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TO THINE OWN OTAKU BE TRUE

It’s spring of freshman year, and Kanji Sasahara has a difficult dilemma. Should he declare his love for manga and anime fandom by joining an otaku club, like he has always wanted to? Is he prepared to deal with the social stigma attached to being an otaku? Meanwhile, Saki Kasakabe has her own otaku conundrum. How can she turn her boyfriend, anime
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Kodansha Comics
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Sean O'Hara
Genshiken is sorta the Japanese Revenge of the Nerds. Rather than being set in a fraternity, it concerns a college club, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (Genshiken for short), which basically consists of sitting around the clubroom playing video games, reading manga and discussing the latest anime.

At the start of the series the club gets two new members, Kanji Sasahara and Makoto Kousaka. Kanji went through high school hiding his otaku interests and now that he's at universit
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Chip
Do you consider yourself a hardcore nerd? After reading Genshiken, you may have to recalibrate your scale. Genshiken takes a humorous but unapologetic look into the life of a group of otaku and their college club for "the study of modern visual culture." That is, of course, manga, anime, video games, and porn. The oddball in the group is Kasukabe-san, a woman who gets sucked into their madness when her uncharacteristically good-looking and inexplicably carefree boyfriend joins the club. Cringewo ...more
David
I really like Genshiken. What reading Genshiken reminds me of is a lot of the stuff I've been hearing Kevin Smith say about Clerks, that part of his inspiration was "no one was making movies about people like him and his friends". For better or worse, reading Genshiken is like reading a story about me and my friends, and the actual types of conversations we would have, the games we play, standing in line at conventions, shelling out for merchandise, all that. The tagline "to thine own otaku be t ...more
Tessa
F A S C I N A T I N G.
Lise Gøttler
Awesome manga :-)
Christina
May 11, 2014 Christina marked it as unfinished
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Shonen manga about an otaku manga/anime club. Otaku is extreme fandom. This is written for teen boys, and was so full of references to manga, anime, and video games I'm not familiar with that I decided not to keep reading after the first chapter. I just couldn't connect with it on any level.
Stephanie
Mature themes, references to manga porn. Another interesting foray into fictional Japanese culture.
Jesus Flores
Genshiken

An interesting view of a university club of otakus, manga and anime fans, and cosplayers. It is interesting to see how the relations evolve in this group, especially with outsider
Lots of fun moments.
Only thing is it focus too much on how Kousaka is drawn to the erotic side of this world, its not direct and frontal which is a good thing, but It would be nice to see him have other interest on this beside that,
William Hanley
I would like to give this 2.5 stars. It had a few funny moments, but it just didn't appeal to me.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
I like the insight into the otaku life, but it's pretty heavy on the male perspective. I'm hoping the introduction of Ohno adds the female perspective in future volumes. Kasakabe makes a nice foil to the whole "how otaku can you go" theme.
Jane(Janelba)
Not my thing at all and no real storyline !
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Shimoku Kio (木尾 士目) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his manga Genshiken, which was originally serialized in the Afternoon Magazine. It was later published in Japan by Kodansha, which produces Afternoon Magazine, and by Del Rey in the United States. Genshiken is an anime, manga, and light novel series about a college otaku club and its members.
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