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Najimi Osana's goal is to make a fortune in life, but in reality, she hasn't been having much success in her job. Tsuyuri, a doujin artist and a friend of Najimi, takes her to a convention to help her sell her doujin; and after learning that her childhood friend Justice is a very successful doujin artist, Najimi declares that she will make her fortune by creating doujins of her own. However, Najimi has never created anything close to a doujin before, and will struggle through many difficulties. Together with Tsuyuri, Justice, and Sora, they will work together for Najimi’s sake to gain fame and fortune in the doujin market.
Doujin Work is comedy-based while Genshiken is slice of life-based. They both center around a group of otaku and have many shared themes and situations.
If you like anime centred around otaku culture then both of these series are for you. While Doujin Work focuses more on creating doujinshi and Genshiken on those who read it, both are fairly comedic and worth a look.
These are both great otaku based comedy anime. Both involve doujinshi fandom, and have a similar feel to them.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
I think if you liked Genshiken you will like Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya because they share an absolutely crazy style of comedy that is fairly unique in the anime realm.
Each show a comedic genius in its own right, these shows both poke fun at anime fandom and otaku in general. The ensemble of characters in each show are very different, but both shows succeed in entertaining anyone, particularly fans who are looking to poke fun at themselves and their lifestyle.
28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
Like a gemstone, a person's character is made of many facets, and cannot be truly perceived one facet at a time. Both Genshiken and Hataraki Man take a very straightforward look at the many facets that make up the full aspect of two very specialized groups of people. Both series take the lives of the main characters and explore both the individuals and the group dynamics that make them both unique, and at the same time, just like everyone else. You don't have to be an Otaku, or a Journalist to appreciate either of these series, but if you enjoyed one, chances are you will enjoy the other as well.
Both series are interesting "slice of life" pieces that offer a rare insight to the workings of Japanese society. Both shows also feature a lovably deranged cast that still manage to feel like living, breathing people.
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
Genshiken and Azumanga Daioh are both series involving everyday life for individuals who might be considered outcasts and their journey to find one's self. The main difference between the two is that Genshiken relates to "otaku" and Azumanga Daioh relates more to girls. While I am neither an otaku or a girl, I found both very similar and very entertaining, with enough of a balance between ongoing plot and humor.
Both Genshiken and Azumanga Daioh are more real world added with some humor. Both stories are based around high school and extracurricular activities. Genshiken has more male based characters and Azumanga Daioh is the complete opposite.
At Rikkyouin High School, the freshmen are divided into groups based upon lots that are drawn in a lottery, after which they must compete against in other in a series of contests. Whether it’s cooking, hardball, swimming or exorcisms, the challenges they face will determine which group will become the next year’s student council. All the while, the current student council president is busy defending her life against assassination attempts! There’s never a dull day at Rikkyouin High School!
This is the one that you see on the TV sets in the background. The guys favorite and the source of Saki's misery and humiliation. Bad quality, but worth a look if you're curious.
Kujibiki Unbalance is the anime within an anime featured in Genshiken. They are made by the same studio and absolutely a must see if you liked either one. The don't have anything to do with each other plot-wise but being that members of the Genshiken after school club constantly talk about Kujibiki Unbalance, and you see scenes from the anime (before it was even produced) makes this required viewing. If somehow you happened up Kujibiki first then do yourself a favor and check out Genshiken.