Geeky fanboy Ikumi Saiki has a dream that someday, somehow, he'll finally get a girlfriend. Then one day, on the train home, he rescues a beautiful girl from a troublesome drunk. Now the girl sees the hero inside the otaku—and it appears that Ikumi will finally find romance! But though Ikumi found the courage to save her, will he ever be brave enough to win her heart? Desparate, Ikumi posts an urgent plea on an Internet message board: "Help me with the girl of my dreams!" Ikumi's story ignites the whole online world. Everyone is ready to help Ikumi prove that even an otaku can find true love!
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.
Densha Otoko: Bijo to Junjou Otaku Seinen no Net-Hatsu Love Story was published in English as Train Man: A Shōjo Manga by Del Rey Manga on November 7, 2006.
Train man is a fantastic manga, regardless of the fact theres only one volume. Frankly, theres no need to have anymore since if it continued, it would be very boring and dragging.. once you finish you'll feel satisfied about the ending, just cuz you so knew what would happen. Thankfully, i wasn't about to rip my hair out and wonder how fast i could get my hands on the next volume. It really is a feel good manga that will make you want to put it down gently and ponder upon your own personal love life. In a good way of course ^^
So basicly, the main character is your 22 year old fanboy.. and as geeky and shy as he can be, hes a delight to read about ! And really.. whats more fun then watching a total dork get a heart throbbing make over ;]
Then theres the girl, and thank your lucky socks shes not one of those kinda girls make you wanna rip the spine open out of frustration. Shes sweet, and not showy at all !
Looking up at my rather high scores, please do be tempted to read Train Man as might just enjoy it as i have ! read more
Of the various media elements to come out of the "Train Man" tale back in the mid-2000s, this one-shot manga was not one of the better adaptations. To start out, the art was a bit too simplistic. It was weird seeing so much white space going unused, and not particularly appealing either. Her character designs were less than stellar as well, not up to my usual shoujo fare.
The story itself was painful. I found myself rolling my eyes through most of the scenes, particularly with the guy bursting into tears so often. It almost felt like she was trying to turn the Densha Otoko into a stereotypical manga girl and his love interest into something more of the stereotypical guy. Quite frankly, it didn’t work.
I think part of the problem was how rushed it felt. You couldn’t really develop any sort of attachment to the characters. I found myself wondering, “Why should I care?” There just wasn’t enough substance.
On the other hand, there were a few good points. The “screens” from 2chan were neat, although the things written were rather painful. I also rather enjoyed the translation notes included by Del Rey, and their sum up of the whole Densha Otoko phenomenon. It’s a shame that the extras were better than the manga itself. read more