Densha Otoko – 11 (END)
Reading the entire message board, Saori is moved to tears by Tsuyoshi’s messages as Densha Otoko. She rushes out to find him, but Kazuya has other plans. He calls Tsuyoshi, telling him that Saori is in trouble, then takes Saori to Akihabara himself. She can’t find him at the secret spot, so she runs everywhere looking for him. Kazuya calls her and tells her to meet him at the subway station where he intends to pull off another complex proposal. She goes there looking for Tsuyoshi and accidentally runs into him, much to Kazuya’s surprise. They go back to the rooftop where Tsuyoshi stumbles through what he wants to say, but with Saori’s support, he finally confesses to her. Saori returns his feelings and adds on a kiss. They spend the rest of the night together making out after Saori gives him a present (a necklace matching her own). In the next days, Densha Otoko realizes that its time to leave the message board. After everyone shares their stories of how Densha motivated them, Tsuyoshi makes the 1000th post in the thread (2ch board threads can only go 1000 posts before having to be recreated). With the phenomenon over, everyone returns to their normal lives. Saori and Tsuyoshi board a train and ride off together.
This episode ended the series almost exactly like I expected it to, with only a few surprises (which aren’t really even surprises). Saori searches for Tsuyoshi, they find each other, mutually confess, share several tender moments, and then Tsuyoshi bids farewell to the message board and everyone moves on. Not so much predictable as just the ending I wanted to see.
And so I really had a good time watching the episode. From the ending song playing over the radio to Kazuya’s usual antics to all the tearful moments, I never ceased to be entertained. The relationship which we’ve been rooting for the entire season finally blooms, and we get not one kiss, but several. The only thing that irks me a bit is the fact that Saori is the more aggressive player in their relationship. It doesn’t seem to fit with her character (nor Tsuyoshi’s, but that’s a different matter).
Past all the joyful moments, there were also quite a few funny ones. I think my favorite scenes have to be the final Kazuya proposal scheme (and Kazuya’s expression when he sees Tsuyoshi), the Misuzu and Kazuya scene, and the censored kissing shot. I’m glad they didn’t sacrifice any humor in the final episode, since that’s part of what makes this series unique.
Final Thoughts: Densha Otoko is a series that I admittedly picked up on a whim. It had gotten quite a bit of press, and I was curious about the story. What I watched was a modern Pygmalion story that gave a glimpse into an otaku’s life turned upside down by a girl he saves. Itoh Atsushi and Itoh Misaki play the lead characters wonderfully, with Atsushi-san making quite a good nerd and Misaki-san being very beautiful and elegant. With a powerful supporting cast (special mention goes to all of the message board personalities), the story creates tons of laughs and tears. I would strongly recommend this drama to anyone.
Now to wait for the Densha Otoko special coming in two weeks….