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Genshiken

Genshiken

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.811 (scored by 41686 users)
Ranked: #8272
Popularity: #362
Members: 83,203
Favorites: 874
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

comedy otaku school slice of life

Synopsis

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

Kasukabe, Saki
Kasukabe, Saki
Main
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Yukino, Satsuki
Doang, Geneviève
French
Doang, Geneviève
...
Kousaka, Makoto
Kousaka, Makoto
Main
Saiga, Mitsuki
Japanese
Saiga, Mitsuki
Schulz, Sebastian
German
Schulz, Sebastian
...
Kugayama, Mitsunori
Kugayama, Mitsunori
Main
Nomura, Kenji
Japanese
Nomura, Kenji
Schmitz, Tilo
German
Schmitz, Tilo
...
Madarame, Harunobu
Madarame, Harunobu
Main
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Japanese
Hiyama, Nobuyuki
Timoney, Bill
English
Timoney, Bill
...

Staff

Ikehata, Takashi
Director
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Mihara, Takenori
Episode Director
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Mar 5, 2008
Psychonaut
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
shinigamidono
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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Jun 23, 2013
angelsreview
Oh dear me. When you have an anime based on Otaku life, its not going to always be pretty. Still, the show is rather good for its own right. It was odd because the very first episode actually felt like my group of friends just sitting and talking anime like the podcast. Also, for those that want to learn a little bit, I should say you should watch all the way through the credits because after, they sometimes have little facts. I even learned from them even though I watch tons of anime.

The main character is really a bland guy, but I feel that they read more
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Jun 28, 2007
jet2r0cks
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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Recommendations

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.
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
The protagonists intially reject their Otaku nature through fear of ridicule.
Both depicts deeply in Japanese culture in both a humorous and true way. A must watch!
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 - Add to favorites
Also deals with going to Comiket, doujinshi fandom, and eventually self-publishing a doujinshi.

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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