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Train Man

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,397 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
An instant bestseller when it was first published in Japan, Train Man became a multimedia sensation, generating a smash-hit TV series, a blockbuster film, and multiple manga series. Now here’s the novel that started it all.

Boy–bashful and not overly brave–defends girl from obnoxious drunk on a Tokyo train. Girl sends boy a thank-you pair of pricey Hermés teacups. Boy’s a g
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Del Rey (first published 2004)
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Fiona McCandless
Jun 17, 2008 Fiona McCandless rated it it was amazing
I (perhaps ironically) started reading this book on a train, but soon had to put it down for I think my stifled laughter was worrying some of the other commuters.
This book, or collection of anonymous forum posts, follows the budding relationship between 'Train man' and 'Hermes'. Train Man - a once hardcore Otaku (japanese-style 'geek'), who spent most of his days watching questionable Anime, and playing computer games - transforms from his geek-dom, and wins the heart of the girl 'Hermes' who he
So cute and so sweet, it's the kind of book that leaves you smiling and just feeling good about the world. It's a fast, light and easy read, and the perfect cure for whenever you're feeling down.
Dec 17, 2007 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kann ein Buch gut sein, dass im Grunde nur aus einem Mitschnitt aus einem Internetforum besteht? Nun, in theoretisch-literarischer Hinsicht vielleicht nicht. Nichtsdestotrotz ist die (angeblich tatsächlich wahre) Geschichte vom Densha Otoko (= Train Man, warum man den Originaltitel nicht beibehalten hat, weiß der Geier), der sich mit Rückendeckung des kompletten Forums auf die Jagd nach dem Herzen seiner Hermes-San macht, sehr unterhaltsam - und enthält ganz nebenbei zwei Botschaften, die durcha ...more
Mar 16, 2017 Leigh rated it really liked it
Fast, funny and cute. Geek-ness overload! And full of positive vibes and hope and love. Ah... the beauty of first love. _|-|o

Ghyna Amanda Putri
Aug 23, 2013 Ghyna Amanda Putri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya-sendiri
Waktu pertama kali nonton dorama Densha Otoko, saya udah tau sih kalau ceritanya diambil dari novel (berjudul sama), cuma saya nggak tau kalau ternyata kisah dalam utas 2ch itu bener-bener nyata dan nama Hitori Nakano diambil dari (penyatuan kanji?) orang-orang anonim di 2ch. Sebagai sebuah cerita ini emang keren, nggak aneh sih kalau Hermes sampai bilang 'kayak cerita novel' ya. Tapi di review ini marilah kita bahas seputar novel terjemahan Indonesianya #dor...

Buat nerjemahin buku kayak gini sa
Phoebe Andamo
Jan 09, 2013 Phoebe Andamo rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese
The novel basically consists of forum posts with ASCII characters by geeks. It was from 2さゃんねる 2channel, the anonymous bulletin board. The thread was for singles who were posting about their common woes and mundane lives.

One day, a geek shared his story on how he worked up the courage to stood against a drunk man in train, and saved women from harassment. Thereafter, a lady sent him Hermes tea cups as a thank you gift. He asked for advices from his fellow geeks on what to do next, and he was cal
May 22, 2009 Hoang rated it really liked it
There are only a few love stories that seem to pop out at me. Most are too fantastic; they seem to take place in a fantasy world, a world that I cannot seem to relate to at all. Fantasies and fairy-tales are just a given. They are so unbelievable; one just has to follow the story along with no significant impact on the human emotion.
Train Man, by Nakano Hitori, is a story of an average Japanese otaku finding the love of his life. The story, however, chronicles a series of long online threads be
--- Train Man ---
Plot: Lurus, ringan dan menyenangkan.
Penokohan: -
Gaya bercerita: Ala box chatting tetapi tetap mudah dimengerti.

" Tangan semua orang gemetar pada awalnya.
Aku juga pernah gemetar. Tapi kau tahu apa? Apa?
Itu cuma pada saat pertama.
Pada kesempatan berikutnya, tanganmu tidak akan gemetar lagi.
Kamu akan bisa naik satu tahap "
- Train Man / Naka no Hitori.

Sebenarnya saya tidak begitu berminat dengan Train Man. Maksudku-- mungkin saya berminat, tapi tidak untuk pembelian buku segel
Oct 09, 2013 O rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People familiar with internet forums
Let me say this outright: Train Man is definitely not a book for everyone.

It's one of the geekiest books I've ever read, as it deals with a guy who meets a girl and tells people about it on an online forum. The aforementioned guy isn't the normal drop-dead gorgeous male lead you usually find in books, but rather, he's a normal otaku (or geek, in English) who is shy and awkward and seems to spend an abnormally large amount of time telling his woes to the internet. This person is me

Train Man is to
Oct 02, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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Way too cute. Did not fail to move me all over again. The part where the netizens were cheering and congratulating him made me laugh like a maniac but with misty eyes. ((((;゚Д゚))))

The beginning of the book is not really a beginning; it is a continuation of a thread, and just out of the blue, this guy Train Man starts to tell his little adventure. The support he gets is amazing. Here we have a lonely, shy geek who has the chance to have his first relationship with a woman, and all these geeks (so
Roxanne Walls
Jun 28, 2012 Roxanne Walls rated it really liked it
I am an internet addict, as well as a former forum lurker. It's never been new to see people ask for help with their lovelife on the boards. Train Man's case was quite different. It wasn't just a one-time question-and-answer on the boards. It helped solidify all the forum members into a cohesive community. I really enjoyed the story because it was so current. It highlighted one of the better parts of the internet community, as well as the advantages of having online "friends" to help you out.

