The BEST Episodes of Genshiken

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2019

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

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

#2 - Cross Over My Legs

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

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

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

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

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

star 9.57
70 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Go Next!

#8 - Go Next!

Season 3 - Episode 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#15 - Waiting in the Club Room

Season 3 - Episode 13

star 9.53
34 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
KOIBANA3

#16 - KOIBANA3

Season 3 - Episode 7

star 9.51
37 votes
Writers: Michiko Yokote
Beards and Boobs

#17 - Beards and Boobs

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

#18 - Love and Work and Cheesecake

Season 3 - Episode 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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