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Densha Otoko - Net Hatsu, Kakueki Teisha no Love Story  
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From Viz:
A hopeless geek, a beautiful woman, and a fast connection--could the Internet be his ticket onto the express train to romance?
A real-life thread on an Internet forum sparks a nationwide phenomenon! A nerdy otaku meets a girl on a train and posts an urgent query on the Web--How the heck do you talk to girls? What should he wear on their date? Where should they go? The forum's response was overwhelming, and the thread continued to grow along with their relationship.


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Associated Names
Densha Otoko
Densha Otoko - Net Development, the Love Story of a Local Train
Train Man

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.10-18 by KEFI over 12 years ago
v.2 c.10 by APNF over 12 years ago
v.1 c.9 by APNF over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Live Action Movie

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (455 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
 29% (134 votes)
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 6% (28 votes)
 2% (9 votes)
 1% (4 votes)
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Last Updated
October 28th 2015, 3:21pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (3 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #548 increased(+157)
Monthly Pos #1119 increased(+238)
3 Month Pos #1739 increased(+180)
6 Month Pos #2089 increased(+36)
Year Pos #2128 decreased(-3)

List Stats
On 292 reading lists
On 503 wish lists
On 1236 completed lists
On 42 unfinished lists
On 240 custom lists

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by simpleeyelid
April 5th, 2010, 9:50am
I gave 7, just because I think there is a probability of 70% for this story to be true. The art is "comme si comme ça", I do not have particular dislike towards any sort of drawing..
I spent an afternoon reading it (a lot of time wasted).. finally I just wish that the story would be true and the roles in the real life could live a happy life.

Briefly, I think: this is not a cliched story (you could choose to read it), only if you believe it happened somewhere sometime..

... Last updated on December 28th, 2011, 11:27am
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Good reasons   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by amishmies
December 18th, 2009, 7:12am
I probably shouldn't rate this a ten, because the art really isn't that good, but I just had to. This is one of the best plots and story I've read, I was smiling and laughing all the way through biggrin (read it in one go). I couldn't really help myself, and how the story was told was truly an incredible and exceptional idea. No manga like this out there. An added bonus is the fact that it was not dragged out too long, read this if you are at all into romance. Characters fit prefectly as well.

Great stuff.

... Last updated on December 18th, 2009, 7:13am
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Bad portrayal of otaku   
Rating: N/A
by mango123
September 5th, 2009, 10:37am
This manga gives the reader a really good grasp of what the densha otoko story is based on, but it portrays it badly. The main character, who is supposed to be a typical otaku, portrays NO sign of the stereotypical otaku attributes that one would expect, ex: fussing over anime/manga, going crazy over figurines, etc. In fact, his personality seems to take a complete 180 within the first 10 pages, seriously wtf? Instead of a otaku coming out of his shell (which took approx less than 15 pages for him to become a normal person and forget about anything otakuish, to the point that it never even appears in the manga), it is more focused on the typical romance between two shy people. The otaku part did not contribute anything to the story; the plot could've been possible even if a normal, non-otaku, but shy person had been the one saving Hermes on the train and not a otaku.
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heart warming <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chulian1819
August 17th, 2009, 7:59am
Makes you believe that real life love still exists, that destiny can start wonderful things and you just have to take from there and finish the job ^^
I know the drawing isn't great but what counts is the story <3 , so ill give it a 10/10 just for the story wink

sometimes happy endings do exits ^^ I hope densha-san and hermes-san are happily married with a beautiful baby like the mother smile
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too good!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Reiketsukan
June 4th, 2009, 3:32pm
this was the best ever story ive ever read and the fact that it actually (according to the manga) actually happened, is even more amazing.

I was hanging on to every word and had the same reactions as the supporting characters
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Rating: N/A
by mystichead
March 7th, 2009, 8:54am
wow just wow.....this is too good.....
the reader him/herself will go through emotional stages just reading it..........
very touching..funny in a way......u cant put it down...and u keep getting moments of embarrassment which somewhat make the reader stop reading yet u cant......

I am a critic..and this has somehow unexpectedly made me enjoy it alot
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I can't help but smile.. :D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kiddo
February 9th, 2009, 3:00pm
Normally I wouldn't read this kind of story, but this series had me grinning at every page. It's that heartwarming. The author created the perfect characters to fit this manga.
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Though we know how it ends..   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
August 15th, 2008, 12:30am
For most narratives, we continue to read to find out how it would conclude. For this one, we continue to read to know the details that led to the obvious conclusion.

Densha Otoko just happened to be a random title that I started to read and so much as I was surprised that I enjoyed reading it up to the end.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lippe-kun
August 13th, 2008, 1:30pm
I liked the art, but it's not what you call that good, though the plot is VERY incredible, it doesn't leave you with questions and a happy end, i really liked this series.
Ah~ i really liked the main male!

... Last updated on August 13th, 2008, 1:32pm
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An excellent read.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by pikku
July 8th, 2008, 11:20pm
I don't usually read this sort of thing, but it's really entertaining.
It's gotten to the point where I can easily compare my expression to all of his friends on the internet. (Mind you, I don't yell anything out.)
He's really easy to cheer for, and the storyline is the best I've seen for something centering on romance in an everyday setting. (Which I think sounds quite boring.)

I don't really think the art is the best, but the story had me going from the first page without a doubt.
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