Densha Otoko – Special
While Saori and Tsuyoshi are on their trip together, we flashback to the beginning of the series, after Tsuyoshi first helps Saori in the subway. The story then proceeds from two different perspectives: Ushijima (the Hanshin Tigers fan) and Matsunaga & Kawamoto (Tsuyoshi’s friends). As Tsuyoshi gets advice from the message board, Ushijima is also looking for a lost love, who he finally finds and hooks up with after fighting with his own feelings for the length of the three months. Tsuyoshi’s friend Mastunaga posted on the message board as Guitar Otoko even before Densha Otoko showed up. He spent millions of yen when he was tricked into buying a guitar. He eventually meets and falls for Yuko (Saori’s friend), and ends up playing his guitar at the Tokyo Dome to get her attention. After seeing him singing his heart out, she relents and invites him out. Back in the present, Tsuyoshi and Saori are staying together at a hot springs. He freaks out at the prospect of sleeping in the same room with her, and gets back on the message board to ask for help. Before he can get much advice, Saori returns and invites him to take a bath together. Of course, he goes with her.
This special final final episode is mostly recap, side story, and parody of the series we’ve all grown to love. The recap, which comprises a good half of the episode, just goes through some of the important events that occurred in Tsuyoshi and Saori’s relationship. The side story includes Ushijima and Matsunaga’s stories, neither of which are particularly interesting. What is interesting, however, is getting to see how their stories mesh and extend scenes that we’ve already seen from the drama (like the group date between Saori’s friends and Tsuyoshi’s friends, or how all of the message board folks put up all of the notices in Akihabara when they were trying to find Densha Otoko). The third part, the parody, really makes it worth watching this episode. The episode starts out with Jinkama and Sakurai on the same roof where Tsuyoshi confessed to Saori. They replay that scene, except that Misuzu responds completely differently when it’s her turn. That same scene is parodied again later in the episode when Kawamoto and Matsunaga dub over Tsuyoshi and Saori. Both parts are extremely funny. The other big draw for this episode is the extended ending for Densha Otoko and Hermes. Basically the beginning and the end of the episode are devoted to them, allowing us to see somewhat of an epilogue on how their relationship is developing. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll definitely want to see this episode.