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Let’s be honest: How many of us have enough shelf space to use bookends? *sheepish looks at my double-stacked shelves* Yeah, I know. But the truth is, we are not doing our books any favours here. And by “we,” I mean me. I am one of many booklovers who have bought up big with manga over the last couple of years. I’ve always been a manga lover, but this specific market has recently surged in popularity. I can tell from the constant re-order requests at my local bookstore. If I’m going to spend the money on this passion, I really should take care of them. The thing is, books need support, so why not support my new manga with manga/anime bookends?
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one adding weight to those bookshelves. Perhaps you’ve broadened your reading horizons to include some Light Novels. Or maybe your need for chill has added to the slice-of-life collection (check out fellow Book Rioter Patricia’s suggestions for more). The truth is, someone is buying more manga than ever before. And someone needs to tidy up their bookshelves. And if that particular someone needs some bookends to help with the situation, I suppose I have a job to do.
Here are 12 of the best anime/manga bookends I found on the interwebs. #SorryNotSorry
Best Anime Bookends on Etsy
The skills and variety available on Etsy have made this my first stop when looking for new bookish items.
These Sailor Moon-inspired bookends, featuring Sailor Moon silhouettes with the crescent moon, are a simple, clean-cut addition to any shelf. $51
Sometimes, your TBR pile needs a protective hug. This Studio Ghibli “Robot Soldier” from JapanArtFleaMarket should do the trick. $183
Hold your manga together with the great Berserk Furious from TolkeinTown. Guaranteed to not stab your manga. $45
It’s dangerous to read manga alone. Here, take this set of handmade wood bookends crafted as the Hylian Shield and Master Sword from Legend of Zelda, made by MokuShop. $69
For your inner kaiju, these very friendly Godzilla-inspired bookends from DangerCustomDesigns for $38.
These bookends have captured the perfect moment of peek-a-boo, inspired by Attack on Titan thanks to DVAMakerStudios. $30
These are so good, they look like they are clawing straight out of Death Note. You can find them with the appropriately named NightmareRealm for $21.
Still looking for Studio Ghibli-inspired characters? Mix and match your favourites with hand-painted bookends from DreamCollectiveArts. $50
Still haven’t found what you are looking, but you know you love the Japanese influence of manga overall? Check out these steel laser-cut bookends featuring a geisha and a samurai, from GlozisDecor. $50
We’ve spent much time (and money) with manga over recent years. Give your manga books a bit of extra love and support with a few well-placed bookends. Enjoy!
- Ann-Marie Cahill