Keep your little bookworms engaged outside of the classroom with our selection of the very best literary adaptations. See the full list. Title: Densha otoko — 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.
Train Man is a Japanese television drama that aired on Fuji Television. It is based on the Densha Otoko story, which has also been portrayed in other media. The drama's 11 episodes were aired on Fuji TV from July 7 to September 22, with a special episode on October 6, The plot follows the life of Yamada after a chance encounter with Saori, when he rescues her from a drunken man on the train. Relying on advice from users on a website, he is able to find the courage to change and eventually confess his feelings to Saori. The drama is filled with various dream sequences in which the characters use to portray their fantasies.
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A real-life thread on an internet forum started it all. A nerdy otaku meets a girl on a train and posts an urgent query on the web--How the heck do you talk to girls? What should he wear on the date?
The otaku ultimately began dating one of the women. This led to the compilation of the relevant threads in a book, followed by several manga versions, a movie, a theatrical play later released as a DVD , and finally a TV series. Densha Otoko is a popular example of the " nice guy " class of Japanese geeks who wish to lead normal lives, but are too shy to find a girlfriend, or speak openly only online. According to his account, he had been sitting next to a young woman on the train when a drunken man entered the car and began to badger a particular woman. Never having done such a thing in his life, the poster was amazed to find the woman thanking him deeply for saving her from harassment.