DENSHA OTOKO: THE STORY OF THE TRAIN MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL
Densha Otoko: Demo, Ore Tabidatsu Yo., “Train Man: But, I’m about to Leave on a Trip.” • Hitori Nakano (original story), Wataru Watanabe (manga) • CMX (2006–2007) • Akita Shoten (Champion Red, 2005–2006) • 3 volumes • Seinen, Romantic Comedy • 13+ (mild violence, mild situations)
In an uncharacteristic moment of bravery, a nerdy otaku stands up to a drunk who’s pestering a pretty girl on a train. She is moved by his courageous act and sends him expensive teacups as a thank-you along with her phone number. Knowing that he wants to see her again, but being too nerdy and shy to figure out how, he turns to a popular otaku online forum for advice. The people on the forum are touched by his plight and give him advice on how to court the girl, and they eventually fall in love. One of three translated manga based on the hit book Densha Otoko by Hitori Nakano, this manga is the clear winner of the three. The art is energetic and humorous. Most important, the main character really comes across well as being a hopeless otaku: he’s nerdy, bumbling, and sympathetically clueless. While all three train-men manga have their merits, this one makes for the best overall read. See also Train_Man: Densha Otoko and Train Man: A Shojo Manga.