Train Man

This week, I discovered Densha Otoko. Originally, I thought it was included interaction on a BBS. Instead, the Internet forum featured in this Japanese Drama is about 2ch.net. A big part of Densha Otoko is the online interaction — people reading and responding to online posts. When I told that the makers did a good job of making this interesting and even entertaining, he said “it’s a hard concept to swallow as interesting.” It could be that this is just a sappy Beauty and the Beast love story and I’m a hopeless romantic, but I really do think this is a well told serial. The dramatic element isn’t overdone and it has maintains a comic feel throughout the series. Because its a serial with 10+ episodes, there is also a fair bit of suspense. Charles Dickens used the serial effectively; why not Takeuchi Hideki and company? (If you’re interested in seeing it, I can help you find it.) Finally, after reading up on 2ch.net a bit, I’m interested in their method of maintaining anonymity on a popular service. (Anyone that has 10 million visitors a day is popular.)

If there is a user ID attached to a user, a discussion tends to become a criticizing game. On the other hand, under the anonymous system, even though your opinion/information is criticized, you don’t know with whom to be upset. Also with a user ID, those who participate in the site for a long time tend to have authority, and it becomes difficult for a user to disagree with them. Under a perfectly anonymous system, you can say, “it’s boring,” if it is actually boring. All information is treated equally; only an accurate argument will work.

4 thoughts on “Train Man”

  1. Quoting myself:

    …it’s a hard concept to swallow as interesting.

    But… it actually is. It’s well done.

    The show itself I initially found a little… I don’t know. I wasn’t completely won over. Then I slept on it and found I wanted to watch more. The inner otaku, probably, looking to see another geek win big.

    Am I allowed to have a crush on the leading lady?

    1. Crushes on fictional characters are always allowed 😉

      The series was extremely popular in Japan last year, so I don’t think it is simply the “inner otaku” — though that is probably the case for me.

  2. Train Man

    Wel I think that train man from the fuji television drama is very funny.Also the actors are very skilfull and it kinds of captures my attention.I want to keep on watching it cause I think it`s a very touching story……

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