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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 25 May 2005
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This review is from: Genshiken: Volume 1 (Paperback)
Genshiken (Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuu Kai -- The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture) is a slice-of-life manga that follows a university anime/manga society. If you're a fan of anime or manga and you're always being the butt of everyone's jokes, this is for you -- in this story, the otaku are the heroes! Every chapter lends insight into various aspects of otaku culture, like cosplaying, plastic model building, anime conventions, and it's all hilarious.
The characters are all very human. Sasahara is embarrassed at first, but learns to accept his true otaku destiny. Madarame scorns 'normal' people and their lack of understanding of otakudom. Kousaka doesn't look or act like an otaku, but in private is a anime games master. The humour is brought out by Saki-chan, the no-nonsense girlfriend, who is definitely not an otaku but has to find ways to deal with the obsessive fanboy mindset. Will she manage to turn her fanboy boyfriend into a 'normal' person, or will she herself be drawn into Genshiken?
The presentation and art style is nice and clean. Authentic right-to-left tankobon book, with the first few pages showing the original Japanese colour and text, and a translation notes section at the end. Along with the anime of the same name, I'd recommend this series to anyone, whether they be otaku, wanting to learn about otaku, or just someone looking for an entertaining read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From document to love story, 14 April 2006
This review is from: Genshiken: Volume 1 (Paperback)
I first reviewed the Genshiken manga after I had read one book of the series. After that I thought it was like a documentary of otakus. They were building models and visiting conventions etc.

But now that I have read 8 books of the series, I can say that the seeming documentary has pretty much vanished, but instead the series has turned into a love story/stories. But even though the series is very different, it doesn't mean it has lost its spirit. On the contrary. And especially because each book consists something like half a year of their time, it is easy to notice the character development.

If you have already seen the anime, read the manga. The anime focuses pretty much only in the first 3 volumes out of the 9 there is at the moment (8 translated in English).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every otaku should read this, 30 Nov 2011
This review is from: Genshiken: Volume 1 (Paperback)
Meet Sasahara, a shy geeky type guy who is scared to join his university's anime or manga societies and so somehow gets shunted in with all the other top-grade Otaku to the Genshiken - the society for the study for modern visual culture. And thus begins his journey into manhood...or otakuhood.

The book basicaly satirises geek culture, and with geeks being, by and large, a self depreciating lot, we love it. Volume one introduces the Genshiken. The mysterious president, Maradame the greatest Otaku or all, Tanaka who is into cosplay and model building, Kugayama who draws but with no passion and of course Kousaka, the guy who's a hardcore gaming geek who looks totaly normal and his girlfriend Saki, who isn't an otaku at all. We also get to meet Ohno, the first official female member, who loves cosplaying.

This volume follows Sasahara though his first time palying a porn game, shopping in Akihabara and his first "comic fest". It is absolutley hillarious and, while it's not exact of course, anyone who has experience of anime societies or conventions will definetley recognise something in here XD
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