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Posted: Jan 15, 2006 1:59 am Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada

Title: 電車男 (Train Man), Densha Otoko
Genre: Romance, Comedy
TV Station: Fuji TV
Episodes: 11
Year: 2005
Theme Songs: Cast: Official Site

This drama is based on a true love story of an otaku and a beautiful rich lady. Aoyama Saori, working as an office lady at a multinational company, gets into trouble with a drunkard on a train. She's saved by Yamada Tsuyoshi, who is a 100% otaku. As a form of appreciation, Saori sends Tsuyoshi Hermes teacups. Having no experience with the opposite sex, Tsuyoshi decides to ask for help on the Aladdin Channel BBS on how to interact with Saori...

My opinion:
I really like this drama because it's based on a true love story. We all know about people dating online and stuff, but this one is totally different, it's about an otaku seeking help online while the girl he wants to date know nothing about internet or the BBS he's using at all. Being an otaku means he has pretty much zero social skills, but by getting help from an internet BBS, he managed to win the girl in the end.

The greatest selling point of this drama is probably the true story behinds it. It's not some story made up by some crazy script writer. Somewhere in Japan now, the "real" Densha Otoko and Hermes is going out together!

LVXS sent me a picture of the "rumoured" Densha and Hermes, but nobody knows for sure. Smile If you are wondering which BBS Densha used for getting advice, it's one of the hottest site in Japan called 2Channel (sounds familiar? Tongue). The BBS in Japan works a little different compared to forum like this one. You can put in any username you prefer or stay anonymous, i.e. no registration. Each topic has 1000 replies limit, you'll know about this fact when you watch the drama.

Here's a website that has the log of Densha seeking help in his BBS topic, spanning 3 months long. It's all in Japanese so I doubt it will be much use to you guys. Still, it's amazing such resources exists for you to explore the crossover between drama and reality!

I give this drama 8.5/10! Love

Torrents: Densha Otoko @ D-Addicts
Posted: Jan 15, 2006 5:40 am Reply with quote
Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK
lol, i loved densha otoko!!
yeah, it is based on a true story which is why it became so popular... however i have some insider gossip fresh from japan ^_^

although it became famous at first, and now the whole being an otaku is really popular, akihabara, the otaku paradise of tokyo city, a place where otaku hang out, has become one of the most popular destinations in japan, even 2channel reported a hits boom after the show started airing, and there have even been a string of copycat densha otokos... but certain critics of the show and concurrently now a lot of people, are saying that although great entertainment, it was a tad bit unrealistc, even though it was based on a true story, and that was because the producers went overboard with ito misaki's character of hermes. but nonetheless, it was last year's biggest summer 'thing' and it even spawned a movie...
i have to say, i do kind of prefer the movie... it's a more believable version of the story. there are a few cameos in the movie by actors who had parts in the tv series, that was fun to watch.

movie info:

Name: Densha Otoko [2005]
Director: Masanori Murakami

Takayuki Yamada: Densha Otoko [guy from sekai no chuushin de, ai wo sakebu]
Miki Nakatani: Hermes

the film was great, i remember watching the movie, and when it got to the part where they were returning from their first dinner together and he walks ahead and loses her in the crowd, and she grabs on to his sleeve and says: "daijoubu, chanto tsukandemasu kara.." (It's ok, I'll be holding on to you now) ... i remembered that scene from the series and it cracked me up... oh and the scene in the tea shop when everyone goes to buy BENOIST tea, classic!

I'll give the series a 8.5/10 and the movie a 9/10

PS. eyn, Densha Otoko has 11 episodes + 1 Special (extended ending)
Posted: Jan 15, 2006 12:57 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 05 Dec 2005 Posts: 322 Location: Canada
hahah yay!!


it's true that i think most people who watched this series or have read about this story have been moved by it haha most people really love it!!
it's like a real life fantasy almost haha even if the drama was a bit more exaggerated than what might have really happened!!
from what i've seen from my friend's reactions to watching this series, people were either really moved by it or really didn't like the otaku-ness hahaha

i find myself in the position of being moved by it haha cause sometimes i feel like a yamada tsuyoshi inside OTL

but all in all i think it was a great drama, i've yet to watch the movie still but i'd give the drama a 9.5/10!!!

i'd encourage many to watch it hahaha
Posted: Jan 17, 2006 9:27 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 01 Sep 2005 Posts: 397
there's a movie of it? wow, didnt know...anyway, i want to see this drama! heard it was good! where can i download it beside from BT clients?
Posted: Jan 17, 2006 9:57 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 07 Jan 2006 Posts: 73
ahah... i loved this drama....every episode was about him getting closer and closer to getting the girl and it was very interesting to see how the people on the internet help him acheive this...
I watched the movie as well and it was really good... Both the movie and drama I give a 9/10
Skull Rabbit
Posted: Jan 22, 2006 3:51 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 21 Jan 2006 Posts: 263
KITAAAAAAA~~~!!!!!!!! Ahahaha

I loved this series, it was so funny. Such a typical otaku too. *shudder* ahaha~ But I grew to like his character anyways.
opal cho
Posted: Jan 23, 2006 6:04 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 16 Apr 2005 Posts: 162
After reading the book, I must conclude that it's a pretty satisfying story. The dorama is also pretty well acted out. Cute guy!!! I love Hermes-tan too Giggle
miharu chan
Posted: Feb 01, 2006 11:47 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 13 Dec 2005 Posts: 44 Location: kuala lumpur,malaysia
waaa... i've watched densha otoko the movie!! the one with Takayuki Yamada as Densha Otoko and Miki Nakatani as Hermes . i think densha san is a really nice guy..being otaku is kinda nerdy..but i love otaku!! otaku kakkoui! Love
Skull Rabbit
Posted: Feb 02, 2006 4:08 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 21 Jan 2006 Posts: 263
Aww, I wanna see the movie Smile Is it available online for download? (or do these forums try not to give out links and stuff? some other ones I am part of don't ever talk about downloadings things online like its taboo haha)
Posted: Feb 11, 2006 2:56 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 29 Jan 2006 Posts: 13
i just found a working torrent for the movie. skull rabbit's comment makes me a little cautious. so if you hit me with a PM i'll...
Posted: Feb 11, 2006 11:10 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 04 Jan 2006 Posts: 11 Location: NY
Densha Otoko

i like this show short but i definitely enjoyed it, i'm definitely going to watch the movie, hads no idea there was one

ITOH so pretty Smile
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 8:42 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 29 Jan 2006 Posts: 13
grrr the torrent i mentioned above is LQ. probably a cam job Tongue couldn't stand watching more than 5 minutes haha

i finally finished off watching the television series a few days ago when i watched the special. the special was unnecessary, but it was nice to revisit some points in the series with this additional viewpoint.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 10:16 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 09 Sep 2005 Posts: 220 Location: In my room
Ooo sounds interesting. I will check it out one of these days. I like touching stories like that. It gives a whole different meaning.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 3:04 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 20 Feb 2006 Posts: 3
one of the more funny dormas out there. i love the comedy and the romance mix. great jdorama. highly recommended.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 8:42 pm Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 10 Aug 2005 Posts: 532 Location: EARTH
Hmm... before watching this drama/movie, I've never seem to be aware of Otakus in Akihabara... Smile
There are really a lot of computer shops around that area. Every time when I go for holiday in Japan, I dun notice such ppl around!! In fact, other than the computer stores, there's something even better...... Yeah.. that's right.... AV stores..... Maybe I was too focus on these shops and forgot to notice those Otakus... haha!! Hmm... this time round, when i go japan, I will definitely try to hunt for them!!!
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