Week 1 – Review of Densha Otoko

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For me, two of the most important attraction elements of the Japanese TV drama are touching and funny and they are fully played in the Densha Otoko.

The first part is the touching part. The story of ‘’beauty and beast’’ is very common. Other movies will make the beast transform and fulfill the story for various reasons, but many times this process of transformation will be very far-fetched. However, in Densha Otoko are different. The process of transforming the main actor is carried out slowly through the opinions of netizens. Everything will feel very natural and I am sure that this is really happening.

Why do beautiful women fall in love with him? Women look at men not just look at the appearance, people who have a love experience will be very clear. The actress confessed that she has not trusted men because of psychological injuries so that the actor…

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Blog Post 1

This blog post will talking about a Japanese film called ‘ A True Love Story ‘ and my personal feedback after watching this film.

‘ A True Love Story ‘ main characters are Densha otoko (DO) and Hermes (H). DO is a shy person and he is not good at communicate with people. He also addicted into the animation figures and he really depend on his smart phone to check everythings such as dating information. His clothing style was a traditional Japanese otaku which was a fan of computer games, animation and had low confident to faced people. He liked to wear a green colour of jacket, a pair of sport shoes and put on a black color of backpack. DO also work at a company corner as a information technology programmer and he had low sense of existence in the company. However, he is brave person that willing to help people who are in need. In the other hand, H was a professional office lady and she loved to reading book. Her clothing styles was a suit, a pair of high heels and a office style of handbag. H looked perfect on DO eyes but H was a lonely person. She always had dinner with herself and she didn’t have a lot of friends. When she met DO, she was really cheerful that she could find a friend to share her happiness and sadness.

The first time DO met H were in the train. H was faced with a dangerous situation because a drunk man were harassed everyone in the train, especially H. When everyone were getting no idea how to solve this problem, DO stood up to control the man action and try to stop him obstructed others. DO successfully to stop the drunk man action and H asked DO’s phone number to sending him a gratitude present. From DO action, we can see that DO didn’t look like the traditional otaku. Many of the otaku only live at their comfortable zone and they don’t even care about the society. When DO met H, DO was slowly to leave his normal life style.

After DO saved H, DO posted the story in the Internet forum, many of the forum user gave him a lot of feedback to support his story. When DO received H present – a luxury Hermes cup gift set, DO phoned H and asked for a dating with H to thank you for the present. DO would like to change himself because he cared about his first dating and he would like to give H the best image. This is a action that showing DO didn’t believe on himself glamor and he thought that otaku look couldn’t attracted woman.

While DO dating with H, DO kept asking his forum friends for help to make the dating more perfectly with his smart phone and he was really nervous. After the first dating, they kept contact to each other and created a lot of times of dating. DO kept changing himself to be a better person to match with H. He even changed his clothing and hair style but he still shy and low confident when he met H. His clothing just like a armor to protect himself to faced H and he actually still a otaku in his real life. During his real life, he didn’t have any problem solving skill so that he needed to asked forum friends for help every time.

At the end of this movie, DO put off his armor to faced H. DO wore a t-shirt and the t-shirt printed two words called ‘百式’ which mean one person can have different look but he/she willing to give you her/his real appearance. It is difficult of people to put down his defensive approximation to confront with people. It mean that DO knew that he should move on to the uncomfortable zone and made H knew the real of him. If he didn’t do it, he will losing a lot of things that he wanted.

During the whole film, H just like the normal Asian women that they are not brave enough to find their mr.right and waiting the love come. Many of the Asian women seem like blushful to communicate with male and they love to wear pretty when they have a dating. In addition, the forum friends are willing to talk in the internet but they also didn’t did well at the real life. Some of them are addicted to internet, some of them are not good at communicate with others and some of them never move out from their room. At least of the film, they wiling to change themselves because of DO and H successfully be a couple. They thought that if they could pay more attention to their activity, from now on they can have a marvelous life.

