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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 (2317d ago)
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook (2558d ago)
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook (2701d 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: 8.7 / 10.0 (783 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 29th 2013, 7:55pm PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (9 Volumes - Complete)
Kodansha USA (3 Omnibuses - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #840 increased(+45)
Monthly Pos #1240 decreased(-23)
3 Month Pos #1285 increased(+198)
6 Month Pos #1569 increased(+14)

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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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I was really into Genshiken   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jackalan
July 5th, 2012, 12:41pm
I don't know why but I honestly did.

The drawing wasn't beautiful. There were so many lines and words and explanations and thoughts. The genre is seinen and I've never read any seinen before. The characters seemed too realistic to throw myself into my imagination of this and that that I normally did with shoujos and shounens. It was slice-of-life! Daily life would be boring wouldn't it?

But then, I fell in love. I read this manga over and over again, Countless time that I hardly remembered. It was probably the most re-read manga for me in 2008 and probably in 2009 too. Its development is just superb. Its characters are just convincing. I felt like I was in the manga living the lives with the characters.

Last but not least, the ending was very well-made.

I have nothing to go against my fullest rating of 10 here. Genshiken totally and whole-heartedly deserves this
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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...

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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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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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by canucks
February 21st, 2007, 3:21pm
Humble beginnings with a quirky cast, yet somehow it strikes a chord with the target audience. Sometimes you can't always get what you want in life, but try hard enough and you get what you need. Spectacular finish to an interesting case study.

... Last updated on December 13th, 2007, 10:46am
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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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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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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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