Mamma Mia! Genshiken II, Chapter 65

It’s Comic Festival Day 3 (the guys’ day), and Madarame’s in danger! How is he going to fare against a girl who actually wants him? That’s  Genshiken II, Chapter 65.

If it wasn’t obvious from the previous chapter (see the image at the bottom of the post), Ohno’s buxom Bostonian friend, has a certain agenda in mind, and that is to get some sweet, sweet scrawny Japanese nerd ass. Angela does what any remotely observant person would call “really blatant flirting,” and the only things preventing Madarame from realizing the truth are a language barrier, his own nerdish obliviousness, and lingering feelings for Saki. Hato, seeing him in trouble, sheds his female guise and offers to help Madarame and the other guys out with the doujinshi run, at the expense of not being able to participate in a round of cosplay with Ohno and the other girls (Ogiue is still out sick).

As Ohno and Friends are cosplaying the cast of Madoka Magica (sans Madoka herself, who was going to be Hato, and before she caught a fever, Ogiue), Ohno asks Angela about her actions in regard to Madarame, and Angela responds that she’s been interested for a long time now, ever since her first trip to Japan, in fact, but hasn’t made a move because of how infatuated Madarame was with Saki.

Hato, also noticing Angela’s attempts, asks Madarame about his interest towards 3-D girls. Madarame vehemently denies any affection for any dimensions beyond two, but Hato knows that he’s lying,  having previously discovered Madarame’s hidden stash of Kasukabe cosplay photos. At the same time, they also visit the industry booths at ComiFest, where they run into a crossplaying Kohsaka, whose presence surely reminds Madarame of Saki, and also shows Hato what it is to be a natural at crossdressing.

The chapter ends with Angela planning her next move.

There are a lot of little things in this chapter I enjoy, such as the fact that not only is Ogiue absent from ComiFest but so is Sasahara, Sue’s, uh, “cosplay,” and the reactions on everyone’s faces as Angela continues to flirt with Madarame. Of course, the biggest part of this chapter is Angela’s aggressive interest in Madarame, which probably comes as a bit of a surprise if you haven’t seen the second Genshiken TV series. In fact, in this chapter there is a flashback to a scene where Madarame helps Angela read an anime magazine, the moment that Angela started to have a thing for him, but it only ever happened in the anime. Combined with the canonization of the cat-mouth girl’s name as Asada, it’s clear that either the makers of the Genshiken 2 anime consulted Kio Shimoku about the scenes they expanded upon, or that Kio decided to use those ideas for himself.

It still is kind of out of the blue though, considering that aside from the aforementioned anime scene, the only hints we had previously were Angela saying that she has a thing for glasses-wearing “uke,” which Madarame fits to a tee, and a splash image where Angela is wearing his glasses. And I know a question that’s bound to be on people’s minds is, “Why Madarame?” Having a gorgeous blonde all over a skinny otaku is bound to have people accusing Genshiken of catering to fantasies of regular hopeless nerds getting incredibly hot women, but I don’t think it’s as simple as that. It is, however, simple in a different way.

I think it’s clear that whatever Angela’s feelings are for Madarame, it isn’t a profound love that has grown through constant interaction like with Sasahara and Ogiue, or Tanaka and Ohno. More likely, it’s probably a mix of yellow fever and Angela having a thing for guys who are easily flustered, and I even doubt that Madarame is exactly what she wants in a man. And if anything does happen, I think Angela is comfortable with either having it be a brief fling or something longer-lasting; this may be my own interpretation, but I see her as being okay with sex without any deep romantic feelings. In any case, pure virgin bride she is not, but then that’s never been an issue with Genshiken from chapter 1. Also, as Keiko pointed out to Madarame, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that he has feelings for Saki, and it should be no surprise that someone like Angela has also been aware of this fact.

What I find really interesting about Angela’s flirting is Madarame’s reaction to it, which is “complete denial that such a thing could ever happen.” To some extent, I am with Hato in thinking that Saki’s image is still burned into Madarame’s retina and that he’s having trouble moving on because of it, but I also think it’s Madarame denying the possibility that a hot American girl could ever want him. This is a very realistic response from someone who believes he has no chance with women, or that he has no likable qualities as a man, and you see it with dorks everywhere. Personally speaking, I can remember hearing that a girl really liked me in junior high, and oddly enough, like Madarame, my hands were a point of attraction. My response was to completely ignore this information, because I thought that a) no girl could possibly be attracted to me, and b) it must be a prank. Granted, I was 13 and Madarame is in his 20s, but like me, thinking that it’s some kind of cruel joke is exactly his response.

