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Saki Kasukabe is a student at Shiou University and the only non-otaku main character. She initially hates otaku and their lifestyle, but is forced to hang around the Genshiken in order to be with her boyfriend Makoto Kousaka. Later on, she is compelled to become a member herself.

As the series progresses, Saki's general attitude and behavior towards Genshiken and its members evolve from barely tolerating them to holding them as dear and valuable friends. She slowly stops abusing Genshiken members (but will still continue teasing them) and even takes part in their activities, though much through her chagrin.

In spite of swearing to destroy Genshiken, she even goes out of her way to save the club (multiple times, in fact) at her own expense.

In Genshiken Nidaime, she has since graduated and is working as an entrepreneur for her fashion line.

Appearance Edit

Saki is an attractive, fashionable young woman in her early twenties. Her hair is mid length and is implied to be dyed light brown. She is usually seen with a cigarette in hand, but after a certain incident in the series, she has since quit smoking. Because of her figure (and quite possibly because she's the only other female at the time), Ohno is always pressuring her to cosplay, much to her annoyance.

Personality Edit

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Saki is an assertive, down to earth, practical, and at times manipulative individual. She can be easily angered and quite ruthless when the moment calls for it. She spends most of her time physically abusing and teasing the male members of Genshiken, and notably develops an antagonistic friendship with Madarame. She barely tolerates the circle of otakus only due to her boyfriend Makoto Kousaka (who, ironically, is one of the most hardcore otaku of the series), and gets infuriated when people call her one.

Early on, she wants nothing more than to destroy Genshiken to free her boyfriend. In fact, she almost quite literally succeeds in doing so, but saves the group and even returns favors to them out of guilt. In a twist of irony, she has come to the club's aid during times when it is threatened by outside forces.

In contrast to being a hothead, Saki can break down and cry quite easily, especially if she feels ridden with guilt. Although she tends to cause mischief in the club room, she doesn't do it out of malice and will apologize once she hurts anyone's feelings.

Towards the end, Saki has shown she cares for the club and its members, and is emotional at the thought of graduating and leaving it behind.

Plot (SPOILER ALERT) Edit

Genshiken Edit

After turning down cat calls from other guys, Saki noticed a rather pretty looking boy walking by wearing his headsets. As she tries to strike up a conversation with him, the boy instantly recognizes her as an old childhood friend. Saki is shocked to find out the boy is none other than Makoto Kousaka from grade school, whom she used to tease for his shaved head. When she asked what Kousaka was listening to, he responded that he was listening to a song from his favorite seiyuu (voice actress), which confused Saki.

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Madarame stealthily puts cats ears on Saki

Upon entering Genshiken, she is disgusted by the club members and their hobbies and fetishes. She is also taken aback at how much of an otaku Kousaka is. She constantly berates everyone in the club and vows to destroy it someday. Not long after, Kanako Ohno joins Genshiken and, being the only other female, immediately becomes close to Saki. However, despite confiding within each other on more feminine matters, Saki is far from sharing the same passion for cosplay as Ohno.

Once Saki heard about Genshiken being among the clubs being forced to dissolve via inactivity, Saki was grinning ear to ear. However, after seeing the club being humiliated by an encroaching Haraguchi, Saki's mood went from ecstatic to indignant. Disappointed by Genshiken's lack of resistance and worried that Kousaka may be forced to join the Manga Club under Haraguchi, Saki ironically sets out to save the club. Utilizing inside information gained by the First President, Saki manages to compel the Club Council Vice Chairman Kitagawa to reverse their decision.

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The First President's inside knowledge of the student body seems to have a strong effect on Saki.

Now that the club is saved due to her efforts, the First President asks Saki if she's willing to join, to which she immediately declines. In any case, the First President considers her a member anyways, seeing as how much she "uses the place." His cryptic words immediately spark a reaction from Saki, who then questions him how he knew about the council vice chairman's dirty laundry as well as what Saki has been doing in the room while others were away. Saki then assumes the President has some kind of spy cameras hidden somewhere. He enigmatically responds, "If I were that kind of person, there would already be a large number of people, regardless of gender, who could no longer attend this school. But there are no such people, are there?" These words sow terror into Saki's heart, and she sheepishly joins Genshiken as a result. The President then tells her, "For now it would be best to not use the 1st or 2nd floor bathrooms... I'm just joking." His words obviously do not provide any more comfort to Saki.

