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English: Genshiken
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
Broadcast: Sundays at Unknown
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Palm Studio
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.701 (scored by 56,760 users)
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Ranked: #11212
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Popularity: #783
Members: 132,566
Favorites: 1,244


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.  
report Recommended by DarkLaila
The protagonists intially reject their Otaku nature through fear of ridicule.  
report Recommended by defected_monkey
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.  
report Recommended by Veronin
Both depict the life of Otaku, in Genshiken's case mostly male otaku with a few girls thrown into the mix, in the case of kuragehime it's a community of female otaku. 
report Recommended by Korru
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 
report Recommended by Ksu-chan
Both depicts deeply in Japanese culture in both a humorous and true way. A must watch! 
report Recommended by drastikhate
Also deals with going to Comiket, doujinshi fandom, and eventually self-publishing a doujinshi.  
report Recommended by Akari_House
Plot wish, these two shows have pretty much nothing in common. Though essentially, both shows are pretty much similar, comedy wise. Both are very easy going and slow animes, and both have a very unique, slice of life, sort of cynical humor. It is most likely that you would enjoy both as a "pass the time" sort of anime, as they are both very relaxing and easy going animes. Also, both shows concentrate on university students, yet the anime itself does not focus on the studying itself, but more on the daily events of the main characters. Basically, the humorous situations are pretty alike in both shows, though Genshiken  read more 
report Recommended by Luck
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.  
report Recommended by Royce
Both animes talk about the lives of otakus, Otaku no Video is older, but the theme of otaku day live is the same. 
report Recommended by krisjunaeien
A colorful bunch of students (high school in Seitokai, college in Genshiken) who spend much of their time in a clubroom. Slice of Life comedies with plenty of parodies. Genshiken is a lot more subtle, though. 
report Recommended by Keirik
The other title is also a heartwarming slice of life comedy about a normal girl who has a romantic relationship with an otaku, trying to understand him and otaku community. The only differences are that Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is about a married couple (somehow making it all more fun), and the story in Genshiken involves an anime club's life along with the romantic line. Kaoru has a lot similarities with Saki (like strong personality, being a smoker), but she's cuter. However, Kaoru's husband is quite different from Kousaka, being not a popular guy, but your typical hopeless otaku. 
report Recommended by Stray-Fukurou
* Both are about a school club and making friends in the club. * Both have a basement in their club and attend it almost all the time. * Both have the same feeling and vibe to it. * Both will leave a very similar impression on you. * Both are erotic but Haganai is Ecchi and Genshiken is not. * Both have Otaku/Gamer characters. If you liked one, you'll definitely like the other, I have given both of them the same score. 
report Recommended by Kazami
These shows will show you the weird, creepy side of otaku... the part that make otaku what they are. (Obviously awesome!?) This is the stuff that makes normies cringe and who doesn't love that. Even if you're just interested in otaku culture, these are good shows to watch. They're funny, you laugh at the characters and maybe even relate to them as well depending on your scale of otaku. A note for Genshiken, it starts of focusing on the stereotypical male otaku but later seasons bring all kinds of otaku... yaoi fan girls(fujoushi) and cosplay otaku and so forth. 
report Recommended by WorstWaifu
Like Comic Party, Genshiken deals with the real life world of being a fan. While Comic Party concentrates more on the making of the products, such as Dojinshi, Genshiken concentrates on the people who buy the dojinshi. So if you ever wanted to know what type of people buy Kazuki's books watch Genshiken. 
report Recommended by mitamaking
Same ginger haired badass chick who doesn't want to be there but likes a guy in the club, the club has a couple characters that have similar roles (pretty boy, generic leader guy). Both clubs are full of perverts and all they do is talk about perverted junk, the only differences to me is: one is ping pong, the other is a fan club; Genshiken doesn't actually show the private parts and Ping Pong Club does. 
report Recommended by goaticide
Both are anime about parts of daily life relating to otaku culture. 
report Recommended by ShinokoSensei
Genshiken is a study of people, a documentary, and there is not so much a plot as there is an extract of life, and we happen to follow a few select characters through it. It is serene in a very particular way. Mushishi has that same tranquility and although it contains the supernatural it is also unmistakably a study of people, a documentary, and it too is serene. 
report Recommended by chiryoushi
Genshiken also has to do with making manga and doujinshi. In both a group of people get together to do so. They both focus on otaku culture as well. Genshiken may be a bit more extreme on the otaku side of the house but, I can recommend it.  
report Recommended by AllisAsh
In these two anime, main character admired the otaku culture and has a goal to achieve.In genshiken, the story is focusing on their hobbies and goals with few romance on it.While in saekano is way more interesting story with sweet romance. If you like to observe the life of a die hard otaku people. You're gonna love these two shows. so give it a try.  
