History Anime / OtakuNoVideo

26th Aug '17 5:26:17 PM TheBigBopper
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Despite the rather warped-sounding premise, this is actually a youth drama, which ends with what is either a world-changing epiphany or an uplifting DreamSequence. Interspersed among the animated footage is a live-action "documentary", ''Portrait of an Otaku'', in which several different types of Otaku (SF, anime, model guns, garage kits, etc.) are interviewed about their lifestyles.

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Despite the rather warped-sounding premise, this is actually a youth drama, which ends with what is either a world-changing epiphany or an uplifting DreamSequence. Interspersed among the animated footage is a live-action "documentary", {{mockumentary}}, ''Portrait of an Otaku'', in which several different types of Otaku (SF, anime, model guns, garage kits, etc.) are interviewed about their lifestyles.
26th Aug '17 5:23:37 PM TheBigBopper
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''Otaku no Video'' is a legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax two-episode OVA telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}'' (people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and--after being dumped by his girlfriend Ueno--sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!

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''Otaku no Video'' is a legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax two-episode OVA telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}'' (people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and--after being dumped by his girlfriend Ueno--sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: fan: the [=OtaKing=]!
5th Jun '17 5:15:05 PM TheBigBopper
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* SelfDeprecation: Studio Gainax considered themselves to be ''otaku'' at the time they made this OVA, and the creator cameos as ''otaku'' in ''Portrait of an Otaku'' show that as much as anything else they were making fun of themselves.

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* SelfDeprecation: Studio Gainax considered themselves to be huge ''otaku'' at the time they made this OVA, and the creator cameos as ''otaku'' in ''Portrait of an Otaku'' show that as much as anything else they were making fun of themselves.themselves as much as anyone else.
5th Jun '17 5:13:41 PM TheBigBopper
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* ThematicThemeTune: The ending theme, "The Lost Way of ''Otaku''", plays at the end of both OVA episodes. In the first part the otaku's girlfriend dumps him because she can no longer tolerate his hobbies, mirroring Kubo being dumped by Ueno. In the second part he gets a new girlfriend who shares his hobbies, reflecting his SecondLove with Misuzu.

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* ThematicThemeTune: ThematicThemeTune:
** The opening theme, "Fight! Otaking!" is about Kubo's HotBlooded passion to take the world by storm and become the Otaking.
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The ending theme, "The Lost Way of ''Otaku''", plays at the end of both OVA episodes. In the first part the otaku's girlfriend dumps him because she can no longer tolerate his hobbies, mirroring Kubo being dumped by Ueno. In the second part he gets a new girlfriend who shares his hobbies, reflecting his SecondLove with Misuzu.
3rd Jun '17 8:05:35 PM TheBigBopper
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* GainaxEnding: Ends in a surreal yet triumphant manner when Kubo and Tanaka discover a working spaceship/HumongousMecha in the underwater ruins of Otakuland, where they are miraculously restored to youth and reunited with their old friends so they can blast off to discover the "Planet of the Otaku".
3rd Jun '17 8:02:26 PM TheBigBopper
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* {{Gainaxing}}: It even named the MistyMay!

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* {{Gainaxing}}: After ''Anime/GunBuster'' this is probably the show that cemented Gainax' reputation for animating bouncy breasts. In-universe, this is part of Kubo and Tanaka's success in anime. It even named the MistyMay!



* ShoutOut: Crammed full of shout-outs to famous shows, to the point where it has [[its own page]].

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* ShoutOut: Crammed full of shout-outs to famous shows, to the point where it has [[its [[ShoutOut/OtakunoVideo its own page]].
3rd Jun '17 7:59:09 PM TheBigBopper
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* CreatorCameo: All of the ''otaku'' interviewed in *Portrait of an Otaku* are believed to be members and associates of Creator/StudioGainax:

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* CreatorCameo: All of the ''otaku'' interviewed in *Portrait ''Portrait of an Otaku* Otaku'' are believed to be members and associates of Creator/StudioGainax:
3rd Jun '17 7:58:31 PM TheBigBopper
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Legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}'' (people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!

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Legendary ''Otaku no Video'' is a legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature two-episode OVA telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}'' (people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets and--after being dumped by his girlfriend Ueno--sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!



* BasementDweller: Some of the ''otaku'' in the live-action segments are depicted as comedic, socially awkward losers who live in tiny apartments cluttered with merchandise and have no lives outside of their hobbies. Others have tried to shed this image by getting "respectable" jobs, and become defensive when confronted with evidence of their ''otaku'' pasts.
* BlandNameProduct: The ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' sticker Satou produces in the elevator is spelled "Captain Herlock".



* CosplayOtakuGirl: Yuri Satou. Including wearing Lum's FurBikini.

