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Genshiken: Second Season 1 Paperback – September 4, 2012
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The series has always been something of a snapshot of the Otaku culture, making references to contemporary anime and manga (with a few classics thrown in) and in that regard this new book is exactly like the old series. With references to Bakemonogatari and Puella Magi Madoka Magica (if you don't know either of those two series, consider looking them up as many jokes in this manga require knowledge of them) we keep in the spirit of the original series. This does make a bit of an issue in terms of continuity though. As mentioned before this takes place the semester after the original series ended, which means they ended their anime references with series during mid 2006. Suddenly they are talking about shows from the 2010s. This may come off as annoying to some, but it's not really a big deal. It keeps the jokes current and makes the transition smoother.
All in all I would recommend this for fans of the original series. If you didn't read the original Genshiken... DO NOT START HERE. The character's have had several books of development and newcomers could easily be lost.
Part of what made the original set of Genshiken manga so much fun was how realistic it felt, giving so many of us a feeling of "we've totally experienced this". To an extent this is still present in this volume, but over all of this there's a veneer of complete and total unrealism that comes with fictional manga. You know what I mean: that feeling that no matter how "real life" the manga tries to be, you can't shake that this is utterly a manga and doesn't seem like it'd be the least likely to happen IRL. The volume is full of typical manga-esque setups and the like on occasion that sort of bring this into focus even more. This doesn't make the various situations in this volume bad, mind you, but it is a change from the first season and some will slightly begrudge that the series has taken this turn. I have to admit that even as I loved this, part of me mourned that this is sort of becoming "fictional". I know this sounds vague, but there's not a lot of other way to describe this.
That being said, this was a pretty fun read. The new characters are nice and I especially love Hato, even as this character seems to be a symbol of the change from "actual life realistic" to "fictional manga realistic". Once you read about this character you'll understand. My only big gripe is that one of the characters seems a little too abrasive at times for the rest of the laid back Genshiken members and occasionally says and does things that she should've been called out on earlier in the volume.Read more ›
EDIT: Development in Madarame's life, especially in volume five!
And that really is the takeaway of this book--introductions. You see some old-new character dialogue to get the sense how the new environment will evolve. Some loose threads from from the prior "season," while not addressed, let's you know the author didn't forget. New threads get thrown in, of course, so we can guess where things go from the volume.
The biggest plus for me is Kenjiro Hato's storyline, which I guess kinda pulls into how I'm a fan of the manga Wandering Son. The biggest minus, I guess, is Kuchiki, who (still) doesn't click with me, being almost all slapstick (and virtual substance) through the volume.
As a continuance of Genshiken, it was long-awaited, long-anticipated, and now yet long-appreciated.
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