Step into the World of Otakuism (or in short my room)
Many of you know I have a vast collection of figures and anime merchandise. But you very little realise how far my collection has gone, well with the exception of a few close friends, so I’m here to show you my wonderful kingdom in all it’s glory. So what lies beyond the door? Well read on to find out.
Firstly before opening the door, you’ll notice two computer case boxes next to it. These simply contains bits and pieces from back in the days when I was really into upgrading my computer every 3 months. I don’t have anywhere to store them and I rather not leave them in the garage. The cable you see running across the floor is a network cable running to my brother’s room so he can access the internet. Yes it would be better if I used wireless but this works just fine.
Upon opening the door the first thing you see is the bookcase. This bookcase costs me $50 from GoLo and is one of those self-assembly ones. Right now it stores things varying from DVDs, manga, doujinshi, and magazines. The cabinet at the bottom stores only my computer text books I bought over the years during uni and some comptuer hardware. Well lets have a closer look at the book case shall we.
Starting at the bottom shelf you see the 5 Shuffle Character Volumes. As you can see these take up a LOT of space. These contain a small figure, a drama CD, a pencilboard and a character book. To the left of these are all Comiket 69 doujinshi that I bought. I can tell you, that there is 6 kgs of doujinshi ranging from Da Capo, To Heart 2, Kanon, Air, Clannad, Full Moon wo Sagashite and some miscellaneous series. Some ero and some non-ero. The blue folder is all the notes and information I collated during the Japan trip in future reference of when I go again.
Just some of my DVDs and manga that I bought. As you can see it’s not a very efficient way of storing such items. The 2nd shelf you see the entire Limited Edition set of Da Capo Second Season. On the 3rd shel, which is the top shelf, yes, you see the entire Air DVD collection and both the Special AND Collector’s Edition of the Air Movie. That scarf keychan came with the Collector’s Edition.
The top of the bookcase, just empty boxes of stuff, I should probably throw some of them away.
Next to the bookcase is just another bunch of boxes. Obviously you can see Alter’s Fate Testarossa box. On the ground is my 400 DVD filing box which I use to store all my burnt DVDs and that is pretty much full, so I’ll have to buy another one. On top of that is the bag for my DSLR camera. The yellow box is a car alarm, the other is a pod filter, both I’ve yet to install on my car.
Yes this is where all the magic happens. I probably spend so much time in front of the computer more so than outside my room. Oh such is the life of an otaku. As you can see, even my computer desk isn’t spared from the influence of anime. At the top is my early collection of Australian released anime DVDs and some bootleg ones in the mix.
But that is only half my workspace. My other half is comprised of another table. As you can see I sleep on a bunk bed. It creates so much space having a bunk bed, so much space that I can have another desk and a another bookcase.
Just above my computer desk is a small amount of wall space. I bet you were thinking there would be posters, but not at all. What you see is my Computer Science degree from my graduation and the ARIA 2007 Wall Calendar.
Underneath the bunk it isn’t a lot of space, but in a room as small as mine it’s plenty. The computer you see is my Linux box, but it hasn’t been running since I finished uni. The desk space I use for various tasks: computer desk (used to have a third monitor in my room), study desk, and my photography workspace. You may notice a few figures around, these are the ones I’ve yet to review (with the exception of Fate since I’ve done that already). That fan is my source of air conditioning for an Australian summer. If any of you know what an Australian summer is like, you know this is not enough.
The bookcase under the bunk. The tabletop and bookcase came as a part of the bunk which is pretty awesome. Only costs me $500 from Fantastic Furniture. Just a small collection of music CDs at the top and some English manga that I bought. Next is some movie DVDs which I’ll probably move out to the lounge room.
The next shelf contain my entire artbook collection. Not much compared to some others but as of late nothing has caught my interest. The bottom shelf is more computer textbooks from uni years. Some people reckon i should sell them, but they are an invaluable source if I ever need to look up something. That large box you see above the textbooks is the ARIA Premium Poster Book 2, and it’s the only place I can store it for the time being.
To the right of the bookcase is a chest of drawers. Nothing much, just a place to dump stuff. Assuming I am still living at home and have enough money, I plan on buying an LCD or small plasma TV to place here. That way I can watch TV or have a console in my room.
One awesome thing about a bunk is the corners. You can use them to hang hats, and what better hat to hang here than a Tony Tony Chopper hat (Chopper is from One Piece).
My place of dreams. During the summer I don’t sleep in my bed, simply because it gets insanely hot since hot air rises. Just above my head in an ARIA Deskmat which I just used to hang up, and yes, some posters! What you also see is a Clannad pillow, not a dakimakura (hug pillow) since this one is half the size of a proper dakimakura.
As you close the door to my room, you’ll find a wonderful surprise. It’s a HUGE towel of Akari from ARIA. My dear friend Roobar suggested that I should’ve hung this on the ceiling above my bed……ummm no. Plus the towel just happened to be the perfect size to cover most of my door.
Closing the door also reveals the wallspace behind it. The Da Capo wallscroll, clear poster, and clearfiles are all Comiket 69 exclusive items. The Tomoyo After towel I got when I bought the game in Akihabara, the Air towel I bought from Yahoo Japan auctions, the Mai clearfile I bought from Tamarket, the Kyou pencilboard I got from a bargain shop in Ikebukuro. The posters, besides the cute loli one, I got from a friend.
That me be all good and all so far, but what of my figures? Some of you may know I have a collection of around 60 figures. That’s quite a lot and I bet you’re wondering how I display them. Well let me present to you my Cabinet of BURNING PASSION.
Yes this is what some of you have probably been waiting to see. A glass display cabinet consisting of 5 shelves each filled with wonderful figures, plushies, and Gundams. Now most people have the Ikea display cabinet, but I find those kind of tacky and way too small for my needs. So I thought big and I happened to get this display cabinet which costs me $550. Self-assembly of course. Consisting of glass doors and shelves, it also has a large mirror at the back and comes with two halogen lights.
The next few pictures will be of the shelves, starting from the very top of the cabinet.
Everything in my room is the result of a hobby that started only a mere 5 years ago. Mind you this is nothing compared to some of the rooms that I have seen, heck my room doesn’t even compare to my friend Roobar. With only a living space of 3 metres x 4 metres (a rough estimate) I have filled it up rather nicely. However the case is now that I have ran out of room. I have nearly no room for DVDs, manga, posters and figures. Having the Fate Testarossa figure come in I had to make a choice. Store stuff away!
So I went through my cabinet and decided to store away all the plushies and trading figures as they take up much need space. I also went through all my figures and took the base off the ones that can stand independently without it. Although there wasn’t much it makes a difference. Storing away the plushies and trading figures resulted in this.
Four boxes worth of stuff to be stored away! It’s a good option to keep HLJ boxes as they are useful in many ways. These will be stored where I keep my figure boxes in another room as opposed to the garage. Don’t want moisture damaging the goods inside. However I wasn’t able to store two plushies away since I ran out of boxes.
So in the meantime, Aria-shachou goes back in the cabinet and Utamaru goes on my bed next to the Clannad pillow. I originally had Utamaru on my bed, but lying in the dark and seeing these yellow eyes right in my face proved to be somewhat freaky. Although i don’t mind now since Utamaru is a very huggable plushy, thank you Roobar for finding this during Comiket 69 for me!
So there you have it. You now know what my room is like. Would I call it more otaku than the ones posted on AnimeNano so far? Well most likely. Am I ashamed to have friends over to see all this? Not at all. In fact my friends, even non-anime fans, are amazed at my room. After reading this post, I’m sure you are amazed as well.