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* CosplayOtakuGirl: Yuri Satou. Including wearing Satou is the cosplay specialist in Tanaka's group and enjoys cosplaying in fanservicey outfits such as Lum's FurBikini.FurBikini from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''.
* CreatorCameo: All of the ''otaku'' interviewed in *Portrait of an Otaku* are believed to be members and associates of Creator/StudioGainax:
** Creator/HideakiAnno plays the part of the HGame ''otaku'' who is obsessed with Noriko from ''Anime/GunBuster''.
** The OccidentalOtaku, "Shon Hernandez," is played by Craig York, and the character's name is a combination of Shon Howell and Lea Hernandez, who--together with York--were the core of General Products USA, a western branch of Gainax's merchandising enterprise in the early 1990s.
** Hiroshi Sato, an animator and another Gainax member, plays the garage kit otaku using the pseudonym "Sato Hiroshi".



* FunWithSubtitles: Whether unintentional or Manipulative Editing, the subtitles for the American Otaku interviewed are clearly different from the English he actually speaks.

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* FunWithSubtitles: Whether unintentional or Manipulative Editing, the subtitles for the American Otaku ''Otaku'' interviewed are clearly different from the English he actually speaks.



%% * {{Mockumentary}}: Especially the live-action stuff.
* PlayboyBunny: A BareYourMidriff variation with Misty May.
%% * ShoutOut: Many, many, many...

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%% * {{Mockumentary}}: Especially The live action segment ''Portrait of an Otaku'', purports to consist of interviews with real ''otaku'' but is actually a staged parody featuring cameos by members of Gainax and people who were connected with the live-action stuff.
filming.
* [[invoked]]OneOfUs: One reason that Kubo and Tanaka succeed in their business is that they are ''otaku'' themselves and understand what their customers want.
* PlayboyBunny: A BareYourMidriff variation with Misty May.
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May wears the classic outfit with bunny ears and a cotton tail.
* {{Satire}}: The movie is a light-hearted Horatian satire of otaku culture, particularly in the ''Portrait of an Otaku'' segments where they poke fun at ''otaku'' for being uncool and having no lives outside their hobbies. There's the video collector who never watches any of the videos he's recorded, a porn otaku who's invented special glasses in an attempt to remove the mosaic censorship, a cel-thief who walks right into studios and steals cels to sell on the black market, and that's just a few of them.
* SelfDeprecation: Studio Gainax considered themselves to be ''otaku'' at the time they made this OVA, and the creator cameos as ''otaku'' in ''Portrait of an Otaku'' show that as much as anything else they were making fun of themselves.
* ShoutOut: Many, many, many...Crammed full of shout-outs to famous shows, to the point where it has [[its own page]].
* ThematicThemeTune: The ending theme, "The Lost Way of ''Otaku''", plays at the end of both OVA episodes. In the first part the otaku's girlfriend dumps him because she can no longer tolerate his hobbies, mirroring Kubo being dumped by Ueno. In the second part he gets a new girlfriend who shares his hobbies, reflecting his SecondLove with Misuzu.



** With a bit of a TakeThat. The "historical" scenes are separated from the "interviews" by text cards listing a "real world" date and event (usually not Otaku related). The last one (before the "future sequence"), lists a "future date" (the 2nd show was made in 1991).

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** With a bit of a TakeThat. The "historical" scenes are separated from the "interviews" by text cards listing a "real world" date and event (usually not Otaku ''Otaku'' related). The last one (before the "future sequence"), lists a "future date" (the 2nd show was made in 1991).



** If you [[{{Space 1999}} got this]] congrats, you're an Otaku, just like the guys you've been laughing at (or you probably were admiring them?). Note this date might have a special [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "impact"]] for 21st century viewers. Gainax are just that geeky.

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** If you [[{{Space 1999}} got this]] congrats, you're an Otaku, ''Otaku'', just like the guys you've been laughing at (or you probably were admiring them?). Note this date might have a special [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "impact"]] for 21st century viewers. Gainax are just that geeky.



* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Satou pulls a Anime/CaptainHarlock sticker from hers in in the first scenes.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* ZettaiRyouiki (Misty May)

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* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Downplayed. Inside the elevator, Satou pulls a Anime/CaptainHarlock ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' sticker from hers in in the first scenes.
chest area of her overalls.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: At the end of the video otaku's interview, the text says: "Two weeks after this interview, he went to the U.S. in search of the ultimate videocassette collection."
* ZettaiRyouiki (Misty May)
YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Misty May has pink hair, reflecting how she's an anime creation. In contrast, all of the "real" characters have mundane hair colors like brown and black.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Misty May wears thigh-high stockings with her PlayboyBunny costume, earning a grade of 'A'.
3rd Jun '17 6:10:01 PM TheBigBopper
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Legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}''(people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!

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Legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}''(people ''{{otaku}}'' (people with obsessive hobbies such as {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!
3rd Jun '17 6:09:50 PM TheBigBopper
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Legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}''--people with obsessive hobbies such as anime--by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!

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Legendary 1991 Creator/StudioGainax feature telling the story of Kubo, a college student in 1982 who is drawn into a group of ''{{otaku}}''--people ''{{otaku}}''(people with obsessive hobbies such as anime--by {{anime}}) by his old high school buddy Tanaka. He eventually becomes just as obsessed as the others, and sets his sights on becoming the ultimate fan of all: the [=OtaKing=]!
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