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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 (2563d ago)
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook (2804d ago)
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook (2947d 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)

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (817 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 10th 2014, 4:34pm 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 #839 increased(+167)
Monthly Pos #1253 increased(+11)
3 Month Pos #1355 decreased(-280)
6 Month Pos #1122 increased(+39)

List Stats
On 890 reading lists
On 978 wish lists
On 1959 completed lists
On 118 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Should I read it? 1324 days, 1 hours, 26 minutes ago
Genshiken 57 1499 days, 22 hours, 42 minutes ago
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new genshiken is out! 2599 days, 8 hours, 11 minutes ago
Season 2 is Official! 2794 days, 22 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lukannon
June 29th, 2007, 11:25pm
A great series, but it'll only be appealing to some people. Fans with merely a passing interest in manga/anime, gtfo. This is not for you. In fact, people who aren't fans of slice of life, gtfo. You've got no business writing a review when you dislike the genre. Not everyone needs a series where the main character saves the world fourteen times in as many volumes.

Kio Shimoku wins. Hopefully we'll be seeing more from him/her after Genshiken.
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i can only recommend   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by haens
April 18th, 2007, 7:01am
anime was good but manga is much better. not to mention the story goes on after anime finished and new characters appear. very funny and interesting look on the everyday life of the real otakus :-)

... Last updated on April 18th, 2007, 7:02am
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fun otaku documentary   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bully_jesus
November 7th, 2006, 4:48pm
I think it's great to have manga not about school kids. There seems to be this wierd rule that a main character schould never be over 16. Anyway, the story of an otaku club. Highly recommend.

Edit: Read ending, upgraded from 9 to ten, damm, almost made me cry

... Last updated on March 14th, 2008, 4:39pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jonsi
September 29th, 2006, 12:55am
A good read
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by rdperalta
August 17th, 2006, 10:19am
I love this manga. Its really funny. An insight to the world of an otaku and their (almost) day to day lives
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Rating: N/A
by RilleL
May 8th, 2008, 4:32am
This is one of the highest rated manga in mangaupdates but what's so great about it?
I saw this one a long time ago and i thought this wasn't for me, but the high rating forced me to try it at least. I've read volume 1 so far and to tell the truth i had to force myself to finish it.
Story is boring, art is not that great, characters isn't anything special.

What's so great about this?!?! Does it get better later on or should i just stop reading now?

... Last updated on May 8th, 2008, 4:33am
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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
May 31st, 2008, 3:48pm
I really loved Genshiken. Sure, not everybody will enjoy this but I love the humor and the portrayal of different otakus. It's a life built on the views of otakus and how they'll deal with reality. It's a lax, laid back manga that just wanders around, just like how we might be feeling. I absolutely adored it.

Plus, I can relate to the characters ~
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sijmister
December 8th, 2006, 10:12pm
Awesome Series
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by lanie-emon
March 2nd, 2006, 4:13pm
excellent manga. An insight into the weird but fascinating world of modern otakus. Highly recommended
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mediocre manga   
Rating: N/A
by kami0001
May 2nd, 2009, 9:38pm
just finished reading the manga. In my opinion, it was a mediocre manga. The only thing special about the manga was it was original and unique. The art, story, characters development were so so, not so great but not really bad. The only thing i didn't like was that there wasn't a clear main character (may be sasahara but i doubt it since the story focuses in too many characters). The ending was predictable and absolutely nothing special about it.

Overall, it gave me a huge different opinion about manga/anime and Otaku's life. I bet it's definitely worth reading it if you are really into manga/anime
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