It is kinda sad that this series sat for so long unwatched.
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|4 out of 5 stars|
|Ogiue, hiding in plain sight.|
Yes it ended too quickly. The series is only 12 episodes long (with a strange strange 13th OVA episode). However before you should watch it, you should see season 1 and the transitional OVA. The problem is that the OVA is attached to the Kujibiki Unbalance anime DVDs. Yes, that is right... the anime that the members of Genshiken always talk about is an actual anime... and to see all of Genshiken, you need to get the OVA that comes with the Kunji-Un DVDs. Confused? Hope not.
I'll make it easier:
|Ogiue can't leave the room, she can't stay. She's trapped!|
- Genshiken OVA (attached to Kujibiki Unbalance): covers graphic novels 4-5
- Genshiken Season 2 : covers graphic novels 5 - 7.
- NO ANIME covers graphic novels (end of) 7, 8, and the latter half of volume 9.
|Genshiken 2 adds more complexity to Ohno x Tanaka.|
- Genshiken Nidaime: A third anime that begins the story in the manga Genshiken Second Season (the second manga).
Okay, maybe that was not the most helpful list ever.
|I have the same reaction to Yaoi.|
And yet, I really do like the series. I understand these characters. These are characters that I can absolutely and completely get into the mindset of.
|This is Ogiue's fujoshi imagination.|
|The introduction to Ohno's American friends.|
Now, that being said... the dub of Genshiken does at least have Sue speaking in Japanese, which is important since all of her lines are (at least in Genshiken 2) simply anime quotes, even the ones she speaks while opening all of Tanaka's Gundam models.
So, in all seriousness, do not watch this series dubbed. I'm not knocking on the English speaking VAs. It just is not meant to be watched that way. It is meant to be watched in Japanese.
So I heartily endorse this series, but please watch it in Japanese. You will not regret that decision.
|"Anta Baka!" (Actually that's not the line she speaks while pointing at Madarame, but whatever).|