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.
Densha Otoko: The Trainman is an extraordinary piece of a romantic movie based on a true story. Why is it remarkable is that the content of this movie is different from most of the romantic movies out there. How different?
In this movie, The Trainman is a normal human being who has no sense of fashion nor any knowledge of talking to girls. He encounters a woman in the train who he fell in love while saving her from a lewd molester. Since he lacks confidence, he looks out for advice from the internet from other people to help him and give him support so that he could get the courage to approach the girl. Whats’ different in this movie is that, take Bollywood as an example, the actor who falls in love with the girl is mostly a rich guy or a fool. In Bollywood, it is always expected that the guy and the girl will still be together, in the end, no matter what, but in this movie, we didn’t expect much from The trainman as he looks like a clumsy and reserved, people did not think that Hermes will love Densha Otoko. Despite having that kind of personality, he did not hesitate to save Hermes from being harassed.
It is quite funny that it is a movie 14 years ago where people started to rely on technology. When there was no internet, people usually meet to try to communicate and make friends, but now they will communicate on the internet. When it comes to face to face. They won’t be able to say anything as they feel nervous. On the other hand, it helped Densha Otoko to get help from other people online because he is too shy to even talk or communicate with anyone.
The internet has done good to the world and bad too, it has made a distance between people also have made people closer. Just like Densha Otoko, he used the internet to build up his courage to go for the girl he loves. This movie tells me that no matter what kind of person you are, you will fall in love and you will get love from the others. We shouldn’t be insecure about people not loving you because of how you are.
“DO" lifestyles is very simple yet messy at the same time, he is like a protagonist that enjoys little things like anime characters, computers and he is good with technology. He is a very clumsy, shy and nerdy person. You can tell he is very afraid of troublesome but when he saw Hermes for the first time, she got harassed in the train, he stood up for her and that is how they first met. He doesn’t have a lot of real friends but he posts his feelings online. Personally, I have never tried using any sorts of mega BBS 2 channel or forum but I can tell “DO” feels more comfortable talking to people online. DO might have a bit low self-esteem and is not too confident but he still chooses to make a new movement because the nurse had courage him that if he picks up the phone and call Hermes, he might still have a chance to change his life. And yes, thanks to the nurse and his friends from the forum, DO has successfully got the girl.
There is a scene whereby a husband and wife actually goes on to the same forum to cheer and give suggestions to “DO" but both of them did not know they are actually using the same forum to give suggestions to DO, this gave me a thinking on did social media affect couples communicating? Or did it help them to communicate better? The movie Densha Otoko released in 2005, which was 13 years ago. Train man was the first generation movies that contains social media, internet forums, instant messengers like MSN, ICQ first started. It shows that back then technology has already shaped people’s attitude and behavior differently, people are too focus with their online character but forgot how to actually make new people. And this is still happening till today, children are already exposed to the internet at a young age, they receive information way faster than us, but they do not know how to make friends like how older generation people used to.
Personally, I do believe the internet has changed my attitude, perspective and behaviors by making me chasing for the feeling to be closer to other people online but forgetting that people around me in real life needs me as well. This movie has taught me that even though there are lot of “otaku”, it is good to know that all sorts of people can find love, friends, hobbies but all they need is to try. So, are you guys ready to find your kind of love? Good luck guys!
This film is about a man call Densha Otoko fall in love with a woman that he doesn’t stand a chance, just like a Japanese “Beauty and the beat".
Densha Otoko just like a little boy never grow up don’t know how to dress up, can’t communicate with other, be addicted to comic world. The woman that he loves is a beautiful elegant office lady. This combination sound like will never get together, but because of those geeks they encourage Densha Otoko and teach him how to be a man, finally he succeeds.
There are few parts I like in this film and also something I thought is ridiculous. Now I will talk about it.
My favorite scene in the movie is the director using a very interesting way to describe the distance between Densha Otoko and Ms. Hermes, at the ending it repeats the scene that Densha Otoko help the little girl to took up the card holder then shyly go away. When first time I watched this scene, I just thought it was a normal scene that want to present although Densha Otoko look ugly and dirty, he had a kindly heart, but it had movie at the end it was surprised that the card holder was belongs to Ms. Hermes. Ms. Hermes and Densha Otoko already sit very close to each other at the beginning their distance look like near but their relationships are so far because of their background, I think these contrast are very interesting and ironic.
The other things I like is those geeks that help Densha Otoko it shows many social problems in Japan. Some of them never leave his room, couple that live in same house but no communication, the girl that cannot step out the sorrow of breaking up and some love professor that even never touched the girl’s hand before.
All those things are about japanese culture, the most obvious one is Otaku culture. Otaku means that people keen on or addicted to something then out of touch to the world. Densha Otoko are that kind of person when he talk about comic and movies he cannot stop but when he cannot communicate with Ms. Hermes without those geeks, even change another places to date Ms. Hermes he need to find a coffee shop and get into that forum to get help.
I think it is a film that we can learn many things on it, it enlighten my thinking to think of those hidden meaning and find the easter egg.