Manga box sets are one of the best ways to collect your favorite manga series. Not only do they allow you to collect the individual volumes of a manga for lower prices on average, but they often come with extras that add to their value. Sites are always running deals on manga box sets, so you can often pick up your favorite series at even lower costs.
I want to note that select box sets didn’t make this list because I think there are better editions of those series available for purchase. For instance, I didn’t add the Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets, because I enjoy the Attack on Titan Colossal Editions. I also didn’t include the A Silent Voice Manga Box Set, because they released hardcover Complete Collector’s Editions, or the Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Box Set, because of the Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Editions.
That being said, I’m only including box sets on this list if I fully believe that they are the best way to collect a manga series and if they are ones that I own in my collection, so I can determine their quality firsthand. This list will also be constantly updated as I review new manga box sets or new box sets are announced. I have a YouTube channel called Anime Collective, where I review editions of manga as well. If I’ve done a review on any of these, I’ve included them below.
That being said, here are the best manga box sets that your money can buy! Also, be sure to check out the best manga sites and bookstores to buy from for recommendations on where to pick these manga box sets up! Manga box sets have been in and out of stock a lot lately. To see when some of them are expected to come back in stock, check out my manga restock guide.
The Rosario Vampire Manga Box Set is one of my favorite manga box sets to release so far. It has beautiful artwork on all sides of the box, and there’s more on the inside of the box as well. This manga box set comes with all 24 volumes of the series as well as an exclusive full-color mini-comic previously unreleased in the English edition. When you can find it in stock, the Rosario Vampire Complete Box Set is the cheapest way to collect Rosario Vampire by Akihisa Ikeda.
I’m not typically a fan of just pure romance stories unless they have something about them that I gravitate towards, but I am a fan of romantic comedies as well as ecchi, so Rosario Vampire seemed like one I’d enjoy. I recently completed reading it, and I was right. It’s funny and I love the world it’s set in, which is a world where monsters, like vampires, werewolves and many, many more exist. A human somehow stumbles into this world and ends up going to school with said monsters, which is an interesting premise.
It’s one of the best romance ecchi manga to release so far and I highly recommend checking it out!
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The Demon Slayer Manga Box Set was released in October 2021, so it is one of the more recent box sets to be released. I had a feeling that a box set would be released after Demon Slayer‘s final volume, volume 23, was released, so I waited to pick up the series. I’m glad I did with the release of a complete box set. Not only does the Demon Slayer Complete Manga Box Set fully collect Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotouge with Volumes 1-23, but it also comes with an exclusive double-sided poster and a commemorative booklet.
The extras in this box set aren’t as cool as those you get in a few of the other Viz box sets that I ranked higher on this list, but the commemorative booklet is fun to flip through regardless. The artwork on this box set is nice as well. On one side you have artwork of Muzan battling against Tanjiro, and on the other, you have artwork of the main characters as well as some of the Hashira.
As with many box sets, the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volumes are cheaper in this box set in comparison to what they’d cost you individually. Of course, this is a big reason to look into getting this box set but it also looks great on display as well.
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When I think of cyberpunk manga, one of the first series that comes to mind in addition to Akira and Alita, is The Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. It’s a classic that’s just as amazing today as it was when it was first released in 1989.
It’s a staple series, especially if you are a massive sci-fi fan like I am. One of the best ways to collect the series is The Ghost in the Shell Complete Manga Box Set, which collects all three of the Deluxe Edition hardcovers released by Kodansha and an exclusive lithograph.
In addition to the box set, you can collect The Ghost in the Shell with English translation via the Fully Compiled edition, the paperbacks released by Kodansha, as well as the trade paperbacks and comic book issues released by Dark Horse. The Dark Horse editions are all out of print, while Kodansha’s releases are still in print.
The Deluxe Editions hardcovers this box set collects are one of the only editions that have the original Japanese sound effects and they also read in the original right-to-left format.