Sep 29, 2012 Bongski rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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Dec 30, 2008 Chelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The story is about a geek guy (later on called Train Man in the forum) who saved a woman from a drunk person in the train. The guy begins to have a crush on the woman (which will be called Hermes), and he posted about it in the forum.

A lot of 'friends' from the forum began supporting and encouraging him to try to get closer with Hermes. Thanks to his friends' advices, Train Man began to have courage, even though he never had any experience with women before.

One thing that is quite interesting t
Nov 02, 2013 Mayday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some ippanjin (normal) friends call me otaku, but, I am, by any mean, not an otaku! I am weird, well yes, but there is the hardcore ones who are really an otaku. Not me.

This book made me smile and laugh and palm face, made me want to kick my high school crush's gut, and once, made me depressed :(

It's like reading a post on my college forum (japanese pop culture forum *cough*) that's created by a male member which has many comments :D

Absurd fairy-tale romance of an otaku, but still interesting a
Feb 03, 2017 Tiffany rated it really liked it
This book was fascinating not because of what it was about, but because of how it went about! It so clearly created an online community in such a human way that I knew I was seeing a glimpse of real lives, people, values and problems -- even if they were all fabricated! This author has a great grasp of humanity and the culture around him.

A totally interesting read for those intrigued by how supportive people can be at helping others reach their potential, and how it feels to be left behind (and
Dec 11, 2011 Nguyen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting story that can really relate to me as an avid netizen lol. the reality of it is really heartwarming and relatable. :) love the random comments by some of the random people in the threads. trolls ftw xP
Nov 02, 2012 Weng rated it it was amazing
I decided to read the novel before I start watching the TV series and I have to say I have been laughing like an idiot while reading it. Love story from the point of view of a geek!
Arra Cabuenos
Sep 20, 2016 Arra Cabuenos rated it it was amazing
Does this have a second book? :)
Korun Anne
Sep 15, 2015 Korun Anne rated it it was amazing
I definitely enjoyed reading this!! Not to mention the setting was in my favorite country! Sugoi.
Dec 16, 2016 Anne rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Sep 19, 2013 Zim rated it really liked it
A book of hope for the geeks!!! At para sa mga torpe sa pag-ibig, basahin niyo ang librong ito dahil makakatulong ito haha! =)


Wooo! Love will make you courageous
Apr 29, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
There are two big aspects to Train Man: its form, and its story.

Actually, before I get to anything else, note that the entire text is available for free online. The published book is just a dead tree version of the Internet posts; the edition from Del Rey suffers from what is, in my opinion, a mediocre translation. There's a link to the Internet archive of the posts, both in better English and in the original Japanese, later on in this review. The only benefit of buying the book is the "post-fin
Feb 12, 2017 Sheryl rated it it was ok
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Zurainie Asyiken
May 08, 2017 Zurainie Asyiken rated it really liked it
It was indeed a great book. Ya maybe I'm being exaggerated said it was so great. The perfect word for this book was beautiful. Beautiful love story between Train Man and Lady Miss Hermes.

At first, I admitted that I judged this book by its pages. I be like wutt? What is wrong with this book? It's like a group chat in a room chat but after I start to read it, I fall in love with it. My heart was beating so fast when I read this book like a fan girl's panting seeing her K pop idole Lol.

So technica
Oct 30, 2016 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really loved it. I was consistently giggly whilst reading. I tried pacing myself to read slowly so that I can enjoy this book a little longer but I got excited at every page. So happy and glad that I gave this book a try!
Nov 27, 2008 arashi rated it really liked it
Mary Lennox adalah anak yang angkuh, penyakitan dan manja. Selama hidupnya ia tinggal di India ditemani oleh para pelayan dibandingkan oleh orangtuanya sendiri. Karena wabah kolera melanda India, Mary Lennox terpaksa tinggal bersama pamannya, Lord Craven, di Misselthwaite Manor, Yorkshire, Inggris. Lord Craven telah ditinggal istrinya sejak sepuluh tahun yang lalu. Karena itu ia sering berpergian untuk menghilangkan kesedihannya dan meninggalkan kastil Misselthwaite dibawah tanggung jawab pengur ...more
Mizuki Arjuneko
Aku sudah tahu keberadaan buku ini dan legenda "Densha Otoko" sejak lama. Tapi aku nggak tahu kalau buku ini sudah diterjemahkan ke Indonesia. Sama Qanita lagi! So... karena sedang menulis novel tentang otaku, aku memutuskan untuk membelinya. Di luar dugaan, soal otaku nggak terlalu diulas. Yang ada malah kisah cinta yang diumbar di forum dunia maya.

Dan yang lebih mengagetkan lagi, formatnya ternyata benar-benar kotak forum plek-ketiplek! DENG! Berasa kurang kerjaan aja malem-malem cengar-cengir
Mar 04, 2017 Aliciakae rated it it was amazing
Really cute. An easy read. Good to read in small or large chucks. I went back and forth between this and another novel until I got to the end and couldn't put it down. Only took a handful of days to read even so.
Oct 09, 2015 Eduardo rated it liked it
The Internet is a very vast place. It has all sorts of sites, ranging from news sites to discussion boards, such as 2chan. This one has lots of smaller boards, but the one we are going to focus on is one for single people to talk about life. This place, which originally had a very depressive atmosphere, became accepting and heart-warming because of Train Man.

Train Man was “written” by Nakano Hitori (Every Man of the Board), I say written because it is just the collection of the posts made on the
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The name "Nakano Hitori" (中野独人) is a pun on the Japanese term "Naka no hitori", a term that refers to all the people who are part of message boards on the Internet.
This name was used as the shared pseudonym of te author(s) of "Densha Otoko": a collection/adaptation of posts on an online message board telling the story of a nerdy guy after he meets a girl on the train.
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