Summary: A nerdy otaku saved a beautiful girl on a train, and later that night posted an urgent query on the Internet forum called 2channel – How the heck does he talk to girls? What should he wear on their date? Where should they go? He was nicknamed Densha Otoko (Train Man) and the girl as Hermes on the Internet. The forum’s response was overwhelming, and the thread continued to grow along with their relationship.
Time and money can take care of stuff like studying English and going abroad, but travel agencies don’t sell tickets bound for Hermes’ house.
- Full name: Densha Otoko – Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story
- Author: Hitori Nakano; Illustrator: Hara Hidenori
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Seinen
- Chapters: 27
- Status: completed
I finally decide to take a break from overdosing myself on Higashino-sensei’s detective novels, and do my first Manga review! I just finished reading Densha Otoko 2 hours ago. It was a total train of emotions. And if you ever feel like you need to believe in love again, this is totally the one. It was originally a real-life forum thread that got so popular that it was later published as a book, adapted into a movie (trailer here), a TV series and eventually this manga.
A real-life story
There is really nothing twisted, dark or unpredictable about the plot. In fact, the story can’t be any more straightforward and ordinary: an otaku fell in love with a girl he met on the train. Boring? Absolutely not. It is the sweetest story ever where all the emotions are so raw and refreshing. How our Train Man got so worked up over her nothing-but-a-thank-you gift; how he struggled up to gather up courage just to call her; and how he improved, little by little, not only his look but also his confidence. Before you even know it, you will find yourself rolling on that train of emotions: getting anxious as he waited for her text replies, and excited as he prepared for his long-awaited date. Although every moment depicted is so real and relatable, the fact that Densha Otoko is a real-life story always amazes me.
The Otaku community
Another factor that makes Densha Otoko so special is the fact that the romance was facilitated with help from the otaku community. No one actually knows the book’s author, and Hitori Nakano is a wordplay that means members of an Internet forum. People usually have different ideas about what an otaku is like: maybe no job, geeky appearance, or even pervert. But in the manga, otaku are much more normal than most people think. Maybe what really characterizes otaku, rather than obsession, is a feeling of loneliness and inability to make meaningful connections; and they look for anime, game and idols for distractions. And there are sides of them that never get depicted: they are kind people who help each other out. They get excited when their friend finds love, just as anyone else.
Hope you enjoy! xD