Genshiken (2004– )

TV Series  |  PG-13  |  Animation, Comedy
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The misadventures of the close-knit members of a small anime/manga club on a college campus.

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Michael Perreca ...
 Sasahara Kanji (12 episodes, 2004)
Bill Timoney ...
 Madarame Harunobu (12 episodes, 2004)
Kenneth Robert Marlo ...
 Kosaka Makoto (12 episodes, 2004)
Bill Rogers ...
 Tanaka Soichiro (12 episodes, 2004)
Rome Elliot ...
 Kugayana Mitsunori (12 episodes, 2004)
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 Saki Kasukabe (12 episodes, 2004)
Takanori Ohyama ...
 Kanji Sasahara (11 episodes, 2004)
Mitsuki Saiga ...
 Makoto Kosaka (11 episodes, 2004)
Satsuki Yukino ...
 Saki Kasukabe (11 episodes, 2004)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
 Harunobu Madarame (11 episodes, 2004)
Tomokazu Seki ...
 Soichiro Tanaka (11 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Nomura ...
 Mitsunori Kugayama (11 episodes, 2004)
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The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture is not like ordinary student organizations found on a college campus. Rather than focus on a specific activity or hobby, the club encompasses tastes in anime, manga, video games, cosplay, and model building, and generally performs no organized activities outside of of gathering in their office to play video games or discuss the latest episode of the series Kujibiki Unbalance. Their membership includes a shy, stuttering sketch artist that lacks the drive to take his work further, an overzealous, motor-mouthed maniac that argues for the passion in all things otaku, and the club's creepily quiet founding president that has been in charge since 1987. What keeps a group with members as eccentric as these together? A shared love for anime, manga, and all forms of visual culture that they inspire. Written by Anonymous

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Calling All Scruffy Nerd-Herders!

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The DVD release contains full-length episodes of "Kujibiki Unbalance," the fictional series that the main characters ritually watch. See more »

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Chairman of Genshiken: But how about officially joining Genshiken, huh Katsukabe?
Saki Kasukabe: Not a chance!
Chairman of Genshiken: Mmm, well that was quick.
Madarame Harunobu: Mr. Chairman, there is no way she'll ever join the club, is there?
Chairman of Genshiken: Hmm... no, and it certainly seems like such a pity to lose you. You so enjoy using this room when we're gone.
Saki Kasukabe: [gasp]
Madarame HarunobuKugayana Mitsunori: Huh?
Chairman of Genshiken: You seem so..."at home" in our office.
Saki Kasukabe: [blushing] What do you mean?
Chairman of Genshiken: You've been having...
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The end credits for each episode are played over a shot of the club's office and its inhabitants that reflects a joke from that specific episode or the state that the office was left in at the end. See more »

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Followed by Genshiken 2 (2007) See more »

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Brilliant offbeat anime
24 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite animes, as it combines comedy with drama incredibly effectively. It focuses on "otakus", a Japanese subculture made up of people who obsess over anime, manga & video games. It provides an insight into their lives as comparative outcasts without mocking or parodying them as often happens in American shows about nerds, etc. There is some subtle criticism, and personal quirks are shown without flinching, but the characters never become "ultimate nerd"-type caricatures, their humanity is never sacrificed.

There are several characters that make up the club for otakus in a college that this anime's about. The hardcore otaku Hanarobu Madarame, the cosplay(dressing up as anime/manga characters) maniacs Souichiro Tanaka & Kanako Ohno(introduced later). Ohno is surprisingly beautiful & well-endowed for an otaku, but ironically she's one of the most obsessive. There's the artist Mitsunori Kugayama, and the video-game otaku Makoto Kousaka, who is strange in that he is handsome and not the typical misfit you'd expect an otaku to be, and has a girlfriend- Saki Kasukabe-who isn't an otaku in any sense of the word but is forced to hang out with Genshiken because she's attached to her boyfriend. Saki is violent & bad-tempered but also kind and slowly begins to understand the otakus & even help them out, subtly changing them, making them more socially acceptable and less reclusive. The interaction between the fashionable & popular Saki and the otakus is a relationship at the very core of the series in terms of how interesting it is. Also, there's Kanji Sasahara, the most normal otaku, who is initially in denial, but slowly accepts his otaku-ness.

It's highly critically acclaimed & completely brilliant, but is meant for the more discerning viewer, so if you though "Dragonball Z" was complex, turn away.


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