Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 1991 to Dec 20, 1991
Duration: 48 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.341 (scored by 4242 users)
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Sep 16, 2007
In terms of actual entertainment value, and story, I was quite disappointed. Although an important contribution to the OVA, the ‘portrait of an otaku’ segments really fractured the progression of the story and fragmented its pace so that it was difficult for thew show to build up momentum or excitement. I felt that the story simply not be told in such a short period of time, particularly of the characters were to be properly fleshed out and developed. As a consequence of the short, and divided time, I never felt attached to the characters, or their plight, or only occasionally did their predicament make me feel. This would have been alright if it was more of a comedy, but the fact is it was rarely very funny, the black humour of the portraits was almost entirely absent from the actual anime. This basically means that the OVA is barely worth watching unless you have a genuine interest or investment in the otaku culture in Japan; you will not find a better psycho-analysis of the otaku character. read more
Jul 28, 2007
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 Of course, this OVA is fairly outdated (~24 years before time of this review).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 (Portrait of an Otaku) can't necessarily be applied to modern ones.
As for the Story, it only becomes worthwhile when he emerges into the Japanese anime industry(episode 2). The first part, I found fairly mediocre.
The art is outdated, but not to the point where it is distracting. GAINAX (a couple years before the Shin Seiki Evangelion.
The Opening themesong, I found quite catchy. The video's background music was undistracting to the point where I'm not quite sure whether it even had background music or not.
Characters both story and portraits were mainly Otakus, some of which seem to be hard to get along with (in the portraits not the anime).
As for Enjoyment, this OVA is one of a kind, even with it's outdated(ness), I still managed to learn alot (and a bit about about myself), statistics & surveys "out of 100 otakus) are given so you have an idea regarding otaku.
As a result, this OVA is one to be watched. People can look into this and say.... "That's how Otaku were in the 1980's, things have changed", "Wow, I didn't know that", or even "Oh, I see, that's why I talk to myself" (you're not alone!!). I'd recommend this to most Otakus, and maybe anyone who happens interested in Otaku(ism?). read more
Oct 15, 2009
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 particular style. Obviously they are different approaches but each of them ended being a timeless classic with their similarities in animation.
The OVA starts off in ’82 telling the story of a average Japanese person slowly getting more and more into the otaku universe throughout the years.
Interesting point is that Gainax interview several real life otakus (or persons that had been otaku in their college days), these occasional small interviews add some sad and depressing mood to it, but it doesn’t decrease the quality of the OVA, in the other side it raised the quality.
As the story goes by, it surpasses it’s air date year (1991) and goes further into the future, this led the story to leave the depressive parts behind and ends in a rather cheerful, comedic and happy ending.
I loved the OVA and would recommend anyone to watch it.
Rate; 8.0/10 read more
Jul 18, 2010
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 to college years later (but only the first OAV was available) but it struck a few chords about me when I was younger and more obsessed.
For starters, I had only myself to share my anime obsession with. It was sad. Since finding BBS's and newsgroups that were sparsely populated (that I could find anyhow), I didn't have anyone else to talk about anime with except my brother. Our news came from Protoculture Addicts and we got our art books and merchandise from a Yaohan (now called Mitsuwa).
Now going back and watching Otaku No Video, it first confused me with the live-action shots but seeing the lifestyles of some of these people in Japan and how they treat their hobbies actually got me pretty depressed and downtrodden. It can be an eye-opener for sure. Yes, it's dated (then again, I still enjoy 70's-90's anime) but honestly, there are people today that treat their obsessions to that same degree.
Hearing Kikuko Inoue and knowing she still does great VA work today is at least worth checking out.
You can take this series with a grain of salt (like you would with say, Genshiken), or watch it like the sucker I was and feel very depressed after watching it.
I won't be against finishing the OAV if I can find the second episode, but I probably would have to be drunk or with friends to share the "experience" with. read more
May 25, 2008
To compare to other movies and shows, it's a little bit Project A-Ko, a little bit NHK No Youkoso (though not so dark at all), and dare I say its modern counterpart might be Lucky Star? It caters shamelessly to fans and asks nothing from outsiders, and it's a ton of fun for anyone who wants to witness the roots of Gainax, or see just how obsessive some people can be. read more