The Best Episodes of Genshiken

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

star 8.71
7 votes
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Shout ''Moe!'' Beyond the Event Horizon

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

Season 3 - Episode 6

star 8.70
10 votes
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Beards and Boobs

#3 - Beards and Boobs

Season 3 - Episode 4

star 8.64
11 votes
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White Gate Keeper

#4 - White Gate Keeper

Season 3 - Episode 9

star 8.62
8 votes
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Go Next!

#5 - Go Next!

Season 3 - Episode 5

star 8.56
9 votes
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KOIBANA3

#6 - KOIBANA3

Season 3 - Episode 7

star 8.44
9 votes
That Was a Good Last Episode

#7 - That Was a Good Last Episode

Season 3 - Episode 11

star 8.44
9 votes
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Cross Over My Legs

#8 - Cross Over My Legs

Season 3 - Episode 2

star 8.42
12 votes
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What Lies Ahead

#9 - What Lies Ahead

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.38
8 votes
Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships

#10 - Aspects of Behavioral Selection in Interpersonal Relationships

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 8.33
9 votes
The Theory of the Existence of Malice Within Urban Crimes

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

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.30
10 votes
The Other Side of the Path. The Promised Place

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

Season 3 - Episode 1

star 8.29
14 votes
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Theory of the Individual Outside the Boundaries of the Subculture

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

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.22
9 votes
Limits of Rejection and Reception as Observed in Autonomous Behaviour

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

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 8.10
10 votes
Love and Work and Cheesecake

#15 - Love and Work and Cheesecake

Season 3 - Episode 12

star 8.00
7 votes
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Daydream Believer

#16 - Daydream Believer

Season 3 - Episode 3

star 8.00
11 votes
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Graduation Syndrome

#17 - Graduation Syndrome

Season 2 - Episode 7

Graduation time is finally upon Tanaka, Kugayama, and Madarame, and with it come emotional reflections on the past three years for the club. The presidential torch is passed on, and a Kujibiki Unbalance OVA finally gives closure to the first season, but what about Madarame's job hunt? And for that matter, what will become of the Genshiken under President Ohno?

star 8.00
7 votes
Otaku from USA

#18 - Otaku from USA

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.00
6 votes
Real Hardcore

#19 - Real Hardcore

Season 2 - Episode 11

As Comifes starts, Sasahara help Ogiue set up her doujinshi booth. Angela cosplays with Ohno in the costumes Tanaka made for them, while Sue wonders around the convention. Sue eventually obtains one of Ogiue's doujinshi books, and ask her to sign it, claiming it is "real hardcore." At a bathhouse, Ohno wonders why her plan to make Sasahara and Oguie a couple is failing. After Comifes is over, Sue and Angela leave to go back to the United States, with Ohno shipping the massive amounts of doujinshi to them later.

star 8.00
6 votes
Waiting in the Club Room

#20 - Waiting in the Club Room

Season 3 - Episode 13

star 8.00
6 votes
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The Sublimating Effects of the Dissimulation Brought on Through Makeup and Costume on Mental Obstacles

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

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 8.00
13 votes
One Hot Summer's Day

#22 - One Hot Summer's Day

Season 2 - Episode 3

The day of Genshiken's participation in Comifes has arrived, and they are finally set to take their place as a vendor. But despite (or because of) Haraguchi's "blessing," sales are initially slow. Ohno's arrival (in cosplay, naturally) seems to change their luck for the better, but things really get underway with a surprise appearance. How Kasukabe will react to it, however, is another matter entirely.

star 7.92
12 votes
Are You Two Going Out?

#23 - Are You Two Going Out?

Season 2 - Episode 4

Ohno likes Tanaka, Tanaka likes Ohno. Both however are too shy and lacking confidence to make a first move. With the rest of Genshiken in a state of concern and confusion over their relationship, Ohno confides in Kasukabe her anxieties and Kasukabe suggests a possible approach that may give both of them the courage to confide their affections.

star 7.90
10 votes
Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes

#24 - Comparative Research in Production Models and Processes

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 7.89
9 votes
Problematic Hobby

#25 - Problematic Hobby

Season 2 - Episode 6

Genshiken is making preparations to go to the upcoming Winter Comifes as a group, but when the other members invite Ogiue along, she adamantly refuses. That doesn't stop her from appearing anyway in the guise of her high school persona to buy all the latest yaoi dōjinshi, but things get complicated as she (literally) runs into the rest of the club.

star 7.88
8 votes