While Genshiken was recruiting new members, Saki took it upon herself to haze the newcomers. Once her horror stories of the Genshiken room failed to do so, she utilized Kousaka's elite video game skills to break the newcomers' pride. So far, she has only dissuaded one, while the other eventually returns after not too long.
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Madarame quickly pulls Saki away from the fire

One day, while on the way to a Genshiken meeting from Kousaka's messy house, she slips on one of his magazines and hits her head on a table. During the meeting, she taps a bookshelf behind her, causing an item to fall and hit her head on the exact same spot. Frustrated with the clutter, she pushes everyone to clean up the Genshiken room and remove any unnecessary items. Once all the old collectibles were moved to a storage area outside, Saki lights a cigarette and imagines burning the items up. Her thoughts were suddenly interrupted by the appearance of Madarame, which startles her and makes her drop her cigarette on the items. Everything immediately catches fire, and Madarame pulls Saki away from the flames, but they panic nonetheless. Saki grabs a bucket of water, but is disoriented due to the bumps on her head and accidentally splashes Ohno with it. Council Vice Chairman Kitagawa arrives and tells everyone to evacuate immediately.

Genshiken Nidaime Edit

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Saki as an alumni during the school festival.

During the events of Genshiken Nidaime, Saki has graduated and has since stopped visiting the club room. Saki and Kousaka have been invited to a gathering at Ogiue's house. She is at first surprised at seeing an all female Genshiken. Although Madarame had trouble identifying who the cross dresser of the group was, Saki pointed out Hato right away.

During the school festival, she stumbles upon Sue giving Madarame a kiss on the cheek. She then teases Madarame on being a lolicon, to his chagrin. Madarame asks her where Kousaka is, to which she replies he's in a fighting game tournament (and is succeeding) so she thought she'd find time to hang out with the old club members again.

As she meets up with the new and old members of Genshiken, Saki notices an interesting turn of events: Madarame is currently popular this year with the ladies (including crossdressing Hato), so she decides to tease him a bit. She remarks about the time they all went to his house and found all the S&M dvds in his desk; the revelation doesn't really embarrass Madarame as he originally used it as a decoy to hide his true treasured items: Pictures of Saki cosplaying. However, the attention turns towards Hato, due to his reaction and the knowledge that he's a housekeeper for Madarame, and they all wonder if he found something Madarame was hiding. Madarame is initially unworried, but the moment Hato whispered into his ears on finding the pictures of Saki, Madarame immediately panics and runs out of the room, much to everyone's confusion.

Later on, as a result of an organized effort by Kousaka, Keiko, Hato and Sue, Saki and Madarame are locked in the Genshiken room together alone. Madarame asks if he was that obvious, to which Saki responds in confusion. It's at this point Madarame realizes that Saki is unaware of his feelings for her. They reminisce about the past and all of their interactions with each other, which they both remembered, but Madarame denies remembering them. Saki reminds him about the time he put cat ears on her head, and said she thought to herself "This guy likes me." Madarame was shocked she even remembered, and thought over all the moments that made him fall for her.

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Madarame's confession was indirect, but nonetheless emotional.

Madarame then confesses indirectly, "That day you had a nose hair sticking out." Saki was embarrassed and confused by the message at first, but Madarame continued. He said when he tried to tell Saki, she punched him. Saki commented that Madarame claimed to not remember that day, which he said was a lie because he wasn't brave enough to say what he wanted to say, and it was easier to pretend to forget about it. Madarame then gathered himself and exclaimed tearfully, "Back then, you had a nose hair sticking out!" At this moment, Saki finally understood what he was trying to say and responded, "I'm sorry. I have Kousaka, so I can't be with you." Madarame then asks about how peculiar she worded her statement. Saki then responded if she wasn't taken, then perhaps she and Madarame could've had a future together. With all of the weight finally off his chest, Madarame sighs in relief and comments how refreshing it is to actually be rejected. At this moment, Saki begins to tear up and reach for her hankerchief. Madarame asks her what's wrong; Saki apologized to him for trying to act like she wasn't aware of his feelings, and felt like she may have caused him so much pain in doing so. At this point, Madarame realizes how easily Saki cries, and remarks on what a great time they had in the club.

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