Username/Email: Password:
Manga Info
Genshiken - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture  
Login to add items to your list, keep track of your progress, and rate series!
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.


Related Series

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

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.9 by Manga-Sketchbook over 13 years ago
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook over 14 years ago
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook over 14 years ago
Search for all releases of this series

in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Ch. 1 (Skips Ch. 17,20,35)
Ends at Vol. 7 Chap. 42 (Pt.2 + OVA)

User Reviews

5 topics, 30 posts
Click here to view the forum

User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (937 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 7th 2021, 1:27pm PST



Category Recommendations





Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Del Rey (Defunct / 9 Vols - Complete)
Kodansha USA (3 Vols - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #549 increased(+107)
Monthly Pos #1325 increased(+112)
3 Month Pos #2118 increased(+48)
6 Month Pos #2336 increased(+209)
Year Pos #2792 decreased(-208)

List Stats
On 1020 reading lists
On 1218 wish lists
On 2272 completed lists
On 142 unfinished lists
On 421 custom lists

Note: You must be logged in to update information on this page.

over 10 years ago
over 10 years ago
over 11 years ago
over 13 years ago
over 14 years ago

tickmark preload xmark preload xmark preload
User Comments  [ Order by time added ]
You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.
Loved it  
by AuraBlaze
December 20th, 2008, 5:05am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Story was original and lovable characters make this a memorable manga to read. Romance was good and the ending satisfied me, didn't really leave much loose ends. Recommended
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
surprisingly good  
by wait321
June 1st, 2008, 11:17pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I started this series because a friend recommended it. I didn't think that a story about otakus was going to be good, but I was pleasantly surprised. The humor is very great, but there's a mysterious entertaining quality about the manga that I can't really describe. I guess I just enjoyed seeing the otakus' strange but realistic antics.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
I was really into Genshiken  
by jackalan
July 5th, 2012, 12:41pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
by Lowlife
September 15th, 2008, 4:10pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Well, I started watching the anime since I've always been curious of how it is being an otaku in Japan (or perhaps anywhere for that matter). I have never gotten the chance of being involved in any manga/anime-related activities where I grew up so I kind of feel that I've missed something smile

Anyway, apart from giving me some more insight into another lifestyle, the series also introduced me to a set of characters that felt genuine, funny, silly and absolutely adorable. Not all characters... but some, like Madarame, Saki and Kousuke, were brilliant. It was a different take on romance, which I'm a sucker for, as well as the slife of life-genre, so I won't hesitate giving this top notch grades.

I do understand if some people gets bored by this... but personally I feel that I've been rewarded with some wonderful moments reading it!
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
One of my favorites  
by Pritcher
April 30th, 2008, 7:51am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Definitely panders to a specific audience, especially the earlier volumes, so I guess it wouldn't be for everyone. Chances are though, if you're reading this comment on this site, there's going to be something in Genshiken you can relate to.

Nice art, unique and charming (in their way) characters and if you like slice of life type stories it's still good even if you aren't necessarily in the target audience.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
To Each His/Her Own  
by ratyz
January 15th, 2008, 6:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
After all the escapisms that we've sought from the other mangas that we've read, a slice of life really isn't that bad even though some of our lives, which some people voluntarily admit, aren't that interesting. Well, that isn't entirely true for there's always something interesting in everyone's life and there's also those who find interest in them.

Now we are given a group of characters that obviously has a world of their own. A group with a variety of characters that we can relate to in some ways than one. Hesitations, acceptance, being true to one's self.

Genshiken was a fun read for me. Characters all supported each other. Setting was not all varied but enough to establish their identities. And what could be a more fitting conflict for each character to undergo but their daily confrontation with reality?
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Beyond ordianry...  
by divinewind
June 25th, 2008, 6:26pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
It's more than just another slice of life story about a group of friends. Every chapter seems to be shown in such a way that it never pees on you watered down cliché. Instead, it gives you suspense that isn't possible in other action manga such as Naruto or Bleach and can only be hoped for in one shots, and shoujo manga. The suspense here is the kind where you want to know more and more about all of the characters, and KIO Shimoku seems to try hard not to let you down. This comment may be another rehash of all the good points about this manga, and let a thought or two stay on your mind a little bit while you decide or not whether to read this. As a recent convert to the exiting and volatile world of Japanese art and story, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (げんしけん 現代視覚文化研究会 ) has given me some sort of weird twisted push to learn more about the Japanese culture. There's more to say, and this is it for me.

and the ending is unique and nice with no real cliffhanger
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Slice of life...  
by anime_lover122488
December 12th, 2007, 2:22pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
of otakus! Can it get any better xD. I enjoyed every chapter of this series, smiling inwardly during its humors and references The ending wasn't too bad either. Not too long as well. A firm 10 in my books.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Loved it, waiting for the next release  
by toshiro
November 8th, 2007, 12:43pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I'm not qualified to write critiques of manga, so I'll just say I liked it a lot...
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Exceptionally good  
by connerity
March 2nd, 2011, 9:18pm
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Pages (5) [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]
 per page 
You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.