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Genshiken - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture  
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College freshman and ACG lover Kanji Sasahara settled down his extracurricular activity in Genshiken (The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture) in order to become a true and thorough otaku. Meanwhile, Saki Kasukabe, the girlfriend of another freshman Genshiken member (also a bishounen) Makoto Kohsaka, was dragged into Genshiken's otaku-ish activities reluctantly, yet her resentful attitude towards otakus is changing without her notice.


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Associated Names
Genshiken - Otaku Club
Genshiken, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture
The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 by Manga-Sketchbook (2856d ago)
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook (3097d ago)
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook (3239d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1 Chap. 1 (Genshiken)
Ends at Vol. 4 Chap. 22 (Genshiken), Vol. 7 Chap. 42 (Genshiken II)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (837 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 18th 2015, 7:02pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (3 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1129 increased(+163)
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Exceptionally good   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by connerity
March 2nd, 2011, 9:18pm
I'm gonna keep this short even though one could write a lot about it.
It is very good because the setting is absolutely believable and it could completely happen in real life, there's nothing that would be impossible.
That aside, the characters were very well done, especially Saki. This manga wouldn't work at all if it had your typical perfect manga people, it's this good because the people portrayed are everyday's people.
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Unn so cute   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lyn Emerald
October 13th, 2009, 5:14pm
OMG! what a nice manga, through the story I really felt like the mangaka had a very developed feminine side! It was almost like a josei XD... I really like this type of seinen, it reminded me of D-ash. UuUuU I really loved madarame-san! at first I was like "what the hell is wrong with this freak!" but then I was like "Un so cuuuteeeee"
It's a funny, interesting and enjoyablle manga, everybody should read it!
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great slice of life series   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by takitogr
March 24th, 2009, 2:43pm
this was the greatest slice of life ive read until now...

Spoiler (highlight to view)
i really felt for the characters eventhough i didn't like that it got turned mainly into a love story between two charas in the chapters nearing the end of the series & their efforts to get close to each other...bleh...that wasn't y i read the series in the first place *spoilers end*

anyway, genshiken is an amazing says so much about otaku many great quotes that genshiken charas said about being an otaku will always stay with really gives u a great perspective about y ppl get obsessed with games,manga,anime,cosplay,idols,doujinshi,figures,gunpla and many more that define otaku gives u an insider's perspective...its really the best series for anybody who wants to know more things about otaku and about all their interests and what they find so fascinating about also mentions many things that u probably dont know unless u lived in japan (shimapan only events!!! ??? ?? jesus...)

the art is just awesome...such a skilled has a very homemade feeling...natural lines without the strict structure of a manga made with the aid of a computer...lavishly detailed....very rich and filled with detail...u can see the love that was put into it from all the lil' details everywhere...i just love it

such an enjoyable title....i wish other manga would be more like genshiken...very realistic

p.s: i must thank JJ for mentioning that i can read manga for free at the store Public because thats where i started reading genshiken and where i read most of the vols :p thx JJ!

p.s2: i cant wait to watch the anime now!!!!

... Last updated on March 26th, 2010, 3:03am
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an excellent manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ifancyme
October 8th, 2006, 2:22am
i'm waiting in awe for the next release ^^
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One of My Best Manga Experiences   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
July 21st, 2014, 10:38am
There are quite a few manga floating around that are very hard to read with pleasure unless you've had the experience of being some kind of "outsider" in relation to everyday or normal life. This story of an otaku club at a university is one such story. At least one reviewer has already dismissed all the manga- and anime-obsessed characters as being "just a bunch of losers", and therefore beneath his interest. Indeed they are losers -- in the sense that they are mostly not socially adept AND they lack any interest in standard things most people in college are interested in, like business, sports, chasing members of the opposite sex, and so on.

But, guess what, they are still human! That means they need friends and a place to belong. This manga is the story of how this collection of outcasts find and together build up such a place. To me, who has plenty of experience of being an undesired outsider, this story is all the more precious and fun because of the sheer unliklihood of a collection such persons getting together and ending up enjoying just about as much fun and friendship as non-losers.

I wish I had found a group like this when I was in college!

... Last updated on July 21st, 2014, 10:43am
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Genshiken is...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Faukner
December 10th, 2009, 11:25pm
a story about different kinds of people though all of them (except for one)is an otaku. But don't let that put you off, Its a fun read and the characters are very different from any you will find in other mangas.
If you are in anyway interested in the japanese culture of cosplay, anime, manga and even doujinshi then this certainly is the manga for you.
But even if you're not into things like that give it a chance like I did. Perhaps you'll like it.
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happy and a little sad that it's over   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by chaumein
April 20th, 2009, 2:34pm
I liked it a lot. Even though nothing majorly traumatic happened I was still very moved at the end. It really did feel like you just spent four years with these characters and are watching them grow up and move on past a life where you can't read about them any more. And maybe it's because I'm also in university, Genshiken really made me want to be out there and enjoy it while I can.
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A favorite of mine...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ajmanga
July 21st, 2008, 8:39pm
I really liked how it's all the different otakus and each character has their own personality. I wasn't too into it when I first started it but as they added more characters it really got good. The characters are great! Ohno is exactly like someone I know!

The romance at the end did seem a little rushed and I wish they had dragged it out a bit more or started it earlier. But Ogiue x Sasahara are a great couple! Wish there was more to this series.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chowmein_x0
June 19th, 2007, 11:26am
I love it i love it i love it.. Though I'm only on the 6th vol, I fell inlove with this the first time i opened it. The name did not sound appealing, due to the fact that I didn't know what it meant, but I'm glad I stepped out of my norm, and purchased it, ignoring the fact that it didn't sound catchy.. yay! I'm glad i did so.
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Great characters   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by coffeezombie
April 26th, 2007, 6:13pm
Genshiken is a hilariously funny comedy manga that also delves into the psychology of the otaku. Some of the most interesting characters of any manga that I've ever read are in this series. A must read.
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