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Densha Otoko (live-action TV)

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Alternative title:
電車男 (Japanese)
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: A lonely and shy otaku is returning home by train, and admires a beautiful woman in the same compartment. When a drunk harasses her, the shy otaku finds himself intervening to protect her. Returning home, he posts a remark about his experience to a popular BBS. A few days later, he receives a gift of two expensive Hermés teacups from the woman. With the aid of his online friends, he undertakes to remake himself into someone who can win her heart. Thus begins an unlikely story of an otaku who decides to cast away his otakudom for love. Supposedly based on a true story.
Number of episodes: 11
Episode titles: We have 11
Vintage: 2005-07-07 to 2005-09-22
Opening Theme:
#1: "Mr. Roboto" by Styx (ep 1)
#2: "Twilight" by Electric Light Orchestra
Ending Theme:
"世界はそれを愛と呼ぶんだぜ (Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobunda ze - The World Calls that love)" by SAMBO MASTER
Official website:
Trivia: We have 6
News: Show:
Anime Next 2006 - Del Rey (Jun 26, 2006)
NYCC - Viz Manga (Mar 14, 2006)
Otaku Article at Asahi (Jun 22, 2005)
Train Man Movie (Feb 7, 2005)
Other articles: Show:
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Hideki Takeuchi (7 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8, 10-11

Kazuhiro Kobayashi (ep 7)
Masaki Nishiura (eps 4-5, 9)
Shōgo Mutō (eps 1-6, 8-11)
Yuichi Tokunaga (ep 7)
Original story: Hitori Nakano
Character Design: Hiroki Harada (OP)
Theme Song Performance:
Electric Light Orchestra (OP 2)
Sambomaster (END)
Styx (OP 1)
Atsushi Itou as Tsuyoshi Yamada / "Densha Otoko"
Misaki Itou as Saori Aoyama / "Hermés"

Eiji Sugawara as Shinji Kawamoto (Densha's otaku friend)
Eriko Satoh as Kaho Sawazaki
Hitori Gekidan as Yuusaku Matsunaga (Densha's otaku friend)
Kōsuke Toyohara as Kazuya Sakurai
Kumiko Akiyoshi as Yuki Aoyama (Hermés' mother)
Miho Shiraishi as Misuzu Jinkama
Mokomichi Hayami as Keisuke Aoyama (Hermés' brother)
Risa Sudou as Youko Mizuki
Yasuyuki Maekawa as Naoto Oikawa

Jirō Satō as Manager Fumihito Kuroki
Keiko Toda as Densha's mother (special guest; ep 11)
Maki Horikita as Aoi Yamada (Densha's sister)
Shigeru Izumiya as Druken old man (eps 1, 11)
Shiro Kishibe as Kousei Yamada (Densha's father)
Sonim as Tiffany
Takayuki Yamada as Salaryman on train (ep 1)

Japanese companies
Animation Production: GONZO (OP)

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