Genshiken is a Japanese otaku manga series by Shimoku Kio about a college club for otaku (extremely obsessed fans of various media) and the lifestyle its members pursue. The title is a shortening of the club's official name, Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai, translated for "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture". The series has also been adapted into an anime directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. The manga originally ran in Kodansha's monthly manga anthology Afternoon from June 2002 to June 2006, and has been reprinted in nine bound volumes. The ninth and final volume was released in Japan in December 2006.
A two-part short bonus story was included across both volumes of the Kujibiki Unbalance manga, published 2006/7. Three years after the original manga ended, a new chapter (Chapter 56) of the Genshiken manga was released as a bonus together with the Japanese Genshiken 2 DVD box-set. The chapter told us what the characters had become, and what was happening in the Genshiken club right now.
Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine announced in their November 2010 issue that the Genshiken manga would return as Genshiken Nidaime. The anime adaptation of Genshiken aired in October 2004 and the second series in 2007, but Genshiken is set to return in July 2013.
List of Manga Volumes
The Shinsōban version was published by KC Deluxe (KCデラックス).
List of Episodes
- Study of the Modern Visually Oriented Culture
- Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth through Consumption and Entertainment
- Problems and Merits of Local Culture Promotion
- The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles
- Limits of Rejection and Receptiveness as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour
- On Connecting with Others through Subculture
- Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships
- Comparative Study in Production Models and Processes
- Concerning the Existence and Non-Existence of Explanatory Duties Under Specially Confined Circumstances
- The Fetishism of Leisure Time Expenditures Considered by their Economic Result
- On the Presence of Malicious Intent in Urban Crimes
- Countermeasures for Issues that Arise during the Reorganization of a Group
- Otaku Hater Ogiue Here
- I am from Planet Otaku
- Then I'll Undress You!
- The New President's Intentions
- Friction at the Club Meeting
- One Hot Summer's Day
- Are You Going Out?
- Madarame the Total Bottom
- An Issue of Taste
- Graduation Syndrome
- It Always Rains on the Job Hunt
- Otaku from the USA
- Real Hardcore
- What Lies Ahead...