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|1. ||Best Drama of ALL TIME!!!!!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
This drama is great! Absolutely great!
So, when I picked up this one, I was hesitant. I didn't know anything about the Densha Otoko story before watching this drama. But, after about 5 minutes, I was hooked. The first thing I think worth mentioning is that the story is a simple one. Just a guy trying to figure out how to get the girl. There were a few plot threads that I thought were a bit silly, like the stalker story or the surfing story. But, as much as I thought they were silly, they were really just a backdrop for the real story--the love story between Train Man and Hermes. Then, the real plot points of the drama--Train Man must reveal his otaku-self; Hermes must get over her former boyfriend; Train Man must admit the truth about the internet thread, etc--were excellent! They were so simple! Unlike other love dramas where the third act usually has some kind of twist or weak plot point, this drama just kept getting stronger and stronger. I loved, for example, that scene when Train Man admits his otakuness. I also loved that part when Train Man sees all the signs in Akihabara telling him to go back to the internet thread. The plot was strong and moving.
Atsushi and Misaki are really a wonderful couple on screen. Physically, you wouldn't think so, would you? And, I think that this makes the drama much better than any other incarnation of Densha Otoko. I have seen the movie, but the movie actors are a little "too good looking" if you know what I mean. And, the comic of Densha Otoko too suffers from this "too good looking" element. It's kind of like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. I mean, Audrey is beautiful, so her playing the ugly unrefined woman who turns into the beautiful woman is not much of a stretch. Atsushi, on the other hand, plays the otaku so well that his tranformation is really wonderful. I just compare how he looks at the beginning of the drama with how he looks in the last episode sitting on the bench with Misaki at night. He looks great! Go Atsushi!
And, Misaki is just right for Hermes! Her Shiseido image is perfect! I keep reading all this criticism about her stiff acting. But, actually, her acting is the strongest stuff in the drama. As much as I loved that final confession scene on the roof, I absolutely loved the bit when Misaki, reading the keijiban, gives a little smile when she realizes that Train Man really wanted to hold her hand on their first date. It's like she's thinking, "Ah-hah! I knew it! He liked me!"
When this drama ended, I felt a bit like Sakurai San. I wanted to scream, Densha Otoko, COME BACK!!!!!
And, Densha Otoko did come back in a special, which was very disappointing. I didn't like it at all. And it proves that Zoku Densha Otoko would probably not fly well. Train Man and Hermes got together. Happy ending!
I know there is another story called "Chikan Otoko." Maybe a drama can be based on this story...?
In any case, I wanted to write down my thoughts on this, my now no. 1 favorite, drama.
And, is it me or is that the theme from Star Wars??
|Reviewed by katatsumuri on 31 October 2005|
|2. ||moving me [Rating: 10/10]|
ok..watching this drama last month but don;t have time to comment it. as for me, this drama really moving me. why? eventhough i'm quite annoying with densha who love to cry but as a loser, i can understand why.
loving such a lovely woman and he know this thing never happen ever again so, the feeling of afraid doing anything wrong and lost HERMES is not a normal feeling to densha. and yes, he's a loser, a total otaku, you can smell it miles away and this make him more low self confidence bout he's doing and wasn't so sure bout her feeling.
if you really watch this movie, you can see densha is growing from a total otaku to more brave man with confidence. and that;s all for HERMES, his love life that never in dream ever happen once for him. even us, as normal human, can take drastic changes like that and will get irritated but he so brave to take it.
as for hermes, she also not so sure bout her feeling. and at first place, she never know that densha is an otaku. considering the fact that she doesn't know that, she give fair chance to densha. do you think she will give the chance if she knew that densha is an otaku at first place?
how can hermes stand densha? love is unique, and as for hermes, she see densha as very honest person indeed despite densha's weak side who love to cry over small thing. also, she's already old for a marriage, so she just open up her mind to her world to accept person who can get the catchy feeling in her heart.
densha is annoying and that's really the tricky part cause total-otaku-with-no-social-life should be as bad as densha. if we never achieve that otakuness level, we actually not having the right to talk about how otaku can be so annoying. remember, newbie also annoying and sometimes, very very basic question can came up from their mouth and so does how otaku can be. as annoying as possible. and if densha really make you annoyed, the actor had done a really great job. ain't he?
i have learnt that we should be grateful for who we're. what i can always learn from japanese drama and anime is, there are no such things as giving up easily and appreciate and be thankful for who we're. change for good and may someday, you'll got reward for that.
open up your heart and see the good part of a drama and you'll enjoy and be thankful of your life now...
|Reviewed by mangifera on 6 December 2005|
|3. ||ki-ta!! Densha Otoko! [Rating: 10/10]|
Finally, after completing the last episode of Densha Otoko, I finally understand why so many people are talking about it. Honestly speaking, the first thought that came to mind when I heard about the premise of the story was how corny it was and most likely a fluffy comedy. Luckily for me, i took the time to go through his show.
Densha Otoko really shines because it is ultimately extremely entertainment, from moments of silly puppy romance to touching thank-you scenes to even outrageous comedic scenes (anyone remember the gushing swer pipe:P) the show managed to keep us entertain without ever once slowing down.
