A half animated/half live-action mockumentary about the world of Japanese geekdom.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Shouji Murahama Shouji Murahama ...  Interviwer (Portrait of an Otaku segment) (1991) unknown episodes
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Storyline

An hilarious mocumentary featuring an animated tale of an average person who slowly becomes an otaku (anime fanatic) and eventually becomes the "Otaking"! Between story segments, live action interviews with fictional die-hard otakus take place. Written by Annonymous

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Otaku no bideo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The anime was never dubbed in any language other then it's original Japanese. See more »

Connections

References Rokushin gattai Godmars gekijô ban (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Otaku no Mayoimichi
(The Lost Way of Otaku)
Lyrics by Kanda Yoshimi
Music by Tanaka Koohei
Arranged by Fujiwara Ikuroo
Performed by Sakurai Toshiharu and Inoue Kikuko
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Fun Anime Tribute
26 January 2012 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

I had Otaku No Video out of the library for a full three weeks before getting around to watching it. I had been put off by its reputation as a film with in jokes only truly understood by hard core anime fans.

When I finally watched it, I found I had been mistaken. Although it has many in jokes, they do not spoil the fun of the movie. The true appeal of Otaku no Video is its loving yet still hilarious depiction of otaku. It explores virtually aspect of fandom, making it look fun even as it mocks it. It's enough to make you go on eBay or JBox and try to find a garage kit!

Also, the film actually makes you care about its characters. Kubo and Tanaka are genuinely sympathetic, even to a non-otaku. Yes, they are socially awkward and obsessive, but the movie deals with this issue pretty well. For example, Kobu is shown to have been an obsessive tennis player before he was an otaku. As he asks at one point, why is playing tennis constantly fine while watching anime obsessively is bad?

This is definitely a must for any anime fan, or any rabid genre fan for that matter.


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