Oo am I touching upon that topic of collecting physical and digital in anime after so long?
I’ve been collecting anime for a decade at a slow rate and in complete satisfaction with how my collection currently looks. Forever and foremost, I am a physical person forever, I like to feel my anime favourites in my bear hands, though if they have a home release. The tug of physical and digital discussed among the anime masses comes up more times than I remember back in the day. Personal preference on all levels here no matter how much you discuss what is better, there will be no winner. Just like that uh. . . sub vs dub charade, haha.
Talking from manga perspective here, after a discussion last week with a fellow blogger buddy Naja about physical vs digital particularly with long running series like Haikyu. We both love the series dearly and most collectors evade the deep pocket of 30 + volumes and hands up for digital option over. You cannot condone anyone for picking this option, digital is cheaper, all the space collector could need, take anywhere. I have never been able to get past factor my precious dollars are going to digital data and can’t seem to be okay with that. Massive digital manga drawback is licensing issues like with streaming services, one day they might be gone. Despite how I feel I’ll spend that money for a digital series I’m too curious to pass up, digital manga is a double edge sword to me now.
Longing Sweet Agony
Shonen Jump app highly recommend you get if you’re not someone who wants 30 + volumes taking up shelf space. One of the best places to read manga for a measly $2 a month. I mentioned this point to Naja but expressed her physical love especially for manga. The sheer longing salivating wait for your next manga volume come through the mail, pouncing on it like it’s Christmas every day.
You can’t replace that feeling.
I buy a digital volume of manga:
Then on top we have the frustration digital is the only way to read said series because there is no western publication. One of these cycles that MAJORLY sucks. But feeling the crinkles of paper run through my fingertips from turning every page, my inner bookwork squeaks every time. Sure, we have Haikyu 30 + volume series at my digital fingertips, cushion myself on the couch and forget the world. The way of convenient has escalated to immeasurable heights and consumption levels, reminding the important thrill collecting gives. Embracing every part of a story especially manga, it’s more than something readable. Manga is artwork both in art style and writing.
Longer running series collectors don’t want to invest in no matter how big the love for it most iconic reasons: “I don’t have enough shelf space”. I’m not denying this true factor for this was a standard for me up until two years ago. I’d remained undecided whether to read through the app or collect manga, But you’re inner collector speaks to you. If the love is strong enough “shelf space” issue won’t stand in your way. Haikyu manga I’ve meant to read for a long ass time and an experience I want to take my time with. So who’s collecting Haikyu whole series now? This girl.
Collecting per volume with gradual pace makes the ecstasy of thrill draw out that much longer.
Hope you enjoyed my own inner battle discussion why physical is me and the shelf space excuse is not my thing anymore. That was so interesting right?
How do you feel about collecting longer running series and do you enjoy that longing anticipation like it’s Christmas?
I’ll see you all in the next post!!