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Manga: Genshiken Volume 2
Monday, October 03, 2005
Title: Genshiken #2
Publisher: Del Ray
Genre: Comedy
Author: Kio Shimoku
Age Rating: 16+ Older Teen

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So here we are with the second volume of Genshiken, a comedy about the obsessive anime/manga/gaming fan (much like myself *coughs*). Everything was set in place in the previous volume with the cast all settling into their place within the Genshiken club (apart from Saki, who despite spending all her time at the club with Kousaka is still totally opposed to his interests). Volume 2 begins to place the Genshiken members in a mix of humorous situations mostly used to show off their obsessive nature towards the various things they like. Whether its Ohno cosplaying and trying to drag Saki into doing so with her (resulting in "WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER" response), or Madarame desperately trying to get his hands on some trading cards at a convention whilst critically injured, pretty much all of otaku-dom is covered here. And it is hilarious in every sense of the world. This is mostly because the characters are all wonderfully portrayed, the entire cast are all so enthusiastic about what they like, you cannot help but get sucked in and really find the humor in their actions. The manga thrives on little plot, but wonderfully amusing situations.

Looking through the cast they are all such good characters in their own ways its hard to pin-point a favorite but in the end I'd have to go with Ohno. Her constant embarrassment at Saki's rather crude comments about relationships are in complete contrast to the rather confident (and bordering scary) person she becomes once cosplay enters a conversation. Sasahara comes a close second purely as I find his fall into becoming a complete geek once he joins the Genshiken to be one of the most amusing and clever parts of the manga! He was just denying who he was before!

Artwork and presentation wise the manga is flawless, lots of detail in the backgrounds throughout, and wonderfully drawn characters. The release is printed in its original Japanese format, and includes a preview for volume 3 (In Japanese) along with a "Kujibiki Boom" (such a good title) bonus manga at the back.

Content: 9
Artwork: 9
Overall: 9

High quality all round, this is one of the best comedy reads out there.
posted by Mangaminx On Monday, October 03, 2005  
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