Otaku No Video (Japan)

Rating: **

Divided into two installments.

Someone actually had to tell me that this was a parody or satire on anime fandom, and not a serious piece of work. Very much like "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984), it's so dry and so painfully accurate that it's difficult to tell what the intention of the material is. Having said that, this is a tale of a young boy who gets sucked into anime fandom and eventually becomes the president of his own animation company, at the cost of becoming a social outcast. Interspersed throughout the animated bits are live action interviews with "real" Otaku (extreme anime fans) that just come off as being uncomfortable more than anything else. Bland and uninteresting for the most part.