Japanese Title: Genshiken
Author: Kio Shimoku
Genre: Covers a Wide Range of Genres (Drama/Romance/Comedy/Otaku)
Licensed: Yes (Del Rey)
In Japan the manga ran from June 2002 to June 2006. The 1st manga was released in the U.S. on April 26, 2005.
Genshiken is based on a group of college students who are members of something of a misfit anime/manga/video game club; the club is called The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture and for short is known as Genshiken. Their club is unrecognized and often snubbed by both the manga and anime clubs. The Genshiken club has a relaxed atmosphere and explores all aspects of being an otaku…so basically they’re a group of people that gather to simply enjoy each others’ company and discuss their hobbies. Throughout the story we see the club go from focusing on releasing their own doujinshi to being something of a cosplay club. With each new president the club seems to almost take on a new identity of otakuness.