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This is a list of volumes and chapters of the manga series Genshiken, by Kio Shimoku. The series is published in Japan by Kodansha and in English for the North American market by Del Rey Manga.[1] In Japan, the series was serialized from June 2002 to June 2006 in Afternoon magazine, and reprinted in nine collected volumes released between December 2002 and December 2006. The English version, translated by David Ury, was released between April 2005 and November 2007.

Genshiken follows the everyday lives of a college club for otaku, Shiiou University's "Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture" (現代視覚文化研究会 Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai?), or just "Genshiken" for short. The story begins in Spring 2002 with the character Kanji Sasahara's discovery of the club as a freshman, and progresses until his graduation in March 2006. This timeframe is roughly contemporaneous with the comic's original serialization. Story dates are established periodically by background evidence in the manga, such as calendars, as well as through cyclical events such as school fairs, graduations, and the Summer and Winter "Comic Festival" (Comifes), which precisely mirrors the real-life Comic Market. These dates provide a contextual basis not only for the characters' progression through college, but also the particular era which the characters inhabit, whose iteration of otaku culture the Genshiken manga is a commentary upon. In much the same way, the anime adaptation is considerably more vague about when the series takes place, allowing it to reference more recent developments in the subculture that had not yet taken place at the time of the manga's original publication.

The collected volumes generally have six chapters each. Additionally, each volume contains between-chapter interludes with regards to an otaku-specific topic. This can range from the characters discussing the best moments in the Kujibiki Unbalance anime (a show within a show for the series) in volume four, Tanaka's construction of a figure from scratch in volume six, or reviewing character designs for the newer Kujibiki Unbalance adaptation in volume eight. Although these side-bits do not often pertain directly to the plot of the volume, they provide additional commentary on particular elements of fandom as well as the characters themselves, while further establishing a sense of reality for the world the characters inhabit.

List of volumes

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japanese</th><th colspan="2">English</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> December 12, 2002[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321144-3</td><td>April 26, 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-48169-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 1. "Genshiken" (現視研 "Genshiken"?)
  • 2. "Prepare to be Persecuted" (虐ゲラレル覚悟 "Shiitagerareru Kakugo"?)
  • 3. "The Most Meaningless Strategy in History" (史上最小・最軽量の作戦 "Shijō Saishō, Saikeiryō no Sakusen"?)
  • 4. "Gather 'Round the Round Table" (円卓会議は踊る "Entaku Kaigi wa Odoru"?)
  • 5. "Fighting the Crowd" (コミコミ "Komikomi"?)
  • 6. "The Secret Room" (秘密の小部屋 "Himitsu no Kobeya"?)
  • Bonus Manga: "To Hell with Destiny" (運命なんてしらない "Unmei nante Shiranai"?)
Story Date
  • 1. Spring 2002[3]
  • 2. Spring 2002
  • 3. Uncertain
  • 4. Uncertain
  • 5. 11 August 2002[4]
  • 6. Late August - Early September 2002
  • Bonus: Spring 2002[5]


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> June 23, 2003[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321151-1</td><td>July 26, 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-48170-2</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 7. "A Fruit Plucked Too Soon" (青き果実を血湖に染めて "Aoki Kajitsu o Kekko ni Somete"?)
  • 8. "The North Wind" (the north wind?)
  • 9. "Hi, Flying High" (ハイ、フライ ハイ "Hai, Furai Hai"?)
  • 10. "Sadomasochism" (サドマゾ "Sadomazo"?)
  • 11. "Sasahara Gains Some Hit Points, But Loses Intelligence Points" (ササハラはレベルがあがった!かしこさが2へった! "Sasahara wa Reberu ga Agatta! Kashikosa ga Ni Hetta!"?)
  • 12. "Please, Mr. President!" (会長お願いします! "Kaichō Onegai Shimasu!"?)
  • Bonus: "Kujibiki Boom" (くじびきでポン "Kujibiki de Pon"?)
Story date
  • 7. October 2002
  • 8. November 2002[6]
  • 9. 29/30 December 2002[7]
  • 10. January/February 2003[8]
  • 11. March 2003[9]
  • 12. Spring 2003
  • Bonus: N/A


