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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 over 10 years ago
v.8 by Manga-Sketchbook over 10 years ago
v.7 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years 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 (897 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 13th 2016, 2:58am 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 #450 increased(+205)
Monthly Pos #1160 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #1551 increased(+25)
6 Month Pos #1640 decreased(-669)
Year Pos #1114 increased(+197)

List Stats
On 978 reading lists
On 1118 wish lists
On 2155 completed lists
On 133 unfinished lists
On 378 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Should I read it? over 6 years ago
Genshiken 57 over 7 years ago
Genshiken 56 over 8 years ago
new genshiken is out! over 10 years ago
Season 2 is Official! over 10 years ago

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Love i~t!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Verito.S
March 22nd, 2009, 8:19pm
I love it!
I read it all in like a week (though I had read the 7 first chapters before) It's really slice of life, it has some really cute moments, some hardcore moments, some sad moments... It has everything! It's not TOO long and it's not too short either, though I'd have like read a little bit more in the end.
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Loved it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AuraBlaze
December 20th, 2008, 5:05am
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
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lowlife
September 15th, 2008, 4:10pm
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!
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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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Beyond ordianry...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by divinewind
June 25th, 2008, 6:26pm
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
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surprisingly good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wait321
June 1st, 2008, 11:17pm
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.
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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: 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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One of my favorites   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Pritcher
April 30th, 2008, 7:51am
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.
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Simply excelent   
Rating: N/A
by avante-kun
March 18th, 2008, 12:13am
I completelly love Genshiken, every character is great and unique and I love how they portray the otaku in each and all.
A must read, a must have and a must known...Genshiken is unique and lovable.
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