Added Delusions, Genshiken Second Season Episode 8

With Episode 8 comes the second half of the previously discussed chapters of 70, 71, 72, and 73. You can now safely read them for my thoughts on the narrative developments of Second Season up to this point. Did you notice that Yoshitake’s drinking beer now that she was revealed to be 20? Oh, you wacky censorship.

As I mentioned last time, Episodes 7 and 8 mixed things up from the original manga, transforming this episode into a hyper-focused Hato exploration. I think it really does make the show feel even more focused on Hato than the comic. It’s strange to think about, because basically the same things happen overall. The fact that they added a new fantasy scene while extending another one also contributes to this. Funny that right as I said for episode 7 that the current anime cuts things out  while the previous one adds new scenes, Nidaime ends up putting in some original material, and racey material at that.

Specifically, the new scene involves Hato imagining Madarame walking in on him and then Hato seducing Madarame. While it’s not entirely out of character for him to imagine such a scenario, it feels like the anime is trying to push that angle harder than it was in the comic. Maybe this was done independent of Kio, or maybe Kio oversaw the addition, but author’s original intent or no, I think little things like that quicken the pace of that particular plot thread.

I don’t want these episode looks to merely be about nitpicking though, and I think the events in this episode can be discussed even further from what I originally spoke about in the chapter reviews. For one thing, I find Hato’s mental comment that male pregnancy may be a new thing for male-targeted works, it’s been  a long-standing trope in BL. It’s a funny thing to contemplate, that within the categorical segregation within manga and anime, that ideas arrive at different rates, but that ideas may also cross-pollenate as a result of reaching one before the other. It actually reminds me once again of something Fred Schodt wrote in Manga! Manga!, which is that during the early 80s when the book first came out, the character designs between girl-oriented and guy-oriented stuff began to converge a little, rather than being at their previous extremes. You can say that the current manga and anime industry reflects this as well.

To end off, let’s talk fanservice. There’s a lot of it in this episode, of course more concentrated in the BL-ish areas. Do you want to know what’s fanservice for me?

No, not Makoto and Madarame, more to the left.

Ogiue in a suit. Also this:

Truth be told, I’m still not entirely used to Ogiue’s eyes having so much more detail drawn into them.

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5 thoughts on “Added Delusions, Genshiken Second Season Episode 8

  1. It seems some people are already guessing that Hato is interested in Madarame, I’m guessing they made it more evident. Unfortunately, we likely won’t get to the “neck” chapter, but it’s better than nothing.

    Also, chapter 91 was just released, and I think people would love a summary by you, especially since there’s been no translations lately. I’ve seen some pages and it’s downright shocking

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  2. I think the so far untranslated (to english) Ch 89 might hold the key. I got itchy and did a rough script for ch 90, but the bar for the precision level for 89 is higher, and I am forced to work off secondary sources. If what I think happened then the anime is being shaded by the newest developments of the manga, and the manga is being “driven” by the condensation of the story in the anime. Not quite retconning, more like ret-shading. Then again, It could be that i am being trolled by a bad translation in some “Bulgarian scans”. I, and legions of non Jp reading fans await the return to active involvement of…..
    (And yeah dot dot dot because after a certain “bomb” I am cautious about what I post.)
    Thanks again for the continued great coverage..

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      • Click my name, but your 89 is far superior to mine.Did you do a 90 too? My only quibble is from the theory and fujoshi-reference point o view, Hato must think to himself “I am not into guys, I am only into you/ into Madarame” This is the iconic bl/y trope phrase that fujoshis demand so much that there was a 3-5 yr ongoing fight over this in Japan, with real gay males calling fujoshis “drooling dirty old men”. [This is funny as all …] Shimoku is aware of some of the “canon” studies on Fujoshis from the 2000 decade and likes to use the stuff in GenshikenII (or this is my brogs hobby horse and I am delusional , asides, aside…)

        Can you do a C91 script?

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  3. Haha, I’m actually creating my own comic, which is a bit like a “British Genshiken” (only far more focused on the negative, nasty side of otaku. Several major parts of the plot are actually going to be stolen from the infamous weaboo horror stories. But all happening to the same guy… poor bastard). Anyway this “British Genshiken”, as I started to script it, turned into “Pure YAOI”. With the main character mainly liking girls, but falling in love with one guy.
    Which is what I’m like in real life XD. I’m mostly straight, but when I fall for a guy, I fall hard, and think about them all the time. We do exist!

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