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Name: Kaori (カオリ)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Dating
Origin: Happy Fujoshi: Sono Onna, Kusarimono ni Tsuki

Information:
Kaori is an adult fujoshi with a very particular pairing logic that her boyfriend finds difficult to understand. For example, pencils are uke because their markings are enveloped by erasers, while teachers are always uke as well unless they’re mad scientist types in glasses.

When asked to describe the difference between her attraction to her boyfriend and to yaoi, she mentions that yaoi is like a dessert in that she has a separate “stomach” for it.

Fujoshi Level:
Once, Kaori did not eat for three days because she kept spending all her money on BL doujinshi instead.

Name: Yajima, Izuki (矢島いづき)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Dating
Origin: Happy Fujoshi: Super Strong Girl!

Information:
Yajima Izuki is a career woman dating a man working at the same company. A fan of shounen manga, she likens her boyfriend to Nagare Ryouma from Prince of Tennis and refers to a fujoshi’s willpower and endurance as Kinnikuman’s “Burning Inner Strength.” Izuki also has Kira Yamato from Gundam SEED as her cellphone’s wallpaper.

Fujoshi Level:
At work, Yajima once photoshopped a picture of her boyfriend with another man.

Name: N/A
Alias: Best Friend (親友)
Relationship Status: Polyamorous Dating/Complicated
Origin: Receptacle

Information:
A girl who regularly discusses her very active sex life with her female friend, she is also secretly in love with her as well. In spite of the fact that her good friend is already in a relationship with a man, this girl begins to date her own friend as well.

Fujoshi Level:
A self-proclaimed fujoshi and shotacon, she believes that there is little difference between otaku and fujoshi in the end because it all comes down to attraction to 2-D.

Hi Score Girl is the story of a beautiful romance where a young gamer who meets a girl who’s even better at Street Fighter II than he is. Though antagonistic at first, they begin to develop a friendship, and eventually something more. If you ever get the chance to read it, I recommend checking it out, as does my good friend Dave of Kawaiikochans fame. It’s a shame that the anime adaptation (and a lot of other things) got cut down at the knees due to SNK arguing copyright shenanigans.

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I noticed a few things about the girl in the story. First, she has long, thick black hair. Second, when she plays Street Fighter II, she picks mainly big, bald, and/or burly characters: Zangief, Dhalsim, E. Honda. In fact, when she plays Final Fight, she selects Haggar. Third, her name is Ohno.

Hmmmmm.

I don’t know if it’s just a coincidence or what, but I’m looking forward to the possibility that one Ohno might cosplay as the other. Also, now that I think about it, the Ohno in Hi Score Girl is more like a cross between Ohno and Sue, given her violent and eccentric temperament.

Name: N/A
Alias: Big Sister (姉)
Relationship Status: Polyamorous Dating/Complicated
Origin: Receptacle

Information:
The older sister of a certain video game-obsessed high school boy with a mildly sadistic girlfriend, this girl spends much of her time in idle conversations with her female best friend about their sex lives and relationship issues with their respective boyfriends. However, this older sister eventually enters a relationship with not only her boyfriend but also her best friend as well.

Fujoshi Level:
Other than that she is less extreme compared to her best friend, nothing specific is known about the kind of fujoshi she is.

Name: Kurihara, Hibari (栗原火雀)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Fate kaleid/liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

Information:
A doujinshi artist and high-level fujoshi, Kurihara Hibari’s sister Suzuka is also into BL. At one point while working on a doujinshi for Comic Marché, she runs short on ideas until Suzuka “convinces” her classmate Mimi into contributing her own secret BL fantasy.

Hibari is very confident about being a fujoshi. At one point, when Mimi begins to worry about how her newly developed fujoshi mindset might affect her friendships, Hibari tells her that any friend who can’t accept someone’s hobby is no friend at all.

Fujoshi Level:
Kurihara Hibari has reached the level of “kifujin,” which is described as being beyond a mere fujoshi. As evidence of this, she listens to BL Drama CDs on her speakers, implying that she cares little as to who hears them.

Name: Katsura, Mimi (桂美々)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Fate kaleid/liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

Information:
A quiet girl with little presence, Katsura Mimi is a friend and elementary school classmate of Illyasviel “Illya” von Einzbern and Miyu Edelfelt at Homurahara Academy. At one point she discovers Illya kissing her cousin Kuro (actually a magical doppelganger), which puts her on a path towards writing erotic fantasies in her notebook, both yuri and yaoi. Though Illya, Kuro, and Miyu are all magical, Mimi is unaware of this.

Mimi gets roped into the world of doujinshi when her friend Kurihara Suzuka takes her hidden fantasy writings and uses them for her sister’s doujinshi at Comic Marché. After that, Mimi begins to see the world almost purely in terms of same-sex relationships.

Fujoshi Level:
In addition to managing to exceed her friend Suzuka in terms of fujocity, Mimi states that she simply believes boys should be with boys and girls should be with girls.

After the bomb drop that was last month’s Genshiken, Chapter 112 winds things down a bit, only to then create anticipation for next month. In a way, it’s a much needed break, but the fact that it ends by mixing up the formula a bit basically makes me want to read the next chapter already.