While the box set doesn’t provide nearly as many savings when bought at full retail as others on this list do, it allows you to purchase the Deluxe Edition hardcovers all at once, and you can often find it on sale when shopping at manga sites and stores. It also comes with the lithograph as well as a sturdy and nicely designed box, which can be put on display in several different locations. This is nice, especially if you are short on shelf space.
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Three manga box sets fully collect Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. Out of all the Naruto manga editions that you can collect, including the individual paperbacks and the Naruto 3-in-1 Editions, the Naruto manga box sets are the best way to collect the series in my opinion. Not only do they come with extras, such as booklets and double-sided posters, but they allow you to pick up all 72 of the individual paperbacks at a cheaper cost.
I want to talk about availability real quick because the Naruto manga box sets have been flickering in and out of stock. All of the Naruto manga box sets are going to restock at some point in time, so please don’t pay ridiculous aftermarket prices for them.
They are worth the wait if you are looking to collect the individual paperbacks because they save you over 200 dollars and the artwork featured on all three of them is awesome. They look great and the extras are fun to experience as well, especially the pilot story that comes with Naruto Box Set 2.
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There are two manga box sets that fully collect Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. The Dragon Ball Complete Box Set collects all 16 volumes of Dragon Ball and the Dragon Ball Z Complete Box Set collects all 26 volumes of Dragon Ball Z. Both sets come with an exclusive double-sided poster and a booklet that includes interviews with Akira Toriyama and more.
We did a post comparing all of the Dragon Ball manga editions that have been released with English translation so far. Right now, there are currently seven of them, including the manga box sets. They all vary in terms of censorship, print quality, design, and more, so there’s quite a bit that’s different between the seven editions!
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One Piece by Eiichiro Oda is a shonen that has been going strong for years with over 1,000 chapters released in Japan. That being said, it can be quite intimidating to get into simply due to the sheer number of volumes there are to collect. But it’s well worth the investment.
Luckily, Viz started releasing One Piece Manga Box Sets, which made it easier and more affordable to collect the series. So far, One Piece Manga Box Set 1 (Volumes 1-23, Covers East Blue and Baroque Works/Alabasta Arcs), One Piece Manga Box Set 2 (Volumes 24-46, Covers Skypeia and Water Seven Arcs), One Piece Manga Box Set 3 (Volumes 47-70, Covers Thriller Bark, Sabaody, Impel Down, Paramount War, and New World Arcs), and One Piece Manga Box Set 4 (Volumes 71-90, Covers Dressrosa, Zou, Whole Cake Island, and Reverie Arcs) have been released.
At the time of this post, the latest volume of One Piece to release is Volume 101, so the fourth manga box set almost fully catches you up on the series. Each box set also comes with a mini-comic/booklet and a double-sided poster. The mini-comics are fun to read, so they are a great addition.
Learn more in my One Piece Manga Box Sets review! I compare the box sets with the singles and 3-in-1s.
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There are three Bleach Manga Box Sets, Bleach Box Set 1 (Volumes 1-21), Bleach Box Set 2 (Volumes 22-48), and Bleach Box Set 3 (Volumes 49-74), that collect all 74 volumes of Bleach by Tite Kubo. I enjoy the way they separated the volumes in Box Sets 2 and 3 in particular because they are stored vertically instead of horizontally. And as seen with most of the box sets on this list, it’s pleasing when you open them up.
Right now, Bleach has only been released in individual volumes, 3-in-1’s, a hardcover Bleach Collector’s Edition (Only 1 volume released though), and the manga box sets. The box sets, in my opinion, are the best way to collect Bleach right now. Not only are they cheaper than the individual volumes, but they come with extras as well. I have always been a huge fan of box sets that include booklets, which feature never-before-seen illustrations, commentary, storyboards, character sketches, etc, and these manga box sets include just that. Each box set also comes with an exclusive double-sided poster.
