. . . there dwelt a twenty-something who loved anime. And manga. And books. And rare coins. The result? Financial disaster.
Well, it hasn’t quite come to that yet, and I do pray it never does! Now let’s take a look at what a lifetime of profligate spending has created. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you –
– my space.
Inspired by other bloggers who have courageously bared their innermost sanctums to public scrutiny (here I refer to Tsubaki, his sister Umehiko and her partner-in-crime Sentinel), I’ve decided to post a few snapshots of my personal territory – in this case, the library on the third floor of our house – on this here blog.
The obligatory oversized globe. Can’t have a library without one of these.
The library is actually viewed by my family as something of a semi-public area, mainly because the computer I’m typing this post on is shared property (especially after my brother’s high-end rig ran into trouble – he’s too lazy to get it fixed). Still, it was supposed to be all mine: the space was originally marked out to be my bedroom, but it was turned into a library on my suggestion (I needed a lot of shelf space for my books); the bedroom was moved into a large void that would otherwise have been an attic. Plus, I own the vast majority of what you see in the picture, so I think I should be forgiven for feeling possessive over this territory. ^_^
This is the main reading area. The chairs often double as coat hangers since I usually can’t be bothered to go into my bedroom next door and dump my clothes there.
The other reading area.
The glass-fronted bookcase is where I store my anime/manga collection. There’s not much to see right now since I only started to actively buy this stuff about a year ago. No figurines, either, since I’m not really into them. Then again, I’m new to the world of anime merchandise so that could change (although if I’d like to keep my finances intact I shall have to resist for as long as I can!).
This section is reserved for untranslated (i.e. original Japanese) manga.
English translations go on the other side.
Magazines, posters and other print media. I’d love to hang some of the posters on the walls, but there isn’t much wall space to spare and I’d need to get them framed first. (Sticking unprotected posters directly on bare walls seems like something bordering on sacrilege to me, and in any case certainly won’t do wonders for long-term preservation.)
CDs and DVDs. This section will probably fill up quickly over the next few months since I have a number of major acquisitions planned. The jewel in the crown is, of course, Kadokawa/Bandai’s special edition R1 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu DVD artbox. Incidentally, I’d appreciate recommendations for future DVD purchases (preferably recent series that rank high on animation quality and overall enjoyment – see the “About” and “Catalogue” pages for an idea of what my preferences are like).
Now for a look at what else is in the room.
I’m a man of varied interests, and my collection is for the most part organised by subject area. For example, the shelves in the picture above are reserved for books on classical studies (mainly dealing with ancient Rome).
This shelf (and another one next to it) holds books about the R.M.S. Titanic.
I’m something of a Tolkien nut, so books by and about the Professor get shelves of their own.
The display case in the middle of the photograph holds the best pieces in my numismatic collection. I specialise in precious-metal commemoratives issued by the Republic of the Philippines, although I do have a number of old Spanish colonial-era specimens and other coins from other parts of the world.
Close-ups of the display case and its contents.
The workstation. Nothing special about the rig – primitive XP-era machine, CRT monitor, no DVD drive (I watch my stuff downstairs in the den). I’d rather invest in a new set-up than upgrade this one anyway, so Old Reliable will probably see another year or so of service before I bring in a hot new model.
And that, my friends, is the great tragedy of my life. I love anime and manga, but I also love books, and I also collect coins. All very expensive hobbies – especially since I’ve had the misfortune of becoming interested in subjects that are deemed fairly obscure in this country (e.g. classical studies, the Titanic disaster) which means that many of the books in this room have had to be imported from the US and the UK at ruinous expense. But in the end, I feel that it’s all worth it.
Well, so much for that.
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