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Genshiken (Manga)


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English: Genshiken
Synonyms: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Genshiken Chapter 56, Genshiken Nidaime, Genshiken: Second Season
Japanese: げんしけん


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Jun 25, 2002 to ?
Authors: Kio, Shimoku (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


Score: 8.451 (scored by 7072 users)
Ranked: #2062
Popularity: #192
Members: 14,952
Favorites: 1,259
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comedy otaku school slice of life


It's the spring of freshman year, and Kanji Sasahara is in a quandary. Should he fulfill his long-cherished dream of joining an otaku club? Saki Kasukabe also faces a dilemma. Can she ever turn her boyfriend, anime fanboy Kousaka, into a normal guy? Kanji triumphs where Saki fails, when both Kanji and Kousaka sign up for Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture.

Undeterred, Saki chases Kousaka through the various activities of the club, from costume-playing and comic conventions to video gaming and collecting anime figures—learning more than she ever wanted to about the humorous world of the Japanese fan...

(Source: Del Rey Manga)

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Spin-off: Kujibiki Unbalance, Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma
Adaptation: Genshiken, Genshiken 2, Genshiken Nidaime, Genshiken OVA
Side story: Genshiken: Return of the Otaku
Alternative setting: Spotted Flower


Hato, Kenjirou
Kasukabe, Saki
Kousaka, Makoto
Madarame, Harunobu
Ogiue, Chika
Ohno, Kanako
Sasahara, Kanji

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Nov 14, 2009
There's a huge misconception in the Western world about the word "otaku", especially regarding it's usage. Most Westerners believe that the term refers to someone who is a zealous fan of something, in particular (but not exclusively so), anime and manga, with the word gaining a distinctly positive bias over the years. This is partly due to Gainax's tongue-in-cheek usage of the term in their 1991 movie "Otaku no Video", however the word has much darker and far more derogatory connotations in Japan, something which continues even to this day.

Bit of a sombre beginning to a review of a comedy manga isn't it? Well it read more
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Nov 7, 2007
With a medium-sized cast of characters, Genshiken provides a rich and realistic portrayal of otaku life, showing the otaku as not necessarily a positive or negative subculture, but simply one that is.

The characters designs are unique, with distinct yet reasonably subdued designs backed by an elaborately detailed look at the otaku world around them. The artwork changes significantly over time, but it manages to remain at a high quality all throughout. The only point in which the art suffers a little is in the volume 8 4-panel comics.

The series can be divided into roughly two parts, with the arrival of the character Chika read more
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A "normal" person slowly discovers the secrets of otaku.
Are you a lonely otaku, in need of love? Do your figurines and BL comics just not *do it* for you in anymore? Are you in need of reassurance that even you, with pretty boy rape fantasies, can find love? THEN READ THESE SERIES. RIGHT NOW... I MEAN IT!

Genshiken does, towards the end, deal with the subject of nutty yaoi fangirls, but the majority of the content is focused on anime, manga, and other more 'normal' otaku activities. Fujoshi, however, is all about the dark shadow that plagues MAL and makes me clench my anus in disgust: females who are into yaoi. After reading it, I actually started to think less nasty things about those who finger themselves over ladyboys, and that's saying a lot.

Read my review if you want to know why I like Fujoshi more than Genshiken. (You could also read my Genshiken review, too, but I doubt you'd survive until the end...)

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