One of its more unique idea was the scenes of the other BBS participant chatting away with Densha-san. And as you watch how the entire community gives strength to Densha, you also realize they themselves drew strength from him. And before long i find myself seemingly like one of the BBS chatter (albeit unable to reply) rooting for him or cheering whenever he recounts one of his wonderful dates.
Itoh Masaki was luminously beautiful although her role didn't really give her much room to explore beyond that of a perfect lady but she was still perfect in her role as the OL Aoyama-san.Much of the great acting came from Atushi-san and the rest of the wacky gang of BBS chatters. It pretty fun to see the different character ham it up as cosuplay girl to army freak to even a cameo by a character from Slow Dance. Atushi was perfect as the gawky otaku whom despite his sometimes irritating habit of breaking down in tears every episode, you cant help but be touched by his sincerity and believe that he is truly the man for Aoyama-san. However there are moments, where i felt the directing or editing was awkward but I guess perhaps this might be due to the using of such a fresh idea in this case.
Nevertheless, Densha Otoko in my opinion has achieved the top seat for this summer's dramas, and maybe even the entire year. Hopefully fujitv will be able to come up with another equally fun and entertaining show in the future. Good luck to Densha-san and Hermes-san. Itekimasu!
|Reviewed by dashx on 10 October 2005|
|4. ||Perspective [Rating: 9/10]|
A lot of viewers have issues with this drama. Ｉ would just like to remind people that this is all entertainment, and it should be viewed from an "entertainment" perspective. People tend to compare it to real life and that just takes away a lot of fun and all the creativity that goes into it is lost, be it music, movies, books, or any sort of "art". This isn't a documentary, so what if it's unrealistic here and there? Also, I have noticed a trend in these Japanese dramas to "overact". It's not only Densha Otoko that overacts; a lot of other dramas do it too, that's just how it is when they want to make that "kind" of comedy. There should be a sub-genre for these called "overacting" drama (j/k). Also, please keep in mind that these are "Japanese" dramas. That is, they are made in Japan for the Japanese. In other words, keep in mind the "culture" difference. People here on this site are mostly people of other countries and cultures, and it just wouldn't be fair to these dramas to judge them based on your own country's standards or cultural differences.
It was a great drama, and I ｒｅｓｐｅｃｔ ｔｈｅ ｐｒｏｄｕｃｅｒｓ ｉｍｍｅｎｓｌｙ． I especially liked the music; it fits the drama so well. The lyrics to "Twilight" and "Mr. Roboto" totally relates to the situation of the typical "Otaku". It shows how much effort they put into these dramas.
Finally, I had the pleasure to see the other finale, and it was great! They were really creative to do a pseudo alternative ending that ties everything together. It was fun to see how they weaved it together and it makes me wonder if they had this all planned from the beginning or not because if they didn't, it was genius how they came up with that alternative ending.
|Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 17 August 2006|
|5. ||Overall Amazing^^ [Rating: 9/10]|
-1 off for Densha's trembling in the end
Overall this is one of the best Drama I've seen
I love how this one actually has a real believable geek in it verses the movie who used Yamada voted one of the coolest young actor,
Masaki's performance was really good to portraying the rich elgant goddess to the lowly Otaku. The Comedy was played out really well except maybe the Stalker ep could have had a more serious ending that just another spineless photo otaku behind it, maybe an actually Stalker that Densha had to fend off would have been better, but its still really good. I loved how the thread residents were portrayed in this show^^ using alot of the actual quotes from the forum too
The only thing I really didn't like too much was that in the forum and book Densha actually does grow much more as in he becomes less trembling more courage etc... Although in the beginning the drama was amazing they should have made Densha a stronger character near the end, instead of still crying and trembling this much.
also I think it would have been better if Kazuyai would have been an actual even rival for Densha to compete with instead of just a comic relieve. Wow I'm bashing Densha a lot instead of praising it hmm.. but seriously with those points aside this drama is reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllly worth watching. I don't know but it makes you laugh till you cry at some points and cry in with saddness when Densha goes though trouble it was done really nicely. This is probably the best drama of 2005^^
so ya GO WATCH IT
|Reviewed by Aquilo Aeolus on 14 March 2006|
|6. ||An absolute trainwreck... [Rating: 4/10]|
not to mention a slap in the face to the real densha otoko. Can a script be more overly-dramatic/exaggerated? The appeal of the densha otoko story is the improbable romance did and can take place in real life. However, this dramatic rendition perverts that idea into a preposterous fairy tale nobody can identify with. Itosh Atsushi's over-acting makes it all the more unbearable. His portrayal of densha will go down in J-drama history as the most puny, spineless, pitiful, sniveling-weasel-like, poor-excuse-for-a-human-being character ever created! The guy acts like he's about to die from a nervous breakdown. His constantly whiny face and apologetic behavior makes me puke. Perhaps his moniker should be changed to "Trainwreck Man" because watching his hysterical crying fits gives one the same mental anguish as witnessing a tragic derailment accident. The last episode was building up toward what could be the first genuinely touching scene of the series until train boy started sobbing and hyperventilating uncontrollably (again). Hermes-san probably accepted his confession out of pity rather than love--after all, who could refuse the entreating of a wretched, fragile creature spewing tears and mucus all over the floor. I only forced myself to finish the drama for the lovely Itoh Misaki as well as the occasional glimpses of Maki in schoolgirl uniform, cool ASCII art wiz Oguri Shun, and Darth Miho.
|Reviewed by Nobita-kun on 20 September 2006|
|7. ||Otaku's Rock! [Rating: 9/10]|
I managed to complete this drama in two and a half sittings… it was THAT addictive. Although the story has become a cliché in western society, this is the first time I'm seeing something like this in a Japanese drama. As a computer junky myself, I found the concept to be really successful. I loved the way they gave a face to the different personalities on the internet, and how we could see the relationship growing between perfect strangers and Densha. I watched the drama on my laptop and at times I felt as if I, too, was one of the many people ranting at the forum.
