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The Manga UK Christmas Gifting Guide

Thursday 8th December 2016

December’s here and it’s time to start thinking about gifts and stocking fillers for your nearest and dearest, or maybe just what to put on your own Christmas list! Here at Manga UK, we know there’s an anime for everyone - so why not pick up something a little different this Christmas?

For the seasoned otaku:
Every otaku knows that Death Note is the modern anime classic - a must-have for any collection. And as such, they may already own a copy… but not this one. This December, the intense thriller is coming to blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK! Treat your otaku friend (or self!) to a high-definition rollercoaster of intrigue, betrayal and cold-hearted murder in this new box set that includes all 37 episodes and both Re-Light films! Pre-order now for £42.99 and get it in time for Christmas.

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They might also enjoy Evangelion 3.33 or the Attack on Titan Complete Season Collection.


For the Kawaii-cutie:
We’ve had quite a few super-cute offerings for you this year, perfect for space cadets and dancing queens alike!

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Studio Gainax’s Wish Upon the Pleiades is the story of Subaru, a high school girl with wanderlust who becomes a magical girl on a quest through space, while HaNaYaMaTa follows a group of best friends as they learn the traditional Japanese dance yosakoi - and experience love, laughter and friendship along the way!


Both choices bring a smile to the stoniest of faces, and are guaranteed to warm your heart - all without breaking the bank! Grab the Wish Upon the Pleiades double pack for £28.99 or HaNayaMaTa from £17.99.

They might also enjoy Golden Time, Haikyu!! or My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU!


For the hardened horror fan:
Parasyte -the Maxim- is a cornerstone of horror anime, and a must-see for any fan of the genre.


For shoppers on a budget, you can grab both creepy Collections for £20.99 each on DVD - or push the boat out and get the Deluxe Collectors’ Editions for £59.99 apiece. With all 24 episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray, and a host of physical extras including the manga, soundtrack, Be@rbrick and more, it’s the perfect gift for lovers of gore! Grab yours now.

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They might also enjoy
Akame ga Kill, Parasyte the Movie, or Mirai Nikki.


For the 80s enthusiast:
This year we’ve been bringing back the 80s in a big way with both Transformers the Movie and our Akira Triple Play!


Out on December 12th, the specially-restored, 4k-transfer blu-ray of the 1986 classic animation Transformers the Movie includes a digital copy, both Widescreen & Full Frame versions and brilliant on-disc extras. It’s also packaged in a gorgeous collectible Steelbook, making it the perfect gift!

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Or how about something a little more... cyberpunk? To celebrate our 25th Anniversary this year, we recently released the
Akira Triple Play - get the 1988 anime smash-hit on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital, with posters, art-cards and collectible art box! Also includes both English dubs, a director interview and bonus extras.

They might also enjoy 90s classics Nadia the Secret of Bluewater or Ninja Scroll.


For everyone!
Looking for the ultimate gift this Christmas…? Look no further than the Pokémon Movie Collection! It features the first three Pokémon Movies on dazzling blu-ray, packaged in a gorgeous Collector's’ Steelbook - so it looks as beautiful on your shelf as it does on screen!

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It’s this year’s must have for adults and children alike - a healthy dose of early 2000s goodness that everyone will love. And at just £22.99, it’s a Christmas bargain!

They might also enjoy Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, or Digimon.

But I always leave my shopping ‘til the last minute, and I’d never get these delivered in time!

Last-minute shoppers, never fear - you can pick up a lot of our titles (including the Transformers and Pokémon Steelbooks!) in-store from your local HMV! If you miss the cut-off date for delivery on online orders, they’ll always have you covered.

Let us know what’s on your Christmas list via Facebook and Twitter!


Death Note Complete Series And Ova Collectors Edition

was £59.99
On Blu-ray for the first time! Collected across 6 discs containing all 37 episodes of the hit anime series plus the bonus Death Note: Relight OVAs.

Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil... namely the people he believes to be evil.
Should anyone hold such power?
The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.

Contains episodes 1-37 plus Death Note Relight OVAs on a bonus Blu-ray disc
Also features exclusive collectors edition rigid box packaging
Languages: English, Japanese and English Subtitles



Code Geass vs Death Note

If you liked that, you might like this
At heart, Death Note and Code Geass tell the same story. A teenage Tokyo schoolboy with a towering intellect, railing against the world, is given fantastic powers by a supernatural agency. He finds he can manipulate people like puppets and kill with ease. His power is bound by rules and restrictions, yet still seems godlike.


The magnificent 47 Ronin

Stephen Turnbull asks what (if anything) went wrong with the 47 Ronin?
When T. H. White’s great Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King was first published the New York Times described it as “a glorious dream of the Middle Ages as they never were but as they should have been.” A very similar comment would not be inappropriate to describe the strange world of old Japan conjured up in the movie 47 Ronin.

Fairy Tail Music: Daisy x Daisy

Tom Smith on Fairy Tail Part 7’s opening theme
Little Mika still has a long way to go, but since signing to Pony Canyon she has managed to have a crack at the anime universe, featuring heavily in one series in particular; Fairy Tail.

One Piece: Crew Manifest 5

Brush up on this latest volume of nautical nonsense!
The Skypiea arc is well underway in the latest batch on One Piece, taking the Straw Hat Pirates to a floating island where danger and adventure abounds.

Psycho-Pass music: Ling Tosite Sigure

Tom Smith finds another band with an unspellable name
Meet Ling tosite sigure. Their name may be confusing to pronounce (for anyone interested, it’s more like ‘rin tosh-teh shi-goo-reh’), but that didn’t holdback Japan’s music-loving community from rushing to their local CD-shops and grabbing a copy of the band’s latest album i’mperfect, out now also in the UK thanks to JPU Records.

Takahata's Style

Andrew Osmond on why the Kaguya director deserves an Oscar
On February 22nd, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, directed by Isao Takahata, will compete at the eighty-seventh Academy Awards. It’s a moment long overdue. Takahta has been called the Ozu of animation; it’s a medium he’s worked in since 1959, making both rarefied artworks and nationally-beloved favourites.

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

The grand finale of the SF eggstravaganza
It is a real testament to how far things have progressed in the U.K. that this trilogy has been released uncut; in the 1990s the BBFC would never have allowed it. In that sense, the ten years it has taken Ubukata to get his books on-screen may, despite the frustrations caused him personally, have ended up benefiting U.K. audiences.


Digital transvestite Tom Smith on the girl who’s hearing voices
Before taking on the part of Asuna, Haruka Tomatsu had accumulated over one hundred titles featuring her vocal talents, spanning anime, videos games and drama CDs. Achievement unlocked.
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