Densha Otoko : 5 of 5
I've finished watching my third Japanese TV drama! (I wonder if I'll be saying "I've finished my 137th drama" in a few years?) My pal Barron has been so nice getting shows for me, and recently he gave me all 11 episodes (plus an extra bonus episode) of Densha Otoko. Recently this has been a famous story in Japan - kind of a "true life" fairy tale. It's about an otaku (geek like me) who happens to stand up for a beautiful girl being bothered on a train, and he tells his story on the internet. Tons of "fans" start giving him advice (as well as the name Densha Otoko, or Train Man), and their message board exchange goes on for several months, as he gains courage and eventually gets the girl! The story was so popular that it was made into a TV show, a movie, and even several manga. The TV series was fantastic - definitely full of over-the-top acting and situations, but so heartwarming and full of emotion. Several episodes had me in happy tears! It's always fun to root for the underdog, and this is a great story that's really uplifting. I loved how they spent time not only on the main plot, but also on various lives of the other people posting messages, all of them finding courage to change their lives for the better because of the inspiration of Densha Otoko himself. The show is full of cool anime references and otaku culture, and I enjoyed every minute of it!