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AKIHABARA GEEKS - DVD Movie

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JBXP66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Still a really documentary and worth every penny, or yen.
Lorenzo
It seems a real insult for the writers to look down upon the very people they investigating.
Sesho
Regardless though, i wish i could see more of stuff like this.
Raiden777

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on January 20, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raiden777 on April 6, 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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Format: DVD
This video will always hold a warm spot in my heart, for it is this DVD that introduced me to the fantastic Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni series (also known as When They Cry in the USA). While this video may not be as enchanting to all audiences, it is sure to entertain many different anime & manga fans out there.

Akihabara Geeks is a documentary that follows several different "otaku" around this interesting area, each person having a different interest. Some people only assume that Akihabara is an anime & manga themed area, which would only be partially true. While there's a sizable chunk of the area that is oriented towards that, the area is also home to several maid cafes as well as a booming electronics section.

As I've always wanted to visit this area (yet lack the money & time to visit), I was thrilled to watch this. I have to admit that I wasn't as interested in the electronics parts as I was the anime, manga & maid cafe oriented parts, but it was still fun to watch. My two absolute favorite parts in the movie had to be the following: the interview with Higurashi creator Ryukishi07 (his name is translated as "Dragon Knight 07" in this movie) as he described how he & several others formed the group 07th Expansion, as well as the depressed man who found a newfound appreciation for life when he discovered a discarded artwork of a beautiful anime/manga-style girl.

There's something for otaku of all types in this movie, but some may wish to rent this via Netflix (how I viewed it) rather than plunking down the money for it. It's a short movie & while it is interesting, it wasn't really something I'd watch over & over again enough to justify paying the price it is currently going for. (Around twenty dollars.)
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