Genshiken Vol 1 : 4 of 5
I've been reading the Genshiken manga from the beginning (six volumes so far), but I wasn't sure how I would react to the anime. Even though most anime are based on popular manga, this is the first time I've read one and then watched the other, so I didn't know if it would be weird already knowing the story and so on. I'm happy to say that I love the anime, and it's even better seeing the manga characters come to life, and hearing voices that seem to match the ones I've been imagining while I read! Genshiken is about a school club that focuses on anime, manga, and video games, so it's basically the story of some otaku banding together to support each other. The whole thing really has a great attitude of having the determination to live life as you want, and to be proud of it, which is a geek's dream, if you ask me. The anime is very true to the manga, and actually includes the make-believe anime that the characters in the story are fans of (an anime inside an anime), called Kujibiki Unbalance (there's actually an entire episode with a theme song and everything as a bonus feature on the DVD). I really like how the story is focusing on Sasahara, especially the use of his internal dialogue, as he struggles to accept the Genshiken as his friends and "people". The segments with Kousaka and Saki are fantastic, and they include some hilarious narration as Saki keeps getting romantically snubbed when Kousaka needs to be at the next big otaku event. The story, animation, and voice work are all there, so I'm definitely excited about watching this entire series!