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Short Summary:
Saori invites Tsuyoshi to a triple date with her friends. Tsuyoshi tries to find co-workers to go, but ends up taking his otaku friends. The date is a disaster for Saori’s friends, but goes decently for Tsuyoshi and Saori. On the train back home, Saori pulls Tsuyoshi off the train at her stop, and he walks her home. She later messages him telling him that she feels like she’s being stalked. Tsuyoshi decides that he will protect her, and escorts her to work and home. One night, while Saori is trying to convince her brother to come home, Tsuyoshi is running around investigating various spots she could be spied from. He discovers the apartment of the stalker, and calls up Saori to warn her, only to have her brother pick up. Tsuyoshi rushes to her workplace and finds the power turned off. Rushing up the stairs, he runs into the stalker himself. They end up talking and realizing that they’re not so different. The stalker even hands Tsuyoshi a photo of Saori and him smiling together. In the end, Saori discovers them, and Tsuyoshi and Saori take the train back home. However, this time Tsuyoshi takes the initiative and steps off the train at her stop.

This is a fun episode, if not a bit silly at times. They build up the entire stalker story, only to have the stalker turn out to be a wimp. He isn’t very scary and he even shares a tearful moment or two with Tsuyoshi. Still, the whole protect Saori mindset allows Tsuyoshi to further develop his relationship with her.
There are a ton of funny moments in this episode, from the Keroro Gunso dolls to Saori’s friends to the message board people’s suggestions for dealing with a stalker. I think they could have made the triple date part a bit longer, and gotten some more humor out of that, but it is fine as it is.
I originally thought Saori was going to find out about Tsuyoshi’s inner otaku this episode since she got to meet his friends, but I guessed wrong. Instead, that’ll happen next episode by the looks of the preview. It shows her running into Tsuyoshi in full geekiness (surrounded by tons of anime and game stuff) . It also looks like Tsuyoshi might try to confess.
On a side note, I’ve been noticing a lot of SHUFFLE! stuff making its way onto this show. If you look at screenshot 34 above (which has Tsuyoshi in a tree), you’ll notice that Toyonaga Toshiyuki’s character is hugging a Nerine pillow (Toyonaga Toshiyuki incidentally voices Ayumu on Zettai Shounen). And if you look at this shot from the preview, you can see all the SHUFFLE! stuff on the ground. Just found that interesting since SHUFFLE! is currently airing only two and a half hours after Densha Otoko, though on a different station.

August 4, 2005 at 10:57 pm
7 comments »
  • August 5, 2005 at 9:06 pmmoyism

    another great episode IMO. I did find the whole bonding with the stalker kind of iffy but loved how it gave Tsuyoshi a chance to really protect Saori from danger (compared to how they initially met).

    I just knew with him trying to figure out the stalker that it would eventually get him into trouble with the police. Plus considering all the crap he was carrying, Tsuyoshi wouldn’t have had a good excuse. Luckily things worked out for the best. ^_^;;

    I’m also liking how he’s becoming more er… “normal” as Tsuyoshi isn’t as wimpy as before; even if things didn’t (can’t say don’t since we know they do) work out with Saori, the apparent changes he has made has already effected his life for the positive. Just look how he dresses for work and all his “fun” downtime with female-bully-worker-I-forgot-the-name-of. How Tsuyoshi is now would be down right impossible to think of in the first episode or so!

    … oh yea, Saori’s and Kaho’s senpai from work is frickin’ hilarious! I really think she needs some more screentime as she adds a whole new level of comedy that Tsuyoshi nor the 2ch-ers can do. hehehe

  • August 5, 2005 at 9:14 pmOmni

    Yea, Tsuyoshi is really developing well as a character. It still hurts to watch him sometimes, but he’s getting a lot better (though he may regress a bit next week).
    The “female-bully-worker-I-forgot-the-name-of”‘s name is Misuzu. :)

  • August 5, 2005 at 10:46 pmmoyism

    aaahh… I just vaguely remembered her last name being “Jun-something”. Being too lazy to look it up on the episodes doesn’t help either. Funny though, you would think I’d have remembered that name too.

    Can’t wait for the next episode. Comic convention plus Tsuyoshi’s anime habits are found. (I don’t know how out-of-porportion they might blow up him “lying” to Saori again but personally, I don’t think he lied to her about it. And it’s nothing as horrible as say, having a wife and kid already)

  • August 5, 2005 at 10:47 pmOmni

    I referenced this handy wiki page:
    Densha Otoko Wiki

  • August 5, 2005 at 11:33 pmmoyism

    nice Omni!

    WTH… the guy who plays Tsuyoshi is only 4 days older than one of my good friends! What the.. I’m older than him… but he looks older than me (and ironically my friend that’s 4 days younger than Itoh Atsushi also looks older than me). Strange stuff.

  • August 5, 2005 at 11:36 pmcyw1988

    heh i mean some how like wad bluemist said in his blog : Shuffle left a better impression when it was released comapred to fate stay night(they both released on the same date)… anyway probably it is navel doing some advertisements for their upcoming game Tick tack schedueled for release 16 september

  • September 19, 2005 at 2:07 ammacphisto

    hi everybody,

    i live in tokyo and i’m also a complete addict of “densha”.
    that’s why i thought i should share the movies with whoever wants to watch them.
    if you are interested in all episodes with subtitles, just download them at http://www.macphisto.jp.tp/viewtopic.php?t=2

    have fun,
    mac