The BEST Episodes of Genshiken

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2020

Network: Tokyo MX

This is the story of college freshman Kanji Sasahara and his fellow members of the college club he joins, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (aka Genshiken), as he goes shopping for doujinshi, attends conventions and slowly but surely makes his way down the road to fandom.

Snow Man

#1 - Snow Man

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 8, 2013

star 9.66
35 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Cross Over My Legs

#2 - Cross Over My Legs

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 14, 2013

star 9.63
68 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Concerning the Existence and Non-Existence of Explanatory Duties Under Specially Confined Circumstances

#3 - Concerning the Existence and Non-Existence of Explanatory Duties Under Specially Confined Circumstances

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 5, 2004

Madarame is stuck in the club room with Kasukabe and tries to strike up a conversation, running through different scenarios in his head which parody the visual novel format.

star 9.62
66 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
White Gate Keeper

#4 - White Gate Keeper

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 1, 2013

star 9.61
36 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Leisure Time Expenditures on Fetishism Considered as an Economic Result

#5 - Leisure Time Expenditures on Fetishism Considered as an Economic Result

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 2004

The club, along with Keiko, pays a visit to the beach, much to the dismay of some of the members; Keiko decides to compete for Kohsaka's feelings and tries to become an otaku.

star 9.60
65 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Theory of the Individual Outside the Boundaries of the Subculture

#6 - Theory of the Individual Outside the Boundaries of the Subculture

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 14, 2004

Kasukabe tries to make herself more appealing to Kohsaka by taking an interest in his hobbies by trying to learn how to play Puyo Pop Fever. Sasahara's sister Keiko also makes an appearance and calls on her brother for help.

star 9.58
69 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
The Other Side of the Path. The Promised Place

#7 - The Other Side of the Path. The Promised Place

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 7, 2013

star 9.57
70 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Go Next!

#8 - Go Next!

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 4, 2013

star 9.57
37 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
That Was a Good Last Episode

#9 - That Was a Good Last Episode

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 15, 2013

star 9.57
37 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships

#10 - Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 2004

Two freshmen take an interest in Genshiken and join them for a night out on the town. Kasukabe, however, has no intention of making them feel welcome.

star 9.57
69 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes

#11 - Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 28, 2004

Ohno and Sasahara start a plamo project and get the whole club involved, while Kasukabe learns an important lesson.

star 9.56
68 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Shout ''Moe!'' Beyond the Event Horizon

#12 - Shout ''Moe!'' Beyond the Event Horizon

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 11, 2013

star 9.55
38 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Limits of Rejection and Reception as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour

#13 - Limits of Rejection and Reception as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 2004

Due to Genshiken's lack of "activities" as defined by the school, the club is threatened with closure; salvation comes from an unlikely source as Kasukabe intervenes personally.

star 9.54
70 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
There's Route, But There's No Loop!

#14 - There's Route, But There's No Loop!

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 25, 2013

star 9.54
35 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Waiting in the Club Room

#15 - Waiting in the Club Room

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 29, 2013

star 9.53
34 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
KOIBANA3

#16 - KOIBANA3

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 18, 2013

star 9.51
37 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Beards and Boobs

#17 - Beards and Boobs

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

star 9.51
39 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Love and Work and Cheesecake

#18 - Love and Work and Cheesecake

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 22, 2013

star 9.49
35 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Study of the Modern Visually Oriented Culture

#19 - Study of the Modern Visually Oriented Culture

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 10, 2004

An introduction episode explaining how Kohsaka, Kasukabe and Sasahara got involved with Genshiken; after some uncertainty, Sasahara decides to fully participate in the club.

star 9.42
74 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Daydream Believer

#20 - Daydream Believer

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

star 9.38
39 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth through Consumption and Entertainment

#21 - Comparative Classification of the Modern Youth through Consumption and Entertainment

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 17, 2004

Genshiken takes Sasahara to Akihabara for dōjinshi shopping while Kohsaka and Kasukabe go to Harajuku for clothes; Kasukabe discovers Kohsaka's hentai collection and gets an introduction on the subject from the others.

star 9.35
75 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
The Theory of the Existence of Malice Within Urban Crimes

#22 - The Theory of the Existence of Malice Within Urban Crimes

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 19, 2004

Kasukabe decides the club room needs a cleanup, but an accident causes Genshiken to be banned from the university fair. As an apology, Kasukabe takes Ohno's place in the fair's cosplay contest.

star 9.12
96 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles

#23 - The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 31, 2004

Ohno is introduced as she joins Genshiken, while Genshiken takes part in a university club fair and Kasukabe's ex-boyfriend pays her a visit.

star 9.03
100 votes
Directors: Takashi Ikehata
Writers: Michiko Yokote
What Lies Ahead

#24 - What Lies Ahead

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 26, 2007

Failing continually at his job interviews, Sasahara begins to lose sight of what he's working towards. He finds himself settling to apply for any available opening, and ends up on the brink of giving up altogether. It takes some harsh words and tough love from the rest of Genshiken to convince him to try one more time. And for that matter, how are the other members making out?

star 8.92
91 votes
Directors: Kinji Yoshimoto
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Otaku from USA

#25 - Otaku from USA

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 2007

As Ogiue continues her preparations for Comifes, now a few days away, friends of Ohno's from the US show up unexpectedly to come to convention as well. While the foreign otaku ways of Angela and Sue shake up the (somewhat) peaceful clubroom, perhaps Angela is the "sensible" one when it comes to understanding the feelings of others.

star 8.89
89 votes
Directors: Kinji Yoshimoto
Writers: Michiko Yokote