Ranked #840


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Synonyms: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture
Japanese: げんしけん


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2004 to Dec 26, 2004
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Ranked: #8402
Popularity: #375
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Sasahara Kanji is a college freshman who decides to join a student society to share his hidden thoughts on manga, anime and gaming.

When he first visited Genshiken, short for "Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuu Kai" (Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture), his groundless pride was destroyed by the plotting of Madarame, a sophomore student in Genshiken, but he still couldn't admit that he is an otaku.

However, as he participates in society activities such as visiting dojin (private publishing) shops and anime festivals, and hangs out with other society members Kosaka (a hardcore otaku despite his extreme eccentricities and good looks), Kosaka's girlfriend Kasukabe Saki (who isn't really an otaku), Ohno (a cosplayer) and the others, he opens his mind and resolves that he will make his way into the otaku world. With their help, Sasahara slowly adjusts to otaku life in Genshiken.

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Genshiken
Spin-off: Kujibiki Unbalance
Sequel: Genshiken OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Madarame, Harunobu
Madarame, Harunobu
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Kasukabe, Saki
Kasukabe, Saki
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Ohno, Kanako
Ohno, Kanako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Sasahara, Kanji
Sasahara, Kanji
Ohyama, Takanori
Ohyama, Takanori


Ikehata, Takashi
Ikehata, Takashi
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Mihara, Takenori
Mihara, Takenori
Episode Director
Sanpei, Hijiri
Sanpei, Hijiri
Episode Director

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Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Oct 10, 2004 to Dec 26, 2004
Status  Finished Airing
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Mar 5, 2008 9:44 AM
If you were ever sitting around with your friends one day talking about anime, munching on pocky, sifting eagerly through the plunder and spoils after a grueling day at your favorite convention, wishing you could find a date, dreaming about selling your own Japanese animation idea, and wondering about your future, well then, my fellow otaku, a show has been made about you.

Genshiken, adapted from the manga by Kio Shimoku, is about a college club for otaku who never quite grew out of the doujinshi, cosplay, and resin-kit building phase of their lives, and how the members of the club find support and acceptance in read more
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Apr 23, 2009 1:37 AM
NOTE: This is a review of the entire Genshiken anime series including both seasons and the three-episode OVA.

The first question on your mind might be the same one that was on mine when I first heard about Genshiken; so I think it might be appropriate to answer it right away. What exactly is a genshiken? Genshiken is an abbreviation. This anime revolves around a university club called [GEN]dai [SHI]kaku Bunka [KEN]kyūkai which translates to “The society for the study of modern visual culture”. The club was, as it is explained in the anime, originally formed ten years prior in order to bridge the gap between read more
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Jul 7, 2013 1:00 AM
With anime about otaku culture, you usually see one of two extremes. The most popular being super moe girls doing otaku things in an attempt to relate to or charm the audience(ex. lucky star, nogizaka haruka, etc). The second one, which I've encountered much less, examines the darker parts of the culture(ex. Welcome to the NHK).
Genshiken falls right in the middle. The characters accurately portray many different types of fans, from the calm quiet fans to the hyperactive annoying ones. Given it's age, the art is somewhat lacking by today's standards, but it only improves in future seasons. The soundtrack never stands read more
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Jun 28, 2007 10:55 AM
I think that this is one important anime in an Otaku's life. This shows how we as Otakus live and try to mingle with people like us. Some few things that I learned are that male otakus like cat ears, maid outfits, childhood friend or little sister like characters. Two, real Otakus take everything anime/manga related seriously.

This is the anime that got me back into being an Otaku. It brought back so many memories that I decided to live my old life and spend all my money on anime memorabilia once again. The anime made me wish I could go to the Comiket (?). I'm read more
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Anime: NHK ni Youkoso!
shows about being an otaku...experiences, people you meet and the trouble being part of a subculture or fitting in the "normal" world...NHK goes even further...the main protag is a NEET and not only a plain otaku. Genshiken is much more light-hearted opposed to the often very dark sarcastic humor of NHK.  
reportRecommended by DarkLaila
Anime: Hachimitsu to Clover
On one hand Genshiken doesnt have romantic stories.But still it's a slice of life and narration is rather melancholic.
If you like calm series about normal life, so you can enjoy Genshiken as well as Honey and Clover 
reportRecommended by Ksu-chan
Anime: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
The protagonists intially reject their Otaku nature through fear of ridicule.
reportRecommended by defected_monkey
Anime: Lucky☆Star
Both depicts deeply in Japanese culture in both a humorous and true way. A must watch! 
reportRecommended by drastikhate
Anime: Bakuman.
Like Genshiken, Bakuman is also a slice of life, comedy, and a little dose of romance that involves people lives around manga. Both deal with the realism of making a living from the manga business. Genshiken's focus is on a college club that researches on manga, anime, and video games. The storyline aim more towards the lifestyle and subculture of otaku, meanwhile Bakuman's story is more strictly concentrated on being success in making manga and magnaka's lives. Small differences aside, from both shows most characters show either very positive or negative deep emotion towards manga and manga business.  
reportRecommended by Royce
Anime: Doujin Work
Also deals with going to Comiket, doujinshi fandom, and eventually self-publishing a doujinshi.  
reportRecommended by Akari_House

Opening Theme

#1: "Kujibiki Unbalance (くじびきアンバランス)" by UNDER17 (ep 1)
#2: "My Pace Daioh (マイペース大王)" by manzo (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

"Biidama (びいだま)" by Saori Atsumi

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