Ranked #199
Genshiken (Manga)


Alternative Titles

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 7180 users)
Ranked: #1992
Popularity: #201
Members: 15,352
Favorites: 1,284
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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 OVA, Genshiken 2, Genshiken Nidaime OVA, Genshiken Nidaime, Genshiken Nidaime Specials
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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Jun 22, 2012
Charming is the singular word I'd use to describe Genshiken. The book has its share of plot and characterization problems, but I've never failed to be charmed by a volume of Genshiken, so I forgive a lot.

The characterization of this series is just balanced so well. Shimoku Kio has created the best realized and most sympathetic otaku portrait of all time with Madarame. Unlike the protagonists of Welcome to the NHK and Ressentiment, we see Madarame go to dark places because of his investment in otaku-dom, but he never loses a sense of optimism. You can tell the author loved to draw him, too. read more
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Oct 14, 2008
Art - 8

The art itself while stylistically bland and sometimes rough is fairly elaborate. Backgrounds usually are filled in with motion or scenery bringing you in to the scene instead of the stereotypical white background shot. There always seems to be something going on behind the story making it feel like an actual part of real life. Each and every place is filled to the brim with small details that generally go unnoticed but never seem to detract from the scene.

The style itself also plays very well with the message of otaku life. Characters are unique looking but somewhat 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...)
Similarly lighthearted and comedic, Genshiken features various aspects of the otaku culture including the creation and selling of doujinshi at the comic markets (comikets). Although centered on the quirks of the college otaku's slice of life and less on doujin making, Doujin Works fans should find Genshiken an amusing window to the japanese "modern visual culture" (e.g. anime, manga and games).
Both deal with characters in roughly the same age group that are otakus. As Genshiken comes to a close and the characters start looking for work, it almost works as a segway into Welcome to the NHK, which deals with a similar otaku character who is unemployeed and trying to make sense of his life.
Genshiken is as "graphic" but a lot of the elements match up. If anything I would say Genshiken is more inncoent that Hetakoi.
Looking for some creative fun? The characters from both series are inspired to create something from their ideas. In retrospect, there is a small yet colorful cast of characters in a developing storyline. The characters are complex yet can be easily attached to. There is a good sense of humor coming from both manga ranging from the jokes, dialogues, and character interactions. I find the atmosphere of both manga series to be lighthearted with attractive details. At the same time, it can also bring out a beauty based on the foundation of their premises. Also, expect character relationships in terms of development and references to other works.

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