report Recommended by Luuji222
Both shows primarily focus on otaku culture but Animegataris takes the pg-13/mainstream approach to this while Genshiken takes the more adult approach. I feel as if Genshiken has the heart that Animegataris lacks because the latter exists only to shoehorn references. 
report Recommended by Zablizzard
Both shows are about otaku(s) in the main role who are in a school setting. Genshiken is less of a comedy, and more of just a relaxing experience between friends, and Denpa Kyoushi is a "balls to the wall comedy."  
report Recommended by LAgGAgeag
Genshiken and Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. both are developed from the idea of a club that are formed by the main characters. Although they serve for different purposes, they 'unite them' together for daily activities. There is a lighthearted atmosphere in both series that also seems to follow a slice of life style of narrative. Additionally, there is a lot of humor accompanied with that atmosphere through the usage of catchy dialogues and references. Both series' main female protagonists also are considered cool rather than shy but tends to show vulnerable sides of themselves occasionally. Both series also has hinted romance and drama. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Genshiken and Grand Blue are arguably the best examples of college club life and all of their chaotic everyday lives and somehow complex web of relationships who won't fail you to make you laugh. Mostly Genshiken centers about otaku life and the insides of the Society of Study of Modern Visual Culture, a club who basically doesn't do nothing. Grand Blue has the similar theme of the Diving Club, where all happens but the actual diving, also there's quite a liking in GB for drinking alcohol. In both animes, the males are the ones who actually lead the comedy their respective shows, the new guy (Sasahara and  read more 
report Recommended by tlato_but
Genshiken, and Dabshi Koukousei no Nichijou both have a laid back feeling with the idea of friends hanging out which takes places in both anime.  
report Recommended by waluigi
- Basically, both shows are about a group of friends that hang out together while practicing their passions. Beck is more about as serious passion for music, while Genshiken is more casual. - Similar artstyle - Two of the main characters are similar at first - These two shows kind of give the same vibe or atmosphere at some points, though Beck gets more serious and intense after a while - Both animes have characters that feel realistic and not cliché 
report Recommended by flaming-moltres
It is also a slice of life taking place in a high school. In Genshiken, it is a club around the culture otaku (anime, manga, video game, cosplay, etc.). In Gamers!, it is a club around video games only. 
report Recommended by DirtyDreamer
Both are slice-of-lifes with comedy and romance, both center around clubs and their daily happenings, and both have some of the best character interaction in all the anime I've seen. 
report Recommended by AtaraxiaM
While completely different in both storyline, setting, pace, style and pretty much every other way, the thing that links them both is their great many references to other animes. An otakus dream really, see how many references and spoofs of your other favourite anime you can find! 
report Recommended by djmintlaw
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Genshiken represent club life where the vast majority of all events take place in a single club-oriented room. Genshiken is more laid back and less serious than The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but they both have a similar representation of a club member’s daily life. In-class situations are rarely depicted, teachers are never mentioned and the vast majority of every episode relates to their club and club members in some way. Both clubs consist of a small group of people who end up becoming close friends. Both clubs also have the running trend of being notorious and 'weird' for  read more 
report Recommended by hybridkiller
The kuromi´s dream was to make animation and for it she entered to the petit´s studio. Anime very similar to Genshiken,with much comedy. 
report Recommended by tetsuma
The kuromi´s dream was to make animation and for it she entered to the petit´s studio. Anime very similar to Genshiken,with much comedy. 
report Recommended by tetsuma
Althought having completely diffrent setting, both anime are slice of life, showing students dealing with their passions/work, and later with ineviteble changes in their lives as time passes on. 
report Recommended by hajil
Both have to do with clubs and school setting. They have a comedy slice of life feel as well. 
report Recommended by spineslayer
Both animes are about a character joining a group, and learning about themselves in the process. Both are very funny, and deal with some of the more extreme aspects of society (extreme fetishes, extreme otaku(ism)) 
report Recommended by cguercin
Both have a college school theme. Love Hina is starts out pre-college, Genshiken is during college. Both have character(s) that are struggling with what to do with their future. You might like the development of character relations similarities and character growth. The overall plot focuses mainly on how the characters are getting by the changes in their responsibilities into adulthood, while weighing heavily on relationships that forms in the process of school life. 
report Recommended by lackofwords
Both have very similar pacing and humour style. Although they don't look similar at first, they both have pretty much identical mood and atmosphere. Their main dish isn't comedy or outrageous random laughter, but about life and daily routines of interesting characters. 
report Recommended by ringoo4
Both include otakus as main characters. The anime collection figures, the manga collections, the posters on the walls... it has that same feeling. 
report Recommended by DenpaOnna
The slice-of-life elements of both usually contain individuals debating the merits of various anime series, although in Genshiken the focus is on a fictional one (with Gintama including wider cultural references). 
report Recommended by Seyfert