“I believe that fantasy in the meaning of imagination is very important. We shouldn’t stick too close to everyday reality but give room to the reality of the heart, mind, and imagination.”
— Hayao Miyazaki
Binge-watching Studio Ghibli movies, reading a classic manga series like One Piece, and playing Super Mario Bros on an old Nintendo DS. If any of these endeavors are close to your interests, you might be enjoyably consuming Japan’s unparalleled animated culture. The anime aesthetic, in particular, understands your sentiment about anime being more than just cartoons perceived in the West. While the fictional world remains unlivable, you can at least transform your place into an otaku’s haven with vivid anime room decor.
What is the anime aesthetic?
The anime aesthetic celebrates the culture brought by Japan’s signature animation styles as seen not just in anime but also in manga and video game franchises. It is the embodiment of otakus‘ undying love for the said aspects of Japanese pop culture, expressed by purchases of iconic and often kawaii (cute) products and pursuits to emulate an anime-style environment. As much as there’s no way to encapsulate the essence of anime, manga, and video games, there also isn’t a uniform mood and palette for the anime aesthetic. Nonetheless, it is often observed to be cool, kawaii, or both, as well as borderline extreme with multigenre Japanese media franchises displayed.
The anime aesthetic is also known as animecore with its extreme dedication to anime-style products and collectibles. Due to the global influence of Japanese media, the motif goes beyond the concept of cartoon shows produced in the West, typically targeting children as audience. The anime aesthetic also has a significant overlap with other motifs such as vaporwave, justified by the use of the Japanese writing system and Nintendo consoles; and cyberpunk as displayed by the anime aesthetic’s common futuristic gaming setups.
What does anime room decor entail?
First, an anime-inspired room shouldn’t fall short of anime-style illustrations. You can also draw inspiration from your favorite manga and video game protagonists. Nonetheless, as long as they exhibit the distinctive style of Japanese animation, original or nonspecific character illustrations are also welcomed.
These illustrations could be in the form of posters, tapestries, and wall scrolls, but the easiest route is curated stickers. These animated works will serve as the foundation of your otaku bedroom.
Depending on your inspiration/s, you can create a fixed color palette that matches the vibe of your favorite shows. For example, your room can be flooded with pastels like pink and purple if you mostly consume kawaii and shoujo (Japanese chick flicks) franchises. For the fans of futuristic anime, you can delve into black and neons like blue. You can also mix up the hues of your Japanese-style goods especially if that’s what will make your room look more authentic and personalized.
Apart from being maximalist, anime-inspired rooms often look modern with technology, paying homage to cyberpunk and vaporwave. Neon LED strip lights are the typical light source in an otaku’s bedroom, along with neon signages featuring Japanese writing characters. Futuristic gaming corners with LED backlit keyboards, ultrawide or extended monitors, and similar hardware are also notable features of this bedroom. Together with this setup, you can use anime-style desk mats featuring the Tokyo skyline, neko or cat ear headphones, and classic Nintendo consoles.
Flaunt your collection of physical manga volumes and Japanese video game series on a bookshelf. Simple yet kawaii characters like Rilakkuma, Kirby, and Hello Kitty are also welcome in the form of plushies. Popular Shiba Inu, Corgi, cats, and generic paw items also exude the same amount of cuteness. On one side, there’s also a room for intricate model kits like Gundams.
Overall, fill your little haven with anime-style items or decorations that remind you of Japan, such as Sakura flowers, Kanagawa waves, melonpan, sushi, and Japanese writing. Through anime room decor, you’re free to embrace and even obsess on your favorite aspects of Japanese visual culture.
Perfect anime bedroom ideas summarized:
- Illuminate the room with neon LED strip lights and signages;
- Feature a cyberpunk-inspired gaming setup with glowing hardware;
- Display iconic characters’ figurines from your favorite anime, manga, game, etc.;
- Fill your bookshelf with a collection of your physical manga franchises and Japanese video game series;
- Decorate your walls with anime-style posters, tapestries, and stickers;
- Exhibit retro or classic video game consoles like Nintendo’s;
- Use kawaii plush pillows and other decorative Japanese pop culture merchandise