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Genshiken Omnibus 1: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture #1-3)

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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, anim
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Kodansha Comics
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Social_Sloth
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Good art, a different kind of story about the life of male otakus...
Sean O'Hara
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jesus Flores
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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,
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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.
Christina
May 11, 2014 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: manga-shonen
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.
Anne
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
It honestly did not take me a year to read this, I got it for Christmas last year - started it, then got busy with other stuff/books. I finished it off after not getting any books for Christmas this year (tragedy!)
Stephanie
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-manga
Mature themes, references to manga porn. Another interesting foray into fictional Japanese culture.
William Hanley
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I would like to give this 2.5 stars. It had a few funny moments, but it just didn't appeal to me.
Jane(Janelba)
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not my thing at all and no real storyline !
P.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yyay, series, manga
F A S C I N A T I N G.
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome manga :-)
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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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Other Books in the Series

Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (9 books)
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 1
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 2
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 3
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 4
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 5
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 6
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 7
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 8
  • Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol. 9