What I really love about these though is the artwork featured on not just the outside of the boxes, but the inside of them as well. The artwork seen on the inside of the Bleach Box Set 2 in particular is incredible as shown in the picture above.
If you have yet to get into Bleach‘s manga, now is a great time to get caught up with the Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Arc, the manga’s final arc, being adapted and on its way soon. With Jump Festa 2022 around the corner, we are hoping to get more details about a release date, staff, and more!
Also, I want to note that some of the Bleach Manga Box Sets have been out of stock for quite some time, but sites recently restocked the box sets. That being said, be on the lookout for restocks on the sites listed below. Please don’t pay more than retail for these box sets since they are just temporarily out of stock.
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Complete manga box sets, in addition to Collector’s manga box sets, are amongst the best you can buy, because they allow you to collect a series fully in one go and they save you money in comparison to buying the series individually. The Bakuman manga box set, which collects all 20 volumes, is one of my favorites.
If you are new to the series, Bakuman is by the creators of Death Note and it follows two up-and-coming manga creators, one a writer and the other an artist, as they work to achieve their dreams of making it in the manga-publishing world. In addition to being one of the best shonen manga to be released to date, it’s one of the few series that dives into the world of manga and shows readers what it takes to make one. Our main characters are interesting personalities, but it has an intriguing cast of supporting characters too.
The Bakuman manga box set is the best way to collect the series because it allows you to pick up all of the volumes at a lower cost, and it comes with extras, including a bonus mini-comic titled “Otter No. 11” and a full-color, double-sided poster. On top of all that, it has a nice design.
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Toilet-bound Hanako-kun by AidaIro was first released with English translation in individual volumes, but Yen Press is now releasing manga box sets of the series, which they have fittingly named the Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Boxed InSTALLments. The first box set is expected to be released on May 23, 2023, and it collects the first 10 volumes of the series as well as a single-sided poster that features artwork of Hanako.
The box set itself is cool and I enjoy its design. I love that they made it look like Hanako’s stall. We have the stall artwork on the front and back of the box set, but we also have beautiful artwork of Hanako on the side. The Toilet-bound Hanako-kun manga box set is compact. It even fits on a Billy Bookcase shelf, which is nice. This box set is easy to display and it looks great on display too. One other thing I want to mention is that they added magnets to this box set. I appreciate the fact that Yen Press went the extra mile here with the addition of the magnets because they make the box set feel more premium.
And then you open up the box set, and you see all of the bold and colorful spines of Toilet-bound Hanako-kun. Overall, it’s a high-quality box set and it has a beautiful design. On top of all that, it allows you to collect individual volumes at a cheaper price. When purchased at retail, you save around $3 per volume when you buy the box set.
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Claymore is one of my favorite dark fantasy manga that features incredible battles, interesting characters, and great world-building. Currently, there are two ways to collect the Claymore manga, the individual paperbacks, and the Claymore Manga Box Set. The box set collects all 27 volumes of Claymore by Norihiro Yagi at a lower price when you buy it at retail. In addition, it comes with a booklet that is full of illustrations of black and white cover art that have never been seen before in an English edition of Claymore.
As with most manga box sets, we’ve seen them going out of stock or flickering a lot within the past year or so due to the current state of the world, difficulties keeping up with demand, printer shortages, etc. Unfortunately, the Claymore Complete Box Set is one that’s been out of stock for quite some time. Right now, people are trying to sell it for ridiculous prices, but I definitely wouldn’t pay more than retail for this box set. If you are looking to pick it up, I recommend checking out the sites listed below that have it listed as “out of stock, expecting more”.
Since the booklet contains illustrations, it’s a nice addition to the set. The overall design of and the artwork on the box set is beautiful as well, especially with the illustration of Clare on the front. Claymore is a phenomenal manga series and this box set is a great way to collect it. I highly recommend it if you have yet to check it out, especially if you are a fan of manga like Berserk or Übel Blatt!
