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7.5/10 IMDb

Directed by  Takeshi Mori
Licensed by  AnimEigo
Initial release  27 September 1991 (Japan)
Music director  Kōhei Tanaka
7.2/10 MyAnimeList

Genre  Parody, Comedy
Studio  Gainax
Episodes  2
Director  Takeshi Mori
Production company  Gainax
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Released  September 27, 1991 – December 20, 1991
Screenplay  Toshio Okada, Hiroyuki Yamaga
Cast  Kikuko Inoue, Kōji Tsujitani, Masami Kikuchi, Yuri Amano, Akio Ōtsuka

Similar  Legend of Lemnear, Plastic Little, The End of Evangelion

Otaku no Video (おたくのビデオ, otaku no Bideo, lit. "Geeks' Video") is a 1991 comedy anime spoofing the life and culture of otaku, individuals with obsessive interests in media, particularly anime and manga, as well as the history of Gainax, its creators. It is noted for its mix of conventional documentary film styles (with actual film, no less), with a more traditional anime storytelling fashion. It is licensed in the United States by AnimEigo. The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations from the early eighties are also featured in this OVA.


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Plot summary

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The story begins in Otaku no Video 1982, where the main character is an everyman character, Ken Kubo, living with his girlfriend Yoshiko and as a member of his college's tennis team, until introduced by his former friend Tanaka to a club of enthusiasts: a female illustrator, an information geek, a martial artist, and a weapons collector. Kubo soon joins them; and when Yoshiko abandons him, makes the wish to become the supreme enthusiast, under the name of "Otaking".

Kubo's quest continues in More Otaku no Video 1985, set three years later, in which he creates his model kits, opens shops, and builds a factory in China. Later, he loses his fortune when one of his rivals (now married to Yoshiko) takes control of his enterprise; but Kubo and Tanaka, with hard-working artist Misuzu, gradually take over the anime industry with a 'magical girl' show, "Misty May". At the peak of their ambitions, Ken and Tanaka create Otakuland in 1999: the equivalent of Disneyland for otaku (the story suggests Otakuland to be located in the same city of Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, as the original Tokyo Disneyland.)

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Many years later, Ken and Tanaka return to Otakuland in a post-apocalyptic submerged Japan and find its central structure, a giant robot, converted into a functional spaceship piloted by their old friends. Miraculously rejuvenated, they fly into space in search of "The Planet of Otaku".

A Portrait of an Otaku

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A controversial and humorous part of Otaku no Video was the inclusion of live-action documentary excerpts, titled "A Portrait of an Otaku". In these segments, the documentary crew would interview an anonymous otaku, typically ashamed at being a fan and whose face are censored with a mosaic and have their voices digitally masked. The mock documentary segments serve as a counterpoint to the anime: while the anime emphasizes the camaradrie, creativity, and dreams of mainstream acceptance of otaku, the mock interviews exaggerate its negative qualities. The subjects run the gamut of the otaku subculture: the interviews cover a cosplayer who now works as a computer programmer and outright denies his cosplay days, even when presented with photographic evidence, but keeps his Char Aznable helmet in his desk drawer, an airsoft otaku, a garage kit otaku, and a shut-in who videorecords television programs for trade, but has not actually watched anything he's recorded. The interviews also contain fans who engage in a range of illicit or unsavory activities, such as cel thieves, a pornography fan attempting to manufacture glasses to defeat the mosaic censorship common in Japanese porn videos and who is shown masturbating during the interview, and a computer gamer—famous Gainax member Hideaki Anno—obsessed with a character in a hentai computer game (Noriko from Gunbuster—one of Anno's works—who makes a cameo in Gainax's own hentai game, Cybernetic High School).

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It is believed that all the subjects in the Portrait of an Otaku segments were Gainax employees or connected to Gainax at the time of filming. The first otaku interviewed bore a remarkable resemblance to Toshio Okada, a principal founder in Gainax, in both background and physical appearance. The gaijin otaku, Shon Hernandez, has been confirmed to have been Craig York, who with Shon Howell and Lea Hernandez, whose names were borrowed for the character, were the main staff of General Products USA, an early western branch of Gainax's merchandising enterprise in the early 1990s. The interview with "Shon Hernandez" has been a point of contention with Lea Hernandez, who, in an interview with PULP magazine, noted that the interview was unscripted and that Craig York had been fairly sincere in his thoughts and had felt that Gainax insulted their American members. In the interview, the words spoken by Shon Hernandez in the background are noticeably different from what is shown on screen via subtitle (which is based on the Japanese voice-over "translation").

At FanimeCon 2003, Hiroshi Sato, an animator and another Gainax member, mentioned that he had been in one of the interviews in Otaku no Video. In Otaku no Video, the garage kit otaku was given the pseudonym "Sato Hiroshi" for the interview.


Ken Kubo (久保 健, Kubo Ken)
The main character. Voiced by: Kōji Tsujitani
Tanaka (田中)
Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai
Hino (日野)
Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara
Misuzu Fukuhara (福原 美鈴, Fukuhara Misuzu)
Voiced by: Yūko Kobayashi
Yoshiko Ueno (上野 美子, Ueno Yoshiko)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
Yuri Satō (佐藤 由梨, Satō Yuri)
Voiced by: Yuri Amano
Miyoshi (三善)
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi
Iiyama (飯山)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Yamaguchi (山口)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
Kitajima (北島)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
Yoshida (吉田)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu
Inoue (井上)
Voiced by: Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Murata (村田)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada
Yōko Nakamaru (中丸陽子)
Voiced by: Rena Kurihara
Ryū Kohaku (小白 龍)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu
Bankman Kanda (バンクマン神田, Bankuman Kanda)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka
Narrator (ナレーション, Narēshon)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka

Production and release

Since Otaku no Video was partially based in the personal life of the original creators of Gainax, who started their careers as otaku during the late seventies and the beginning of the eighties, many anime titles from that period are shown as footage or referenced in the OVA (in costumes, cosplay or other related material). Among them are Gatchaman, Uchuu Senkan Yamato, Urusei Yatsura, Captain Harlock, Mobile Suit Gundam, Space Adventure Cobra, Phoenix 2772, Magical Princess Minky Momo, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, The Wings of Honneamise, Top o Nerae! and the Daicon III and IV Opening Animations.

Otaku no Video was released with subtitles on VHS in North America on March 17, 1993, on DVD on April 2, 2002, and on Blu-ray Disc on June 24, 2016, all by AnimEigo.


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