Itoh Atsushi as Densha Otoko is my new crush. Although I found his nervousness a bit tiresome at times, his kawai-ness totally made up for it. He played the role of an otaku so well that I can't imagine him in any other role. Itoh Misaki was also the result of perfect casting. She was convincing as the rich, beautiful, incredibly sweet lead female. And although the two main characters are the most unlikely to ever end up together, the chemistry between them was amazing.
My only qualm with this drama was that the ending was so drawn out and redundant. The love confession took longer than was necessary, and the individual good-byes from Densha's internet pals was too repetitive. Other than that, the drama was amazing and highly recommended!
|Reviewed by Wynter on 23 October 2006|
|8. ||unexpected worst drama [Rating: 1/10]|
i feel very dissapointed wasting my time watching this drama...
the regular scene of densha and aladdin forum follower become very annoying..hate to see how they over react and being nosy in people life..and densha himself just make no sense while asking for people advice on how to run his life..is he doesnt know to make a choice on his own?? most importantly for his sake??!!
then i cant help myself to feel soo disgusting with densha ugly face crying along 11 epiosde of the drama..i want him to stop crying and acting like a real man for once.
i hate him in otaku outfit, the bandana, the baggy jeans..is just super ugly and disgusting>>i think guitar otaku is look so much better then stupid, ugly awkward densha.
densha absolutely not deserve hermes at all...this story is plotting to satisfy every geek ever existed out there..this is about geek fantasy..because hermes is soo beautiful and perfect..too good to b true..
this drama is soo not funny, not heart warming and not sad at all..
i give my vote for only beautiful ito misaki..
|Reviewed by anon001 on 12 June 2011|
|9. ||Fantastic love story!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
Based on a true story of a guy known as an Otaku (Japanese geek) who intervened when a drunk man was harassing a beautiful woman in a train. Starring the beautiful Itoh Misaki as the woman who fell in love with the Otaku guy, Itoh Atsushi. i find this drama very enjoyable specially when the Otaku guy asking for some help in the Aladdin Channel forum (forum exclusively in Japan) on how will he do to make that woman fall for her. and he considered the guys in the forum as his friends. they called the Otaku guy "Densha Otoko". thats it right now. i wont spoil you guys anymore. but one thing for sure this is truly a wonderful love story ive ever seen not to mention it is a true story. Itoh Misaki and Itoh Atsushi did a brilliant performance in their roles. if i can give this series a 100 out of 10 i will give this one. but i dont think thats possible. this is the 2nd great drama for me after GTO Live action. now i believe miracles could happen. this drama proves it. Samuel Samaniego of Quezon City, Philippines.
|Reviewed by slashersam016 on 1 June 2007|
|10. ||Much too Overrated............ [Rating: 2/10]|
Not even in my personal top-ten of doramas.
Only a few smiles (not even laughter), no tears at all !!!
The humor is just silly, but not lovely-silly (as e.g. in 'Yama Onna, Kabe Onna' also starring Itoh Misaki), just stupid-silly.
Yamada is too pathetic, too exaggerated with all that stammering (too much !!!), allthough I 'like' him more, than Ichitarou in 'Glory Days' (just 200% pathetic & annoying !!!)
Misaki is much better as 'tomboy', so Yamada's sister and Mizuzki as tomboys I liked most, nearly the only reason, why I've finished this serie. Certainly not, because of Densha Otoko or Itoh Misaki, Hermes' character didn't fit her at all (I love her as Natsumi in 'You're under Arrest' or 'Yama Onna,...').
If you want a beatuful, really heartwarming romantic comedy, better wtch 'Boku dake no Madonna', 'Long Vacation' or 'Satorare'..........these are much, much, much more lovely !!!!
|Reviewed by honolulu on 5 December 2007|
|11. ||Perfect Drama, that will touch your heart! [Rating: 10/10]|
Maybe it was the timing, but for me this was exactly what I needed... a nice, sweet and charming romantic drama. The idea that this is based on a true story just adds to its appeal. To think that Train Man and Hermes-sam actually exist brings a smile to my face. There's still some good and niceness in the world! The acting is not top notch, but the story is touching and enduring for this light hearted and thoughtful drama. To think that people actually got inspired while reading the tread and cheered Train Man on and maybe changed abit themselves is moving! Sometimes you got to step out from the background or the view never changes. Train Man steps out and than some! Fell for Hermes-san myself as she was so sweet! A must watch, and I understand now why so many here recommend watching this drama as your first introduction to JDramas... very satisfying!!!
|Reviewed by Spider on 19 August 2010|
|12. ||Romance followed by millions [Rating: 6/10]|
I would feel pretty strange if I became just like Hermes, involved in a romance watched and advised by thousands of people... They say that love is between 2 people, but then a good public love is still better than a bad private breakup.