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Death Note by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba has released with English translation in individual volumes, the Death Note All-in-One Edition, a hardcover Collector’s Edition (Only released with 1 volume though), Death Note Black Editions, and the Death Note Manga Box Set. In my opinion, the Death Note complete box set is the best way to collect Death Note, especially since it fully collects all 12 volumes of the series at a discounted price.
I will do a post at a later date comparing all of the editions of Death Note but to give you a brief review of each, the Black Editions show fingerprints and the covers are hard to keep pristine but they look nice, the individual volumes are just as good as the box set, but the box set collects the full series at a cheaper price and comes with extras, including the Death Note 13: How to Read book that’s an encyclopedic guide to the Death Note manga.
What I really like about the Death Note 13: How to Read book though is that it includes interviews with Death Note‘s creators, who you may also know as the creators of Bakuman and Platinum End, which received an anime adaptation in October 2021. Takeshi Obata is also doing the character designs for the upcoming Bubble anime film that’s releasing on Netflix.
Any extras that include commentary or illustrations are a plus for me, so the extras in this box set are better than most! Takeshi Obata is one of my favorite illustrators, so it comes as no surprise to me that the artwork featured on the Death Note Manga Box Set is amongst the best I’ve seen.
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Upon opening the Assassination Classroom Manga Box Set, you’re greeted with a striking display of vivid colors and patterns adorning the spines. This of course is something you can experience when you collect the individual volumes and display them on the shelf, but there’s just something to opening up the box set and seeing them all at once. Plus, it’s one of the most visually appealing manga box sets I’ve ever seen and it stands out with its bold yellow color.
The Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set collects all 21 volumes of one of my top sci-fi manga recommendations, Yusei Matsui’s Assassination Classroom. In addition to the complete series, this box set comes with some awesome extras including a mini art booklet that is full of full-color illustrations that have never been released before in any English edition of Assassination Classroom.
It also comes with a double-sided poster, which while nice, isn’t as nearly as exciting as the mini art booklet. It’s one of my favorite extras that Viz has included in any box set they’ve released before.
All in all, the Assassination Classroom Manga Box Set is one of my favorite manga box sets that Viz has ever released. It’s bold and striking in appearance, it allows you to collect the full series at a cheaper price, and it has cool extras.
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Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida is one where I have not one, but two, preferred ways of collecting the series: The Tokyo Ghoul Monster Editions and the Tokyo Ghoul box sets. You can’t go wrong either way, but if you prefer larger formats, you’ll want to check out the Monster Editions. Also, the Monster Editions only collect up through Tokyo Ghoul and not its sequel. We can only hope that Tokyo Ghoul:re Monster Editions are released one day as well. Regardless of which way you choose to collect it, you’re going to get to experience one of the best horror manga ever created.
Tokyo Ghoul‘s volumes are part of Viz’s Sig or Signature series, which also includes manga series like Real, Goodnight Punpun, Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku, and more, so the volumes are larger than your standard Viz release.
I’ve also found the Sig volumes to be of higher quality as well, so for this reason alone the Tokyo Ghoul Manga Box Sets, the Tokyo Ghoul Box Set, and the Tokyo Ghoul re Box Set have a slight edge over the other manga box sets that Viz have released in the past. They are complete box sets as well so they collect all 14 volumes of the Tokyo Ghoul manga and all 16 volumes of Tokyo Ghoul:re, which is a sequel to Tokyo Ghoul.
In addition to fully collecting each, the Tokyo Ghoul manga box sets come with an exclusive double-sided poster, which is something that’s commonly included in manga box sets. Although they surprisingly didn’t come with a booklet as seen with other Viz manga box set releases. As far as extras go, this box set doesn’t come with anything all that exciting, but any extras are welcome nonetheless. Plus, the boxes have some of the most beautiful artwork I’ve seen.
