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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Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu ...  Susumu Ichisaka 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Tatsuya Gashûin ...  Tominaga 13 episodes, 2005-2006
Seiji Rokkaku Seiji Rokkaku ...  Sadao Ushijima 13 episodes, 2005-2006
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Yôko Nakajima Yôko Nakajima ...  Sachiyo 13 episodes, 2005-2006
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Toshiyuki Toyonaga Toshiyuki Toyonaga 13 episodes, 2005-2006
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Nobuyuki Kase Nobuyuki Kase 13 episodes, 2005-2006
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Kosuke Toyohara Kosuke Toyohara ...  Kazuya Sakurai 11 episodes, 2005-2006
Kumiko Akiyoshi Kumiko Akiyoshi ...  Yuki Aoyama 10 episodes, 2005-2006
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Yoshiki Yokota Yoshiki Yokota ...  Kakeru 7 episodes, 2005-2006


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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Release Date:

7 July 2005 (Japan) See more »

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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 »


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29 November 2007 | by uinfuirudoSee all my reviews

I had the experience of seeing this the first time it aired in Japan, but unfortunately I didn't speak enough Japanese at the time. I think that this show has a bit of context thats hard t understand outside of Japanese cultural subtext. First I think that the bizarre comedy, it does get annoying sometimes, then again the most popular comedian right now is a guy going by Opapi(which is something like Ocean Pacific peace) and his entire act entails wearing a thong doing a dance while yelling that he doesn't care about that. The second is the way Japanese society can be completely different from western society. Other than those sort of hard to get past barriers this is still my favorite thing to watch on TV in a long time.

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