I have the pleasure to read the original thread on 2-channel.. To make the drama long enough to fill 11 episodes, the producer has definitely taken the liberty to add some elements, but I consider these extras to be unrealistic and do more harm than good - digressing from the original story line.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I still like the drama. But I just don't think it's as good as the golden age love dramas like Tokyo Love Story, Love Generation, Long Vacation, etc.
If you are a newage Internet blogger, you may find kinship between the story and your life and may enjoy it more...
|Reviewed by anna_tran on 20 May 2006|
|13. ||FUNNIER THAN THE MOVIE! [Rating: 9/10]|
This is SO MUCH better than the movie for it not only emphasizes a love connection between two characters of different worlds, but it's FUNNY! The comedy mixture added into this drama makes this a hit for anyone that feels they cannot love someone that is a total opposite and may judge you differently. Ito Atsushi is not the best actor in the world, but he played this role with such precision that I believe him to be an "otaku".
Watch this, and I really mean WATCH IT because you'll be missing out on a drama that will make you laugh til you fall out of your seat! You'll feel so much emotion towards Atsushi's character that you'll think twice before you decide to make fun of a person of his stature ever again. The Ito's make a perfect couple for t his drama and so much chemistry that you just want it to last forever!
|Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 26 December 2005|
|14. ||Modern Day Cinderella Tale [Rating: 10/10]|
A story of a lonely and misunderstood (but kind-hearted) anime otaku who falls in love with a rich and beautiful office lady that he meets on the train, except this time there is no fairy godmother. The man has to receive advice from his gang of internet friends in order to find ways to court the woman.
Itoh Atsushi portrays the very geeky, Yamada who has known only one love in his life - anime, mainly Mina the anime heroine with carrots propelling from her buttocks. He falls in love with Itoh Misaki's character, Aoyama - who is very far, far from his league. Through hard work and a lot of changing, Yamada breaks away from some of his otaku-ness with help from his friends in order to court the woman of his dreams.
A very funny, but touching romantic drama.
|Reviewed by donna8157 on 3 August 2005|
|15. ||Instantly captivating [Rating: 10/10]|
A very touching (and VERY funny) story of an otaku who helps a woman in a train who is being harrassed by a drunk, being a complete nerd and no clue about women he turns to a message board for help. I was hooked from episode one, you know when you watch a drama and think, wow nothing will beat this, well, this is one of those shows that will change that opinion, all round great acting, the character who plays the otaku does it convincingly, with the help of his two freinds they are a classic act, just typing this makes me want to watch it again, the music is also great especially the star wars bit, stop reading this and go and watch it now, you won't be able to stop until you have seen it all.
|Reviewed by Tatakau on 18 September 2005|
|16. ||Pretty funny, one of the best! [Rating: 8/10]|
This drama is one of the funniest I´ve ever seen.
Ito Atsushi does a wonderful acting on this one, although sometimes I was very annoyed with his weakness and his otaku mannerisms, but he does the most memorable funny scenes I´ve ever seen!
Ito Misaki does an average job, although her beauty shines. She still need a lot of interpretation classes to hit on a drama.
The rest of the cast are pretty good, speacilly the otaku friend of Densha Otoko, Jinkama-san and the other guy who gets obssessed about Saori.
The plot bored me when Densha Otoko had to cry that much, but it is still one of the best.
I recommed everyone to watch Densha Otoko if your goal is to watch something outrageous funny!
|Reviewed by shiruchsn on 16 December 2005|
|17. ||A great drama, but may seem over the top at times [Rating: 8/10]|
Densha Otoko tells the story of a hardcore Otaku's quest to win the girl of his dreams with a little help from a whole bunch of people all over Japan. The story is very emotional and moves you to root for Densha's character. The show was able to show its message of "just be yourself" without getting preachy or being too cliche. The performances were great for the most part but Itoh Atsushi (Densha Otoko) may annoy some poeple with his over the top crying in nearly every episode. Honestly, who the heck cries like that everytime you talk with the girl your in love with?
If you want a show with great comedy and drama, where you cheer for the underdog every episode, this show is for you.
|Reviewed by Grim Eyes on 26 April 2006|
|18. ||the most romantic love letter *grin* [Rating: 7/10]|
the first-half of this drama is practically unbearably slow -_-" but i must say the story kinda picks up towards the end. :) densha otoko is a total loser in the beginning, but u'll slowly come to see his good traits (except the fact tat he cries in every single ep o_o felt like strangling him everytime he bawls in front of the girl).
i initially tot the whole internet-whining-post concept was redundant & uncalled for, but i guess it does contribute to the big picture. ^^; though i was more interested in some of the side characters' stories than the densha otoko himself.
wouldnt say this drama is tat fantastic, but the overall theme in the end is quite endearing.
|Reviewed by youhei_mito on 19 April 2006|
|19. ||Better than Expected [Rating: 7/10]|
When I first read the synopsis I thought it'd be a ridiculous stupid show. But when I read the reviews again, I decided to just give it a try. And I'm glad I gave it a chance. It's really not as bad as it seems. It's really funny!! Although if you think about it, having a person get that obsessed over a complete stranger, and then having it broadcasted all over the internet is sort of freaky. Once you get over that, the drama is more enjoyable. The actors really make you feel their otaku-ness to the point where you go "omg.that's so lame." Would have liked to see a bit more about the other otaku's lives though.
|Reviewed by doublemask on 8 October 2008|
|20. ||Defines "spacey" and "romantic"... [Rating: 10/10]|
It's a little long, but blindingly romantic and at times ridiculously funny.