After I watched this movie, I find that Hong Kong also have many otaku. We can see a lot of news about otaku and most of the news are negative to them. Sometimes, I think that people are really hard and unfair to them because the public may not understand to them and already give them a bad comment but some of the otaku maybe to shy, so that they cannot easy to communicate to others and they willing to talk about their opinions in the internet. I think that everyone is imperfect, so that we should move to the uncomfortable zone to receive the new things.

Blog #1 Reviews of Japanese movie “Dencha Otoko”


We watched the japanese movie “Dencha Otoko" in this week’s class and we found out the details in the movie from their outlooks, the placement of the props to the actions of the characters showed the culture , social issues happening in Japan.

You may think “Otaku" are just a group of people who obsessed with Japanese manga ,the ACG (Animate, Comic, Game) culture etc. And most of these people are shy and only active online being “Keyboard Warriors". Japan has a judgemental society, the general public has labelled these group of people some bad names like “Otaku equals to gloomy ,unsocial and non-interactive" according to Galbraith, P. W., Kam, T. H., & Kamm, B. (2016). It also mentioned that these group of youngsters got sick by being checked and asking questions like “Why are still reading manga at your age? “. Regarding these labels and doubts, “Otaku" themselves…

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Life of a typical otaku

Densha Otoko

(Week One)


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“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!

#1 – Review of Densha Otoko

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The first lesson of this course and I’m already loving it! (ノ>ω<)ノ
We’ve watched the Japanese movie called Densha Otoko which talks about a guy names Densha Otoko (Train Man) on the forum mega-BBS 2channel, how a geek like him transform and successfully get the girl he likes.

The whole movie starts off with Densha Otoko (DO) one day saved a girl who he fell in love in the first sight from a drunken man on the train. They share their personal contact with each other after since the girl wanted to return DO a favor for getting her out of trouble. The girl after sent DO a set of tableware which has the name Hermès on it so we call her Ms. Hermès. And DO posted the whole story on the forum and keep update when he has anything happened related to this Ms. Hermès. And throughout the whole movie…

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Week 1-Review of Densha Otoko


Network sharing is a very common thing in modern society. We can see from a set of the Japanese film “Train man" that the network is all around our lives.

Through the network, there are many people who don’t know, and we don’t know their identity. We often just use nicknames or anonymous names to leave messages. People are willing to share what they see and hear and express their opinions through this network invisible way. In the real world, it may not be too confident or are not willing to publish their own real ideas. Through the network, can communicate with many people of different identities and it is very convenient. In the online world, there will be no labels, and everyone will communicate on an equal basis.
From the movie Train man, it can be seen that uses the online world to share with the family and Hermes to fully bring up everyone’s emotions. In the story of Hermes and tram men, we can also see some unique characteristics of Japanese culture.

The first thing we can see is that there is a lot of otaku in the Japanese culture. They are not only addicted to the Internet, but even some of them are not willing to take a step. This is because people use animation as a way to get comfort, which makes animation develop in Japan. This has promoted the birth of the Japanese otaku, and the otaku has promoted the Japanese animation industry, and its share of the technology is growing due to its highly developed technology. The value of the face is also a big reason. Otaku is usually not confident about his appearance or dressing, and Japanese women (mothers) are very obedient to the women. After marriage, they will be together, and with the ancient Chinese women’s duties, which has contributed to the existence of “Otaku”, some of them are still dead at home for some 40 or 50 years old.
Then I have to talk about the Japanese bird’s nestling plot. Japanese men are cared for at home when they are young, and the mother is the one who is at home. Many people think that they will also marry a wife in the future. Be as good as your mother. From the movie tram man, we can see that the image of Hermes is relatively mature, but the Densha Otoko is more childish and sometimes some of the love things are Hermes is leading him, for example, their first kiss.  Women in Japanese also an important pillar of a family. From the perspective of another couple, girls are mostly in the kitchen most of the time, and they care about their husbands after they return, even though they There is almost no communication in peacetime, but it can be seen that Japanese women are more virtuous.