Densha Otoko (TV Drama)

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Densha Otoko
電車男
Genre JDorama
Writer Mutou Shougo, Tokugawa Yuuichi
Director Takeuchi Hideki, Nishiura Masaki
Opening theme "Twilight" by E.L.O
Ending theme "Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobun da ze" by Sambomaster
No. of episodes 11 + 2 Specials
Fan Rating / 5 Stars
Broadcast
Original channel Fuji TV
Time 10:00 pm - 10:54 pm Thur
Original run July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07) – September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)

電車男 Also known as "Train Man".

This is an article about the TV drama. For the movie, please try Densha Otoko (Movie)

A TV series based on a book based on events that supposedly happened in real life. A popular story for the year 2005. There was also a movie version released prior to the TV series.

Aired from July 7, 2005 to September 22, 2005 (11 Eps. + Specials)

Normally aired Thursday nights from 10 to 10:54 PM at night. The first episode was 15 minutes longer than usual. The finale was 30 minutes longer than usual.

Average rating 21.0%.

Plot[edit]

This drama is a fictionalized retelling of a story that supposedly happened on Japan's 2chan boards. It's about the courtship of an otaku salaryman with an OL that he happens to save on a train. The story is mostly about his interactions with the online board, as Net denizens give him advice and encourage his relationship.

Differences In Story[edit]

In the drama, the boards are known as A-chan. The stalker story is based on a real incident, but is a lot more elaborate in the drama version. Obviously, all the parts that happen off the Internet are fabricated to fill in the story gap.

Characters[edit]

Densha Otoko 電車男/ Yamada Tsuyoshi 山田 剛司
Played by Itou Atsushi
Nicknamed Densha Otoko/Trainman because he saves Hermes from a molester on a train. A young otaku man. Birthday is on July 7, 1982 on Japan's Tanabata holiday.
Hermes エルメス/ Aoyama Saori 青山 沙織
Played by Itou Misaki
Nicknamed Hermes by the Net denizens because she sends Densha a set of Hermes tea cups. Birthday is August 21, 1979. Her profession is an OL.

Tsuyoshi's Coworkers[edit]

Jinkama Misugu 陣釜 美鈴
Played by Shiraishi Miho 白石 美帆
Jinkama's promiscuous coworker. She takes great delight in bullying and teasing Tsuyoshi, even though deep down she probably cares for him.
Kuroki Fumito 黒木 文人
Played by Satou Jirou 佐藤二朗
Tsuyoshi's superior.
Oikwawa Naoto 及川 尚人
Played by Maekawa Yasuyuki 前川泰之
Tsuyoshi's coworker.

Tsuyoshi's Otaku Comrades[edit]

Matsunaga Yuusaku 松永 勇作
Played by Gekidan Hitori 劇団ひとり
Tsuyoshi's otaku friend. Has an ankle fetish.
Kawamoto Shinji 川本 信二
Played by Sugawara Eiji 菅原永二
An anime otaku. Isn't aware that he's an otaku. Refers to people with the -shi honorifice.
Takeda Karin 武田 花梨
Played by Koide Saori 小出早織
The voice actress who plays the main character in Tsuyoshi's favorite anime "Getsumen Toheiki Miina".

Tsuyoshi's Family[edit]

Yamada Aoi 山田 葵
Played by Horikita Maki 堀北真希
Tsuyoshi's younger sister. Hates otaku.
Yamada Kouki 山田 恒生
Played by Kishibe Shirou 岸部シロー
Tsuyoshi's dad.
Yamada Kasumi 山田 香澄
Played by Toda Keiko 戸田恵子
Tsuyoshi's mother. Only appears in the last episode to say some famous lines from Gundam.
Played by the voice actress for Matilda from Gundam.
Yamada Matilda 山田 マチルダ
Born in Deluxe. Birthday April 18, 2006. Named after Matilda from Gundam.
Kakeru カケル
A boy in Tsuyoshi's neighborhood who's his game friend. He calls Tsuyoshi an old man. It turns out that his father is the conductor on A Channel. When bored, he recites station names. Kakeru is the Japanese verb for trains moving.
Mitsuru ミツル
Another game friend.

