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4.097 out of 5 from 8,726 votes
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Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Genshiken OVA OVA 2006 Sequel
Genshiken 2 TV 2007 Same Franchise
Ramen Angel Pretty Menma DVD Special 2008 TBD
Genshiken Nidaime TV 2013 TBD
Genshiken Nidaime no Roku OVA 2013 TBD
Genshiken Nidaime Specials DVD Special 2013 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Genshiken 2002 Original Manga
Ramen Tenshi Pretty Menma 2007 TBD
Genshiken: Return of the Otaku (Light Novel) 2008 TBD
Genshiken: Second Season 2010 TBD
Name Role
Hirotaka KINOSHITA Character Design
Takashi IKEHATA Director
Masanori TAKUMI Music
Shimoku KIO Original Manga Creator

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Genshiken babyeinstein12 7.25/10 Dec 5, 2009

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Genshiken angelsreviews 8/10 Jul 22, 2013
Genshiken mustardbomb 1/10 Sep 15, 2012
Genshiken Shadowfoot 8.5/10 Aug 5, 2011
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Doujin Work

Doujin Work
  • TV (12 eps x 14 min)
  • 2007

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.

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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.

Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

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!

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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.

Cosplay Complex

Cosplay Complex

Hasegawa Chaco is a bumbling cosplayer in the Oizumi junior high cosplay club. If it weren't for Kosuke Tamiya, the boy she has a crush on, she might not continue to cosplay, as things always seem to go wrong! Lucky for her, she was bestowed with two strange beings, one of which will transform into a costume for her, making her the rising 'ace' of the cosplay club. Now she only has to overcome her bashfulness with Kosuke and win his heart too!

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While Cosplay Complex centers on cosplay, dressing like anime characters, Genshiken is centered on everything otakus do but it also has a lot about cosplay, if you like otaku things and specially cosplay you will like these two series.


Both these shows focus on otaku and their love and dedicated for their hobbies, and the extremes they'll go to. Cosplay is the main focus of CC, but Genshiken has two characters who are very interested in cosplay.

Hataraki Man

Hataraki Man

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?

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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.

Kujibiki Unbalance

Kujibiki Unbalance

Welcome to Rikkyouin High School, a place where the student council president Ritsuko Kettenkrad reins supreme and your social standing is determined through a lottery! The life of freshman Chihiro Enomoto takes a turn when he wins the chance to become next year’s student council president; but first he and his friends must solve the tasks put before them by the current student council – or face expulsion! From homemade robots to terrorist domino stackers, from incestuous sisters and a sexual harassment panda and beyond, there’s no obstacle the student council will refrain from throwing at the gang!

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A point to consider is that Genshiken and Kujibiki Unbalance are related in an unusual way because the nerd gang in Genshiken are all diehard fans of the anime "Kujibiki Unbalance".

If you liked Genshiken, Kujibiki Unbalance should give you in idea of what these characters liked as an anime, and then made doujins from.

If you liked Kujibiki Unbalance, you can share the hype with a bunch of fictional nerds who also like Kujibiki Unabalnce.


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.