Otaku no Video

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Geeks' Video
Japanese: おたくのビデオ


Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 27, 1991 to Dec 20, 1991
Producers: Youmex
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: Gainax
Source: Other
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MechaMecha, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture
Duration: 48 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 7.111 (scored by 1371313,713 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #36762
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3907
Members: 31,757
Favorites: 116

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Ranked #3676Popularity #3907Members 31,757
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Episodes: /2

Synopsis

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

Main
Tsujitani, Kouji
Japanese

Tanaka

Main
Sakurai, Toshiharu
Japanese

May, Misty

Supporting
Inoue, Kikuko
Japanese

Satou, Yuri

Supporting
Amano, Yuri
Japanese

Yoshida

Supporting
Umezu, Hideyuki
Japanese

Nakamaru, Youko

Supporting
Yukie, Rena
Japanese

Iiyama

Supporting
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese

Kitajima

Supporting
Takagi, Wataru
Japanese

Yamaguchi

Supporting
Tobita, Nobuo
Japanese

Hino

Supporting
Nakahara, Shigeru
Japanese

Staff

Mori, Takeshi
Director
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Masuo, Shouichi
Episode Director, Key Animation
Okada, Toshio
Script, Screenplay


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Opening Theme

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"Tatakae! Otaking (戦え!おたキング)" by Kouji Tsujitani
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Ending Theme

"Otaku no Mayoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue




Reviews

Jan 27, 2024
If you didn’t like this anime (particularly the second half), it wasn’t aimed at you.

The idea is that these people, these weird, utterly impassioned people, followed their dream and through perseverance and guts managed to Otakunize the planet. It’s a wish-fulfillment fantasy, but it’s also only a slight exaggeration of what Gainax really accomplished (don’t believe me? They’re *still* playing Cruel Angel’s Thesis at half the Pachinko parlors in Ikebukuro).

This OVA was aimed squarely at people like me and my wife. It is no understatement to say that it changed our lives when we first watched it in 1999, brand new Otaku, to whom all ...
May 22, 2021
Mixed Feelings
A classic and rare title for us stateside, I'd heard it mentioned and described and summarized for years. Got a DVD copy for the archives near the end of last year (went by quick and thank God for that) so I could finally see for myself what was so Otaku about it.

Overall a nice watch with an odd premise. Animated fictional account of a fan's ascent/descent into otakudom mixed with live action segments in a documentary style. The only thing that drags it down is those live segments. I enjoyed the anime skits and I could readily spot which character was ...
May 1, 2020
I cannot express my displeasure with this anime enough. This went between an incredibly cringey and unrealistic story, to a low quality interview between the interviewers and otaku from the 1980s. I am amazed at the high reviews for this. I will separate this between the anime part and the interview part, in what is hopefully better executed than the movie itself.

ANIME:

Story: The story is quite nonsensical, and feels like a random conglomerate of events that loosely match up with the interviews. The ending makes very little sense, and almost feels like it is going against what the entire theme of the movie is supposed ...

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Poll: Otaku no Video Episode 2 Discussion
Teddy - Oct 3, 2008
27 repliesby SlammyHammy »»
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Poll: Otaku no Video Episode 1 Discussion
RafaelDeJongh - Mar 12, 2013
26 repliesby SlammyHammy »»
May 13, 2023 8:07 PM
Was the American interviewed in on it?
GodotCoffee - Aug 15, 2012
5 repliesby SlammyHammy »»
May 13, 2023 7:56 PM
82 and 85
tycio - Jul 8, 2019
2 repliesby tycio »»
Nov 27, 2021 11:24 PM
This series confuses me
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Mar 4, 2019 10:56 AM

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