The Cosplay ID Game for Comic Festival in Genshiken Second Season (Episodes 4 and 5)

So Genshiken Second Season Episode 5 isn’t terribly different from its corresponding chapters, 65 and 66, so I won’t be discussing much about the adaptation process this time around. I will say though that I’m glad the actors for Angela and Ohno can at least pronounce American R’s.

The only changes are a ton of background cosplay that wasn’t in the manga, and this imaginary shot of a seductive Angela.


That said, there is a ton of cosplay in this episode and the last, so I’ve taken the time to try and identify as many of them as I can. I’m unsure of some, and flat out don’t know others, so feel free to leave a comment if you recognize one I didn’t. I’ve actually already received a bit of help. For the cosplay in Ogiue’s room in Episode 4, most of the answers are here.

All cosplay identifications are approximately from left to right, and any Genshiken main cast cosplays I ignore after the first time.

genshikennidaime04-cosplay01Yamada (Kujibiki Unbalance, the in-universe favorite anime of Genshiken), Manaka (Love Plus)

genshikennidaime04-cosplay02Panty and Stocking (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), Chamber and Amy (Gargantia)

genshikennidaime04-cosplay03Don Valentino (Cuticle Detective Inaba) (Thanks Kate), Azazel (Yondemasuyo Azazel-san), Unknown Soldiers, Titan (Attack on Titan) (Thanks eatallhumans)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay01Miho and Yukari in Anglerfish Costume (Girls und Panzer), Tsukihi and Karen (Monogatari series), Akane and Kougami (Psycho-Pass), Soldier from Attack on Titan, Miku and Rin (Vocaloid), Saaya and Amy (Gargantia), Shima (Stellvia), Kuroko’s Basketball, Railgun (?), Neon Genesis Evangelion

Tsukiko (Henneko) (Thanks to @Buffered), Sort of Marisa and Reimu (Touhou) (Thanks to @elliotpage), Hanayo or Rin (Love Live!)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay03Mami and Homura (Madoka Magica)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay03.1Neko and Kushina Anna (K) (Thanks Kate)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay03.2Qyubey (Madoka Magica)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay03.3Kougami and Akane (Psycho-Pass), Azazel (Yondemasuyo Azazel-san)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay04Shouko (Valvrave), Unknown schoolgirl, Kyouko and Sayaka (Madoka Magica), Muromi and Otohime (Muromi-san)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay04.1Amy and Lukkage (Gargantia)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay04.2Rise (Persona 4)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay05Charlotte in boy’s uniform (Infinite Stratos)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay06Kohsaka Makoto (Rakuen no 7 Shuuhan, an in-universe game)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay07Neko and Kuro (K), Buratei Marii (Joshiraku)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay07.1Madoka (Madoka Magica)

genshikennidaime05-cosplay07.2Homura (Madoka Magica)

Motoko (Ghost in the Shell: Arise), Yukari, Saori, and Mako (Girls und Panzer)

genshikennidaime04-suekyoooo(Not a cosplay) Sue making a Katte ni Kaizou reference

genshikennidaime05-chaikick(Also not a cosplay) Sue performing a Chai Kick (Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple)

6 thoughts on “The Cosplay ID Game for Comic Festival in Genshiken Second Season (Episodes 4 and 5)

  1. I’m not particularly good at cosplay ID… but there was one thing in Episode 5 that really stuck out to me… and since I don’t believe you did a review of Episode 5 by itself, I thought I’d leave my comment/question here anyway.

    What I noticed was a small addition to a scene in the anime that didn’t appear in the manga (at least the English translations, I guess): Hato’s response to Madarame’s question regarding his 3D “loves” after he’d gotten into BL. In the manga, this scene takes place right at the end of Chapter 65… in the anime, it’s ~11 minutes into Episode 5.

    In both mediums, when Madarame asks “Are you sure you’re not into guys?” Hato responds with a “I’ve only ever fallen in love with girls in real life!” But then, Madarame follows up with a “Even after you got into BL?”… and here’s what I noticed: in the anime, Hato adamantly insists “That’s right!” (or “Yes,” depending on the translation), whereas in the manga… he… doesn’t. Or, rather, he’s interrupted by the arrival of Kugayama and we’ll never know for sure.

    It’s a VERY minor difference, but I thought it was a significant enough moment in Hato’s character exposition (through his lack of an answer) that the addition of him saying “Yes” in the anime was slightly jarring for me. If nothing else, it definitely forshadows the “soul-searching” that he’s doing in the current manga chapters. What do you think?


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