Just ordered this book along with the Silent Hill DVD from Amazon. I can’t believe that this book was finally translated into English, I was hoping for that several months ago, when I watched the brilliant TV-series version of the phenomenon. I’ve already read most of the story in English, as it’s been translated here: Project Densha. But I don’t mind paying for something like this. I’m also pretty curious as to how well the feeling of a message board is kept intact when you’re reading it in a book. Check further below for a small sample.
The cover pretty much says it all. “The international bestseller - over a million copies sold”. There’s no doubt. Densha Otoko is, or was at least, huge! And it all started with a simple thread on a forum in Japan on the 2ch (2channel) website.
From the Amazon.co.uk website: This is a true story of love for the internet generation - the international bestseller that sold over a million copies. This wonderfully unique book from Japan derives from a series of postings over a three-month period to a particularly computer-geeky thread of 2 Channel, the world’s largest anonymous Message Board. The events all took place in Tokyo. One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he had met a girl on a subway train. As things developed he continued to post updates to the message board. He gained the nickname ‘Train Man’. With each update from bashful Train Man, his fellow correspondents throw in own colourful speculations, boyish encouragements, tongue-in-cheek warnings, and fabulously inventive ascii text drawings. Train Man tries to take on board their comments as events unfold. Eventually he finds love with the girl, Hermes, and reveals to her the entire history of the thread. The true identity of Train Man remains a closely guarded secret.
Apparently there are otaku that would save a lady in distress.
Yeah I’ve seen those. Only in Japan and I love it. :-Pwil:
i saw the series about a yr before i got the book. it was amazing how the story line went. nothing is impossible even for an otaku