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Genshiken, Vol. 1: Dojinshi Or Bust (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A young man has many choices when it comes to college affiliations. He can join a fraternity, he can play a sport, he can even join one of the man clubs on campus. For Sasahara, it may be embarrassing, but the only group that interests him is Genshiken, also known as Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture. This is a club for the nerdiest of the nerdy: the kids who are obsessed with cosplay, anime, manga, role-playing games, and computers. In other words, Genshiken is a haven for the Otaku, and Sasahara is going to fit right in. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

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Very well made, likely to go over most people's heads by ahogue July 15, 2006 - 10:49 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Based on seeing disk one, Genshiken is a very well made and sharply observed anime about otaku (anime fanatics) in Japan. From what I can tell it's quite realistic, and although it has a fair amount of exaggerated comedy to it, I see Genshiken mainly as a quiet slice-of-life story.

The problem so far is that if you are not the sort who likes to frequent anime conventions and draw your own fan art then you may find yourself only mildly amused. To get the most of this anime you have to at least be somewhat familiar with this subculture.

In every other way, this series so far is very well done, intelligent and charming. I will rent the next disc soon...but not right away.

"Oh no they didn't!?!" "Yes... they just did." by Ursus April 5, 2006 - 9:46 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Pathos, and the humor and pain of obsession, of being Otaku. Genshiken offers an unapologetic/humorous look at the life of Otaku from cosplay to doujinshi at Cons to "adult situations." No corner of the Otaku lifestyle is safe from examination or parody in Genshiken.

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(Average 7.94)
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