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)
Lisa 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
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Lyrics and Music by Takashi Yamaguchi
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26 May 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine a drama or film that involves the internet in quite the same way as Otoko Densha.

The story, as many know, is basically true: In Japan, a shy anime geek tries to save a young woman from being molested by a drunken man in a train. He's almost willing to drop things there, but when an attractive young woman expesses her gratitude, a series of small adventures magnify to colossal ones. That's where his internet chat comes - a network of support he clings to as he tries to wade his way through the uncertain waters of a personal relationship.

A few of the performances here can be a overbaked at times, but Otoko Densha basically a comedy, It's aksi incredibly winning. To add realism, we actually get to read the actual internet posts that the forum members left over the course of the young man's coming of age, including ascii art work left to give him inspiration. There are some deviations from the original plot (some contrived, others extremely funny), but it's hard to recall a dorama that's quite as sweet and touching.

Subtitled versions of the serial are available with a bit of searching, as well as an extensive translation of the original posts.

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