On the July 25, 2005 episode of the quiz show "Nep League" the Densha Otoko team consisting of Itou Atsushi, Sudou Risa, Satou Eriko, Hayami Mokomichi, and Kishibe Shirou participated.

Saori's Coworkers[edit]

Mizuki Yuuko 観月 裕子
Played by Sudou Risa 須藤理彩
Sawazaki Kaho 沢崎 果歩
Played by Sato Eriko 佐藤江梨子

Saori's Family[edit]

Aoyama Keisuke 青山 啓介
Played by Hayami Mokomichi 速水もこみち
Saori's younger brother.
Aoyama Yuki 青山 由紀
Played by Akiyoshi Kumiko 秋吉久美子
Saori's mother.
Aoyama Kengo 青山 健吾
Played by Yamashita Shinji 山下真司
Saori's father. Born May 4, 1952.
Yamasaki Terumitsu 山崎 照光
Played by Fujimura Shunji 藤村俊二
Saori's grandfather.

Other People Related to Saori[edit]

Sakurai Kazuya 桜井 和哉
Played by Toyohara Kousuke 豊原功補
Took care of Saori and Kengo during their "homestay". Like an older brother to them.
Imura Shunpei 井村 駿平
Played by Ookura Kouji 大倉孝二
Saori's stalker in episode 5.
Seno 瀬野
Played by Katsurayama Shingo 葛山信吾
Ep. 3-4.
Maezono 前園
Played by Kitamura Kazuki 北村一輝
Appears in Deluxe. The young president of the IT firm Cyber Next.

The Net Denizens[edit]

Tsuyoshi's group of supporters on the Net board A Channel.

Minamoto Munetaka 皆本 宗孝
Played by Oguri Shun 小栗旬
Ascii artist.
Ushijima Sadao 牛島 貞雄
Played by Rokkaku Seiji 六角 精児
The Hanshin Tigers fan.
Asano Shinpei 浅野 真平
Played by Yamazaki Shigenori 山崎 樹範
A shut-in.
Hashizume Ryouko 橋爪 涼子
Played by Sakurai Chizu 桜井 千寿
Usually uses no handle name, but sometimes goes by "I'm a girl".
Ichisaka Susumu 一坂 進
Played by Nukumizu Youichi 温水 洋一
Tominaga 富永
Played by Gashuuin Tatsuya 我修院 達也
Travels around the world.
Couple (Male) カップル男
Played by Nasubi なすび
Couple (Female) カップル女
Played by Tamura Tagame 田村 たがめ
Conductor 車掌
Played by Doi Yoshio 土井よしお
Father of Kakeru.
Middle-aged Man 中年男性
Played by Kakeda Makoto 掛田 誠
Is always drinking sake.
Army Otaku 軍事オタク
Played by Murakami Wataru 村上航
Prep School Student 予備校生
Kagami Moe 鏡萌
Played by Nomizu Iori 野水 伊織
A cosplay girl. Usually wears glasses.
Muscle Man 筋肉猛男
A fighter ota.
Kishiwada 岸和田
Played by Namioka Kazuki
A punk ota.
Kawabata Yasunari 川端やすなり
Played by Yashiba Toshihiro
Freeter フリーター
Played by Honda Makoto 本田 誠人
Usually in a manga cafe.
Moeta 萌田
Played by Mizuno Tomonari 水野智則
Handle name: Moe Otoko. An idol ota. Has a loose socks fetish.
Sachiyo さちよ
Played by Nakajima Youko 中島陽子
Handlename: Obaachan.
Thespa ザスパ
Played by Matsuo Satoru 松尾諭
Handlename: Thespa. Soccer ota.
Honekawa Share Otoko (Pun man) 骨川 洒落男
Played by Toyonaga Toshiyuki 豊永 利行
A young man who likes gal games.
Iyami Fuyuhiko (Disagreeable Fuyuhiko) 嫌味冬彦
Played by Yamanaka Takashi 山中崇
A seiyuu otaku.
Ikemen Otoko (Handsome Man) 池面男
Played by Kase Nobuyuki 加瀬 信行
Shoes and business suit otaku.
Tobita Kouki 飛田 行機
Played by 海老原敬介
Airplane otaku.
Shufu (Housewife) 主婦
Played by Kikuma Yukino 菊間 千乃
Appears in episode 1
Kinoshita Kouichi 木下 寛一
Played by Tsukaji Muga
Appears in episode 1, 2, 10. Getting a divorce because he was laid off.
Tezuka 手塚
Played by Tei Ryuushin テイ龍進
Appears in episode 1, 3, 10. Gave up on basketball because he got hurt playing.
Hayama Kaoru 葉山 薫
Played by Kaitou Aiko 皆藤 愛子
Episode 4-5. Sick girl.
Akiba Kanbee 秋葉カンペー
Played by Horiuchi Ken 堀内健
First appears in 7. Appears in 8 and 10. Gundam otaku.
Choubou (Kitchen) 厨房
Played by Itou Takahiro 伊藤隆大
Appears in episode 10. In middle school.
Nihon Hei (Japanese soldier) 日本兵
Played by Kajiwara Yuuta 梶原 雄太
Appears after episode 10.
"Eva" Otaku 『エヴァ』オタク
Played by Shuuji Yuusuke 少路 勇介
Collects Kaiyodo figures. Appears in episode 10.

