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Otaku no Video

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
Duration: 48 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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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

Sakurai, Toshiharu
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Kubo, Ken
Kubo, Ken
Tsujitani, Kouji
Tsujitani, Kouji
Otsuka, Akio
Otsuka, Akio
Otsuka, Akio
Otsuka, Akio


Mori, Takeshi
Okada, Toshio
Script, Screenplay
Inoue, Kikuko
Theme Song Performance
Kikuchi, Yasuhito
Key Animation

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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 Of course, this OVA is fairly outdated (~24 years before time of this review).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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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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both are similars anime on otakus =P
Both animes talk about the lives of otakus, Otaku no Video is older, but the theme of otaku day live is the same.

Opening Theme

"Tatakae! Otaking" by Tsujiya Kooji

Ending Theme

"Otaku no Miyoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue

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