Densha Otoko


A true love story turned to bestselling novel, created from the Internet BBS, 2channel to blockbuster hit movie. Itoh Misaki plays Aoyama Saori, working as an office lady at a MNC, gets into trouble with a drunkard on a train. She’s saved by Yamada Tsuyoshi, played by Itoh Atsushi. As a form of appreciation, she sends him 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. From D-Addicts wiki

What a way to start my one week break, three days of nonstop(almost) Densha Otoko – 11 episodes. People kept telling to me watch it since the begini=ning of the year and I finally got my hands on it thanks to John. In a few words, it certainly one of the stranges, most unique story line I’ve ever come across. Comparing the few JDramas,KDramas and the many HK/Taiwan dramas and American dramas I’ve watched, The Americans I msut say still overall make some of the best series around, but in Asian, JDs are still the best. The Japanese always come up with some of the most interesting and story lines while having really brilliant acting.

I don’t think I’ve laughed and cringed this much in any series so far. It touching, watching a total dork falling in love with this really pretty woman, and being the sweetest guy in the world, who you can’t help but like, symphathise, feel sorry for and scream at for crying at al lteh important moments. I loved how they did the whole “internet connects people of all ages”, literally. It was really funny seeing al lthe different people/characters’ reactions to what Yamada did or didn’t do. You had people with real problems, who sought courage to face them from Yamada’s courage. You had the Basketballer with the broken leg, the middleaged man who gave his marriage a second go and the couple who somehow knew each otehr from real life, but the guy lost trust in people after his friend cheated his money, but he and this collge girl decided to leave their fate of meeting on the outcome of Yamada and Saori and relationship.

Though I must say, I’m somewhat put-off by anime and Otaku-ness after watching Densha Otoko. I mean I knew being an Otaku was an obsession, but the extent of the obsession was too freaky 😐 Now I really know why there’re such negative connotatiosn with being an Otaku. As much as Like like anime and manga, I’m a looooong way from being anywhere near an otaku and I don’t even know any “true Otakus” in real life, which I suppsoe is somewhat heard to find in non-Japan countries.

So instead of going on and on about it, I’ll jsut make a list of random things that I’m itchign to say. They essentially have nothing to do with how well the drama was made, since all of it was jsut part of the storyline, to make the story effective. An overall rating of 9/10

  • The BBS board Train guy, sounding like a train conductor (absolutely funny)
  • Really good OST/Music at the ring times – having an anime opening was ingenious as this is about an Otaku falling in love πŸ™‚
  • The lessons in life and love was well done – Yamada learnt that there are more important things to life than his Otaku-obsession (luckily enough), people learned that beauty truely is in the inside (Not that Saori cared about that, after being lied to by her ex, she only wanted an honest man anyway) and most of all leaning to Change and overcome your fears, with the help of friends, even people you’ve never met. It only shows that we’re all humans, who can feel compassion for one another through thick and thin, despite never meeting in real life.
  • Sakurai-san’s antics to propose to Saori was awesome πŸ˜€ One plan simply failed after another, and in many cases even helped them get together
  • The computer guy and college girl getting together in the end thanks to Yamada and Saori finally confessing their true feelings. The couple looks good togetehr, it was good to see them finally meeting, kinda symbolic, the Guy alwasy wearing black (being distrustful and all) while the Girl is always in white (being cheerful and bring him to trust people again)
  • One of the Net strangers looked strangly like Jay Chau πŸ˜€ A younger version of him anyway
  • Yamada’s indecisiveness (though understandable), crying and stuttering was verry hard to watching >.
  • Saori was a bit blur at the beginning of the series, but I got to really like her when she liked Yamada for who he truely is, despite his Otakuness, dorkiness and lack of man πŸ˜›
  • Jinkama was so hateble yet lovable at the same time, She screwed around with guys (quite literally) for her own benefit, but somewhere deep down inside her, she found some goodness in herself to help Yamada and Saori get together (though admittely, it was kinda her fault than Saori’s brother found out about the chatroom and told his sister)
  • It’s based on a true story… how freaky that things liek this happen in real life 😐
  • role reversals, lots of them. Saori’s taller than Yamada, Saori leads the relationship more than Yamada, Yamada requires prompting from Saori, Saori gives the necklace etc. too many to list :p

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3 Responses to “Densha Otoko”

  1. 1 Diego June 23, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Whether or not it’s a true story is still open to debate; it’s never been conclusively proven or disproven. Either way, it’s an amazing tale (true or otherwise) and one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in recent years.

    By the way, I’ve never seen the TV drama; my opinion is based solely on the original novel.

    “Though I must say, I’m somewhat put-off by anime and Otaku-ness after watching Densha.”

    The novel might put you off a little more, I’m afraid; it preserves the look and feel of the original 2ch threads in which the tale was first chronicled. In fact, the novel pretty much takes the form of a complete transcript of all the posts related to the events surrounding Densha Otoko and his exploits (complete with date/time stamps, post numbers, emoticons and Shift_JIS art). As a reader, I felt as if I were actually lurking in the chat rooms in real time, following events as they unfolded.

  2. 2 jankcl June 24, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Oh, I didn’t know The Book was in the style of the 2ch thread. I read the 2ch thread and it virtually followed the TV drama with some additional side stories to make the overall theme of the story stronger. You should check out the drama if you like the story, it’s quite a hilarious journey and great acting πŸ™‚

  1. 1 94743a953138bfca654906b2d498eca5 Trackback on July 7, 2007 at 5:20 pm

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