Top o’ the morning and a hearty Irish welcome, Manga fans! Following in the footsteps of our list of Manga Shops in London, this page will be dedicated to listing all the choicest spots to pick up a tankōbon in the Emerald Isle. Today we’ll be focusing specifically on Dublin, as the Fair City is usually a top choice for tourist destinations here. It also happens to be the best place to track down manga across the country! As with our London post, this page will act as a living document, so please contact us if you find any other shops that deserve a shout out across the country!.
Sub City Comics
53 Mary St, Northside, Dublin 1, D01 Y935 62 Dame Street Dublin, Ireland Kicking things off with a twofer we have Sub City comics who have shops on both the North and Southside of the city. These two comic shops over a respectable Manga section filled with mainly the most popular Shōnen titles such as My Hero Academia and The Promised Neverland, as well as a decent mix of other genres, including Seinen and Slice of Life. They usually keep the sections well stocked and up to date and are sometimes even able to get hard to find volumes. For example, I was able to track down Demon Slayer volumes in these shops when they were virtually gold dust elsewhere across the city.
Of particular note is the back issue section located downstairs of the Northside store, which also offers a selection of older manga volumes at lower prices if you’re hunting for an elusive volume from an older series! subcitycomics.ie
Forbidden Planet International Dublin
5-7 Crampton Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 VX56 Next up in our list of manga shops in Dublin. This one is a must-visit for any Manga fan! Located right alongside the River Liffey and a hop, skip and a jump from Temple Bar. Forbidden Planet Dublin megastore will be familiar territory for anyone who has shopped in these specialist chain stores before. Since it’s refurbishment in 2017 the Dublin store is a sight to behold for any pop culture fan! A trip to the downstairs section will greet you with tons of Japanese merchandise from Model Kits to Figmas, and a glorious wall of manga, which even impressed Shonen Jump themselves!
As you can see, a wide variety of all genres is available in alphabetical order, and sometimes they even get boxsets in if you’re looking for complete series. The friendly staff do an admirable job of keeping the shelves well-stocked and up to date, but considering the amount of foot traffic that comes through the doors sometimes the shelves are a little lighter before the next delivery day drops. Of course, with the sheer amount of volumes available you’re sure to find something to your liking, and with the nifty 3-for-2 offer to sweeten the deal (which applies to ALL volumes, even over-sized editions!) there is quite literally something for every manga fan here. forbiddenplanet.co.uk
56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2, D02 XE8 While all the previous entries in the list so far have been comic shops, I felt it was necessary also to highlight the growing popularity of manga in our nation’s bookstores. There is no better example than the iconic stalwart Hodges Figgis, Ireland’s oldest bookstore and a staple of the market since 1978. Located just up the road from Trinity College and opposite another cultural cornerstone in the form of Tower Records, Hodges Figgis offers a modest yet diverse selection of volumes. They ensure to stock lots of new volume 1’s from a wide variety of genres, and if you want to read more the helpful staff will be happy to order subsequent volumes for you!
Hodges and Figgis also offer a loyalty card system. With every purchase over €10, you get a stamp, and ten stamps net you a tenner off your next purchase! Considering most manga volumes sell for €10, a bit of diligence in perusing and purchasing from the manga shelf may net you a free volume eventually! Plus, any store that stocks Slam Dunk will always get added respect points in my book! waterstones.com/bookshops/hodges-figgis
Big Bang Comics
2,3, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Dundrum, Dublin 16 Rounding things up in our list of manga shops in Dublin we have something a little off the beaten track (or on, if you take the LUAS to get there) but well worth a trip. Big Bang Comics was nominated twice for the prestigious Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. A trip to their store in Dundrum town centre will make it clear as to why! The whole shop is stylish and well organised, and their manga selection is no different. Providing a large variety of genres ranging from the most popular recent hits to more obscure niche titles. Sometimes they are a little slower to get newer volumes in from distribution. However, they are very good at tracking down hard to find volumes, so it’s a decent trade-off.
Most of the delightful staff are also manga fans themselves, and always down for a chat if you’re looking for new recommendations! Also worth mentioning for those who can’t make the trip, they also offer a postal service for standing orders, both across Ireland and around the world! bigbangcomics.ie
We hope you find this useful in finding all the manga shops in Dublin. Please let us know if you visit any of the stores!