxes per title. With up to 30 books per series, these boxes would also take quite a lot of space on your shelf. 

7. Demon Slayer Complete Box Set

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Demon Slayer is the newest title in this list and it has successfully carried on the tradition of epic shounen action-adventure manga. With a lethal combination of clear objective, fast-paced storytelling, and epic action sequences, you’ll be sure to enjoy reading Demon Slayer. 

The box set itself contains all 23 paperback volumes of Demon Slayer with several extra stuff inside. And I’m sure times will fly by when you read this exciting story. I’ve made several articles on Demon Slayer here, so be sure to check them out. 

Honorable mention: Assassination Classroom. Assassin Classroom actually has lots of similarities with Demon Slayer. The main difference being Demon Slayer somehow felt a lot more epic than Assassination Classroom. 

8. Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Box Set

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Fullmetal Alchemist has gone down as one of the best shonen manga that ever grace this planet. You get everything with this one, intriguing concept, great world building, interesting characters, meaningful storytelling, and so much more. 

There is an oversized hardcover edition out in the market right now, but if you want to go the original paperback route, then there’s nothing better than this complete box set edition. You’ll get all of its 27 volumes with some extra bonus like a poster and a short novel. 

Honorable mention: Claymore. I honestly believe that Claymore is one of the most underrated manga of all time. The art, the story, the reading experience, everything is amazing. In any other category, it will easily win. Alas, it goes against Fullmetal Alchemist and ends up here.

Between 30 to 50 books

This category is the one where you finally need to show a serious commitment both on the amount of money that you have to spend and the time it’ll take to read the whole thing. Because 40+ volumes are a lot of books to go through. 

9. Tokyo Ghoul/Tokyo Ghoul:re Complete Box Set

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The whole Tokyo Ghoul saga is divided into two parts, sort of like season one and two, and you’ll get each part in a different box set. The first half of the story is darker than the second half but both of them are just as interesting. 

The first box contains 14 volumes of Tokyo Ghoul while the second box contains 16 volumes of Tokyo Ghoul:re. And both of them have exclusive, two-sided, full color posters as a bonus. 

Honorable mention: Attack on Titan. The main reason why Attack on Titan ends up as an honorable mention is the fact that the series is spread out into little box sets. Two from each season, with around five volumes each. That is too many boxes.

10. Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z Complete Box Set

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Dragon Ball is the standard upon which every other shounen manga would be judged. And decades after it was first published, it is still as exciting as it was before and lots of new people would still be introduced and become fans of this legendary series.

For the English version, Dragon Ball is split to the regular DragonBall and Dragon Ball Z. The first box set consists of 16 volumes while the second one consists of 26 volumes. Both have double-sided, full color, exclusive posters inside.

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More than 50 books

This is the category for the thickest of the thick bois. All the titles here have more than fifty regular paperbacks collected into at least three boxes. So expect to spend at least US$500 to get the whole series. 

11. Naruto Complete Box Set 1/2/3

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For quite a long time, Naruto is considered to be one of the big three shonen manga, along with Bleach and One Piece. With its lovable characters, interesting world building, and flashy action sequences, it is basically the one manga that most people read. 

Accumulated into 73 volumes, the story of Naruto is split into three box sets with each containing 20 or so volumes. This will certainly be a big purchase and you’d need the whole set to complete the series, but you won’t ever regret getting it.

Honorable mention: Fairy Tail. During their runs, Fairy Tail always goes head to head against Naruto as they both have the same audience. But the fact that the box sets are split into seven boxes with around 10 or so volumes each is just a huge inconvenience.  

12. One Piece Complete Box Sets 1/2/3/4/?

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One Piece is arguably one of the biggest titles in the world of manga right now. It is a cocktail of a zany and vast adventure with a cast of quirky characters, unpredictable world, unbelievable action sequences and heartwarming moments. 

And just like the story itself, the box sets are also massive. Four colossal box sets currently in the market, with possibly more in the way, collecting them is the proof of a fan dedication to the series. New readers may be intimidated by its sheer size, but believe me, it is definitely worth it. 

Honorable mention: Bleach. As a former member of the Big Three, Bleach used to be held in the same regard as Naruto and One Piece. Unfortunately, a mediocre last arc and a weak ending prevent it from attaining that true legendary status as its peers. 

There are three main reasons why you should get a manga box set. First, you’ll get the whole series in one, nicely wrapped package. While hunting individual volumes could be fun, it could also get tedious and annoying really fast. Which makes the box set very convenient.

Second, since you buy the whole series at once, you are actually saving more money than buying each individual volumes one by one. They also usually come in a nice box that you could easily move around.

And last but not least, it’s highly likely that you’ll get some bonus stuff within the box. Be it a poster, stickers, some new content, art books, and lots of other different things. 

The only thing that you need to set aside is the money to buy them and the space to store them. Because these box sets, especially the thick bois, would require a lot of space. 

Happy collecting!


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