Otaku News : US Edition Shinsengumi Miyuki
||
Search
 
Advanced Search
\ -
-

\

Edition
World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

 
Site Info
About Otaku News
FAQ
Wallpaper
Link To Us
Contact Us

US RSS Feed
RSS Feed Details
 
\

\

Advert Space


 
\
/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \

Genshiken : The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture - Volume 1

Genshiken : The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture - Volume 1
Details
Review Date:

Reviewed By: Molly Drury

Released By: Del Ray

Publishing Country: USA

Author: Kio Shimoku

Age Rating: 16+

Volume: 1 of 9

Page Count: 192

ISBN-13: 9780345481696

ISBN-10: 0345481690

Buy from Amazon.com     Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Summary
Genshiken is a slice-of-life manga that follows a manga/anime club, Genshiken or The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, and its members, from the new freshman Kanji whose dream it is to belong to an otaku club, to Saki who faces the dilemma of having an anime fanboy as a boyfriend. Determined that her boyfriend will be a normal guy, Saki ends up discovering far more about otakus than she ever wanted to know, from cosplay and conventions to video games and collecting figurines.
Review
Genshiken just screams 'slice-of-life' from every page, and yet it's never boring. But how can that be when there are no magical powers? No giant robots? Not even characters with huge sparkly eyes and angst-ridden lives? Well, the story follows some of the weirdest people in existence. Otaku, doing what otaku do best. Playing video games, reading dojinshi and lining up at midnight for CDs.

Saki is your average girl, and when she falls for Kousaka she never dreamed that her gorgeous boyfriend would be an otaku, and, try and she might, she just can't get him to be a normal college guy. But as Madarame says "It's not like one day he just woke up and chose to be an otaku. He can't just stop." Then there are the otaku, with atleast one person to represent each stereotype (cosplayer, gamer, anime fan, manga fan etc), and each of the Genshiken members have great personalities that really drive the story forward and keep you interested.

Due to the presence of Saki there has to be the rift between 'normal' people and otaku. I never realised how many different facial expressions could show confusion and disgust. Saki provides a great outsiders view on otaku and their interests. Though it is of course very ironic to be reading a manga about otaku, as you would have to be at least interested in otaku culture in the first place to even pick up a copy. But no matter how big or small of a fan you are, we all have friends who resemble the members of Genshiken, and that is what's so fun about the manga.

The artwork excels, with everything having wonderful details such as the posters, manga covers, figmas and even the background characters. Nothing is left looking like grey, shapeless blobs. Possibly one of the best things about Genshiken is that the chacters all look normal. There are no huge, shiny eyes or long flowing hair. They are normal human beings who look normal. It makes a lovely, refreshing change.

The translators also match every detail by translating signs, posters, signs and even leave the sound effects but put a small translation next to them. Also, for anything not translated there is a section of the back full of notes explaining in-side jokes, cultural references etc.

Genshiken is of the best manga titles I've read for a while. It's refreshing, funny and packed with hilarious characters. Slice-of-life at it's best, and a sure fire win for fans.

Rating: 9/10
\ /

/

Recent News
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga‚Äč Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum
An Interview with MichaŽl Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle Review

Recent Manga Reviews

The Birth of Kitaro
The Birth of Kitaro
One-Punch Man - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 2
Atomcat
The Book of Human Insects
PINK
Tokyo Cycle Girl
Shiawase Restaurant - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 1
Breathe Deeply

Manga Review Archive

Links We Like
Maliki
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
DannyChoo.com
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Links
Essential Reading
Nausicaa.net
Anime News Network
ICv2
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

WebComics
AppleGeeks
Johnny Wander
MegaTokyo
Nemu-nemu
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
FUNimation
Madman
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
TokyoPop
Urban Vision
Viz

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Vertical
Viz
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
AnimeNation
Amazon.com
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
Animaxis
CD Japan
J-List
Play-Asia
Otaku.com
Tokyo Otaku Mode

 
\
/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2017 Otaku News