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Otaku no Video

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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
Duration: 48 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.181 (scored by 9,359 users)
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Ranked: #30032
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Popularity: #2960
Members: 20,741
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakamaru, Youko
Yukie, Rena
May, Misty
Inoue, Kikuko
Nakahara, Shigeru
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Takagi, Wataru


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

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"Tatakae! Otaking" by Tsujiya Kooji

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"Otaku no Miyoimichi" by Toshiharu Sakurai and Kikuko Inoue

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Jun 16, 2015
lawlmartz (All reviews)
"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 read more
Sep 16, 2007
Washi (All reviews)
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
Jul 28, 2007
Traversy (All reviews)
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
Apr 25, 2017

The Otaku Video is a 1991 Gainax OVA that provides a parodical glance into its titular culture as well as giving a very loose and fictionalized retelling of the founding of Gainax studios. Main character Kubo is an everyday college student dissatisfied with his life and hobbies, but a chance reunion with his old high school friend Tanaka drags him into his world of the Otaku. Kubo leaves his “normal” life behind and vows to become the “Otaking”. The anime skips forward in time as it follows the two friends from fanboys, to model distributors, to independent anime creators. As well as their various odd read more


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