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> December 22, 2003[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321155-9</td><td>October 25, 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-48171-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 13. "The Smell of Spring" (spring スメル "spring Sumeru"?)
  • 14. "Inner Space" (インナースペース "Innāsupēsu"?)
  • 15. "20,000 Miles to Heaven" (天国までの二万マイル "Tengoku made no Niman Mairu"?)
  • 16. "Brothers and Sisters" (brothers and sisters?)
  • 17. "Life or Death" (死線 "Shisen"?)
  • 18. "The 512th This Week's 'Kujibiki Unbalance' was Awesome' Meeting Fire Away!" (第512回今週の『くじアン』面白かった会議ファイヤー!! "Dai Gohyakujūni-kai Konshū no 'Kujian' Omoshirokatta Kaigi Faiyā!!"?)
  • Bonus:[10] "The 8th How was This Week's 'Kuji-Un'? Meeting" (第8回「今週のアニメ『くじアン』どうよ?」会議 "Dai Hakkai Konshū no Anime 'Kujian' Dō yo? Kaigi"?)
Story date
  • 13. Spring 2003
  • 14. Uncertain
  • 15. Early Summer 2003
  • 16. Mid-August 2003[11]
  • 17. Late August / Early September 2003
  • 18. September 2003
  • Bonus: Uncertain


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> June 23, 2004[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321162-7</td><td>January 31, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-48242-6</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 19. "Punishment" (おしおきだべェ〜〜 "Oshioki da bē~~"?)
  • 20. "Members in Exile" (漂流部室 "Hyōryū Bushitsu"?)
  • 21. "Happy New Year" (よいお年を "Yoi O-toshi o"?)
  • 22. "The Re-birth of the Genshiken" (げんしけん誕生 "Genshiken Tanjō"?)
  • 23. "Space Channel #2" (SPACE CHANNEL 2#?)
  • 24. "New Unbalance" (にゅーアンバランス "Nyū Anbaransu"?)
  • Bonus: "The First 'Why the Girls in the Manga Club Hate the Genshiken Girls' Meeting" (第1回現視研女子は漫研女子にどう嫌われてるのか会議 "Dai-Ikkai Genshiken Joshi wa Manken Joshi ni Dō Kirawareteru no ka Kaigi"?)
Story date
  • 29. Fall 2003
  • 20. Late Fall 2003
  • 21. Late 2003 - 30 December 2003[12]
  • 22. Early - Late January 2004[13]
  • 23. February/March 2004
  • 24. Spring 2004[14]
  • Bonus: Uncertain[15]


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> November 22, 2004[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321164-1</td><td>April 25, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-49153-4</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 25. "Dive * Dive * Dive!" (Dive・Dive・Dive!?)
  • 26. "Applied Theory of Madarame's Shopping Method" (斑目式買い物法応用編 "Madarame-shiki Kaimono-hō Ōyō-hen"?)
  • 27. "Stay on Target" (志・ミノタケ "Kokorozashi・Minotake"?)
  • 28. "The First We've Hardly got any Pages Done Yet-Comic-Fest Strategy Meeting" (第1回緊急コミフェス対策原稿ほとんどできてねぇ会議 "Dai-Ikkai Kinkyū Komifesu Taisaku Genkō Hotondo Dekitenē Kaigi"?)
  • 29. "Little Big Sight 1" (LITTLE BIG SIGHT 1?)
  • 30. "Little Big Sight 2" (LITTLE BIG SIGHT 2?)
  • Special Record: "Irohagokko" (いろはごっこ?)
Story date
  • 25. Spring 2004[16]
  • 26. Spring 2004
  • 27. Late June 2004
  • 28. 24 July - 15 August 2004[17]
  • 29. 15 August 2004 (morning)[18]
  • 30. 15 August 2004 (afternoon/evening)[18]
  • Special: 15 August 2004 (evening)[19]


