English: Welcome to the N.H.K.
Synonyms: Welcome to the NHK
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 2006 to Dec 18, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.471 (scored by 75448 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy drama psychological romance slice of life
Jan 15, 2009
"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 tragicomicly — you want to weep, smile, think ironically and philosophize simultaneously. Every joke provokes not a roar of laughter but the sad smile as you recognize yourself and your troubles in "fictional" heroes.
Even if you have a job, relatives, interests, it doesn't change anything. You aren't able to get rid of solitude if you feel your purposelessness and pettiness. If you laugh, you laughter is insincere. If you cry, you wail. Problem of self-concept and fear of the life is urgent for many people, but the feeling of hopelessness and despair appears only when there is nobody to support you. You've got tired from struggle along on your's own not at once but gradually. It happens little by little but it does. There are no N.H.K., there is no god, there are only nonchalance, loneliness and despair. You think that people around get everything easier and live merrily and sociable but you simply can not see the same as you as they also are dissociated from the world. It is impossible to meet for such humans but only they can understand each other. It is very hard and cruel. In "NHK" it is shown somehow exaggeratedly but the inner life is described entirely faithful. Psychology is described as much as possible faithfully, all the reasons are named correctly, emphases are placed where they needed.
Art and sound do for this work and don't have any serious shortcomings. All the aspects of this anime are high qualitative.
Such masterpiece anime must be a conspiracy... Conspiracy against what? read more
Mar 24, 2009
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 they absolutely have to and make just enough money through various means (parents, relatives, jobs that can be done from home, and rarely part-time jobs outside the house) to survive and continue their hikikomori lifestyles.
The main character of the story, Satou Tatsuhiro, is a college dropout. He is a complete conspiracy nut who believes a giant organization encompassing the whole planet called the N.H.K. (Nihon Hikikomori Kyoukai / Japan Hikikomori Association/Society) is working around the clock to ruin his life and make sure he stays a shut-in forever through any means necessary. The origin of his obsession with conspiracies seems to be an upperclassman named Kashiwa Hitomi with whom he spent a lot of time with in high school. Satou realizes that he can’t continue living as a NEET forever and wants to escape the lifestyle and overcome the conspiracies of the NHK but he is too afraid and doesn’t know how to go about it. However, everything changes when one day he meets a girl named Nakahara Misaki who claims that she will save him from his hikikomori lifestyle if he agrees to sign a contract with her and become the subject of her “project”.
The story is about a very serious subject matter but it is still full of humorous moments. The creators of the anime realize that the best way to convert such a serious subject matter into an enjoyable anime that will not only entertain the viewers but also educate them is through humor. That being said, the anime is also full serious and sometimes very sad occurrences. If you happen to be an emotional person, be prepared to shed a few tears or at least feel downright horrible watching some of the episodes of this series. The story progresses at a fair pace with a good mixture of serious episodes and some not too serious ones.
The characters are well designed and although I have never actually met a hikikomori, I would guess that the personalities and lifestyle are fairly depicted. For me, the most notable character in the series is the female lead Nakahara Misaki. She remains a mystery for almost the entire series and refuses to reveal any personal details about herself to Satou. Even when asked directly, she makes up obvious lies in order to avoid divulging anything personal. Her actions leave the viewer wondering and guessing and although that becomes somewhat annoying at times it contributes to the story coming together quite well in the end.
As for the other characters –
Satou is your “typical” conspiracy nut shut-in (or what you would imagine one would act and feel like). While his hikikomori lifestyle doesn’t seem to be as severe as some other people’s, it is bad enough to keep him from functioning as a part of society and most of his ventures to the outside world seem to end with him becoming completely scared and freaked out.
Satou’s only male friend Yamazaki Kaoru is your typical anime/hentai/game otaku. He is obsessed with all sorts of things the most notable of which happens to be echii games. He is very passionate about his obsessions and becomes easily enraged by the smallest things especially if they have any relevance to his obsessions. Needless to say, he is an amusing character to watch.
Satou’s upperclassman (senpai) Kashiwa Hitomi is a complete conspiracy nut like Satou. She seems depressed most of the time and even sees being happy as a sign that she is playing into the conspiracies. She is a supporting character in the series, but plays an important role in the development of the story.
The voice acting is nothing spectacular but the voices fit the characters well. The same can be said about the music. There is no ground-breaking piece of music in the series. There is however a somewhat catchy anime song that is played throughout pretty much the entire series. Do be careful not to get it stuck in your head.
The art and animations are at best average. You won’t find any great-looking characters and the animation can be sort of clumsy at times. I can best compare the art to ‘Great Teacher Onizuka’. However, it looks slightly better and animations are done at a higher quality. That being said, the art style does fit the series quite well. I can’t imagine the story represented with any different kind of art style.
ATTENTION: The next paragraph talks about the ending. While I will not include any specifics about what happens at the end of the series, I will talk about the style and quality of the ending. If you feel this might spoil things for you, skip over the next paragraph.
The story ends. That sounds like a weird statement, but most of you know that in many Anime series that doesn’t happen and it’s always a letdown when this occurs. So rejoice; this one actually concludes. It is the ending you will likely suspect part of the way through watching the series with a few twists and turns before it gets there.
In conclusion, Welcome to the NHK is a well-written and well-told story about a serious subject matter. It has a good pace and just enough of both humor and sadness. I enjoyed the series very much and if it is a type of anime you normally enjoy, I am sure you will love this series as well.
Jun 8, 2013
Story: A cute girl want to help a shut-in to get rid of his agoraphobia. Meanwhile, he tries to complete a game with his neighbour.
The shut in slowly progresses with both, sometimes having huge draw-backs.
Still, there is something fishy about that girl.
