Tomorrow is my birthday, which is why I have asked the question above. The answer might be obvious for some, but I feel that it cannot be answered easily.
For years, I’ve found it difficult to ask for anime and manga-related gifts from friends and family. For one, asking them for a specific volume is hard. What if they can’t find it in stores? What if they get the wrong volume? What if they flip through it and find something they disapprove of? It’s also difficult to ask people to pick something for you. What if they get something you find really awful? What if they get you something you already have?
I’ve gotten a few surprise hits from unknowing givers, like a how-to-draw book from my cousin when I was still drawing up a storm, but many well-intended gifts are somewhat awkward. Most of the time I just ask for a bookstore giftcard or a gadget (which usually has nothing to do with manga) to avoid getting something I dislike and alleviate the gift-giver’s anxiety.
Luckily, technology is now a legitimate way to give someone manga indirectly. I, for one, want an iPad pretty badly. Not just for reading manga, but for all the other stuff it can do. (In theory, I could use it to do work on a trip, saving me the hassle of dragging a heavy laptop with.) I’ll admit that I don’t want someone to just go out and buy me one because it’s so expensive, but I’d accept money to be put toward the purchase of one since an e-reader is still somewhat out of my wallet’s range.
But since I’m just one person, I thought I’d ask my readers: Do you even want manga as a birthday or holiday gift, or would something else be much more preferable? I’d also like to know why you prefer it that way and how you go about ensuring that you get what you want.