The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, otherwise known as Genshiken, is now under the charge of a more confident Sasahara. Things have changed in between semesters, and the otaku club now has a new otaku-hating member named Ogiue. Sasahara's initial goal of starting a doujin circle and selling those fan-made magazines at the next Comic Festival becomes a reality, but reality is a cruel master... who apparently crossplays. Afterward, the club is abuzz with talk about Tanaka and Ohno's relationship, which takes a hesitant step forward.
The first time I saw Genshiken, I was just completely taken in. Now the second season has taken it to the next level. Continuing from the OVA series that takes place after the first season, Genshiken 2 makes another Otaku come back for the fans. This time with some new characters and some interesting background stories, the story of Genshiken has become more in depth with the real world while still having it's Anime based zanies.
The story begins when Sasahara takes his new presidency of the Genshiken club to the next level, by entering the club into a Comi-fest Dojinshi retail. Now he teams
up with a new member, Ogire, to make some awesome manga. Meanwhile, Madarame is having a difficult time leaving the sanctaty of college, Ohno and Tanaka are getting closer then ever, Kasakabe is starting to understand Kousaka's Otaku lifestlye, plus Kugayama is starting to learn to standup for himself and speak out. Alot goes around until Sasahara decides to leave Ohno as president in order to become a Manga editor, and admit his true feelings to Ogire.
Yes, alot has changed with the Genshiken crew. For those who read this should agree that this Anime shares alot of what most of us go through everyday while living in this Anime loving world of ours. I believe if you watch this Anime from the first season to this new one, you'll say to yourself "yea. I love being an otaku".
All in all the story was solid and kept in touch with the first season. The character development is great. And the comedic attude is right where it should be. Now, you just have to watch it.
Genshiken 2 is probably the best of its series. This season focuses on the characters' developments and creates quite an inspirational, fun and dramatic show. This should REALLY be watched by people, specially lost college students because of its ending. It's really good, that the whole series is now VERY DEFINITELY a MUST WATCH for complete understanding.
The first season was about otaku people and culture. This season also showed a little bit of that, featuring Genshiken's participation in the Comic-fest and the introduction of two non-japanese otaku, but it's mainly about the lives of the Genshiken members. It features relationship developments, dream chasing, job hunting,
socialization, graduation, and post-graduation. It shows some of reality's hardships towards these aspects and how the characters overcome them. This has really good stories that give viewers an even better slice of life's reality.
The art is improved so much in this season. The characters are drawn better, the backgrounds and layouts are excellent and the animation is now high quality. Everything just looks great and so much better than the first season and the OVAs.
The sounds are good like in the first season, and even better because aside from having the same excellent voices, the effects, and soundtracks used are also excellent. The only minus they have here is that the OP and ED songs are indeed nice but they don't fit the show unlike the ones used in the first season.
The characters were already developed a lot in the first season, and they still continue to develop a lot here. The new characters are also great and the annoying Kuchiki is now tolerable and actually adds more fun to the show with his shameless, straight forward and weird personality. Everyone is now likable except for Haraguchi of course (everyone hates Haraguchi). Not to be hated so much, Haraguchi essentially helps in developing the characters, so it's really an all good, outstanding cast.
This season is super enjoyable. The comedy was indeed lessened but it's still there giving some great laughs with added drama and inspirational scenes. There is one problem though that majority of the viewer's would find troublesome and it's about an episode where a lot of yaoi scenes coming from Ogiue's imagination are visualized. It's not much of a problem though because it doesn't ruin the show at all and is a big plus for other viewers.
Well after watching this last episode of Genshiken 2 i was fairly disappointed with this season. The reason i fell in love with Genshiken was the COMEDY. I was laughing so hard i thought i was gonna die during the 1st season. Dont get me wrong the 2nd season had its moments but it felt that it went from a comedy to a serious drama. The last 5 episodes all together might've made me laugh maybe twice total. I liked the character development and the new characters but towards the end it became two serious, everything revolved around two characters.Felt like they were killing everyone
off. But yea that is my opinion.
An anime rarely comes along that has as much subtle impact as Genshiken packs in its surprisingly (and unfortunately) small 27-some total episodes. I am always convinced I have seen the best that anime has to offer, and that is when another series comes and wows me once again. Luckily, Genshiken does this in a very unique way.
At first I wasn't expecting much. An anime about otaku? I'm not an otaku, this can't be about me! My friend had highly suggested it to me however, so for his sake I decided to give it a try.
The story involves, as explained earlier, a group of college
kids who are part of Genshiken, an abbreviation for a much longer name that seems to involve their justification of club legitimacy. It's members? Your ordinary set of otakus.
Yet the fact that all of these members are surprisingly ordinary is, in itself, Genshiken's uniqueness.
Genshiken somehow manages to make ordinary otakus fun to watch.
When you are first introduced to the main cast, you will find yourself sort of disgusted at the ways they act; maybe you'll even think "I would never be their friends!"
Halfway through even the first season, you feel like they ARE your friends. In just a few episodes, these ordinary people's quirks will arise from their otaku exterior, and by the time these different characters graduate, you will be sad to see them go.
Genshiken does not keep time eternal, like most anime do. Instead, it brings characters through this wacky club that have their own quirks, and just when you are (almost) comfortable seeing these characters interact, they graduate and move on with their lives. For those of you who have moved, or graduated from high school, Genshiken may bring you back to those times, where you didn't appreciate what you had around you as much as you did after you left. Amazingly, Genshiken manages to duplicate this feeling, and you truly miss the characters that leave. It is hard to believe that an anime about otaku is the thing teaching this lesson, but lessons can come from strange places, and it makes Genshiken all the better.
Genshiken's ability to get the audience loving the characters is the most sought-after technique for all anime. No one can create a compelling anime if the characters are flat and ordinary. While the characters in Genshiken appear ordinary at first, their lovable quirks are what bring you to realize that these quirky people are just that. People. Not some lead role in a shounen or your average tsundere.
The way that Genshiken makes its characters realistic and at the same time lovable is a great refresher from the standard cookie-cutter formula for anime today, and is definitely a must-watch. Genshiken is entertaining throughout, and its realness only adds to the fun and beauty of its characters. If you have the time, I urge you to pick this anime up if you are at all into anime (why would you be reading this if you weren't...) So many of the jokes hit the nail on the head, and you will surely feel like a member of Genshiken yourself by the time it ends.
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