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> June 23, 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321170-2
ISBN 978-4-06-364639-9 (limited Ed.)</td><td>July 25, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-49154-1</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 31. "Kashimashi Musume +1" (かしまし娘+?)
  • 32. "In Their Own World" (フタリノセカイ "Futari no Sekai"?)
  • 33. "Transformation!" (変・身!!!! "Hen・shin!!!!"?)
  • 34. "A One-Way Ticket on the Fantasy Express" (妄想特急大暴走〜レールはいつも平行線〜 "Mōsō Tokkyū Dai-Bōsō ~Rēru wa Itsumo Heikōsen~"?)
  • 35. "The Flying Futon" (ふとんがふっとん…… "Futon ga Futton..."?)
  • 36. "Graduation Syndrome" (卒業症候群 "Sotsugyō Shōkōgun"?)
  • Bonus: "A Graduation Party of Love and Desire" (愛とよ久郷の追い出しコンパ "Ai to Yokubō no Oidashi Konpa"?)
Story date
  • 31. Uncertain
  • 32. Uncertain
  • 33. 29 December 2004[20]
  • 34. January / Early February 2005[21]
  • 35. Mid-February 2005[22]
  • 36. March 2005
  • Bonus: same day (evening)


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> December 22, 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321174-0</td><td>October 32, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-49155-8</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 37. "Endless Waltz" (endless waltz?)
  • 38. "The Cosplay Club" (こすけん "Kosuken"?)
  • 39. "One, Two, Finish" (one two finish?)
  • 40. "Come Here, My Dear" (Come here, My dear?)
  • 41. "There's No Such Thing a Line That Never Ends" (やまない雨はなく、進まない行列もない "Yamanai Ame wa Naku, Susumanai Gyōretsu mo Nai"?)
  • 42. "The Interview" (メンセツ "Mensetsu"?)
  • 43. "Welcome Party" (ウェルカム・パーティー "Werukamu Pātī"?)
  • Super-Sexy Bonus Manga: "Summer Just Isn't Steamy Enough" (「夏は湯気が少なくて困るなあ」の巻 "Natsu wa Yuge ga Sukunakute Komaru nā no Maki"?)
Story date
  • 37. Spring 2005[23]
  • 38. Uncertain
  • 39. Uncertain
  • 40. Uncertain - August 2005[24]
  • 41. 13 August 2005[25]
  • 42. 14 August - Early September 2005[26]
  • 43. 9 September 2005[27]
  • Bonus: 9 September (evening)[18]


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol8">8</td></td><td> August 23, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321179-5</td><td>March 27, 2007[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-49156-5</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">


  • 44. "Bedazzled" (目眩く "Mekurumeku"?)
  • Bonus Pages: "When They Were Getting Really Excited" (最初にずいぶん盛り上がってた頃 "Saisho ni Zuibun Moriagatteta Koro"?)
  • 45. "Dreaming" (夢酔い "Yumeyoi"?)
  • 46. "The Bridge Home" (戻り橋 "Modoribashi"?)
  • 47. "Set Eyes On" (set eyes on?)
  • 48.[29] "After-School Date Club" (放課後デート倶楽ブ "Hōkago Dēto Kurabu"?)
  • 49.[29] "The Maid Café and the Three Visits" (メイド喫茶と三顧の礼 "Meido Kissa to Sanko no Rei"?).
Story date
  • 44. Spring 2000 / 9 September 2005[30]
  • Bonus Pages: 9 September 2005[31]
  • 45. 10 September 2005[32]
  • 46. 10 - 11 September 2005[33]
  • 47. 12 - 19(?) September 2005[34]
  • 48. Uncertain
  • 49. October 2005[35]


<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol9">9</td></td><td> December 22, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-321183-2
ISBN 978-4-06-364674-0 (limited Ed.)</td><td>November 27, 2007[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-50197-4</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">


  • 50.[36] "Alone with Susie" (スージーといっしょ "Sūjī to Issho"?)
  • 51.[29] "Neverending Earthly Desires" (ボンノーはとめどなく "Bonnō wa Tomedo naku"?)
  • 52.[29] "Rain or Shine (Rain or Shine"?)
  • 53.[37] "The Confession" (告白 "Kokuhaku"?)
  • 54.[38] "Forever in my Dreams" (いつでも夢を "Itsu de mo Yume o"?)
  • 55.[39] "Genshiken" (げんしけん?)
  • End-of-Volume Special Bonus: "A Farewell Party of Love and Delusion" (恋と妄想の追い出しコンパ "Koi to Mōsō no Oidashi Konpa"?)
Story date
  • 50. 29/30 December 2005[40]
  • 51. 31 December 2005 - 1 January 2006[41]
  • 52. uncertain
  • 53. uncertain
  • 54. March 2006[42]
  • 55. March - April 2006
  • Bonus: March 2006

</td></tr> </table>

Chapters not collected in tankōbon format

The following chapters have not yet been collected in a tankōbon volume.

