(でんしゃおとこ-Train Man) is a true love story about an Otaku dating one of the women he saves from a drunken man on the train. He chronicled the incident and his subsequent dates on a Japanese Forum. This lead to a manga,movie, book and drama adaptation of the true story.

I wasn’t supposed to be watching anymore Jdramas but the urge to watch one overwhelmed me, and I decided to watch 電車男. Though I thought I would limit myself to watching an episode max a day, I ended up watching the whole drama in a span of two days.

Synopsis of the drama from Dramawiki

A true love story turned to bestselling novel, created from the Internet BBS, 2channel to blockbuster hit movie. Ito Misaki plays Aoyama Saori, working as an office lady at a MNC, gets into trouble with a drunkard on a train. She’s saved by Yamada Tsuyoshi, played by Ito Atsushi. As a form of appreciation, she sends him Hermes teacups. Having no experience with the opposite sex, Tsuyoshi decides to ask for help on the Aladdin Channel BBS on how to interact with Saori.

Ranked 15 at jdorama, 電車男 did not dissapoint. Knowing they would somehow end up together (I was hoping for a sad ending!) , it was the journey that Yamada took was made it awesome. The will and determination to change, but also the courage to reveal his true nature.  I also appreciated the dramas attempt to ease down the Otaku stereotype present in the Japanese Society.An Otaku, obsessed with games, manga,figures and anime is a complete loser. The forum communicate was unique feature of 電車男, and allowed for minor subplots for individuals, who had gained inspiration and courage after reading Yamada’s posts, to resolve their own life problems. At the end, the drama left me with a happy happy feeling. All in all, you must watch!

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