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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 (3237d ago)
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook (3478d ago)
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook (3620d 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 (876 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 27th 2016, 8:34pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (3 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #745 increased(+116)
Monthly Pos #1351 decreased(-24)
3 Month Pos #1494 decreased(-106)
6 Month Pos #1487 decreased(-37)

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On 933 reading lists
On 1061 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Should I read it? 1997 days, 10 hours, 38 minutes ago
Genshiken 57 2173 days, 7 hours, 54 minutes ago
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new genshiken is out! 3272 days, 17 hours, 22 minutes ago
Season 2 is Official! 3468 days, 7 hours, 40 minutes ago

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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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Great Read   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Nins_Leprechaun
January 5th, 2008, 6:04pm
A great manga that does an exellent job potraying the characters. A must read for anyone even slightly interested in the Slice of Life catagory.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2008, 4:43am
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can't wait for the last vol   
Rating: N/A
by Silluete
November 1st, 2007, 10:28am
well i not a fans of slice of life, in fact i a seinen hardcore fans but i decide to give this manga a shot and got good time reading ^^ this manga deserve a minimum 7++ rating
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 17th, 2006, 7:59am
i find the plot a boring....too bad, the art is very nice
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Rating: N/A
by kevn57
June 5th, 2006, 10:49am
My favorite manga
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Otaku galore   
Rating: N/A
by melty
March 1st, 2006, 9:14pm
The most hilarious manga yet true to a certain extent about modern otakus. A definite must read!!
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fun reading   
Rating: N/A
by NIQ
January 11th, 2008, 11:32am
I read this because I couldn't wait for the anime to finish in time and then it left out much. Well the story is nothing to write home about, the ending is somewhat predictable, relationships and so on.. But it is a lot of fun reading.
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It'll grow on you, folks!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Laclongquan
April 15th, 2007, 8:57pm
This manga is about a group of otaku... what to say, what to say...

The art is clean, clear and good...

The story is slice of life style. No "hero saving the world", no "teenage angst" (thank god!) just the usual life of otakus...

Is it any good?


It's bloody GREAT!


{a sidenote: an indepth look into the Japanese otaku's world.}
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woohoo, spoiler   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
July 10th, 2010, 6:06am
Spoiler (highlight to view)
In the end, Madarame never got the girl. And everyone else paired up like bunnies in a trench. In said nutshell, I was very disappointed by the end.

The extreme realistic portrayal of otaku life can only play the hook for so long before it becomes nothing more than novelty. All these match-ups of convenience ala school life, may have its roots in reality, but that's not what I want from manga. I empathetically hope Madarame the best of luck.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2010, 6:07am
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Rating: N/A
by Kiru_Biru
October 4th, 2007, 12:24am
If you aren't so called "otaku" (geek), don't even bother. The artwork is pretty good, but the story is something I could care less about.
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