Music[edit]

Opening
"Twilight" by E.L.O.
Ending
"That's What the World Calls Love / Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Youbun da ze" - Sambomaster
世界はそれを愛と呼ぶんだぜ - サンボマスター
Insert Song "Romantic ga Tomaranai / Romanticが止まらない" - C-C-B
Insert Song "Fantasy" - Earth, Wind, and Fire
Insert Song
"Sea of love" - Tsubaki
Insert Song
"Holding out for a hero" - Asakura Miki
Gundam songs and many others.

Chronology[edit]

Episode Title Date Writer Director Eastern Rating Western Rating
01 100万人が見守った恋の行方 July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07) 武藤将吾 武内英樹 18.3% 16.7%
02 初デートへ向け大変身 July 14, 2005 (2005-07-14) 21.3% 20.0%
03 初デートに大ピンチ July 21, 2005 (2005-07-21) 20.0% 16.1%
04 夏!サーフィン大特訓 July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28) 西浦正記 21.0% 15.4%
05 ストーカー撃退大作戦 August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04) 18.3% 17.3%
06 告白は波乱の幕開け! August 11, 2005 (2005-08-11) 徳永友一 武内英樹 19.5% 15.3%
07 脱オタク!!涙の誕生, 2005 August 18, 2005 (2005-08-18) 武藤将吾 小林和宏 21.0% 17.1%
08 復活!!涙のオタク激白 August 25, 2005 (2005-08-25) 武内英樹 19.9% 16.3%
09 最終決戦は悲劇の予感 September 1, 2005 (2005-09-01) 西浦正記 22.5% 20.3%
10 最終章!奇跡の大逆転 September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15) 武内英樹 24.1% 17.7%
Final Story
(Last Stop)
史上最大の告白!!涙の卒業式 September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) 25.5% 18.9%
Another Ending Special
Densha Otoko VS Guitar
October 6, 2005 (2005-10-06) 武藤将吾 武内英樹 15.6% 14.9%
Densha Otoko DELUXE The Last Crusade September 23, 2006 (2006-09-23) 18.7% 17.7%

Other Releases[edit]

  • Special
  • Yamada guest
  • Daicon IV comparison

External Links[edit]

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/denshaotoko/

DVD Box site from Pony Canyon

Japanese Wiki

T-N Release List[edit]

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