Kio Shimoku moves okatu emotional inarticulateness into the mainstream of the Japanese literary tradition with this exchange in chapter 126. Since Heian times the rule has been the same: if you don't know how to talk about your heart, talk about the moon.
Genshiken chapter 121 ends with Madarame apparently about to announce his choice of partner from among the four members of the Mada harem. This storyline Who will Madarame end up with? has dominated the manga for over half of the run of Genshiken Nidaime, since 2012 at least, pushing aside other questions like Who is the next president? and Will Ogiue make it as a manga artist? In the original run of Genshiken an academic year used to last two or three volumes, but the year of Ogiue's presidency has taken up eleven volumes to date. The current club trip to Nikkō, with its Mada harem kujibiki, has been going on since chapter 107 (first published in December 2014) or over two volumes. That storyline has been drawn out like a bowstring.
If I were writing this story, I'd release the arrow now. I think chapter 122 will begin several months into the next academic year. Someone else will be president, summer Comifes will be coming up or have already passed, there will be one or two new members, some of the old ones will be gone, and Madarame's announcement will already be club history. Part of what will keep the readers' involved will be the fascination of piecing together what happened, and I'm sure Kio will employ his powers of deferral to spin that out, ut there will also be the fascination of time advancing, which has been absent for a while.
Continuing on the theme of what a good composer Kio Shimoku is, chapter 118 provides a striking example of the rule of thirds. This panel divides into vertical thirds at the tree and the hank of hair between Sue's eyes, and horizontally along the fence roof, and at Sue's mouth.
For someone who works in a language that is usually written vertically, Kio Shimoku makes some lovely horizontal panels. This one from Genshiken chapter 116 puts me in mind of Dürer's Netherlandish Sketchbook, which was in a landscape format. Several times Dürer puts a portrait at the righthand side, like Yoshitake above, and a townscape to the left, so that you get a strong sense of person attached to place. In Rika's case, it's the Nikkō shrine, where her Japanese history nerd side shines brightly.
Top: Genshiken, chapter 107, page 17. Bottom: Shimo-imaichi Station. This stock image looks like it could be the very reference photo used by Kio Shimoku. [Probably not. Shimoku says right in the chapter that he went to Nikko to take reference photos himself. This is what I get for not learning Japanese.]
I feel the Nobel Prize has for once been given to someone I think is a good writer; what can they be thinking of? Anyway, Connie and I were sitting at breakfast talking about Kawabata, whose name I can never remember, and usually recollect it as being Watanabe, whoever he may be, when the radio suddenly announced that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize; at first I thought it was some aberration of sound in my head. He was the one I was complaining to you that he was so little translated, which will now change as I expect at this very moment the minions of Alfred A. Knopf are arranging for a great pretentious Collected Works or the like, which in this case is fine by me. Connie filched my copies of Snow Country and Thousand Cranes to take to the Vineyard to reread, else I would have sent them to you, but I think they can still be come by -- Berkeley has them out in paperback.
Edward Gorey to Peter F. Neumeyer, October 18th, 1968. In Floating Worlds: Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, page 72. Somehow, Watanabe seems to be the default Japanese name when you can't think of the right one. Genshiken chapter 59:
Detail from the cover illustration of the recent Genshiken Nidaime Blu Ray release, showing the current Genshiken cast cosplaying Kujibiki Unbalance. Kuji-Un operates within Genshiken as Genji Monogatari or Heike Monogatari do within Japanese lit, or the Silmarillion within the Lord of the Rings, as a source of archetypes, a borrowed backstory to lend the characters an extra dimension (not 2D to 3D, but 2D to 2D+). Cosplay as a device for introducing archetypes into what is essentially a slice-of-life manga is pretty ingenius and might only really work in this manga. And it's the reason Ohno can never be allowed to graduate.
Ogiue and Sue have appeared before as Renko and The President, and Ohno as Kasumi Kisaragi. Madarame makes sense as Chihiro Enomoto. Typically Hato has now appeared as two different characters.