Ranked #138

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 ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.431 (scored by 118,162 users)
Ranked: #1382
Popularity: #93
Members: 217,116
Favorites: 9,023
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Twenty-two-year-old college dropout Tatsuhiro Satou has been a hikikomori for almost four years now. In his isolation, he has come to believe in many obscure conspiracy theories, but there is one in particular which he holds unshakable faith in: the theory that the evil conspirator behind his shut-in NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) status is the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK)—an evil and secret organization dedicated to fostering the spread of hikikomori culture.

NHK ni Youkoso! is a psychological dramedy that follows Tatsuhiro as he strives to escape from the NHK's wicked machinations and the disease of self-wrought isolation, while struggling to even just leave his apartment and find a job. His unexpected encounter with the mysterious Misaki Nakahara might signal a reversal of fortune for Tatsuhiro, but with this meeting comes the inevitable cost of having to face his greatest fear—society.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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


Yamamoto, Yuusuke
Yamamoto, Yuusuke
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Shioya, Yoku
Shioya, Yoku
Sound Director
Kumazawa, Yuuji
Kumazawa, Yuuji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kaburaki, Hiro
Kaburaki, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(3/24)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Welcome to the Project!
Project ni Youkoso! (プロジェクトにようこそ!)
Jul 10, 2006
2 Welcome to the Creator!
Creator ni Youkoso! (クリエイターにようこそ!)
Jul 17, 2006
3 Welcome to the Beautiful Girls!
Bishoujo ni Youkoso! (美少女にようこそ!)
Jul 24, 2006

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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Jan 15, 2009 11:41 PM
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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Mar 24, 2009 5:37 PM
Welcome to the N.H.K. is the story of a 22-year-old hikikomori/NEET named Satou Tatsuhiro.

More than half of you are probably wondering what a hikikomori is; So that explanation should probably come now before getting into the review of the series. The dictionary definition of hikikomori is "a state or condition of acute social withdrawal". The number of people living the hikikomori or NEET (Not pursuing Employment, Education or Training) lifestyle are increasing everyday worldwide but they are predominantly concentrated in Japan among the adolescent male population. The hikikomori are basically shut-ins. They feel uncomfortable in presence of other people. They don’t leave their rooms/houses unless read more
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Jan 30, 1:34 AM
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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Mar 18, 2007 12:36 AM
First, let me say that I saw this entire show in a period of 3 days. So, that in itself says something about how enjoyable it was. If I wasn't having a good time watching it, then I wouldn't have bothered doing 12 episodes in one day. :)

The story is pretty well done. It basically traverses through Satou's rough life as a hikikomori and his various means to combat it. There are a few episodes that I had issues with, as they were quite "okay...this is really cheesy". But, overall, the episodes went well with the life of someone who is afraid to go outside read more
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Anime: Genshiken
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.  
reportRecommended by DarkLaila
Anime: ChäoS;HEAd
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. 
reportRecommended by Kuromii
Anime: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
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 
reportRecommended by Berkles
Anime: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
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 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
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.  
reportRecommended by koreye
Anime: Steins;Gate
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 
reportRecommended by Skaya

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