Densha Otoko was based on an online thread on 2Channel, Japan's largest internet bulletin board site. The fictitious name, Hitori Nakano, was selected as the author's name when this story was published in book format. When read in the Japanese order, with surname followed by given name, Nakano Hitori is homonym for a phrase which means "one among many" to represent all the single men who gathered on the online discussion forum which hosted this thread.
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