Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Train Man

I've started watching Densha Otoko (Train man) with my wife again. This time, I've forced my parents to watch it with us. I think they're happy I did. This Japanese television mini-series is based on the (possibly) true story of a Tokyo Akihabara-area anime otaku who befriends a (I don't want to use the word "normal" but I will) normal, and much more socially comfortable, girl.

My wife and I fell in love with the show when we were living and teaching in Japan. I can't remember how we found out about it, but I'm very glad we did. At times it is almost too heart-warming, and that (besides its extreme unbelievability to some) may be its only flaw.

In Canada, it may only be available as a somewhat illegal download. Its movie form (which I haven't seen yet and which is pictured at left) is available in the West, as well as some manga comic books.

A recent Wired article talked about it, and I wholeheartedly recommend the show to anyone with a media player and a heart, regardless of size. I can be as cynical and cold as the next person, but this show never fails to bring a strange wetness to my ocular area.


Kathleen said...

"ocular area"... hee hee hee. i think almost anything brings a wetness to your ocular area!! (^o^)

Michael and Julie said...

Here is another way we are learning about the Japanese people and their culture, and I do believe this may be the strangest way yet. We have read non-fiction and fiction books about this unique place and have travelled there twice. "The Train Man" is fun to watch and is one of the weirdest shows I have ever seen!
I am looking forward to reading my newest book about Japan called "Shutting out the Sun". I think I may learn more about the otaku and other bizarre types in that book. Anyway, "Lost in Translation" seems very tame, now that I've seen "The Train Man".
Thanks Sean and Yuu for introducing mom and dad to another aspect of this enigmatic country. ( from mom )