Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary, Anime & Manga, Animation
Akihabara is a neighborhood of Tokyo Japan known as "Electric Town" for its rows of one-meter wide discount computer and electronics stores. In more recent years Akihabara has evolved into a full-blown Mecca for computer e... more »
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AKIBA
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 01/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Akihabara Geeks is a short documentary film that takes a look at a day in the life of a few inhabitants of the neighborhood in Tokyo known as "Electric Town" which is the center of life for a lot of electronics, anime, and manga enthusiasts, which the narrator describes as "geeks and fanatics". The film alternates between 4 or 5 different Akibans with different interests and lifestyles. We follow one otaku who is obsessed with cute anime girls and plasters the walls of his tiny room with their posters and merchandise. He spends so much on his "hobby" that his average amount of money available for food each day is about five dollars! You might think this guy is weird or disturbing but later on in the film, his obsession is explained and you are able to understand him a bit better. For people interested in computers and videogames, Akihabara focuses on one man who is trying to build the world's fastest computer processor, called "overclocking". Then there is a fascinating look at how some people develop computer games independently of any big company and are able to sale around 100,000 copies and do quite well for themselves. Interviews with an employee of a maid cafe who is also a fulltime law student gives insight into why some women work in such places. Lastly, we are introduced to an older man who gave up his position in a big corporation to run his family's tiny electronics storefront in Akihabara. It's so cramped that he has to actually CRAWL into the booth!
This dvd was very enjoyable to me, because there are not that many dvds that give real-life tours of places of interest to people like me that are interested in the anime and manga sides of Japan and Tokyo. One thing I did not like about this show was that the narrator constantly refers to its subjects as "geeks and fanatics", which on the one hand makes me visualize nerds, and on the other, Islamic fundamentalists. It seems a real insult for the writers to look down upon the very people they investigating. After finishing the film, I didn't think any of the people in it were very different than you and me. Even the guy that was hooked on anime girls had his own very personal reasons for his passion, related to a dark period in his past. The maid girl too, joined the maid cafe because when she first got to Tokyo, it was a place where she felt comfortable and happy, so she wanted to impart that feeling to others. In the end, I think all of the Akibans shown were just passionate about what they are interested in, whether its computers, videogames, anime, serving others, or running a family business. Another complaint I have about his dvd was that it was too short, running about 45 minutes. I wanted to see more of the town and would have enjoyed more time in the anime and manga stores. If you are an otaku, or just interested in Japan, you should like this."
Fun look into the live of those apart of Japanese pop cultur
alightinsideme | Virginia , USA | 04/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"And its not just about pop culture, it brings you along on a brief day-in-the life tour of shop owners, workers, anime enthuiasts, and game designers.
Well, you get a peek at the lives of about 4 people actually. But its allmost like a japanese reality tv program, but i guess it is much more fitting to call it a documentary.
It has good humor, i must say. I laughed out a loud at many parts.
Its even kinda touching in ways, becouse we see that stuff like anime, for instance, has such a strong influence on one young man's life.
Also, the dedicated shop owner of a electronic parts store was interesting.
We also see a designer of a very popular online game in japan.
And theres a man who builds computers and trys to top and break his processing speed record. Which the documentary claims holds the record for fasted computer built.
Plus, we get to meet a girl who dresses up in costumers at a resturant, who used to be very shy and not many friends, but the job has helped her not be alone anymore.
Its a fun dvd, and sorta kinda inspiring in a way, to see the lives of people in japan who find meaning and worth in life through what theyve come to love. I didnt expect that at all really.
I expected a hyper active insanly colorfull show on extremly fanatical anime and cosplay people in japan, but it ended up to be so much more than that, and has some depth.
I love finding these movies, becouse i havent gone to japan and i so very much wish to go, and this is pretty much all i have to see into a country and a culture ive loved for a long time.
Its 45 minutes long, and though i thought that would be too short, it ended up that it seemed to be just the right length. Regardless though, i wish i could see more of stuff like this. I want another dvd by these people, i wanna see more, i would love a part 2.
If you love japanese culture and love the anime lifestyle and dream of someday going to japan or even living there...this is one of the few resources i have seen out there that gave me a peek into anything regarding japanese day to day life.... so if you love this stuff...its definatly worth getting.
I want more japanese documentaries like this. I hope AnimeWorks plans more volumes of this.
Lastly, i think people who have ever found inspiration or influence through anime, through out life, will relate to this dvd. And dont forget, its funny aswell. So, have fun watching it. Its a little treasure."