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
...  Keisuke Aoyama 10 episodes, 2005
...  Misuzu Jinkama 10 episodes, 2005
...  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
...  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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7 July 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre del tren  »

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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 »


References Resident Evil 4 (2005) See more »


Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobundaze
(That's What the World Calls Love)
Performed by Sambomaster
Lyrics and Music by Takashi Yamaguchi
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An Original, Funny, Modern and Touching Romantic Comedy
10 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Imagine this situation: A complete loser Nerd, saves a beautiful young woman from a drunken man. Then this event starts a friendship with the woman, and this creates an even more complicated situation for the young "Otaku" (Japanese word for Nerd), whos only contact with a girl has been on anime, collectible figures and video games. So he seeks advise on the internet with other Otakus who help him to enter in the world of romance.

In key of comedy, this romantic TV series makes like no other show i have ever seen, not only that, also it is touching and unforgettable. As well as some real heartfelt meaning.

The show is very funny and touching in some times, its really a story of a young man who's life has been full of rejection from everybody; His family, his job, and people on streets, just because he is considered a Nerd. However, despite so many confrontations in his social living, he wont give up until he and his dream girl are together. Also demonstrates that cyber friends can help you as well.

The music is great, specially the opening song, and features lots of 80s music such as Mr. Roboto, Pretty Woman, Twilight, and more.

The actings in some parts were a little exaggerated, along with a few novel clichés, but really nothing that bothers. See it for yourself, you wont be disappointed, I promise.

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