From Fanlore
Jump to: navigation, search
Name: げんしけん
Creator: Shimoku Kio
Date(s): 2002-2016
Medium: Manga, Anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links:
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

Genshiken is a manga and anime series that follows the members of a small otaku university club. The club's official title is "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture" to give it an air of legitimacy. A sequel, Genshiken: Second Generation was later released and also adapted into an anime. The series is notable for it's depiction of fannish activities, fictitious in-universe fandoms, and many references to real-life anime, manga, and video game franchises.


  • Sasahara Kanji
  • Harunobu Maradame
  • Kasukabe Saki
  • Kousaka Makoto
  • Ohno Kanako
  • Soichirou Tanaka
  • Ogiue Chika

Portrayal of Otaku

Because of its subject matter, Genshiken is both a fandom and a portrayal/comment on fans. The characters are shown engaging in common fannish activities such as attending conventions (in particular Comiket, called "Comifes" in-universe), making and wearing cosplay, assembling mecha models, and eventually publishing their own dojinshi.

Overall, the series takes a very sympathetic stance towards otaku and their hobbies. Characters exhibit a variety of attitudes toward being otaku, ranging from proud self-acceptance to intense loathing of otaku culture and everything it stands for.


Archives and Fannish Links