If you're looking for anime similar to Otaku no Video, you might like these titles.
Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?
These are two anime that give a deep insight into how a real japanese otaku acts, thinks, occupies himself etc... We get insight on their daily activities, on the hobbies they have (within the otaku universe), ... They also give alot of background information on certain side events like animeCon's, Doushinji, cosplay and so on. While otaku no Video is getting a bit old, Genshiken gives a new fresh view on Otaku-ness. But both are great for learning about the otaku world in Japan
Both are along very similar lines - a slightly mocking but above-all affectionate study of otaku culture. Genshiken dates from 2004-05 and Otaku no Video is from the 80s, but it's easy to see the similarities.
Besides the incredibly obvious fact that the two anime share the same subject material, Otaku no Video and Genshiken both approach this material in pretty much the same way. In either one, you can find a humorous and informative look at the otaku subculture. You'll also find an interesting dichotomy where the creators both mock and sympathize with the rather oddball characters.
So you like stories about otakus, right? Genshiken and Otaku no Video encompass the world of otakus and their habits, and somehow poke fun at them. They are almost wholly alike, aside from animation, story, and some of the parody material.
While both anime focus on different aspects of "being an otaku", Otaku no Video was the first otaku documentary that integrated actual otaku interviews with an anime running as a backstory. However, Otaku no Video is quite outdated and times have changed. While many similar themes are expressed in Genshiken, Genshiken focuses on the "modern" otaku and centers on a group of friends in an anime club called Genshiken. Each episode depicts a specific aspect of otaku life ranging from cosplaying to going to anime conventions. If you liked either anime, it's a good choice to check out the other.
Both series are about otaku people and their hobbies,their thinking and their"world".If you liked one,you'd surely like the other.
Otaku no Video and Genshiken both deal with the Anime/Manga/Model/Cosplay/Conventions club atmosphere in Japan. Both series are comedy, but deal with issues otaku deal with in real life.
Genshiken is Otaku no Video but with less nuance and more updated material. If you enjoy exploring nerd culture and proving your extensive otaku knowledge by spotting obscure references, then either of these shows will serve you well.
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Both Welcome to the NHK! and Otaku no Video deal with social isolation and nerd culture. They treat these subjects with simultaneous blend of savage honesty and side-splitting hilarity. They are strongly recommended for each other and are strongly recommended, period.
In both Otaku no Video and Welcome to the NHK, we get a rare glimpse at the isolated and often mystifying lives of otakus, people who take the anime/manga fandom to extreme lengths. It's tragic, it's alien, and its above all goddamn hilarious. If you enjoyed the misadventures in one, you'll love the equally deranged treatement of the other. Mind you, Otaku no Video is more of an animated parody/pastiche mixed with live-action 'documentaries', rather than a fully developed plot like NHK. But still, similar laughs guaranteed.
Twenty year-old Mikiko Oguro (known as Kuromi to her co-workers) has just entered the dream job of a lifetime -- animation! However, upon her arrival to the famed Studio Petit, Kuromi is in for a surprise: her predecessor just quit, leaving her with the project, and the seemingly unattainable deadline! Now, with only a week left until the key animation is due, Kuromi must wrangle up the group of slackers who must finish Time's Journey 2 before it's too late!
Otaku no Video and Animation Runner Kuromi are each a comical look into sections of Japanese culture that people in other countries can only view from the outside. While there are obviously liberties taken with the plots, you'll find that there's just enough truth in each to make them painfully funny. Certainly worth a watch for a good laugh.
This show is centered around Doujinshi (Fan Manga). Kazuki is a senior in high school, who doesn't really know what to do with his future. His friend Taishi drags him into the world of Doujinshi, where he tries to make and sell his Doujinshi to the masses and learn what it really means to be a real Doujinshi artist.
Besides for both plot points involving typical otaku subjects (doujinshi and anime), both have a certain feeling to them about a guy who loves to do something that isn't accepted by his friends, but finds friends within his hobby. Both show inside the life of an otaku, and are both really well done.
Genshiken has won its own sales booth at the upcoming ComiFes, and so for the first time they will be participating as a seller instead of navigating through the convention crowds. The club, now with a couple of new members and Sasahara as the chairman, combines the talents of its various members and begins working on its debut doujinshi release. With members having various personal matters to take care of and the deadline rapidly approaching, will they be able to complete it in time?
Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!
Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys... who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?
There is an awkward moment in both of these titles that it really brings home the uncomfortableness of Otaku, and socially inept people.
Watmote really delves into it with situations, while Otaku no video does it with some interviews with real life shut-ins.
Both shows will not always leave you feeling uplifted. But in the end it can feel like someone is making a personal note to others who have these social roadblocks.
It has been three months since the completion of Time's Journey 2, and Kuromi and her staff have new challenges on the horizon: THREE shows to prepare! With morale at an all-time low and the frames not coming in, Takashimadaira, a veteran producer (and a bit of a slave driver) is called to the scene for the emergency at hand. Can the crew pull it together under the stress of their newfound leader's supervision, or are the new series simply destined to fail? Failure is not an option with Kuromi on the job!
Meiko Anizawa is in a bind. He's just been asked, as a 'dying wish', to take over the role of the Animate anime store's manager. With determination and fury, Meiko magically transforms into the best anime store manager around and races his way towards his duty...