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Genshiken
Genshiken

Genshiken is an anime adaption of the manga of the same name, written by Shimoku Kio.  Season 1 was produced by Palm Studio and Genco and directed by Takashi Ikehata.  The three OVAs where produced by Ajia-do Animation Works and Genco and was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.  Season 2 was produced by ARMS, Ajia-do Animation Works and Genco and was directed by Kinji Yoshimoto.  Both seasons have 12 episodes.
 
Genres: comedy, slice of life
Themes: otaku
 
Plot summary

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.

 
Pros:
  • A fantastic cast of characters.
  • The slice of life aspect is very well done.
  • Since the show does have an otaku theme, lots of reference to games, anime, manga.  Since the first season was co-produced by Sega Sammy Holdings, they should gameplay from Guilty Gear and Puyo Pop which was a nice treat.
  • The comedy is very well done and affective.
  • Love the really long episode titles in the first season.  Really wish the second season did it as well.
  • During the credits of the first season, it shows the members in the club room and it shows what happened in that episode.  While the second season didn't do it, it did change their clothes with the current season in the show.

Cons:
  • After the first season, the quality of the OVAs went down from the first season, but it got a little better with the second season.  I guess changing production companies isn't always a good thing.
  • The ends with no really conclusion.  It just stops.  I guess it's better then some crappy filler ending.
 
 
If you are a fan of the slice of life genre and don't mind the otaku theme, then I highly recommend this show.  This is easily one of the best of the slice of life genre.

Hey, you got your Gurren Lagann in my Genshiken.
Hey, you got your Gurren Lagann in my Genshiken.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genshiken
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4168
 
 
Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)  
 
 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I review and put down some notes and fun facts as well. For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and of course our wiki here on Anime Vice.



 

Super Duper Mini Review - Manga Edition              (Added on September 25th, 2010)

Wow, I haven't done a manga review for a while.  Instead of making a new blog, I thought I would attach it to this blog since this is going to be short.
 
Everything I like about the anime applies to the manga as well.  The characters are still great in still images.  The comedy still works in paper form.  Blah, blah blah.
 
I'm really surprised how close the anime was to the manga.  Of course it isn't 100% perfect, but it's very, very close.
 
If you enjoyed the anime and want to know what happens next, definitely check out the manga.  If you just want to read what happens after the second season, then start at chapter 43.
 
If you have read the manga, I say definitely check out the anime so you can see it in motion.

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Anime News Network has provided some analysis of a document released by the Canadian Border Services Agency (essentially, customs at the border) defining the CBSA's definition of what anime products count as "Child Pornography". While the policy document does explicitly state that not all anime is porn, it does define hentai manga and anime that contains images of children or child-like figures engaging in sex acts illegal. By "child-like" they refer to characters with no pubic hair, and no breast development.
 
While I don't support lolicon and find it squicky, I do find the CBSA's definition of "children" to be not specific enough. By the definition they use, doujinshi featuring Taiga from ToraDora could be considered Child Pornography, because the character is flat chested. It doesn't particularly help that even now, most hentai, both in terms of manga and anime, don't draw pubic hair. It doesn't help that I've known a few college students who were over 18 but were looked like they were underage. Additionally, the reason why most  countries (particularly the United States), frown on simulated images of child pornography (in terms of drawn images, paintings, etc), is because of concerns that they could muddle the waters of what images involved actual children, who were harmed in the production of that image (and the continual distribution of that image), and what images don't involve real children at all.
 
That said, I do appreciate the CBSA's openness on this issue, and I'm grateful that they've taken efforts to avoid false positives.
 
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