Genshiken

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TV Tokyo Premiered Oct 22, 2004 In Season

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Genshiken

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Sasahara Kanji is a new college student, and he makes up his mind to join a circle to share his thoughts of "Manga, Anime, and Games", that has been hidden until he enters the collage. When he visited Genshiken, which is short for "Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuu Kai" (Contemporary Visual Culture Research Organization), his groundless pride was destroyed by the plot of Madarame, a sophomore student of Genshiken.

However, as he acts line with Kohsaka, who is a deep Otaku in spite of his handsome looks, and other members of Genshiken, by going to doujin (private publishing) shops and anime festivals, he opens his mind and he resolves that he may make his way into Otaku world.

With other members, for example, Kasuga Saki, who is not an Otaku herself but is hot for Kohsaka, and Ohono, the cosplayer, Sasahara's Otaku life in Genshiken becomes stranger everyday.

Based on a popular 4-panel comic about the Japanese otaku lifestyle, this anime follows Sasahara Kanji as he dives face first into a world of anime, manga, video games, pornographic doujinshi, and the like.

Creator, Kio Shimoku, pokes fun at every element of the otaku world, so sit back and enjoy the ride. This is an anime for hardcore fans, with very complicated references that will test your knowledge of all things otaku.moreless

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  • This is a great anime but if you aren't into the anime/otaku scene then most of the references will be over your head.

    7.5
    The plot is fairly simple. It follows a college freshman named Sasahara Kanji as he joins the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (Genshiken). He then immerses himnself in a world of of anime, manga, video games, pornographic doujinshi and various other strange activities.



    The characters are good, as our the voice actors behind them. The animation is also very good especially in season 2. All in all it is a good show which is very enjoyable to watch and it features some great comic moments. However, there are a lot of parodies and often quite complicated references that can easily be missed which does detract somewhat from what is going on on screen. Having said that if you watch the first episode and understand most of what is going on then you will love this show. One to watch but not for everyone.moreless
  • It is a good show to be enjoyed by almost everyone in the world whether your "Otaku or not," as Saki Kasukabe says.

    10
    In my personal opinion, Genshiken is the best anime show that I have ever watched. It deals with things that could very well be happening in any college around the world. The seiyuu they hired for the Japanese version seemed to match the characters very nicely. And the American voice actors sounded pretty much the same as the Japanese with a variation here and there. It doesn't need any ki attacks or aliens to make it an interesting show. It is just the study of modern visual culture and those who partake in it. Genshiken has a character that everyone could relate to. It has many subspecies of Otaku you may be able to relate to such as a Cosplayer, a King dork, a hot nerd, a newbie, a girlfriend of an otaku, and others. My relatable character would have to be Harunobu Madarame. It is because of this that I was able to really apreciate this show and all it entails. Anyway, the people who produced this show, Kodansha, did a very good job with it and the original creator did a very good job at presenting the life of the average group of otakus and didn't need any tricks or gimmicks to do so. I give this show a 10.1 on the tv.com's ratings scale. This anime is above and beyond perfection. I would definitely recomend this show to all.moreless
  • a must see for anyone who considers themselves to be an Otaku.

    8.8
    unfortunately, i didn\'t get a chance to finish this series, but i loved what i saw. the first half, at the very least was absolutely hysterical! i saw it at an anime con & wanted to buy it right there and then, but it wasn\'t released yet.



    this anime is a brilliant paraody of the Otaku lifestyle and how it can conflict when you\'re SO is not into anime or manga. smart, on point and funny as hell, without devolving into meanness or cruelty.



    casual may not necessarily catch all the in-jokes, but even someone only peripherally interested in anime should enjoy this series. if you get the chance, i highly recommend checking it out.



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  • a must see for anyone who considers themselves to be an Otaku.

    8.8
    unfortunately, i didn't get a chance to finish this series, but i loved what i saw. the first half, at the very least was absolutely hysterical! i saw it at an anime con & wanted to buy it right there and then, but it wasn't released yet.



    this anime is a brilliant paraody of the Otaku lifestyle and how it can conflict when you're SO is not into anime or manga. smart, on point and funny as hell, without devolving into meanness or cruelty.



    casual may not necessarily catch all the in-jokes, but even someone only peripherally interested in anime should enjoy this series. if you get the chance, i highly recommend checking it out.

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