It’s just the fact that you can fully collect Tokyo Ghoul at a cheaper price, the artwork seen on the manga box sets makes them aesthetically pleasing, and you still get to experience the high quality of the Viz Sig volumes that makes these so appealing.
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The Battle Angel Alita Manga Box Set fully collects the iconic cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. There’s just something about being able to pick up a box set when a manga is complete that’s just so satisfying. In addition to collecting all five volumes of Battle Angel Alita in 5 new hardcover editions, the box set also comes with a new book of short stories.
More so than that though, I love that instead of coming with a poster, this manga box set comes with two high-quality prints that feature artwork by Alita’s creator. The prints even have a metallic coating, so they have a beautiful sheen in the light that makes them look that much more beautiful when on display.
The print quality of the panels in these hardcover editions and the quality of the hardcovers themselves is much better than any other manga release of Battle Angel Alita with an English translation so far, including the individual paperbacks and the omnibuses. You can buy the hardcovers individually, but it is cheaper to buy them in the box set.
On top of all that, these editions feature new cover designs, translations, and full-color pages. The full-color pages are absolutely beautiful to witness, but it’s the quality that sets these apart from the rest. Overall, this is one of my favorite manga box sets to release so far, because of the editions themselves but also because of the extras that come with it!
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Pandora Hearts Manga Box Set (PandoraBox)
The Pandora Hearts Manga Box Set, which is also called the PandoraBox, was once sold out, but it was recently reissued by Yen Press on their website. The Pandora Hearts Complete Box Set fully collects all 24 volumes of Pandora Hearts also stylized as PandoraHearts by Jun Mochizuki, who you may also know as the creator of The Case Study of Vanitas, which was recently adapted into an anime and is getting a Part 2 in Winter 2022.
The 24 volumes of the series are collected in 12 oversized paperback volumes that feature new designs. The paperbacks themselves are beautiful, especially with the gold foil details that adorn the covers. There are little windows on the front as well, which reveal the character’s faces. When you open them up though, the full artwork of the characters is revealed.
The one thing that would have set this box set even further apart is if the volumes included were hardcover instead of paperback, but the paperbacks are still really well-done. The box that it comes in though is one of the most detailed I’ve seen with incredible artwork and intricate handles on its sides that function.
Pandora Hearts Manga Box Set Unboxing & Review
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My favorite box set to release so far has to be the Akira Box Set that was released by Kodansha in celebration of Akira‘s 35th Anniversary. Akira is an iconic manga that has withstood the test of time. Not only does it still feel fresh today, but it has had a lasting impact not only on the manga and anime industries but beyond, influencing everything from lifestyle to graphic design.
Akira has been released with English translation three times, in a comic book format, which is in full color by the way, in a paperback format also released by Kodansha and the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set. To see what makes the Akira Box Set different from other Akira manga releases, check out our full review of the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set.
Out of all of the editions to release of the Akira manga so far, The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set is the best in my opinion. Mainly because the volumes, which collect all six volumes of Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, come in a new hardcover format and are high-quality editions, but also because the extras that come with the box set are incredible as well.
The box set also comes with an exclusive patch that features the iconic pill design and the Akira Club art book, which would cost you a bit to buy individually. The patch is nice, but it’s the Akira Club art book that further sets this manga box set apart. A lot of times in manga box sets, it feels like they just add sticker sets or posters as the extras, which is fine, but Kodansha went a step further by including a high-quality collector’s item that any fan of Akira will enjoy.
All in all, the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set includes some of the most beautiful hardcover manga editions I’ve ever seen. When paired with the extras you get and the look of the box set, the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set is one of the best, if not the best, manga box sets your money can buy.
You can also check out my review which gives you an inside look at the Akira Box Set on YouTube below.
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These are all of my favorite manga box sets that have been released so far! As more manga box sets are revealed and I purchase and review more box sets, I will update this post.
Also, be sure to check out all of the manga that’s releasing in 2023, including some new manga box sets!