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Genshiken

Genshiken

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 127
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 25, 2002 to Aug 25, 2016
Authors: Kio, Shimoku (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon

Statistics

Score: 8.381 (scored by 8221 users)
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Ranked: #2362
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Popularity: #244
Members: 19,072
Favorites: 1,468
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Volumes: /21
Chapters: /127

Synopsis

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)

Background

Genshiken was published as Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture by Del Rey Manga from April 26, 2005 up until volume 9 on November 27, 2007. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license and has been publishing the series from volume 10 which was released on September 4, 2012 as Genshiken: Second Season, republishing the previous volumes in 3-in-1 omnibuses from May 22, 2012 to January 29, 2013.

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Archaeon
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.

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SDShamshel
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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Torisunanohokori
Dec 16, 2007
Genshiken: A fairly simple story concept which gets executed with surprisingly deep results. This is a tale of a loosely-run club of otakus, and of the trials and tribulations of the various members. Although none of the plots of the show is entirely original, the characters and the fact that they suffer through realistic otaku problems (combined with the fact that most readers are probably otaku) make it a very fun, and occasionally emotional, manga.

Characters: You have Sasahara (freshman), the introverted guy who opens up as he gets to know the rest of the club members. Kohsaka (also a freshman), who read more
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AironicallyHuman
Feb 10, 2009
What is Genshiken about? Put simply, it's about a group of college students who hang around in a college club for the 'study' of manga, anime and video games, the club being called Genshiken (The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture). The group go to Comicfest (a convention held twice a year where fan made manga gets sold) twice a year and hold a school event once a year, but most of the series takes place within the Genshiken club room. Also, there's no real main character -- some characters got more 'page time' then others but there wasn't a character that was read more
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