Romaji: Densha Otoko
English: Train Man
Staring: Takayuki Yamada, Miki Nakatani, Eita
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Densha Otoko is the story of a nerd who saves a girl on the train from a drunk man. He then undergoes a transformation with help from his internet friends to woo the girl. It’s the classic story but this movie goes to show that the old stories still are the best.
The drama series was the first drama that I watched. It was OK, and I really enjoyed the first special.
It was back in the days before I paid attention to Oguri Shun and Horikita Maki. It was back in the days when it took me a moment to realise that “otoko” and “otaku” aren’t the same words. It was the beginning of something fantastic that would take over my life. Who knows how much spare time I would have now if I had never watched that show.
But it wasn’t until recently that I finally got around to watching the movie. I should say now, I know this movie, as well as the TV series is very popular. As I watched it, I couldn’t help compare it to the series.
In the series Densha Otoko was much more nerdy than Yamada could ever be. As for Hermes, well… I thought she didn’t display/command the awe that the Hermes in the series did. Ito Misaki, while very emotionless in her portrayal, does win over the movie Hermes, played by Miki Nakatani. However, Nakatani’s Hermes felt much more human, something that I quite liked.
Eita’s hair, always a character in itself, is two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me. Slick and sexy. Ooooh yeah.
Overall, this is such a sweet tale that has been told many times before. Looser boy falls for dream girl – I think this is the basis for a lot of shounen manga. This movie is a nice modern spin on it. Plus the “true story” tag, I can really understand why this movie has mass appeal. And it appeals to me as well.
I liked the ASCII art. I like that they explained what it is that Hermes likes about Densha Otoko.
I laughed during their “sweet” kiss. It was just awkward, and like in the series, he cries too much. Some bits dragged on for a bit.
What’s up with Orange Range? They have to be the kings of theme songs.
I like how the movie and the tv series are somewhat connected. A nice touch.
Overall, I give this
Buy Densha Otoko
- Densha Otoko – US Version
- Densha Otoko – Japanese Version – Standard
- Densha Otoko – Japanese Version – Special Edition
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