Genshiken Second Season Volume 05 (14) Manga Review

げんしけん: 二代目/Genshiken Nidaime
Genshiken Second Season Volume 05
Genshiken Volume 05 (Volume 14 in Japan)

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Genshiken Second Season Volume 05Highlights from this volume start with Saki and Madarame having their private chat, where Madarame confesses in his unique way and Saki turns him down, though this ends up being more emotional than she expected. Madarame is shocked to learn that all of Genshiken knew about his crush as he’s forced to let them know the results. Saki, Ohno, Hato, and Ogiue cosplay as crossdressing boys along with Kousaka. After the festival, Saki makes a prediction on Madarame gaining a harem.

Rika and Yajima mistakenly think they find a naughty item in the club room, causing Yajima to consider marrying Hato with her being the male and him being the female.

Ohno gets permission for Genshiken to do a cosplay photoshoot, where Rika gets her drunk so that she expresses her fears about the future to Tanaka.

Hato and Sue struggle to deal with their growing feelings for Madarame as Sue participates in a spying event, where Hato starts to make a move on Hato until Keiko shows up. Keiko invites Madarame to the hostess club that she works at.


Although I’ve already chapter-blogged everything in this volume, there are things I’d like to discuss.

Rereading through the reunion of Saki and Madarame, I couldn’t help but be touched again as I know this is the pairing that Kio-sensei wanted. I never really saw it working in the original Genshiken, but what do I know. As I mentioned in my review of chapter 80, this pretty much closed the books on the Saki x Madarame pairings.

In more recent times, I’ve begun to question whether this is indeed the case or not. For those of you not current with Genshiken Nidaime, I’ll throw my next remarks in spoiler tags.  For those of you wishing to comment on this section of the review, use spoiler blocks as well.

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For the rest of the manga, I liked how the Yajima x Hato element was pushed forward from Yajima’s side of things. Also, I liked how Ohno’s relationship with Tanaka was handled. I was disappointed that Sasahara’s and Ogiue’s relationship didn’t get touched much. What little was there had me thinking, “Will they even stay together?”

For the omake chapter, I loved that Madarame, Tanaka, and Kugayama got to hang out and chat about things, even if briefly. I couldn’t help but laugh at Tanaka giving up secrets regarding his love life with Ohno, giving Kugayama “meditation” material. I know, that’s bad of me, but there it is.

On the Kodansha Comics side of things, the standard pluses and minuses are here. While Japanese honorifics are retained, the adaptation still has Keiko address Saki as “Saki-san” rather than “Saki-neesan,” which really is a big difference. There are translator notes here to explain the various parody references, which is always a good thing. There are also ads for other Kodansha Comic manga titles.

This was a very enjoyable volume because it dealt so much with the original Genshiken crew, made more so in rereading these chapters again with their 4-koma comic strip garnishments.

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6 Responses to “Genshiken Second Season Volume 05 (14) Manga Review”

  1. Kinda agree with you on the possible endgame.

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    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Thanks for writing. ^_^

      Spoiler Inside: More Saki x Madarame SelectShow
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        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          I haven’t read any other titles by Kio-sensei, but…

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          • Yonensei and Gonensei aren’t perfect, but are pretty good reads, just depressing. In a way I can see where Kio went from them to Genshiken, but its still a heck of a change. The both of them are just raw, both in art and in emotion. I wonder if Genshiken was an attempt to do something just plain happy for a change.

            Warning though, if you do give Yonensei and Gonensei a try, they are pretty seinen. Sex abounds, even if it’s not particularly erotic. All of it serves the story, but yeah.

            On a separate note, having now watched the 13 episodes of Nidaime, I begin to understand why there are so many Hato x Mada shippers. The anime ends with an episode that wasn’t taken from the manga, and it is heavily focused on Hato, much like the season as a whole. Hato is the main in the anime in a way that he/she simply is not in the manga.

            As far as Oguie and Sasa, yeah, they feel a bit distant, a couple kinda going through the motions, then again, Kousaka and Saki feel similar to me. With the former I think it’s because Sasa is such a non entity in the series after the switch, hell Tanaka has more importance to the overall plot than he does. With the latter, I think it’s because Kousaka was, and in many ways continues to be a joke character, he hasn’t changed at all from chapter 1, so it is odd seeing Saki, who steals every scene she is in and has developed the most out of all the characters, with the one who hasn’t changed at all.

            On another note, when is the next chapter due to be translated, I guess it’s been out in Japan for a while, but I just caught up a few days ago.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            Warning though, if you do give Yonensei and Gonensei a try, they are pretty seinen. Sex abounds, even if it’s not particularly erotic. All of it serves the story, but yeah.

            Thanks for the tip.

            With the latter, I think it’s because Kousaka was, and in many ways continues to be a joke character, he hasn’t changed at all from chapter 1, so it is odd seeing Saki, who steals every scene she is in and has developed the most out of all the characters, with the one who hasn’t changed at all.

            That’s true — Kousaka hasn’t changed at all from his introduction.

            On another note, when is the next chapter due to be translated, I guess it’s been out in Japan for a while, but I just caught up a few days ago.

            That I can’t say because I don’t know. The scanlator keeps their identity secret and sometimes may allow a couple of months or so to pass before putting chapters out.

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