I wish they hadn't quite added on so much to the basic 2chan posts. But just for the one on one scenes between Hermes and Densha, I'll still give it 10/10.
The truly scary thing is that both the story and the body/faces of both the Girl and the Boy absolutely channel Jobyna Ralston and Harold Lloyd in Girl Shy. Check it out, especially the train scene. (yes, train scene). And LOOK AT THEIR FACES (1924!!!)
To think this may (?) have actually taken place in Tokyo in 2004 just blows the mind, well and truly.
|Reviewed by arsoys on 20 October 2010|
|21. ||One very unique dorama [Rating: 8/10]|
A rather unique dorama with a great storyline. Misaki and Atsushi played their roles well with great performance by Miho and the rest of the supporting cast. Atsushi plays his role very well although his character sometimes feels so ridiculously pathetic that it slightly degrades the believability of the story. The storyline was easily one of the most predictable I've ever seen but I definitely enjoyed seeing how the cast handled their parts, in particular all of the people on the forum - the special in the end was quite good in that sense. Definitely recommended for its uniqueness!
|Reviewed by Shindou on 4 May 2006|
|22. ||super funny! [Rating: 10/10]|
Wow I had so much fun watching this drama. Originally, I was planning to skip this one, but everyone talked about how good it was...so fortunately, I gave in! It's a cute and funny story. And all the otaku stuff and gosh...just everything about it made me laugh like crazy. The computer chat room scenes were very funny and sweet...except densha annoyed me a bit after a while with all that stuttering and crying. I also liked how I was able to relate to the characters who had online friends because of similar interests and situations. Very fun to watch
|Reviewed by noodlefreak on 12 March 2006|
|23. ||Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 8/10]|
Jdramas generally don't focus so much into the other huge cultural icon of anime, so that makes this a unique drama from the get-go especially for anime fans. When my friends recommended this drama to me, I was like 'what the hell, train man?' It turns out to actually be a watchable drama with not only a unique theme, but a unique art direction with the web forums and blogging. You'll have to watch it to know what I'm talking about. You won't be disappointed, but you'll probably be annoyed by the whiney-ness.
|Reviewed by gizm092 on 6 February 2009|
|24. ||Densha to Ohimesama [Rating: 9/10]|
this show is a RARE gem. exceptionally well cast, witty, and humorous until the end. the characters are an interesting demonstration of various stereotypes present in japanese society. moreover, the soundtrack is exquisitely perfected and highlights both the emotional drama and the laugh-out-loud humor the show has to offer. a modern day fairy telling of the "beauty and the beast" with all the flair only real life could inspire. based on a true story! recommended for both new and old fans of japanese dramas.
|Reviewed by Tu_triky on 4 October 2005|
|25. ||Boring, Dragging, Annoying, Tiring [Rating: 2/10]|
My review title says it all.
I just don't get why other people like it so much~ X_x" It was way corny, very predictable, more than annoying and it literally dragged me.
I had to say that the only thing that made me stick throughout the series was the 1-5 seconds Shun Oguri moments scattered throughout the drama.
I'd give it a one if i can but Shun Oguri was sooo good-looking there, I had to give it a 2. So i'd say if you're a big Oguri fan, watch it. I got my money's worth because of him~ *roflmao*
|Reviewed by addicted2tackey on 2 May 2006|
|26. ||Not quite up to the real thing... [Rating: 9/10]|
... but still good nonetheless. To be honest, though, I think I prefer the real Train Man story -- reading the posts as they happened gives you a sense of suspense like nothing any show could give. That fact that it's real life just makes it better.
If any of you are interested, head on over to the Project Densha website: http://www.rinji.tv/densha/ It's the English translation project of the actual BBS postings by the real Train Man himself, complete with replies from the 2ch community and ASCII art. ^^
|Reviewed by Hraefn on 28 September 2007|
|27. ||You gotta see it! [Rating: 10/10]|
The best Japanese drama I've seen, and the best program I've seen for years. Hilarious, moving, inspiring.
The only little thing was that Densha cried too much. Someone should've slapped him (Hermes san?) and told him to act more like a man.
But, anyway, we forgive him.
If you're a normal guy and not some superstud who's never been rejected, then you can really empathise with Densha.