  1. Commemorative one-shot special in Japanese "Genshiken 2" DVD box-set.

References and notes

  1. "Genshiken (manga)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 "Genshiken (manga)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  3. Unclear within the chapter itself, but cemented by the date of chapter 5.
  4. The third day of Comifes 62.
  5. Some time prior to the first chapter of the manga.
  6. While the club is to be eliminated "by the end of December," the planning board in the background on page 44 shows the days of the month falling on the same weekdays as November 2002.
  7. Comiket 63 was held from 28-30 December 2002. Since Ohno went to Comifes the day before with Tanaka, it cannot be the first day, but it is unclear whether it is the second or third day.
  8. Madarame's hand is still in a cast, so the "two months" of required healing time have not yet fully elapsed since the end of december.
  9. Madarame's hand is no longer in its cast.
  10. This two-page comic was originally featured in "Mini Afternoon", a sample booklet distributed to bookstores as part of Kodansha's "Afternoon KC Festival 2003" promotion.
  11. 15-17 August, though it isn't entirely clear which day they go.
  12. The end of the chapter, at least, takes place on the third day of Comifes 65, the last Tuesday of December 2003.
  13. The chapter goes until Sasahara submits his application for Comifes 66 (which has to be prior to the deadline in mid-February). The narration states that the Comifes arc will resume five months later, which happens to be the end of June.
  14. It is a new academic year, and hence recruiting time for student organizations.
  15. Some time after Takayanagi's comment in chapter 24 that the Manga Society girls already hate the Genshiken girls.
  16. Not long after Ogiue joins, in the previous chapter.
  17. The dates are referenced at the beginning and end of the chapter; the date of the event itself matches the real-life dates of Comiket 66.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Direct continuation of the previous chapter.
  19. Saki is reading the dōjinshi at the after-party, and is "totally offended".
  20. The first day of Comiket 67, held on the last Wednesday and Thursday in December 2004.
  21. Has to be prior to mid-February, because Ogiue is applying to the Summer Comifes.
  22. Keiko is taking Shiiou's entrance exams, and Chuo University's entrance exams take place in mid-February.
  23. The Spring student club fair of the year.
  24. The chapter begins some time before Comifes, and ends with the arrival of Angela and Sue several days prior.
  25. The second day of Comifes 68; Ogiue remarks that they'll be back "tomorrow" with Angela and Sue, which is referenced as the third day of the convention in the next chapter.
  26. The chapter begins on the third day of Comifes 68, and ends some time in September (as per Keiko's comment).
  27. Established from the date of Ogiue's SMS two days later.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Volumes 8 and 9 of Genshiken contain a number of chapters not included in the original serialization; these were inserted into the numbering of the series and the numbers of subsequent chapters were adjusted to match.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Did not appear in the original serialization.
  30. The flashback is "five years ago," in the Spring of Ogiue's third year of junior high school (i.e. 9th Grade in the US school system).
  31. Presumably just prior to Ogiue talking about her past with the other girls.
  32. The next day after chapter 44.
  33. Direct continuation of the previous chapter; the date of 11 September at the end is given in Ogiue's SMS.
  34. Begins the day after the end of the previous chapter; later, Madarame mentions he hasn't seen her since the trip, about a week ago.
  35. The fall student festival at Shiiou University.
  36. Did not appear in the original serialization. However, the first six pages of this chapter were included in chapter 48 (chapter 53 in this volume); this accounts for the out-of-place "Next year..." narration box on page 8.
  37. Originally serialized as chapter 48, with the first six pages of chapter 50, "Alone with Susie".
  38. Originally serialized as chapter 49.
  39. Originally serialized as chapter 50.
  40. Comiket 69 took place over these two days in December 2005. It is not clear which day they attend.
  41. The chapter takes place on New Year's Eve and they return the next morning.
  42. A calendar with a Friday 31st is shown (p.129). March was the only month of 2006 to have such a date.

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