Your oldest Light Novel and Manga


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    Thought it would be fun to ask you, what your oldest light novel volume and manga volume (only physical copies) are. If you want you can post photos too. I think it's quite funny to show in which condition each book is.
    These are mine:


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    The very first light novel volume was Spice & Wolf Volume 1

    The very first manga volume I bought was One Piece Volume 33

    As for what is oldest...honestly not sure, I have some old Tezuka Volumes in the attic, no idea when they were published.


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    The first light novel I got was Scrapped Princess Volume 1. The first manga volume was Dragon Ball Z 4(or volume 20 in the original numbering), this was the original unflipped edition that is a bit bigger than the current standard.


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    well would comics count or not? are we discriminate US stuff :D just japanese things allowed :D


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    Mine would be the "No Need for Tenchi" which was basically the continuation of the second OVA before it was actually continued via anime some ten years later. I really enjoyed it and was saddened by itsvsudd3n end when the author that picked it up basically gave up on trying to continue the series and ended it. I have all of the original first release copies which read left to right. I believe it was released and was reformatted back to the traditional right to left format after that. I wonder if those are worth something now that I think about it.🤔


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    @hopebestman Nope, of course you can post US stuff too.


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    I only own English light novels, but my first was the paperback of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which I purchased from the long-defunct B. Dalton at the local mall. Second was Del Rey's release of Zaregoto: The Kubikiri Cycle, which I ordered on Amazon. I take very good care of my books, though, so both are in pretty unexciting condition; the pages might be a bit yellowed, but I also don't reread light novels much (yet).


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    @Clarabelle my first paper book comic was DC Vertigo's Fables(comics). I was really glad that they made game after that comic.


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    Light novel in general, "My Side of the Mountain", which is amazingly still in print after 40+ years.

    Fantasy-type, "The Green Hornet", which came out before the TV series.


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    The first light novel I bought was probably Full Metal Panic! volume 1 from Tokyopop back in 2007 (I still think that it's funny that they released it on September 11th given that it involves terrorists hijacking a plane).

    My first manga would have been the first volume of No Need for Tenchi! from Viz - probably around 1999 or 2000.

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    Manga is easy although tricky. First one would be Robotech (tricky as it was a US/Japanese co-production). But the first one anyone would consider as Manga is Appleseed and Dominion. Bought both series at the same time, Appleseed would be more likely the first series as I read the 4 Volumes (before anyone wonders, they got spliced in Germany, so we had more volumes, I think one volume was 80-90 pages) I had before the 2 Dominion Volumes.Fun fact for me: I still wonder how the price fluctuated from the beginning of Manga in germany to nowadays. I recall one volume costing 19,90DM (around 10€ and later it was customary to sell Manga like DB for 5€. And now the prices are rising again....

    Light Novel is not as easy to categorize for me. Although it should be The Isolator (and afterwards Overlord) but I consider Parasite Eve also as a Light Novel. So basically this would be the first one I bought. But everywhere it gets mentioned not as a LN, more as a Horror Novel. I consider Novels more things like Battle Royale, not a short book like Parasite Eve.

    Oh and normally my books are in good conditions, except that some old manga have yellow borders. And as I have them somewhere else (space gets cramped if your book collection gets too large) I will abstain from attaching photos.

    Opps noticed that some started with none Manga stuff. My first western comic would be the Mickey Mouse Magazine and as book "Lustiges Taschenbuch" #104 (also Disney). And if I go further the next ones would be "Yps" (should be only known here) and as western comics Witchblade, Warrior Nun Areale and X-Men.


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    The first 2 Good Witch of the West novels, published by Tokyopop. They’re also the only ones ever translated to English, because Tokyopop.


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    The first manga I bought as manga was the first Fruits Basket compilation from Tokyopop. Years before that I bought a Dirty Pair graphics novel as a comic book.

    The first LN was either Death March 1 or Smartphone 1 kindle version from Amazon before I found out that JNC offered membership and the premium editions.



  • My first was Spice and wolf volume 5, along with 6 and the just released volume 7. Then I bought nothing for about 10 years give or take, when I got some others I realized I could buy all of Spice and wolf.


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    Since I have limited space (shelves are too full of Ranger's Apprenitce, various works by Brandon Sanderson, and textbooks such as Biological Effects of Radiations), the only series I have decided to get hard copies for is Ascendance of a Bookworm.


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    Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was my first light novel (although maybe I had a Vampire Hunter D before that).

    Manga was one of those early Eclipse Comics ones, probably Kamui, Mai the Psychic Girl or Xenon. Or did Lone Wolf and Cub come out first?


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    My first manga was Xenon, from Eclipse comics.

    I’m new to light novels, though, with Overlord being my first.


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    @b-scot-morgan Xenon FTW!



  • Oldest LN: Scrapped Princess volume 1 (1999)
    Oldest Manga: You're Under Arrest volume 1 (1987)
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    Both first printings. Scrapped Princess is very beat up (I put a second cover on it underneath the dust jacket just to keep it together longer), which is to be expected of a 20 year old bunko that I've re-read multiple times and has traveled around the world at least three times. You're Under Arrest is in better shape structurally, but its pages are fairly yellowed at this point. If you look closely at the cover you can see it originally retailed for a whopping 380 yen, which would have been about $3 USD at the time.


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    My first manga was Shugo Chara (English version), and my oldest light novel was Ojamajo Doremi 16 (which is one of about 4 or 5 series that I collect the original Japanese novels from, since they're franchises I loved and they've never been licensed).

    At my current level of Japanese it takes me about a half hour per page (mostly spent lookup up kanji in the dictionary), and I don't really have the patience to try to read a 300 page book like that, so I mostly hope to eventually read them when my Japanese gets better.


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