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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.

Related Anime

Character: Daicon Opening Animations

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

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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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Oct 15, 2009
This Gainax video was missing in my library. And I’m very glad that I finally got to watch it.

The Gainax animation in ’91 was excellent and this OVA was probably the first in it’s kind to thread some experimental paths in animation, a style that it was copied later on on titles like Tylor and became Gainax trademark in Eva and Kare Kano and on.
As Gainax universe is concerned you see obvious links and the same style used in Gainax productions, if you put Otaku No Video>Evangelion>Kare Kano one after the other you can clearly see the evolution of the studio in that read more
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Jul 18, 2010
Let me first start this review with a story. About myself. Trust me, it's relevant.

It's strange to imagine but I never considered myself as an otaku, more than an enthusiast when I was younger (yes I understand the irony of that statement). In the 90's though when I was still in middle school and high school, being a fan of anime and video games was a double-whammy of nerdism. I heard about this OAV while I was still in my Kenichi Sonoda kick, but only one of my friends had it. I finally got to watch it when I got 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.
Otaku no Video was in part inspired by Gainax's early days, and contains references to their first animated shorts: Daicon III + IV.
Both animes talk about the lives of otakus.
Both of them show the other side of anime - the process of its creation. Besides the main character in Otaku no Video and in Animation Runner Kuromi works hard to make his/her dream come true.

Opening Theme

"Tatakae! Otaking" by Tsujiya Kooji

Ending Theme

"Otaku no Miyoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue

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