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YMMV: Genshiken
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Asada. Not even named in the original manga, you know her as the girl with the constant cat mouth.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: If the proportion of fanfics is anything to go by, Kasukabe and Madarame.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Massively more popular outside of Japan than in.
  • Hollywood Homely: According to Kugayama, Ohno is an "ordinary person who's cute", while Kasukabe is like "a model". Like you could tell the difference.
  • Ho Yay: Massive amounts of it between Madarame and Hato, almost to the point of Implied Love Interest in the later chapters.
  • Les Yay: There's a bit of Les Yay between Ohno and Saki, as well as between Sue and Ogiue in the later half of the manga.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The original Club President, who collected vast amounts of 'information' on the other students as part of a nebulous 'research project'. He puts it to good use in saving the Genshiken and 'persuading' Saki to join.
  • Memetic Mutation: "This is what I *** to!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: The entire point of Madarame is that he's the living embodiment of "talks a good game, can't follow through". Don't tell that to the shippers...
  • Ron the Death Eater: Kousaka sometimes gets this treatment in fanfics that are Madarame X Kasukabe.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Because of the 6-year gap in between airings, the third season features an entirely new voice cast, with both Madarame and Kuchiki sounding deeper than last season.
    • There are some that view Nidaime as this, since most of the new cast are fujoshi and as a result, a lot of chapters have that as a focus.
  • The Woobie: Almost every member of the Genshiken can be counted as a woobie; however, the standouts are Ogiue and Madarame.
  • The Scrappy: Kasukabe, for much of the first season, she's pretty much a hateful bitch to everyone but her boyfriend, who she likes primarily because of his looks. She mellows out a bit as time goes on, but she never really gets called out for any of her past behavior, so it comes across as her getting off light.

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