Genshiken Official Book

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ATTENTION HARDCORE GENSHIKEN FANS!

Now available for your exclusive pleasure: the ultimate sourcebook for the ultimate fans of the nine-volume, smash hit manga series that has taken America by storm. The Genshiken Official Book covers virtually every aspect of this phenomenon, from cosplay bare skin rules to the otaku must-have anime–plus ...

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Overview

ATTENTION HARDCORE GENSHIKEN FANS!

Now available for your exclusive pleasure: the ultimate sourcebook for the ultimate fans of the nine-volume, smash hit manga series that has taken America by storm. The Genshiken Official Book covers virtually every aspect of this phenomenon, from cosplay bare skin rules to the otaku must-have anime–plus games, games, games (including fight games and girly games) and how to hunt down the best ones. Also inside you’ll find

• an exclusive full-color poster
• Kujibiki Unbalance trading cards
• the Otaku Ten Commandments
• a special section on Genshiken love (who’s doing what with whom!)
• juicy new details about your favorite fan-boys and fan-girls
• fun quizzes (how otaku are you?)
• start-up guides (twelve simple steps to creating a fanzine)
• the last word on otaku lingo
• a brand-new story set in the world of Genshiken

Negima! creator Ken Akamatsu, who was a fanboy himself as a teenager, reveals how to get the most out of attending Comiket, and Genshiken creator Kio Shimoku provides plenty of his own insight, including his personal guide to manga conventions. So get ready to embark on a fascinating odyssey into the world of Japanese anime/manga fandom.

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Library Journal
This volume is a companion to Shimoku's excellent Genshiken manga (LJ 3/15/08), about a college club of otaku (hardcore fans) devoted to anime, manga, video games, cosplay, figurines, and doujinshi (fan-created comics, often of a pornographic bent). It profiles the main characters; provides some background on various aspects of their milieu (including the Tokyo electronics and hobby district Akihabara and the immense doujinshi sales event Comiket); and includes some Japan-specific historical tidbits about the club's areas of interest (for instance, the tiger-striped bikini of Rumiko Takahashi's character Lum from Urusei Yatsura was the most notable early inspiration for cosplay). Also featured are three short Genshiken text stories by guest writers and a script from Kujibiki Unbalance, a fictional anime series the Genshiken members follow. In an interview, manga creator Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina; Negima), who started as a college doujinshi artist, testifies to Genshiken's authenticity regarding the club experience and doujinshi creation. VERDICT There is no interview with Shimoku himself, and unfortunately almost no insight into his background, his creation of the series, or his views regarding it. Fun for fans, but not essential.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345504029
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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