Boy can Tamagomago call it.

I guess the only thing left to ask myself is, am I okay with the idea of Angela x Madarame? My gut reaction is “sure,” but letting my mind into the conversation a little, my revised response is, “As long as it’s written well.” That said, there’s no guarantee of anything happening.

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9 thoughts on “Mamma Mia! Genshiken II, Chapter 65

  1. I always saw Angela’s interest in Madarame in the ‘wow, a total sou-uke! He could be FUN’ sort of fashion – she’s not necessarily interested in HIM, per-se, but what he represents; a living example of a character archetype. That, and the shyness tends to get some girls going… the way the usual alpha-male rude jock tends to draw interest due to the self-assured, dominant manner.

    As for Madarame being in denial, Saki was a relatively safe choice for him – she was always interested only in Kousaka from the beginning, and thus he could lust for her without feeling that he was at risk of having the interest returned… and thus risking his emotional well-being when he (inevitably, in his mind) would be unable to properly return those feelings.

    Speaking of Kousaka… I fear for Madarame’s sanity after seeing Kousaka happily crossdressing to promote the game. I suspect that made Madarame entertain, even if only for a moment, a thought that he might be okay propositioning Kousaka and Saki for a menage a trois… and now that I’ve said that, I suspect that’ll be at the next ComiKet as a doujin.

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  2. @ Haeslich – and I’ll buy that doujin –
    I agree. Madrame’s mindset is based on fear and defensiveness, and as a such, he’d choose to long for a girl who was already taken – precisely so he’d never end up in a situation like the one you showed above.

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    • And if you or anyone else had bothered to read the posts versus just ogling the pictures, you’d all know the translator is out of the country and has been for the past month. sdshamiel reads these raw in the native moonspeak, which is how he can post. Angela’s words have Shimoku-provided English word bubbles, and the rest is fairly easily inferred by anyone with two or more brain cells.

      That said, Angela seems to want to soothe Madarame’s aches without understanding why they’re there: he’s afraid of people, which puts him closer to Kageyama in type than Kousaka or Sasahara. That’s why the latter two are gainfully employed, while he’s left one job that kept him close to the clubhouse for another dead-end one. He isn’t willing to risk anything, nor is he willing to let himself connect to others outside of the safe Genshiken circle.

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      • where do you get the raws? I have been desperately waiting for scanslations for the last two chapters but if the guy’s out of the country I don’t mind reading the raws lol… OwO

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  3. It’s time for another installment of “Comments that are Long Enough to be Blog Posts”
    Now is probably a better time than any to say that I am looking forward to a possible AngelaxMadarame pairing. It kind of goes a way back but it really comes down to how Madarame was near the end of the orginal manga when Saki, sasahara and kousaka graduated. While I can understand Madarme maturing in a way (feelings for saki and such) he just never seemed as “otaku-ish” to me. When he didn’t confess to Saki it seemed that he was finally able to put it to rest and accept her friendship as is, which was definitely a far cry from when the series began. Sure he still had the photos but hey he’s still a guy, nerdiness notwithstanding. The part with all of them celebrating the graduation at the bar and Madarame gets drunk and acts perverted, I like the little nod made by Saki on how she (also the readers if you think about it) hasn’t seen the creppy otaku traits of his in a very long time. now that the series has started again,
    I can’t help but say that as much as i love madarame and how moe he can be to some people, its kinda sad (close to being pitiful) how he clings to ideas and the past instead of facts. He’d rather live not going with another girl and hold onto never being with saki even though he wants to be.He also holds onto the past, with the Genshiken being all men, and yet at the end of chapter 64 madarame didn’t seem excited about comifest eventhough all the guys except Sasahara would be there. I know people can go through phases and also start losing interest in anime, manga, etc but it just came so abruptly for madarame and it was all for stupid reasons.
    I feel that angela should somehow bring madarame out of this self imposed shell of his. The language barrier will be an issue, but seeing as how Sue has been watching madarame lately, who is to say that she hasn’t been giving any insight to angela through phonecalls or email. I’d like to see more interaction between the two girls, and maybe just maybe Angela will be shown to be just as worldly as Sue has been lately (maybe even holding back a fluency in japanese? I wish). All in all if angela can reinvigorated madarame’s passion for all things otaku and show him that you can a have all these exciting things in life without having to withdraw into yourself. Who better than an attractive american girl that is smitted with you, cares about her friends, plays sports, reads manga, watches anime and has enough money to go to college and make three trips to japan. I think Madarame’s got a winner, if only he can see that.

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