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NHK ni Youkoso!

NHK ni Youkoso!

Alternative Titles

English: Welcome to the N.H.K.
Synonyms: Welcome to the NHK
Japanese: N・H・Kにようこそ!


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 2006 to Dec 18, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.441 (scored by 109028 users)
Ranked: #1382
Popularity: #86
Members: 198,246
Favorites: 8,329
1 indicates a weighted score
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Satou Tatsuhiro, 22 years old, thinks that everything that happens around him is a conspiracy. He even figured out who is behind it all: The NHK, an evil secret company.

"When you think anime, you think otaku. When you think otaku, you think people that dislike other people. Those people become hikikomori (people who shut themselves in)." So Satou manages to uncover the plot of The NHK (stands for Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai), after three years of shutting himself in (and rapidly approaching the fourth).

In reality, he is nothing more than a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training), desperately in need of a cure from that "disease." He wants to break out from the curse, but going out and getting a job is frightening enough for him. That is until he gets selected for a "project"; it is a plan to help hikikomori like him in facing the reality of this world.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: NHK ni Youkoso!, NHK ni Youkoso!

Characters & Voice Actors

Nakahara, Misaki
Nakahara, Misaki
Makino, Yui
Makino, Yui
Satou, Tatsuhiro
Satou, Tatsuhiro
Koizumi, Yutaka
Koizumi, Yutaka
Yamazaki, Kaoru
Yamazaki, Kaoru
Sakaguchi, Daisuke
Sakaguchi, Daisuke
Shishido, Rumi
Shishido, Rumi


Yamamoto, Yuusuke
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Shioya, Yoku
Sound Director
Yoshida, Tooru
Episode Director
Kaburaki, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Jan 30, 2015
Are you new to anime? Or are you a veteran? Well, with "NHK ni Youkoso!" it doesn't matter! This is one of those anime that you can easily get through, want more, think about it's message and wonder how such a masterpiece isn't more popular. Not only does this anime entertain it's audience with a wonderful story, a variety of characters, great sound affects and great music, but it also teaches the viewer about the difficulties of social anxiety and psychological disorders. There are only a handful of anime out there that handle such delicate subjects and shower them in read more
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Jan 15, 2009
Outstanding thing. Some times it was amusing to watch, sometimes it was painfully.

"Welcome to the NHK" is a kind of collection. Collection of troubles and problems we can meet in our life. It doesn't perceive as anime. It doesn't perceive as something fictitious. It is life. Hateful everyday life gets emotional colors and draws a wide reaction with slowly walking real life on the our side of screen.

In "NHK" everyday events are not shown grotesque and mockingly as in parodies and not weightly depressed as in psychological thrillers but somehow chaotically and read more
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Apr 8, 2015
Welcome to the world of mental disorders, in which everything looks colorful yet mundane. It is a world that lets affected people transcend the borders of the ordinary by allowing them to impose their very own interpretation of the world upon the circumstances that surround them. This way, people learn to cope with their sometimes unpromising situations by making use of their powerful minds alone.

Those who have a profound knowledge on the functioning of the human psyche including the process of dissonance reduction probably understand the importance of the NHK to exist. Ultimately, that what constitutes the NHK and other conspiracies (in the case of read more
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Oct 31, 2014
Welcome to the NHK has become my go-to when I want to recommend someone a series (mostly to a male audience I would say, though.) It's got a truly great mix of laughs, cringes, tears, light romance, stress, and all manner of feels. The series ultimately sums up all of the ways a modern man could be truly pathetic, and presents it in a way that makes us all contemplate, laugh at, and root for ourselves.

The series follows Satou Tatsuhiro, an active shut-in of four years, a raging narcissist (despite knowing how pathetic he truly is), and a borderline schizophrenic conspiracy theorist. It shows Satou's read more
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shows about being an otaku...experiences, people you meet and the trouble being part of a subculture or fitting in the "normal" world...NHK goes even further...the main protag is a NEET and not only a plain otaku. Genshiken is much more light-hearted opposed to the often very dark sarcastic humor of NHK.  
THe main characters in both shows live a hikikomori lifestyle until a mysterious girl 'welcomes' them to the outside world. Both characters also display many of the positive schizophrenic symptoms. 
Theyre both about a main character that seems to think there are mass evil organizations in their lives. both of them also have a young girl trying to cure them of this theyre both funny as hell too 
The "What if Satou was a girl?" recommendation by another user is a fairly accurate, short 'n simple way of summing up the similarities between these two. Usually social awkwardness is used purely for laughs and never explored too deeply. It's rare to see/hear what's going on under the hood of someone dealing with social anxiety and the failure that results even in the most basic of social situations.

An example: At the start of NHK, Satou has become a recluse due to no longer being able to handle being around people; paranoia having made him think the people around him were laughing at  read more 
The idea that a secret organisation, according to the protagonist, is conspiring against him is a similarity. At the same time both series are perverted and both have a somewhat weird/special female side-character.

The main characters in both series also seems a bit awkward when trying to interact with 'normal' people, yet somewhat like a leader among their own small clique/group of friends (which seems to be a coding guy and the weird girl in both series).

Besides that, they also have in common that reality seems somewhat off or twisted to the protagonist. There might be more, but this is  read more 
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Fans of both have drawn many parallels between the two shows. They're similar in that they are both semi-episodic comedy-drama with similar themes. The MC is a depressed young man trying to cope with the failures of his life, and is surrounded by weird people. Dark, depressing and slightly psychedelic, they're both great shows, and although not very similar, one will remind you of the other.  

Opening Theme

#1: "Puzzle" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino (eps 1-12)
#2: "Puzzle -extra hot mix-" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino (eps 13-23)

Ending Theme

#1: "Odoru Akachan Ningen" by Kenji Ohtsuki and Fumihiko Kitsutaka (eps 1-12)
#2: "Modokashii Sekai no Ue de" by Yui Makino (eps 13-22,24)

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