Start Here: In-Stock Manga Volume Ones

By Kat La Mantia | August 11 2022 | Manga, Manhwa, Manhua

You know the feeling: you’ve heard the buzz about a great manga series. Maybe your friend leant you a volume 5 to sample, or maybe an anime adaptation is about to drop on streaming. Either way, you want to catch up. You go to the bookstore, scour shelf after shelf, but that darn volume 1 proves elusive!

Truly, first volumes of popular series can be so tricky to find in the manga world, often going out of stock with overseas reprints or omnibuses ages away. Well we’re here to help you solve that problem. We’ve compiled a list of popular first volumes of manga series that are in stock and available today. This list includes anime hits like ATTACK ON TITAN, BLUE PERIOD, and SAILOR MOON to perennial favorites like AKIRA, VINLAND SAGA, and BERSERK to new series that are set to breakout like BLUE LOCK, A GALAXY NEXT DOOR, and COLORLESS. And of course, included are some the juggernaut MXTX books!

Check out the full title list, and then some of our top highlights below!

Blue Period 1
978-1-64651-112-9
Now a hit Netflix Original Anime! A manga about the struggles and rewards of a life dedicated to art. Popular guy Yatora realizes he's just going through the motions to make other people happy and finds himself in a new passion: painting. But untethering yourself from all your past expectations is dangerous as well as thrilling... 2020 Manga Taisho Grand Prize WinnerYALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selectionTexas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List unanimous selection
$12.99 US
On sale Oct 13, 2020
Paperback
224 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Attack on Titan 1
978-1-61262-024-4
Attack on Titan is a breakout hit in Japan, where is has sold over five million copies in just one year. This title has breakout potential in the U.S. as well. 16 and up.
$10.99 US
On sale Jun 19, 2012
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Sailor Moon 1 (Naoko Takeuchi Collection)
978-1-64651-201-0
A new edition of the Sailor Moon manga, for a new generation of fans! Featuring an updated translation and high page count in a more affordable, portable edition, perfect to go wherever you or the legendary guardian in your life want to take it.
$12.99 US
On sale May 03, 2022
FOC Mar 07, 2022
Paperback
304 Pages
Kodansha Comics

FAIRY TAIL 1
978-1-61262-276-7
Fairy Tail is by fan-favorite Hiro Mashima, and it consistently tops the manga bestsellers list. For ages 13 and up.
$10.99 US
On sale Aug 28, 2012
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Witch Hat Atelier 1
978-1-63236-770-9
Read the manga that AV Club calls "Harry Potter meets Kiki's Delivery Service!"A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly-drawn story has captured the hearts of fantasy fans worldwide.
$12.99 US
On sale Apr 09, 2019
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Boys Run the Riot 1
978-1-64651-248-5
A transgender teen named Ryo finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a transgender manga creator made waves in Japan and will inspire readers all over the world! Best Books for Teens 2021 selection, New York Public LibraryWinner, 77th Tetsuya Chiba PrizeNominee, Harvey Awards
$12.99 US
On sale May 25, 2021
Paperback
240 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Blood on the Tracks 1
978-1-949980-13-4
From the creator who brought you notable works such as The Flowers of Evil, Happiness, and Inside Mari, comes a new suspense drama centering on the theme of a toxic parent. Dive into this latest thriller by master storyteller, Shuzo Oshimi.
$12.95 US
On sale Feb 25, 2020
Paperback
216 Pages
Vertical Comics

Rent-A-Girlfriend 1
978-1-63236-997-0
Catch up on the manga before Season 2 of the hit anime, coming soon! You can rent a girlfriend, but can you buy love? Reeling from a bad breakup, Kazuya rents the beautiful, polite Chizuru for a date. But rock bottom might be so much lower than he thought! Chizuru is much more than the pretty face and sweet demeanor he thought he'd bargained for...
$12.99 US
On sale Jun 02, 2020
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System: Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong (Novel) Vol. 1
978-1-64827-921-8
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER! The blockbuster danmei/Boys’ Love novels from China that inspired the animated Scumbag System series streaming in English!  This hilarious story of a man reborn as a villain in a fantasy novel series who ends up romancing the male protagonist is now in English, for the very first time.
$19.99 US
On sale Dec 14, 2021
FOC Oct 04, 2021
Paperback
352 Pages
Seven Seas

Killing Stalking: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1
978-1-63858-557-2
The Mature-rated Boys' Love horror webtoon from Lezhin that became a global manhwa hit! Get this chilling and thrilling tale in a deluxe, full-color paperback in English for the very first time.
$27.99 US
On sale Jul 19, 2022
FOC May 23, 2022
Paperback
448 Pages
Seven Seas

Tokyo Revengers (Omnibus) Vol. 1-2
978-1-63858-571-8
The critically acclaimed manga series about a man time-traveling back to his youth to save his girlfriend from a street gang–which inspired the wildly popular anime and live-action film! And don't miss the spin-off series Tokyo Revengers: A Letter from Keisuke Baji, also available from Seven Seas.
$22.99 US
On sale Jul 26, 2022
FOC Apr 04, 2022
Paperback
392 Pages
Seven Seas

The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1
978-1-62692-467-3
An ethereal fantasy from the editorial team behind the New York Times bestselling series The Ancient Magus’ Bride The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún is an all-new manga series that pulls readers into a magical and enchanting tale about a young girl and her demonic guardian. A haunting story of love and fantastical creatures, The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún is a gorgeously-illustrated manga series. Each volume in the series will be released with a beautifully-textured matte finish cover and will include at least one full-color insert.In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.
$12.99 US
On sale Jan 24, 2017
Paperback
180 Pages
Seven Seas

Princess Jellyfish 1
978-1-63236-228-5
Geek girls unite! A unique cast and an addictive story of romance and intrigue will appeal to readers of shojo melodramas like Nana and My Little Monster - with a nerdy twist!A thriving fan community on social media has been clamoring for a translation of this cult favorite for years.Full of positive messages, Princess Jellyfish features fangirl characters who grow and start relationships without losing their idiosyncrasies.Older Teen. Ages 16+.
$19.99 US
On sale Mar 22, 2016
Paperback
376 Pages
Kodansha Comics