Otaku no Video

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

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


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: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.121 (scored by 1284012,840 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34262
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3667
Members: 29,369
Favorites: 118

External Links

Ranked #3426Popularity #3667Members 29,369
Add to List
Episodes: /2
* Your list is public by default.


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.


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors

Kubo, Ken

Tsujitani, Kouji


Sakurai, Toshiharu

May, Misty

Inoue, Kikuko

Satou, Yuri

Amano, Yuri


Umezu, Hideyuki

Nakamaru, Youko

Yukie, Rena


Morikawa, Toshiyuki


Takagi, Wataru


Tobita, Nobuo


Nakahara, Shigeru


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


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Tatakae! Otaking (戦え!おたキング)" by Kouji Tsujitani

Ending Theme

"Otaku no Mayoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue

Jun 16, 2015
"It's not like I'm ashamed of my past or anything!"- Former Otaku


Otaku no Video is a very insightful and introspective (with a touch of mockery) movie that contains both a slightly parodical animated version of the origins of studio Gainax, and live recorded interviews conducted by Gainax of former (and current) Otaku of the time- 1991.

Very nontraditional in many ways, it's not completely anime, and not completely live action, but a blend that presents relevant cultural information regarding the Otaku. It's broken up into two parts; one, an animated movie about a guy named Ken Kubo and his stereotypical fat, geeky otaku friend ...
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 ...
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 ...

Interest Stacks

50 Entries · 124 Restacks
50 Entries · 933 Restacks
50 Entries · 21 Restacks


Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Otaku no Video Episode 2 Discussion
Teddy - Oct 3, 2008
26 replies by GakutoDeathGlare »»
Nov 24, 12:05 AM
Poll: Otaku no Video Episode 1 Discussion
RafaelDeJongh - Mar 12, 2013
25 replies by GakutoDeathGlare »»
Nov 23, 11:04 PM
Was the American interviewed in on it?
GodotCoffee - Aug 15, 2012
4 replies by Restless_Soul »»
Jul 12, 2:08 PM
82 and 85
tycio - Jul 8, 2019
2 replies by tycio »»
Nov 27, 2021 11:24 PM
This series confuses me
Fronzel - Jun 27, 2010
10 replies by Kristiwazhere »»
Mar 4, 2019 10:56 AM

Recent Featured Articles

What Exactly Does 'Otaku' Mean?

What Exactly Does 'Otaku' Mean?

The term otaku is often used in the West to refer to anyone interested in anime. But is that what otaku really means? Learn about the history behind the otaku phenomenon and how different anime have reacted to it, as well as anime fandom in general.
Nostalgia Bomb: 20 of the Best Anime from the 90s

Nostalgia Bomb: 20 of the Best Anime from the 90s

A look at twenty titles from the 90s that helped define the decade for anime.