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Synonyms: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture
Japanese: げんしけん
English: Genshiken
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2004 to Dec 27, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Palm Studio
Source: Manga
Genre: Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture, ParodyParody
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.631 (scored by 7193071,930 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #14252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1342
Members: 180,940
Favorites: 1,437

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Kanji Sasahara is an introverted college freshman just looking for a place to fit in. One day, he happens to stumble upon the club known as the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture—otherwise known as Genshiken—that serves to bring the full spectrum of otaku culture together. His first visit to the club, however, does not end well as Sasahara's pride is crushed by his senior, Harunobu Madarame, and he leaves the meeting in full denial of his otaku nature. However, after befriending club member Makoto Kousaka, who turns out to be a hardcore otaku despite his looks, Sasahara becomes more involved with club activities which include obsessing over their favorite anime, reading doujinshi, and attending conventions. There, he meets other interesting people like Kousaka's vehemently non-otaku girlfriend Saki Kasukabe, who strives to turn her boyfriend into a "normal guy."

While Saki struggles to understand otaku culture and her boyfriend's love for it, Sasahara finds himself enjoying his time at Genshiken, gradually shedding any denial he once had about being an otaku and immersing himself in an otaku lifestyle.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Characters & Voice Actors


Ibira, Takaya
Suzuki, Seiji
Assistant Producer
Ikehata, Takashi
Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Kujibiki Unbalance (くじびきアンバランス)" by UNDER17 (eps 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


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 ...
Mar 7, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, otherwise known as Genshiken. I am honestly not entirely sure how to go about describing this anime without simply referring you to the title.

In a short summary Genshiken is a show about otakus and the various forms of media that different otakus often specialize themselves in. We have our mecha experts, our cosplayers, our lovers of doujinshi, and our gamers. At the heart of this show however we have two main characters. One, a non-otaku who is part of Genshiken only to be with her otaku boyfriend, and the other, a young otaku who is only ...
May 12, 2018

I'm Dion Bauer and these were the worst 288 minutes of my life.

WARNING:This review contains sarcasm and fun and all the things the PC fruitcakes hate.

Now on to the review and where do i fucking start with this one?It's like asking me to write the memoirs of a rotten corpse i met just 2 minutes ago..I mean it's a fucking corpse,it doesn't talk,it doesn't move its' hands so sign language is out of the question..What the hell am i supposed to do?

I know,i'll do what every single other reviewer does and make shit up about how this anime is the holy book of otakus given ...

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