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


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


Score: 8.371 (scored by 8520 users)
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Ranked: #2442
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Popularity: #249
Members: 20,211
Favorites: 1,513
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Volumes: /21
Chapters: /127
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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 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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Feb 3, 2017
fodderchara18 (All reviews)
Let me just say it beforehand: i think Genshiken is a must for any anime/manga fan who's minimally interested in the otaku/fujoshi culture and in how much things have changed from the 90s/start of this century to the present time. It's a social study in many ways. So, if you're interested in this kind of stuff or if you're not exactly new to the anime/manga world, you should definitely read this manga. Like, seriously, do it if you haven't yet.

Back to the review, it was a solid conclusion to Nidaime. The original Genshiken still stands as the best Genshiken for me, but Nidaime had some read more
Jan 25, 2017
vasplar (All reviews)
Genshiken: A character driven story
Overview and Analysis
Spoilers in paragraph 9

Genshiken is a story that is really about its characters than anything else, among all the, otaku humor, witty references, comedic relief, or romance, the characters are the epicenters. The plot of Genshiken revolves an otaku club in college which is known in English as “The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture”. As the name subtly implies, Genshiken has a lot to do with itself, anime, manga, video games, cosplaying, and the otaku lifestyle (hell, it even has it's own anime inside Genshiken), both good and bad. Oddly enough however, I never really read more
Nov 14, 2009
Archaeon (All reviews)
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.

Bit of a sombre beginning to a review of a comedy manga isn't it? Well it read more
Nov 7, 2007
SDShamshel (All reviews)
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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