Densha Otoko (translated as “Train Man") is a true story of a 23-year-old otaku. This legend is said to be the otaku who started in real life to help avoid the drunkenness of a beautiful woman on the subway train. The young lady gave him a cup of Hermes tea cup as a thank-you. The confused young man turned to Japan’s large bulletin board channel 2, and such a gift meant seeking advice. Soon, the trainer (his handle) is being guided by an armchair specialist, offering advice on wardrobes and haircuts, choosing a restaurant and talking to girls. Why does a seemingly simple love story have such a big echo? The reason is the difference in Japanese culture.
There is a noun in Japan, otaku, which is a Japanese term for people with strong interests, especially in anime and manga. Its contemporary use originated from Akio Nakamori’s 1983 article in Manga Burikko. Otaku can be used as a derogatory term; its negativity stems from a stereotyped view of the otaku and Miyazaki’s “Otaku Murderer" in the 1989 media report. In modern Japanese proverbs, the word otaku is mostly equivalent to “geeks” or “nerds” and common sense nerds are “intellectual otaku” or “Gariben”, but they are more derogatory than those used in the West. However, it can involve any fan of any particular theme, theme, hobby or entertainment form. At the same time, people judge their behavior as a person who cannot be connected with reality. Second, the vertical structure of Japanese society determines the value of individuals through their success. Until the late 1980s, non-sports and unattractive men focused on academics, hoping to find a good job and get married to improve their social status. Those who are unable to achieve social success turn their attention to their interests, often in adulthood, and their lifestyles are centered on these interests, further promoting the creation of the mandarin subculture.
The attraction of Train Man is in the actor’s otaku, supported by social media. The film’s appeal to the online community is unusually sharp. Because the story tells the male The protagonist has been using the help of the online community, step by step to fall in love, and has made an otaku impossible (love). In a technology-centric country like Japan, it is suggested that it may be time to replace the network with a real network. It is only subversive, it is completely revolutionary.