in English) is a franchise that, as of the time of this writing, consists of a book, a film, a television drama, and five different manga adaptations, all of which are based on forum posts in 2ch.
The main character is a nameless otaku
living in Akihabara. One evening, as he is taking the train home, he sees a drunk salaryman
accosting a woman. Overcoming his shyness, he intervenes, and in gratitude, the woman asks for his address and mails him an expensive Hermès tea set as a thank-you gift. The otaku relays this information on the forum he frequents, whereupon he is given the moniker "Train Man". He seeks the advice and support of his fellow forumgoers to tidy himself up and ask "Hermès" out.
The series in general contains examples of:
The 2005 live-action film contains examples of:
- Beautiful All Along: In the movie at least, Densha turns out to be a hottie after getting a haircut, contacts, and a fresh wardrobe.
- Surprisingly Good English: Hermes speaks fluent English in a British accent.
- Those Two Guys: The 2channers, consisting of Those Three Otaku, a hikikomori, a nurse, and a man and woman who are revealed to be husband and wife late in the movie.
The 2005 TV series contains examples of: