November 10, 2007

The otaku adventure is given a just ending!

densha otoko ascii artIt has been released for a long time now (one year to be exact) but I only got to watch the two-hour long Densha Otoko live-action special today. Yes, today and no, I don't live under a rock.

The Densha Otoko special is officially called Densha Otoko DX~Saigo no Seizen, Saigo no Seizen translating to The Last Crusade. This Densha Otoko special is set a year after what happened in the series. One year is a long time, so the story starts with aliens noticing something wrong with Akihabara. I'm not kidding. Aliens do start the show, and they're pretty ugly aliens too. Not cute at all!

So yeah, because of the release of the Densha Otoko movie (see Train Man: Densha Otoko), we find Akihabara infested with non-otaku. The otaku lost their home and were forced to find sanctuary underground, where some maid cafes were built for the otaku-in-hiding.

So Densha finds himself suddenly famous, despite the fact that his real identity still is unknown. That doesn't stay that way too long though, otherwise, the two-hour special would be a total waste of time and electricity. Enter a very sly, eccentric yet excessively rich president of a new company who would do everything to...

1) get Hermes
2) raise his company's stocks
3) destroy Densha

So what happens to the rest of the story? Without any spoilers of course.. The president cooks up some ploy to ruin Densha and Hermes' relationship (that seems to be growing really strong). Densha finds himself back in the sadistic arms of Jinkama-san. Matilda (the figure) saves Densha's virginity from hungry Tahitian men. 2ch people come to Densha's rescue!

...and that's where I cried. Yep, I cried buckets-full of tears that my laptop was in the brink of destruction from too much snot. It's a very touching special, and you'll have to see it to understand. The Densha Otoko special isn't as funny as the series, but it gives you a sense of fulfillment after you watch it. It's more heartwarming than funny this time, but definitely still at the very top of my favorite live-actions ever!

Oh and Guitar Otaku makes an appearance!

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