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Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Volume 8

by Kio Shimoku

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This volume focuses pretty much exclusively on Ogiue and her budding romantic relationship with Sasahara. Romance isn't my favorite genre, and I tend to get annoyed when a series about something else starts to focus more on it, but this wasn't over-the-top or sugary enough to get on my nerves. On the other hand, it meant that there was a lot less about otaku culture and the other characters and a little less humor, so I still didn't like this one as much. It's still Genshiken and everyone was there, so I still stayed fairly amused, but if it keeps this kind of plot up for much longer, it's going to start running out of the good humor left over by the earlier volumes and get pretty boring. However, I remain optimistic. ( )
1 vote narwhaltortellini | Jun 20, 2007 |
This volume focused much less on 'otaku culture' in general and turned the spotlight squarely on Oguie, both individually and in her relationship with Sasahara. Her backstory is finally revealed and she is forced to come to terms with both her past and the possibilities of the future. Her story and how she is able to come to terms with herself and with Sasahara's acceptance of Who She Is provide more than the usual depth you expect from this series. I enjoyed this book immensely and expect that to reread it more than a few times before the next volume is due out.
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OTAKU LOVE

The Genshiken girls have been trying to spark a little romance between Kanji and Ogiue for months–and a Genshiken trip to a hot springs resort seems like the perfect opportunity. When Ogiue falls sick, Ohno assigns Kanji to take care of her. The rest of the Genshiken gang leave for the day, and Kanji is finally ready to make his move.

Ogiue, though, is convinced that Kanji will never accept her fan-girl ways. To settle things, Kanji will have to read her doujinshi–the one in which he stars! How will Kanji react when he finds himself to be the centerpiece of Ogiue’s masterwork? The answer will decide whether their relationship lives of dies!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:38 -0400)

The Genshiken girls have been trying to spark a little romance between Kanji and Ogiue for months and now the perfect opportunity seems to have arrived.

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