As Yoshitake nerds out about the history of Nikkou and its connections to Japan’s past (something I don’t specialize in but would totally make an interesting post by someone other than me), they remember Hato’s return the previous night. While a lot of the girls are suspicious about what happened, especially Keiko, Hato quietly resigns for the evening, and Yoshitake turns out to be the kind of snorer you can’t ignore. Yoshitake then proposes an idea: draw straws (“kujibiki” in this case), and randomly pair off. While the hope to further some romances looms about, the gods of probability crush almost all hope of that happening.

I’ve never been a part of Hetalia fandom, but I’m aware that it’s encouraged a lot of girls (and even a few guys) to study history more extensively. In that respect, I wonder if Hetalia fans feel a significant connection to Yoshitake, even if Hato is the one who’s explicitly stated that he’s into that series. Speaking of Yoshitake, I’m always impressed by the translators who bother to work through all of her text. The way it’s hand-written, and appears as if it’s trying to economize every last bit of word balloon space, and the fact that this chapter even features a map in the middle of one onslaught of verbage makes it seem like you’re not really meant to read what she has to say.

As is often the case with Genshiken, this chapter is primarily about setup, a brief pause after the weightiness of Hato’s heart to heart talk with Madarame. While of course the decision to break these characters off into specific pairs was probably not random (unless Kio actively chose to replicate what Yoshitake does in the manga itself), I think it’s both telling of Yoshitake’s desire to be the grease that moves the wheels forward, and that both the author and the characters haven’t forgotten about good ol’ Kujibiki Unbalance.

While it’s doubtful that anyone who’s still reading Nidaime doesn’t know what that is, it’s kind of fascinating that the series which so dominated the conversations of the old generation have all but vanished with these youngins. I wonder if Kio misses that a bit. Not only is the chapter title, “Kujibiki Unbalance 1” a reference to it, but at one point Yoshitake says, “Kami-sama no iu toori,” or “Do as God says,” which is a line from the Kujibiki Unbalance anime opening.

When Yoshitake revealed the kujibiki, I was hoping for the wildest and nonsensical pairings to happen, and in the end my wishes were fulfilled where it counts. While it wasn’t 100% off-the-wall (Ogiue + Sue and Angela + Ohno are obvious ones), seeing things like Hato + Keiko and Madarame + Yoshitake has a certain odd thrill, either because there’s so much tension or because there’s none at all. It’s almost like when characters have to change seats after a semester, and it becomes an opportunity to really see sides of them that we the manga readers haven’t before, or when you’re watching a fighting game tournament and two characters who rarely fight each other are in the grand finals. You’re not sure if you like it more, but the novelty alone keeps you glued.

If we’re allowed to speculate (and seeing as this is my blog I’m going to say it’s okay), I think that the main focus of the next chapter will probably be Hato and Keiko, which will involve Hato trying to pussyfoot around the subject of Madarame and Keiko going straight for the proverbial jugular. Keiko, while not the sharpest tool in the shed in certain respects, is still very perceptive, and even if that’s not enough she’s the type to really egg someone on and force them to admit something. From there, I predict Keiko will really try to force Hato to confront why exactly he crossdresses, and might even explain directly what she finds to be so disingenuous about Hato’s personality and behavior.

Also, on the topic of Keiko, is she purposely wearing a coat that’s similar to Madarame’s? It’s not the kind of clothing I typically associate with her, and as stated previously, she’s intentionally toned down her makeup to appeal more to Madarame’s sensibilities.

And if I were more into yuri, I’d probably make a bigger deal out of both Ogiue and Sue pairing off for the trip, and the fact that they slept in the same sheets at Yajima’s home. I’ll leave that to the other intrepid fans.

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Name: Kurihara, Suzuka (栗原雀花)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Fate kaleid/liner PRISMA☆ILLYA

Information:
Kurihara Suzuka is an elementary school student at Homurahara Academy in Fuyuki City and a friend of Illyasviel von Einzbern and Miyu Edelfelt. Though Illya becomes a magical girl and gets involved in the world of the occult, Suzuka for the most part remains unaffected and unaware of this.

Suzuka helps her sister Hibari create yaoi doujinshi, and ropes her friend Katsura Mimi into participating at the doujinshi event Comic Marché. She also expresses BL interest in Illya’s brother Emiya Shirou paired with his friend, Ryuudou Issei.

Fujoshi Level:
Though referring to herself as “pretty rotten,” Suzuka also expresses the fact that she is not quite as extreme as her sister or Mimi.

Name: Tohno, Maria (遠野まりあ)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Cyber Yaoi Girl

Information:
A fellow student at the same school as Tanaka Mitsuki, Maria is also a fan of yaoi and the manga Ai no Doronuma. Unlike Mitsuki who is a closet fujoshi, however, Maria wears her fandom on her sleeve, showing no restraint in expressing her interest in BL and related topics. In addition to being an avid reader of yaoi, Maria also draws doujinshi as part of a circle.

Fujoshi Level:
Lacking any sort of inhibition, Maria is even willing to ask her teacher in the middle of class if he’s gay.

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