Densha otoko (2005)

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With the help of an online community, a nerdy and socially awkward man gathers the courage to start dating an attractive lady he met on a train.

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Series cast summary:
Atsushi Itô ...
 Densha Otoko / ... (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Hermes / ... (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kôjun Itô
(13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mokomichi Hayami ...
 Keisuke Aoyama (10 episodes, 2005)
 Misuzu Jinkama (10 episodes, 2005)
Risa Sudô ...
 Yuko Mizuki (10 episodes, 2005)
Eriko Satô ...
 Kaho Sawasaki (10 episodes, 2005)
Kumiko Akiyoshi ...
 Yuki Aoyama (10 episodes, 2005)
Gekidan Hitori ...
 Yuusaku Matsunaga (10 episodes, 2005)
Maki Horikita ...
 Aoi Yamada (10 episodes, 2005)
Shirô Kishibe ...
 Tsuneo Yamada (10 episodes, 2005)
Shun Oguri ...
 Munetaka Minamoto (10 episodes, 2005)
Kosuke Toyohara ...
 Kazuya Sakurai (10 episodes, 2005)


Tsuyoshi Yamada is a dyed-in-the-wool otaku--an obsessive fan and collector of anime, comics, figures, and the like. He's also terribly shy and awkward around women. One evening, while riding a train home, he sees a woman named Saori being harassed by a drunken passenger and decides to intervene. Saori sends a set of expensive tea cups to Yamada as a token of gratitude. Seeking further advice, Yamada turns to the users of an online message board, who help him to clean up his nerdy image and ask Saori out. As Yamada tries to win over the girl of his dreams, he must fend off a pushy co-worker, a rival suitor, and the temptation to slip back into his old habits. Written by Anonymous

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The businessman that subdues the old drunk in the first episode is 'Takayuki Yamada', the actor who played Atsushi Itoh(Yamada Tsuyoshi)'s character in the movie adaptation of 'Densha Otoko'. See more »


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Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobundaze
(That's What the World Calls Love)
Performed by Sambomaster
Lyrics and Music by Takashi Yamaguchi
(Ending theme)
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Very Japanese, adorable
10 April 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I first knew this show through "Japanorama" and finally found it and finished the whole 12 episodes in a week. A very "Japanese" show.

I asked a Japanese college, are those things really happening in Japan, like the little girl stepped onto the poor guy's ankle because he lost her balloon, or do Japanese guys cry so much and shiver so when they are nervous, or are the girls and bosses so violent and so alpha that they will hit their male omega and physically abuse them? He was just taken by surprise and laughed and said "no, no".

Sure, Japanese are polite. Look at how they bow, showing their most vulnerable body parts to you. And Japanese are really into manga and anime. So although the whole is very dramatic or "exaggerated", I still find the Japanese elements inside are very adorable.

Especially the "surfing" scene, I was touched. A Japanese female college told me, Japanese take apology very seriously. That is really so in that scene. Yamada kneed and kowtowed to beg Herme-San's forgiveness. A very nice and moving part of the drama.

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