#AnimangaMonday: Genshiken

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Genshiken is a manga series created by Shimoku Kio. It originally ran in Kodansha’s monthly manga anthology “Afternoon” from April 2002 to May 2006.

It follows the lives of a group of college students drawn together by their shared hobbies, and the trials and adventures associated with being otaku. The story begins with the introduction of Kanji Sasahara, a shy, confidence-lacking freshman who on club day at university, decides to join a club he would actually enjoy, Genshiken – shortened form of “Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai” (The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture)

The series has also been adapted as a 12-episode anime by Genco in 2004, with Genshiken 2 airing in 2007. In 2010, the manga series resumed serialization as Genshiken Second Season (Genshiken Nidaime) and its anime adaptation airing last July 2013.

I have been meaning to watch this series ever since I joined  back Anime_HQ back in 2006. Most people I talked to said that it is a good watch/guide/bible on understanding how to handle an otaku organization but I never got to watch it, or even read its manga version.

To all those who have seen the anime (or read the manga), what are your thoughts, ratings, etc? How likely will you recommend this to me , or to fellow anime fans who haven’t seen Genshiken?

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