And Hermes san....so MOE!
|Reviewed by justjuice on 9 April 2008|
|28. ||It Grow over time [Rating: 10/10]|
hahah.. welll.. At First i watch this Drama because SHun is in there... lol.. And i CAn'T stand the main guy Character... i keep having this "i just want to Sock him in the face" feeling ya kno.. ahahha.. but he grow over time.... and i start to like him more....watch this drama as it grow in people... you can actaully learn a lot from this drama too.. hehe... so watch and see.. lol
|Reviewed by aibakaneko on 25 December 2005|
|29. ||Train man [Rating: 10/10]|
Undoubtedly the most likeable romantic-comedy of the year. I have also watched the movie but I still find the drama more enjoyable. Two thumbs up for the train man!!! PS. I missed episode 5 so I desperately want to know what happened. Can anyone tell me the story of episode 5. Please kindly send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so that it won't spoil other fans. Thanks a lot
|Reviewed by Chol on 5 August 2005|
|30. ||Gives HOPE to Nerdy Men!! [Rating: 7/10]|
A frog & princess plot. Train man is very annoying who loves to cry while Saori is unbelievably tender. The couple looks odd together. Not my kind of drama. However the internet chat and characters are very entertaining. I'd say this drama gives hope to below-average looking men... hehehe... for audience with lots of compassion towards low self esteem people.
|Reviewed by aki_07 on 16 November 2005|
|31. ||Kiiiiitaaaaa!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
At first I thought this drama was just TOO ridiculous and cheesy for me to get into, but I just couldn't stop watching it! It was truly hilarious, touching, and an all-around GREAT drama series. Although... I am still not a loyal follower of Itoh Misaki. Sure she;s pretty and sometimes a little bit cute, but she's almost TOO "soft." Ah well... "Kiiiiitaaaaa!!!"
|Reviewed by Susan on 5 August 2006|
|32. ||Kinda annoying [Rating: 4/10]|
Densha's f***in annoying, not manly at all. I think he doesn't deserve the girl. All he can do is cry... man!!!
I love the special ending episode though. It's very funny unlike other episodes. And the Tiffanny gal's just かわい!!!〜.
Grab the special/alternative ending, Guitar Otoko's way better than stupid Densha, forget the rest 11 episodes.
|Reviewed by cheeqo on 7 November 2005|
|33. ||Brilliant [Rating: 10/10]|
Densha Otoko [series] is a highly entertaining and incredibly moving romantic comedy drama with a plethora of interesting, lovable characters. Based on a true story, the story is simple but brilliant tale of love and hope, that no matter who you are or what situation you are in, anyone can make a miracle. :) I STRONGLY RECCOMMEND EVERYONE TRY IT.
|Reviewed by inkfish021 on 30 July 2009|
|34. ||Entertaining [Rating: 8/10]|
At first I'm not interested in watching but after the 3rd epi I found this drama enjoyable. The cast did their job well and the storyline got more interesting in the last few eps. I love Kazuya's scenes though because his scenario always gone bad...
Overall it's a fun watch drama with scenes that'll make you rolling on the floor laughing
|Reviewed by A_rika on 15 February 2008|
|35. ||Unbelievable!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
One of the most entertaining drama i have ever watched!!! It is almost unbelievable to me that such love story could exist in this world and those bbs friends that otaku had... The characters are very funny especially Sakurai and Densha not to mention the super gorgeous Hermes. A must watch drama of 2005, miss it and you will regret it.
|Reviewed by Xianyang on 18 December 2005|
|36. ||Great! [Rating: 9/10]|
Wonderful drama. While they branched off a lot on the 'real' story of Densha Otoko, I still think they did it well and improved it a bit. Love the characters and it's very funny, at the same time it can be sad and happy and whatever else. But ends as a very sweet story. Good for both fans of Otaku lifestyle, and fans of romance dramas.
|Reviewed by emily00 on 5 July 2008|
|37. ||one of summer's best [Rating: ?/10]|
one of the most entertaining dramas of summer. using the internet discussion board as a romantic theme is something that almost everyone who uses the internet can relate to. i particularly like the mini subplot between the computer genius and the graphics designer. I thought that it was a sweet side story...
|Reviewed by mysticalgal84 on 18 October 2005|
|38. ||My girlfriend loved it [Rating: 10/10]|
I saw it before my girlfriend did. I was sooo relieved that she cried too! She didn't want to see it at first because she has had it with my fascination for all things japanese but now she's hooked. She had the same gripes and annoyances I had (the crying, the trembling) but we both saw it as a great romance.
|Reviewed by boru on 19 April 2006|
|39. ||Making your dreams come true... [Rating: 10/10]|
Incredibly funny drama. Started off well and carried on at a good pace. Pretty nice soundtrack too. However, my only gripe was that the ending was a little disappointing. Didn't quite keep up to the standards of the rest of the show. It's highly recommended for its unique type of love story.
|Reviewed by DragonSpirit164 on 23 July 2007|
|40. ||Densha Otoko [Rating: 7/10]|
Darn, this show is way to sweet. Densha Otoko and Hermes are way to sweet :). It isn't the perfect series, but, at least in my opinion, it would be tremendously difficult to turn this simple concept into perfection. This means that 7 is a very good rating and that I liked it very much :D
|Reviewed by kenzou_tenma on 19 February 2007|
|41. ||Love it! [Rating: 9/10]|
Love this drama very much! eventhou got silly parts here and there but i still love it! eventhou i hate it when Yamada-san always crying but I can understand Otaku's feeling... hehee...
for them its very hard or can say its impossible to get women to like or falling in love with them!
|Reviewed by reirashinobu on 24 February 2008|
|42. ||Mr Nervous overdoes it. [Rating: 8/10]|
I enjoyed watching this doroma but I couldn't figure out how the lead woman character (HERMES) could stand just being around the lead man character (Densha) because he appeared to be crying or nervous whenever they were together. How could she stand being around someone like that?
|Reviewed by browsguy on 24 November 2005|
|43. ||Funny [Rating: 10/10]|
I'd seen the movie and thought it great. And this VCD is my colleague lent me so I take a look. At first, I saw Episode 1 and thought it's a bit drag but later, it became funny. Especially last episode, Hermes's mother ...
