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Densha Otoko: Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story (Manga)

Densha Otoko: Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story

Alternative Titles

English: Train_Man: Densha Otoko
Synonyms: Train Man, Densha Otoko: Net Development, the Love Story of a Local Train
Japanese: 電車男 ネット発、各駅停車のラブ・ストーリー


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 27
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 10, 2006 to Feb 13, 2007
Authors: Nakano, Hitori (Story), Hara, Hidenori (Art)
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)


Score: 8.101 (scored by 2556 users)
Ranked: #6542
Popularity: #1062
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A hopeless geek, a beautiful woman, and a fast connection--could the Internet be his ticket onto the express train to romance?

A real-life thread on an Internet forum sparks a nationwide phenomenon! A nerdy otaku meets a girl on a train and posts an urgent query on the Web. How the heck do you talk to girls? What should he wear on their date? Where should they go? The forum's response was overwhelming, and the thread continued to grow along with their relationship.

Eventually published in book form to become a best-seller, the thread spawned a blockbuster movie and hit TV series, as well as this heartwarming manga adaptation of an entire Internet community rooting for love and romance.

(Source: VIZ Media)


Densha Otoko: Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story was published in English as Train_Man: Densha Otoko by VIZ Media from October 10, 2006 to February 13, 2007.

This is one of the manga adaptations of the Densha Otoko series, based on the posts of a 23-year-old otaku on the bulletin board 2channel, which spawned a best-seller book, an 11-episode live-action series from July 7, 2005 to October 6, 2005 and a film released in Japan on March 26, 2005 and licensed in DVD by VIZ Media.

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Aug 17, 2013
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” - Plato.

This is a very simple manga and due to such simplicity it is very often down-played and underrated. Is simplicity really such a bad thing? Can a simple manga be a good manga? The question "What makes a good manga?" is one that has no definite standard answer. The world of - let's call it "creative work" thus encompassing a wider scope than just manga - is an open one. Ultimately it is as unlimited as one's imagination can be, therefore any answer to this question will be met with opposition read more
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May 12, 2008
Let’s face it. When was the last time you have ever read a romance manga that wasn’t a harem? If you have, then forget what I said. But if you haven’t read a romance story other than a harem lately, you need to expand your horizons. I have done so in the past and have uncover this hidden gem of a story. It’s about time all of you should about the amazing title I found when I did so.


The story itself is interesting and very entertaining. What makes it interesting is that it provides us with a realistic depiction read more
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Jan 7, 2009
I'm someone who can enjoy romance and drama manga's (and anime's of course).

So I enjoyed this too, I found out that there was a manga (more actually, even an anime and several drama's). of a true story, so something that actually happened.

When I found out it was this story, I was suprised, that it was a romance, and not a warstory, or some kind of crazy deranged drama. But it was a nice suprise, this is about a guy, a "Otaku", who "saves" this ...woman from being harassed by a drunkard in the train, they exchange some information and keep narrowly contact with each other.

This read more
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May 27, 2010

It's really hard to believe that this is based on a true story but true story or not it's a must read.

Out of all the Densha Otoko Manga's I read this one is the best.

As you read the manga you feel like you regret not reading the thread that Densha was posting back when this happen but this manga gives who the feeling that you were actually there when this all happen.

Not only does it make you feel like you were reading the thread it also makes you want to change like Densha.

It's really a heart pounding love story and I read more
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