Ranked #2327

Otaku no Video

Alternative Titles

Japanese: おたくのビデオ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 1991 to Dec 20, 1991
Producers: Gainax, Youmex, Animeigo
Source: Other
Duration: 48 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.261 (scored by 5,496 users)
Ranked: #23272
Popularity: #2441
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Somewhat based on the real story of how Gainax was founded, Otaku no Video addresses all aspects of an otaku lifestyle. Ken Kubo is a young man living an average life until he is dragged into a group of otaku. Slowly, he becomes more like them until he decides to abandon his former life to become king of otaku—the otaking!

Mixed in are live-action interviews with real otaku, addressing every aspect of hardcore otaku life. Not only are anime and manga fans included, but also sci-fi fans, military fans, and other groups of Japanese geeks.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Kubo, Ken
Kubo, Ken
Tsujitani, Kouji
Tsujitani, Kouji
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Sakurai, Toshiharu
May, Misty
May, Misty
Inoue, Kikuko
Inoue, Kikuko
Nakamaru, Youko
Nakamaru, Youko
Yukie, Rena
Yukie, Rena


Mori, Takeshi
Mori, Takeshi
Masuo, Shouichi
Masuo, Shouichi
Episode Director
Okada, Toshio
Okada, Toshio
Script, Screenplay
Inoue, Kikuko
Inoue, Kikuko
Theme Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(0/2)

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Opening Theme

"Tatakae! Otaking" by Tsujiya Kooji

Ending Theme

"Otaku no Miyoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue

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Jun 16, 2015
"It's not like I'm ashamed of my past or anything!"- Former Otaku


Otaku no Video is a very insightful and introspective (with a touch of mockery) movie that contains both a slightly parodical animated version of the origins of studio Gainax, and live recorded interviews conducted by Gainax of former (and current) Otaku of the time- 1991.

Very nontraditional in many ways, it's not completely anime, and not completely live action, but a blend that presents relevant cultural information regarding the Otaku. It's broken up into two parts; one, an animated movie about a guy named Ken Kubo and his stereotypical fat, geeky otaku friend read more
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Jun 26, 2015
This anime was actually rather educational. It explores the realm of otakus and opens the eyes of why do otakus exist. Since there is only 2 episodes I can't really find that much to talk about but there are a few factors. The fact that it gives a side documentary on real life otakus as of 1991 is rather impressive especially for its time. If you ever plan to become a genius about anime or want to see a story of a man who converts himself into the otaku life this is a must watch. It also explores the realms of not just anime otakus read more
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Sep 16, 2007
I had heard that this was a must-see for people interested in the culture surrounding otakudom, and after finally watching it, I would have to second that proposition. It is simultaneously a humorous, introspective, and thought-provoking look at otaku, and more so than any other similarly themed production, it really covers all bases in its analytical approach to the lifestyle they lead, about the nature of shame, obsession, habitual collecting, and the way in which otaku approach other people, and the world around them. I’ll have to be brief in my comments regarding this aspect of the OVA, because there’s really enough content to write read more
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Jul 28, 2007
I thought it might be proper to define "Otaku" before the actual review.
In the following case, an Otaku (if you don't already know), is a Japanese term for a fan/person who is obsessed with any theme/topic/hobby. (The "portraits" are about anime/manga/military/hentai Otakus).

Otaku no Video is a fairly fun video/OVA to watch. Not necessarily for the actual animation, but the Otaku interview bits(called portrait of an Otaku) in between the actual story, where they have interviews with all sorts of Otakus(Manga,Anime,Military,True,Foreign, "Garage Kit"). Of course, this OVA is fairly outdated (~24 years before time of this review). Opinion: Otaku's have changed over time, so the same read more
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