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This fan-favorite fantasy by the Gainax studio, which would also produce Wings of Honneamise and Evangelion, is wry and affectionate, self-parody and wish-fulfillment. Inspired by events from the team's own real-life history, it recounts the story of one ordinary young man's efforts to follow the way of the true fan, or "otaku." He loses his girl, his social standing, and his business. His story is counterpointed by a series of spoof live-action "interviews" with fandom personalities such as a cel thief, a costume freak, and a pornography junky. In the second video, merged with the first for Western release, our hero, his devotion undimmed by age, indignity, and failure, triumphs over the sordid cynicism of the world through the purity of the fanboy spirit, aspiring to become the Ota-King. An English translation by Shin Kurokawa and the Ledoux/Yoshida team plus AnimEigo's excellent liner notes provide a wonderful snapshot of an era of fandom and allow us to laugh with and cry for the true otaku.

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Name: Otaku no Video
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1991
Romaji: 1982 Otaku no Video; 1985 Zoku Otaku no Video
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Runtime: (mins)
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