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.
Did You Know?
The show's animated title sequence is partly based on the "DAICON IV Opening Animation," a short film produced in 1983 for the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention by a group of animators who would later found the animation studio Gainax. Specific references include the character Miina's bunny-girl design, shots of trees and grassland covering the earth, a zoom-out shot of the solar system, and the use of Electric Light Orchestra's song "Twilight." See more
Version of Train Man