Sunday, October 16, 2005

Densha Otoko (Trainman)

Densha Otoko is a Japanese drama that just wrapped up over there, and thanks to the effort of the people at #TV-Nihon, we non Japanese speakers can enjoy it as well. Densha is the ongoing story of an anime/video game otaku (Japanese derogatory word for geek) who saves a nice young lady from being accosted by a drunkard on a train, and then chronicles his trials and tribulations to "get the girl".

The most interesting aspect of the program (aside from it being based in reality) is that Densha relies on support of the many people who follow his exploits on a message board. The constant praise and encouragement he receives from these people allow him to overcome his shyness, and really open up. It's difficult to convey without seeing the show, but the enthusiasm is contagious, and once you get past the initial cultural trappings (we're not really THAT different), you end up rooting for the Densha Otoko as well. You honestly feel like you are part of the show, and you are inspired to overcome your own shortcomings and strive to do your best. It isn't hyperbole when I say that watching this show is probably the single most motivating factor in getting me to try my best to write and hone my writing skills in the hope of being an author, whether it be in novels, television, or comic books.

If you have a spare couple of hours, go to the above link and try out the series, I can pretty much guarantee you wont be disappointed.


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