And I also found some rising stars like Hermes's brother.
|Reviewed by inessalenin on 21 January 2006|
|44. ||Densha Rocks...!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
i really like this series, i hope there will be the sequel..., hahaha
itoh atsushi acts perfecty, the way he's shaking when a phone from hermes came, i thinks he's worth an oscar..., and itoh misaki acts naturally as hermes san.
really a perfect acts for both of them
|Reviewed by upinz on 28 June 2006|
|45. ||densha otoko - download all episodes plus english [Rating: 10/10]|
i am a gaijin livin in tokyo and i loooove this show.
thats why i thought i have to share it with all of you.
so, if anybody is interested, you can download all episodes with subtitles at http://www.macphisto.jp.tp/viewtopic.php?t=2
|Reviewed by macphisto on 18 September 2005|
|46. ||The classic confrontation of the OTAKU! [Rating: 8/10]|
The story of what could turn to the traditional relationship between Japanese Otaku and ordinary people, there is plenty to laugh and a lot of courage!
I have read the series, the Special, and the movie seen: men must trust themselves before man makes new things!
|Reviewed by jed_ka on 7 May 2008|
|47. ||Real Otaku like Densha Otoko [Rating: 8/10]|
Definitely one of the best dramas that show's otaku society. I thought the storyline could never be true but apparently otaku like densha otako really exist
|Reviewed by horiesan on 22 May 2007|
|48. ||Started off real amusing..... then it just fell do [Rating: 7/10]|
Initially the show was very energetic and things were really starting up. However over time the Main character just really gets on your nerves and seems to act nerdy for nerdy's sake. It makes the whole story incredibly unbelievable and really cheesy.
|Reviewed by zoglog on 6 September 2006|
|49. ||funny but overrated [Rating: 4/10]|
its not a bad drama. its quite light and humorous throughout the whole series. errrm the chemistry... well there wasn't much from my perspective and i just felt like it dragged on and wasnt memorable. But its quite good for a good laugh.
|Reviewed by 菜奈子 on 2 September 2007|
|50. ||O.o [Rating: 9/10]|
Pretty enjoyable drama. Very nice leads and great acting. Especially from the Densha Otoko himself. Itoh Misaki does what she does best which is stay there and look beautiful. It's a normal love story but with a 21th century twist.
|Reviewed by ninjavsself on 30 May 2007|
|51. ||Densha, ganbare! [Rating: 9/10]|
It's funny, touching, without a boring moment. A great concept with many familiar faces. A 10 if the two main characters weren't such an impossible match and I didn't feel like kicking Densha in the butt for being such a whimp.
|Reviewed by shari on 21 December 2006|
|52. ||Densha Otoko - The Train that keeps on goin'! [Rating: 10/10]|
I can't believe it took me this long to actually sit down and watch this show. I simply love it! It has so many things going for it, from the amazing opening sequence to the incredible cast. I LOVE DENSHA AND HERMES!
|Reviewed by azzwipe on 29 December 2005|
|53. ||キターーーー！！ [Rating: 10/10]|
best dorama ever~!!
very original idea x absolutely over-the-top exagerated comedy and acting, like something u'd expect to see in an anime.
ongoing but will easily be the funniest dorama of the year~
|Reviewed by bikutaa on 12 August 2005|
|54. ||So incredibly funny [Rating: 10/10]|
I laughed, I cried, I watched it again and again. The nerd who falls for the elegant and beautiful "Hermes". Easily one of my top all time favorites. Jinkama-san really made the show for me as well. Loved her.
|Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 15 August 2010|
|55. ||meh [Rating: 4/10]|
Its a good idea for a drama, but i couldn't find myself attaching to the main characters, and the story kinda dragged on a little too much for my liking. But one thing i can say is that its very funny.
|Reviewed by AppleTree on 21 August 2006|
|56. ||Really Funny [Rating: 10/10]|
I have wtah this drama and get it DVD
if you watch Densha Otoko the Movie (Train Man : 2005), I highly suggest you to watch it until it very end second, some thing funny you will see.
|Reviewed by sagiarsyad on 12 February 2006|
|57. ||Ahhh!! Best of the best XD [Rating: 10/10]|
Very funny and romantic !!
