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I'm looking to buy the Ghost in the Shell Manga on ebay, and I'm confused.

On one hand, I see an offer for about 5€ for the book with the EAN: 9783897485037. No page count or further info is given.

On the other hand, I see an offer for about 23€ for the book with EAN 9781935429012 and ISBN 1935429019, the last one also mentiones a page count of 368 pages.

Now, GitS was apparantly first published in a serialized form, and the first bunch of the series was then published as one book. This is what I want to buy. I'm worried that the first, cheaper book might only contain part of the series. I know that there's GitS 1.5 and GitS2:MMI, I'm asking about the first Volume. I lack the knowledge of the vast Manga-databases* where I can simply look up with my EAN/ISBN number what I'm looking at, can someone help?

Edit: I'm looking for German or English versions.

*They must exist, right?

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    You don't mention the language you are looking for. The cheap one is a German translation if that matters.
    – mocj
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 21:52
  • Oh yeah, the cheap one was an anime comic, not the original manga. Not what I was looking for.
    – mart
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 20:54

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If you're referring to the manga by Masamune Shirow, there are 3 volumes the first volume was initially published by Dark Horse in the US. Currently all 2 volumes of the main series and the 1 volume "interquel (Vol. 1.5)" have been republished by Kodansha Comics USA

Volume 1 has:

Pages: 368 | ISBN: 978-1-935429-01-2

Volume 2 has:

Pages: 312 | ISBN: 978-1-935429-03-6

Volume 1.5 has:

Pages: 176 | ISBN: 978-1-935429-96-8

Most of these volumes are also available on Amazon.de (if not you can get them on Amazon .com), if that's more convenient for you.

Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 1.5

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  • Are all the editions you mentioned complete (apparantly kodansha censored a recent edition)? Also, this is exactly the answer I was hoping for!
    – mart
    Commented Feb 26, 2014 at 20:11
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    As far as those from this author, yes.
    – кяαzєя
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 17:38

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