For the past year I have had a problem with my manga collection.
I have a great bookcase for my collection, one with the ability to add extra shelves which is optimal for storing tankobon-sized books. But after a while the monthy purchases of Japanese manga added up and suddenly there was no room for the new books, so I started to take advantage of the depth of the bookcase and pushed the books in so that another row could be added in front of it.
That solution never sat well with me. As an avid collector, I enjoy gazing at all of my books sitting neatly in rows, so when I had to “hide” several rows worth of manga, I felt the need to expand my bookcase instead.
That wasn’t exactly easy though, as the bookcase is from IKEA which is almost 100 kilometres away from where I live. We drove to IKEA last week to solve my manga-accomodation problem and bought the bookcase, but when it was time to pack it in our small car, it wouldn’t fit. We had to return it before we drove home…
Luckily, my father has a larger car and he helped me, so now I have a second bookcase identical to the old one, meaning it has two extra shelves as well. Take a look!
Each bookcase has eight shelves, and one shelf can accomodate 50 tankobon on average. With this new bookcase I can now fit and display 800 tankobon! Strangely, when I had redistributed the old books over on the new bookcase, I realized that maybe I should have had bought a third one as well.
I love manga from Shueisha, published in Weekly Shonen Jump particularly, and now I am happy to have a bookcase dedicated exclusively to Jump Comics manga. The new one has my collections of One Piece, Naruto, Sket Dance, Nurarihyon no Mago and other smaller series.
The top shelf on the picture is now a shelf to put Jump series that are currently running in the magazine, so it contains Assasination Classroom, Shokugeki no Soma, World Trigger and Saiki Kusuo no Psynan. SnS 4, World Trigger 2 and Saiki Kusuo no Sainan 2-6 are on their way in the mail, so I will keep the collection updated.
There’s also a small section dedicated to Jump Square manga. I obviously don’t have a lot from Jump SQ, but this is where it belongs.
The “old” bookcase now holds all my manga that isn’t published by Shueisha (well, also a few Young Jump books). This means mainly a lot of Kodansha manga and a shelf of Kadokawa-published manga primarily from Monthly Dragon Age.
This leaves a bit of space for the collection to grow. I must say I am very excited and happy with it. I enjoy it so much more when all my manga are visible, it also makes it easier to be inspired and start reading a series that I might otherwise not even remember I had.
I think I have around 600 volumes right now. When it’s been growing slowly but steadily, I don’t find it a shocking amount, I suppose it’s like watching your child grow — you don’t really notice it in the process but suddenly it’s as big as yourself! I remember when I was trying to get just one shelf full. That was the time when I was still a student, so I bought considerably less each month, perhaps only four or five volumes.
The next titles I will add to my collection are Nisekoi and Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome, a series for each bookcase. A more long-term addition I consider is Gintama. I haven’t decided about that yet though. See you!