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Synonyms: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Genshiken Nidaime, Genshiken: Second Season
Japanese: げんしけん
English: Genshiken
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 127
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 25, 2002 to Aug 25, 2016
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Otaku Culture Otaku Culture, School School
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Kio, Shimoku (Story & Art)


Score: 8.221 (scored by 1320213,202 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3992
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #419
Members: 40,827
Favorites: 2,024


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Volumes: /21
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Genshiken Omnibus


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)


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 published the series from volume 10 onwards as Genshiken: Second Season from September 4, 2012 to March 13, 2018. The previous nine volumes were republished in 3-in-1 omnibuses from May 22, 2012 to January 29, 2013.



Dec 16, 2020
tl;dr: A manga with a broad story of a club that is mostly a lot of amusing light hearted small fast paced stories that build up, but flubs a bit with a final story that’s much longer, heavier, and messier. 

Genshiken is a manga that changes tremendously as it goes on. It cycles through multiple years of a college club, and thus members graduate while others join. However, members that have already graduated still maintain connections with the club and pop up sometimes, with one such graduate becoming incredibly important. Still, for the most part it is the characters that are active members of the club ...
Aug 6, 2020
Genshiken is a slice of life comedy about a college otaku club.

To start, I'll first state that I like to split Genshiken into three parts, based on the generation of the members of the club. There is the first part, with Sasahara, Saki, and Kousaka. Then, there is the second part, after Ogiue and Kuchi join, and then finally the third part with Hato, Yoshitake, and Yajima. While it's hard to choose a favorite, I think that the second part is the strongest, followed by the third, and then the first. If I were to rate them, I'd give the first part a solid 8, ...
Nov 3, 2018
“Otaku” is a term that I’ve labeled myself with in the past, when I’d eagerly watch new episodes of seasonal anime that come out weekly as a getaway from hours of tedious class lectures. Fully professing as one at the peak of my teenage years, I rejected most of the reality around me and got absorbed at the 2D world in front of my laptop screen. I had friends who would identify as one and we’d chatter away during school breaks about the latest developments in the anime world. I’d start obsessing over the latest doujins and video games which caused me to neglect ...

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