So, what was the first volume of manga that you actually shelled out money for?
(Hope this doesn't duplicate an older thread.)
For me, it was Fullmetal Alchemist, vol 19. I got impatient waiting for my library to process it, so I tromped to the bookstore and bought it for myself. It was definitely worth it. (Now I have 82 volumes of manga in all, though lots of it was bought used.)
Mine was Bleach special~color bleach.
I actually got it as a present from a friend of mine and didn't paid for it, the first one I actually bought myself is sorceres&secretaries, even thogh I still didn't read it.
In my library there aren't a lot of magna, there is only volume 1 of Toradora, and volumes 1-11 of Vampire knight.Probably from an otaku that had lots of manga and decided to give some to our library XD
Technically, it was a volume of manwha that I bought before any manga. It was volume 2 of "Ragnarok". It was all I could find at a local bookstore ( don't ask me why they only had that one ) And that was about...9 years ago?
"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine"
When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one
For the Union makes us strong
Please Save My Earth and Happy Mania - I did not know what I was doing at all, I was just attracted to their covers. That would have been sometime in 2004 when I twelve. D: Neither of them got me into manga though. Happy Mania was wildly inappropriate for my age group and I was horrified to find out that Please Save My Earth had lots of volumes that I could not afford to buy.
I was once in a charity shop searching for cheap university books (uni' books are exceptionally expensive to the point of ridiculous!) when I saw volume 3 of One Piece sitting on it's own, I though to myself; 'what are you doing there?', so I bought it. ;)
I liked One Piece anyway, but this manga volume is exceptionally fun - it has a competition in it, a cut out puzzel and authors notes.
It was either Magic Knight Rayearth or Angelic Layer v.1 back when I was 9ish or so.
...Unless you mean "you" as in me personally, in which case I guess the first series I spent my own money on was xxxHolic about 4 years ago when I was getting into manga. Or Gosick if light novels count.
I often think of Chobits v1 and Marmalade Boy v1 as my first manga (I bought them at the same time and don’t remember which I read first). But I guess technically I bought the Tenchi Muyo! bi-weeklies VIZ released before collecting them into graphic novels.