Genshiken

Genshiken (げんしけん) is a Japanese 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 (現代視覚文化研究会), or "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 April 2002 to May 2006, and has been reprinted in nine bound volumes. The ninth and final volume was released in Japan in December 2006.[4]

Genshiken
Manga volume 1 cover, featuring Mitsunori Kugayama (back), Saki Kasukabe, Kanji Sasahara (down right) and Harunobu Madarame (top right).
げんしけん
GenreComedy, slice of life[1]
Manga
Written byShimoku Kio
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineAfternoon
DemographicSeinen
Original runApril 25, 2002May 25, 2006
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakashi Ikehata
Produced by
  • Takaya Ibira
  • Atsushi Yamamori
  • Naoki Sakamoto
  • Kōji Tsukamoto
  • Katsumi Yamaguchi
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byMasanori Takumi
StudioPalm Studio
Licensed by
Original networkCTC, TV Saitama, Sun TV, tvk, Kids Station
Original run October 11, 2004 December 27, 2004
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byTsutomu Mizushima
Produced by
  • Takaya Ibira
  • Naoki Sakamoto
  • Kōji Tsukamoto
  • Ryūichirō Matsuyama
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byTomoki Hasegawa
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
Licensed by
Released December 22, 2006 April 25, 2007
Episodes3 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Genshiken 2
Directed byKinji Yoshimoto
Produced by
  • Takaya Ibira
  • Takurō Hatakeyama
  • Tatsuhiro Nitta
  • Osamu Koshinaka
  • Yūsuke Numagi
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music by
  • Masaya Koike (4-EVER)
  • Shun Okazaki (4-EVER)
StudioArms
Licensed by
Original networkCTC, TV Saitama, TV Aichi, tvk, Sun TV, Kids Station
Original run October 11, 2007 December 27, 2007
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Novel
Genshiken: Return of the Otaku[2]
(Shōsetsu Genshiken Hairu Ranto no Yabō ~Return of the OTAKU~)[3]
Written byKazutoshi Iida
Illustrated byShimoku Kio
Published byKodansha
English publisher
ImprintKC Novels
DemographicSeinen
PublishedJanuary 21, 2008
Manga
Genshiken: Second Generation
Written byShimoku Kio
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineAfternoon
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 25, 2009August 25, 2016
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Genshiken: Second Generation
Directed byTsutomu Mizushima
Produced by
  • Haruki Hayashi
  • Junichirō Tsuchiya
  • Tooru Kawaguchi
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byShūichirō Fukuhiro
StudioProduction I.G
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX
Original run July 7, 2013 September 29, 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Related Series
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A two-part short bonus story was included across both volumes of the Kujibiki Unbalance manga, published 2006/7.

In December 2009, a new chapter was released in Afternoon to celebrate the release of the Japanese Genshiken 2 DVD box-set, and in October 2010, the series resumed serialization as Genshiken: Second Generation (げんしけん二代目, Genshiken Nidaime).[5]


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