Editor’s Desk: Room(s) With a View


Since I’ve been in Japan my figure collection has grown – I can’t go down to Akihabara without having to haul back something in a boxed blister-pack. My apartment is relatively large in comparison to many single denizens of Japan. I credit living in the middle of nowhere and working for local government. I don’t really go in for ero figures, and I’m not too concerned about the percieved “cheapness” of Sega prize figures (such as my 97 000 variations of Rei and Asuka from Evangelion). The only downside to having my figures out on the shelves is that I live near a main highway and consequently, they get an oily film on them which attracts dust which required constant dusting and perhaps sometime in the near future I’ll have to wash them all. My biggest problem now is shelf-space. I’ve filled all my shelves and I really don’t want to buy more that I’ll have to get rid of when I leave Japan next year. Perhaps I can experiment with suspending them from the ceiling…

The living room in my spacious ‘crib’.

Another shot. Notice the live feed from The Matrix, courtesy of the dedicated MacMini torrent machine as well as the PS2 & DVD collection nestled amongst the ‘Megami’, ‘Dengeki Gs’ and doujin.

Personalised dynamic wallpaper containing photos, tickets, passes & ‘omake’ postcards from shopping.

Tsukimiya Ayu from ‘Kanon’

Katase Shima from ‘Uchuu no Stellvia’

‘Evangelion’s Soryuu-Langely Asuka and Ayanami Rei – Tennis version

Ayanami Rei from ‘Evangelion’ School version

Soryuu-Langely Asuka from ‘Evangelion’ School version

Ayanami Rei from ‘Evangelion’ Swimsuit version

Soryuu-Langely Asuka from ‘Evangelion’ Swimsuit version

Arisa Glennorth and Katase Shima from ‘Uchuu No Stellvia’

Amamiya Manami from ‘Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight’

Bubbles, Blossom & Buttercup from ‘The Powerpuff Girls’


The room, in all its nerdy glory. Note that despite how it’s labeled, the arcade cabinet plays Vampire Saviour, not “Caveman Ninja”. I just couldn’t be arsed to change the marquee. One other point of interest is the media graveyard in the corner (dead laserdisc player and zombie beta deck).

Slightly better angle on the shelves. Please don’t read too much into the Makoto towel. I just…needed a towel.

West wall, all shelves.

South wall, desk and media center. Contents of the desk slots include:

  • One really obnoxious talking Lina Inverse toy.
  • One unredeemed ticket for the Nadesico movie.
  • A Nadesico music box (not box-shaped)
  • The mythical Sword of Gainax.

Mini media center, complete with laserdisc.

My desk. Special attention should be paid to the Nerv logo done in stained glass, which was made for me by the woman I love. Also, poor Tamaki lost her stand between that country and this, and now needs to lie down all the time. But we still love her.

Above the desk, some figures and fake sushi.

Big shelves. Holds games, manga, and laserdiscs. Note the huge Gundam 0079 set and massive Marmalade Boy boxes. Those things were a bitch to carry home. The Gundam box in particular almost killed me.

Bonus picture! This is the media center, with the fancy new TV. Technically not in the same room, but the site of much otaku love nonetheless.


Having just moved into the new place a few months ago things are still in considerable disarray, but at least all of the boxes are unpacked. There’s a Grand Scheme for the layout of the place that is still far from realization; should it ever reach that point it may become fodder for a subsequent post. The place feels pretty dreary without all all the posters… Note: some of the following images are not safe for work.

Ye olde bedroom, complete with computer, shelving for PC software, and tasteful “cardboard curtains”. A few figures laying around as well that haven’t made it to the hobby room yet… This room has no AC, so I’ll need to figure out some arrangement come the nasty summer months.

The hobby room, with a jury rigged fume hood and painting setup on one wall, photo shoot area for figures in the center, and shelving all around. I unequipped weapons and various delicate bits from the figures prior to the move, which have yet to be restored… it’ll happen eventually.

The library room (and the only one with AC). Lots and lots and lots of books, still not all properly arranged yet, but we’re getting there.

Omake: what my former place looked like immediately after the move. I still can’t believe all that stuff fit in there… Thanks to KoF2000 for the pictures!

And there you have it – a look at the abodes of the three main contributors to HD. Hopefully we haven’t scared you off entirely…
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0 Responses to Editor’s Desk: Room(s) With a View

  1. Lenners April 22, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    Seiya’s room has DDR, Guitar Hero, 2 computers, and a Wii?! That’s not fair! D:

  2. Shipon April 22, 2007 at 6:41 pm #

    Don’t forget the DreamCast!

  3. RahRah April 22, 2007 at 7:05 pm #

    I see you are working on a figure of Aoi’s mom there, Shingo :). Great pics, and keep up the good work.

  4. RahRah April 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm #

    *Anna’s mom

  5. P Laskey April 22, 2007 at 9:25 pm #

    My eyes too were drawn to the lethal weapons on the model in progress. Ever considered using another translucent plastic box as a spray booth? Gives you a bit more light to work by!

  6. Zeroblade April 22, 2007 at 9:49 pm #

    lol, all your rooms are awesome. Mine pales in comparison (mostly because I share it with my brother).

  7. wildarmsheero April 22, 2007 at 10:29 pm #

    Seiya: that Gundam box really is HUEG.
    Shingo: I love how in the last three pictures, you still have a boxes of tissues on your desk :P

  8. Demian April 23, 2007 at 1:28 am #

    Shing, is that a new Mogudan doujin I spy next to your computer? I’ve never seen that cover before. How recent is it?

  9. Shingo April 23, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    Yeah, it’s a great figure… no idea when I’ll have time to work on her again, though. :(
    >>P Laskey
    I considered the plastic tub option, but cardboard was easier to work with and cheaper, and when painting I just pull a few of the lights from the photography setup and clip them to the sides of the box and there’s plenty of light to work by. Besides, after a few kits the interior walls of a plastic tub would be so covered in paint that not much light would get through anyway.
    The strategic placement of kleenex in that last shot was not my doing, honest. -_-;;
    Well spotted! That’s actually an original illustration for a calendar that Toranoana was giving away for free (with purchases) last year at about this time. Sadly it expired in March, but I’ve left it on that image because Mogudan art ++. If you’re interested in picking up his most recent work, he’s been doing cover and interior pinup illustrations for Comic Unreal since its launch last summer. Some delicious material there. :3

  10. unangbangkay April 23, 2007 at 6:59 pm #

    I need your Sakura Taisen posters, seiya. Now.

  11. TheBigN April 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    Shipon wins for having Manabi in his room. :P

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