Genshiken 2 DVD Box Set AND A NEW CHAPTER OF GENSHIKEN MANGA?!

I mentioned it a while ago, but I just wanted to remind everyone that Genshiken 2‘s compilation box set is being released tomorrow, December 22nd, 2009 in Japan. This box set will differ from the previous DVD release in that it will have special exclusive box art by Genshiken author Kio Shimoku featuring Ogiue, Sue, and Angela.

More importantly however, MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY in fact, is the news that Kio Shimoku has actually penned an ENTIRELY NEW CHAPTER OF GENSHIKEN. Much, much thanks to this anonymous commenter for making me aware of it. You can find a link to the chapter itself in there, and if you want an actual copy I believe it will be a part of the February 2010 issue of the magazine Monthly Afternoon, whose official release date is Christmas Eve (though apparently it’s been leaked!) Most likely it will be included as a special with volume 2 of Jigopuri, Kio Shimoku’s current series about a young mother.

The chapter focuses on Ogiue as chairman of Genshiken, and makes references to Kinnikuman. So in other words, pretty much everything I wanted.

BANZAI

OGIUE BANZAI

荻上よ、永遠に輝け!!

I will not buy an anime if the opening has been replaced.

Zeta Gundam, Kodomo no Omocha, and so on. I bet someone will call me shallow, but I have my reasons.

I’m not balls against any sort of changes, as I understand that it’s silly to want, say, original Japanese credits, and despite scrolling English credits often hurting op/ed sequences sometimes (in my opinion), I know and accept its existence.

Opening and ending themes (not to mention music overall) are different, though.

When I buy a DVD, it’s a one-time thing. I am buying this collection for archival purposes, and what I want from my archive is authenticity. OPs and EDs are very much a part of an anime’s identity, and to remove them is to make the product inherently flawed. I know there are always legal/monetary reasons behind these decisions, and I feel for the anime companies, but it doesn’t mean I have to like the result.

Genshiken 2 DVD 1 Arrived

That was FAST.

It came with the box, and a drama CD. The DVD itself is nothing special, with two episodes and some basic non-credit intro/outro extras and such.

The big selling point is the Drama CD though, because Sasahara Keiko is actually in it and is essentially the main character of the Drama CD. I am glad to see that they haven’t totally forgotten about her.

I may translate the drama CD at some point, but don’t hold your breath. I’ll at the very least try to write up a summary for it though.

One chooses not to acknowledge the mistakes of one’s adulthood

Argh

So I decided to buy the Region 2 DVD 1, with box, poster, and drama CD.

That’s $53 for 2 episodes, and over $300 for the entire series.

And a season 3 is inevitable.

This might be what you call a bad idea.