A wonderful otaku's love story XD
One of the best jdrama I have ever seen ^^
All the acts are cool ( ´-`)
|Reviewed by hdht on 1 March 2007|
|58. ||Funny [Rating: 8/10]|
Very very funny,, not just the otaku man ito atsushi but also toyohara kosuke. He was even funnier than the lead actor, what a pity to saw him always had a bad luck,, hihhi
|Reviewed by ester_grace on 28 November 2010|
|59. ||Entertaining. [Rating: 8/10]|
Funny storyline. Ito Atsushi plays Yamada very well. His overwhelming "otoko-ness" is hard to not laugh at lol, but at the same time warms your heart with his sincerity.
|Reviewed by jabbajabba on 22 April 2006|
|60. ||very good [Rating: 10/10]|
itoh misaki vey different but great
is a very funny show is one of the funniest i ever seeing if anyone want the ending song and the twilight opening i got it
|Reviewed by martigasino on 30 July 2005|
|61. ||overrated [Rating: 1/10]|
what's the hype??? I can't even get past the first 15 min of the first episode... itoh misaki's acting was really bad? she seems to be trying, ain't natural...
|Reviewed by yufan on 1 November 2007|
|62. ||Hilarious and Heartwarming [Rating: 9/10]|
Very funny and heartwarming. I. Atsushi was perfect as Yamada, although he can be a bit annoying at times with the constant stuttering when he's around her.
|Reviewed by muffin707 on 19 April 2006|
|63. ||densha's review [Rating: ?/10]|
It is a really interesting movie for animation lover. Although the story is simple, the actors had done a good job to make this movie very good.~!!!!
|Reviewed by newby on 18 May 2006|
|64. ||AWESOME SHOW!!!! [Rating: 9/10]|
This is without a doubt my favorit japanese drama. I like Densha even though he's a loser who gives in to every deal. I just wish it was longer......
|Reviewed by denshaotoko91 on 8 January 2006|
|65. ||nice drama [Rating: 10/10]|
That "densha" guy is kinda annoying but i have to admit that hes a real good actor. The actors, actresses and plot have made this serie so enjoyable.
|Reviewed by LuffyKing on 6 February 2006|
|66. ||worth watching [Rating: 10/10]|
you should consider this drama in your list. you will never even regret buying a copy of it!! note: you will need a tissue, hust in case...
|Reviewed by promilkidd on 11 November 2006|
|67. ||Kawaii [Rating: 9/10]|
I just saw the dorama- it was soooooo cute. It made me rethink about what really is important in a relationship. A great dorama =)
|Reviewed by miki_pon_87 on 15 June 2006|
|68. ||Nice but not terrific. [Rating: 6/10]|
Nice drama. Quite funny and entertaining. Sometimes there is a little something missing to make it an unforgettable drama though.
|Reviewed by Battle48 on 29 October 2006|
|69. ||Worth watching [Rating: 10/10]|
Very hilarious, you'll laugh a lot!!! One of the funniest dorama I've ever watched, especially that "bakah" of Sakurai, lol
|Reviewed by Jhvx on 13 February 2007|
|70. ||T_T SUGOI DRAMA! [Rating: 10/10]|
This drama changed Densha man's life as well as mine!!
IT'S ARGURBLY ONE OF THE BEST DRAMAS SINCE GTO AND SUMMER SNOW!
|Reviewed by gotosira on 9 November 2005|
|71. ||Must see it!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
If you are an otaku... and have interest in a women... all you need is this Drama......... Sugoi..... Banzai...........
|Reviewed by erick_himura on 28 December 2005|
|72. ||Dunno [Rating: ?/10]|
I only watched the first episode and it was sooo booring. But the cast is great, maybe I should give it a chance..
|Reviewed by Shijii on 27 October 2005|
|73. ||Ridiculously stupid. [Rating: 5/10]|
I've seen annoying characters before but this one cuts the cake. It's unrealistically annoying.
|Reviewed by layzie on 19 December 2005|
|74. ||Great dorama! [Rating: 10/10]|
Wonderful story, funny and touching at the same time. The characters are memorable too.
|Reviewed by Sevenz on 6 October 2005|
|75. ||がんばれ電車男！！ [Rating: 10/10]|
|Reviewed by kuridaisukiyo on 10 September 2005|
|76. ||RiDiCuLouS!!! [Rating: 3/10]|
ThiS dRaMa iS jUst riDicuLouS! I cAn'T BeLieVe tHis Get tO Be tHe ToP 15 dRaMa =.=''
|Reviewed by ^aPPLe^ on 24 January 2007|
|77. ||Better [Rating: 9/10]|
I think dorama version is better than movie and manga adaptations. Very funny.
|Reviewed by Sambalici on 17 April 2010|
|78. ||One of my favourites [Rating: 10/10]|
This could turn out to be one of the all time best drama ever. Check it out.
|Reviewed by Titicamara82 on 12 August 2005|
|79. ||the true spirit of otaku [Rating: 10/10]|
one of the best movie...
teach us about an effort to get true love...
|Reviewed by cido on 28 July 2008|
|80. ||imaichi [Rating: 6/10]|
somewhat cheesy. gotta see the movie and read the novel.
|Reviewed by shozen on 30 September 2005|
|81. ||A classic [Rating: 10/10]|
A must see dorama for starters, lots of laughs!!
|Reviewed by cksupes on 3 June 2012|
|82. ||Brilliant Drama!!! [Rating: 9/10]|
Great story, hilarious, excellent casts.
|Reviewed by Cr4zY on 25 June 2006|
|83. ||so funny [Rating: 8/10]|
very hilarious show......
|Reviewed by mekomeko on 16 July 2005|
|84. ||nice death [Rating: 8/10]|
I like that part.
|Reviewed by kacang on 21 December 2007|
|85. ||great~.~ [Rating: 7/10]|
|Reviewed by sizuka2006 on 2 March 2006|