Ranked #843


Alternative Titles

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
Premiered: Fall 2004
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.791 (scored by 43,724 users)
Ranked: #8432
Popularity: #410
Members: 89,236
Favorites: 896
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Ikehata, Takashi
Ikehata, Takashi
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Sanpei, Hijiri
Sanpei, Hijiri
Episode Director

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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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Mar 5, 2008
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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Jan 20, 2007
Well, when I first herd of this anime from my friend, I was thinking "An anime about anime fans? This is gotta be some kind of joke". My friend lent me Genshiken, and like I said it was a joke, but not in a bad way. This anime is supposed to be a drama kind of thing but in reallity it's more comedy then drama. It pretty much sums out ever Otaku's life and interests. For those who have friends (and so forth) that don't understand anime and the Otaku world this is the perfect anime to introduce them too.

The story begins in Tokyo University, read more
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Apr 23, 2009
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 28, 2007
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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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.  
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On one hand Genshiken doesnt have romantic stories.But still it's a slice of life and narration is rather melancholic.
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Both depicts deeply in Japanese culture in both a humorous and true way. A must watch! 
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Adult characters with a focus on the anime industry and otaku subculture. They're both pretty unique in a medium that is all very much the same stuff over and over, so do enjoy.  
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