I figured out what the rest of the story would be at the end of the island arc and I knew exactly every step Misaki (I love that name) would take after that. I didn't expect it to be that predictable. Not only that: her behavior is not part of the climax, it IS the climax.
Also, the level marketing arc was predictable, unnecissary, and the characters seemed so incredibly dumb compaired to their behavior in the rest of the series.
But still: a 7/10 is nothing to be ashamed about
Art: Yes. This is bad. Misaki is cute and stuff, but it is pretty boring. Not only that, there are also some extremely badly animated parts, especially at the end of the marketing arc and when they shop in Tokyo. How could this ever pass on tv and how didn't this ever get fixed for dvd? This is something they SHOULD be ashamed of. Still, the good scenes were generally not bad, but it is not good enough:
I love their voices! Misaki sounds so cute! Yamazaki = shinpachi, and Satou also has an amazing voice. The intro was very addictive, the first one, at least. The second one was the guitar version, but I liked that one a little less because it just 'wasn't right' after the first one. Also, I loved the first ending. Kenji Ohtsuki (known from most sayonara zetsubou sensei openings) made one of the best endings ever. His rare raw voice is one of the best things to come out of my speakers, ever!
Like I said, the plot is completely about character development, which is done almost perfectly. Only the character development of one of the side characters was a little iffy, but if you take it as a whole... wow! It is almost done too good because I figured out the plot in no time because of this.
Great jokes, fun until the end, good timing, great sounds. This all added up to a great enjoyment. Only the art was sometimes so bad that it really annoyed me until it became better.
I usually don't give a crap about the art, but it was especially bad this time. Still, I accuse the story of being too lacking at the end. This is why I don't give it a 9, but a
Just watch it. It is a legendary anime and a milestone in psychological anime.
It is the last anime to breathe the 'paranoia agent', 'lain' and 'boogiepop' atmosphere and it is the bridge between the older psychological anime and the newer ones. read more
Mar 18, 2007
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 or be in large crowds.
Animation is top notch. Absolutely no qualms with anything in this department.
The music was probably the best part about this show. Great opening and decent ending. The background music and "main theme" were awesome too. I'm pretty sure I'll end up grabbing the soundtrack for this series. Very catchy tunes.
The characters...were well explained I think. There were a lot of gaps in my opinion though as quite a few things are left out in the open throughout the show. We don't learn much of anything in detail about the cast either. We learn plenty about Satou and such, but I think they could have done better with "reasons" and stuff like that.
2nd thing I loved about this show was the comedy. Freakin' hilarious scenes everywhere. Satou and Yamakazi are great together and will have you rolling on the floor laughing countless times. The jokes are original and none of that lame crap that "younger audience" anime titles might throw at you.
Overall, very good series. The ending was well done too (though it left me wanting a bit). Pick this up, you'll have fun with it. read more
Jan 1, 2007
Story: The main plot is about Sato receiving special training from a girl named Misaki Nakahara on how to break free from his hikikomori ways. Overall there is quite a depressing tone and it convey's realistic internal conflicts and struggles that the characters face. From start to finish it never seemed to stray from its purpose, which was among other things, to paint a picture of the hikikomori lifestyle.
Animation: Although the animation is generally good, there are a few cases during the series (entire episodes) where the quality of animation really goes down. Other then that it is good and consistent.
Sound: I very much like the music, the opening and endings are very enjoyable and background music is very fitting and keeps up with the overall depressing tone of the series. None of the voice acting really stands out, it is well done and the voices match the characters rather nicely.
Character: The characters all seem very realistic. They all have problems that they have to deal with and many of them are not above selfish desires. Many of the characters take advantage of Sato's trusting, even naive nature, which often leaves Sato in predicaments. I believe that keeping the characters in this anime realistic is important for it to deliver its message, and it does so very well.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed watching this anime from start to finish, it is quite unique and it was interesting to see if and how Sato could overcome the problems he faced. Fans of the drama and slice of life genre's should really check this out I think, although there is some comedy it isn't a primary genre. read more
Oct 23, 2007
This series starts of confusingly enough and it seems to flows at a very slow pace as it introduces the main characters and the overall plot of the series. However from the start it is pretty difficult to understand exactly what this is all about, because it doesn't do things in a way most anime series does. It's only until a couple episodes into the show that you can truly understand the nature of this anime and that is of the various psychological and social issues each character is faced with. What makes it so interesting are the different psychological disorders that are shown and the way they are realistically expressed by the characters like Tatsuhiro Satou being a "hikikomori" and Misaki who's trying cure him but she is obviously messed up in the head as well. With all the serious issues in this anime, it's quite refreshing to see all the hilarious antics they get into, whilst still retaining a sense of realism.
The animation for this anime suits it perfectly with a great deal of detail put into the backgrounds and environment. Although the characters do appear to look a bit off quite frequently but this can easily be over looked due to the nature of this show. The music also helps a lot, with plenty of weird melodies to go with the baffling moments and the catchy opening themes.
Overall Welcome to the NHK is really an anime of its own, with nothing to compare it against. This anime is able to realistically show many different problems that the Japanese society is facing with and in the process make you laugh whilst keeping you intrigued throughout. Yet due to the unfamiliarity of this anime, not all anime fans will be able to get into it. So if you want to find out what it means to be a hikikomori, then check this out.
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Jun 8, 2013
Welcome to the N.H.K. is that story highly detail with mind racing borderline crazy thoughts while also being roped in by those in which you believe understand you, and those who claim not to understand but are just like you. Things may go good for a while, but it all is a trick of society. Once opened with that small bit of happiness we are shut into a room. Your life is on display for the world to see through a glass window layered with a thick foam of your deepest thoughts. You will be tricked, you will be loved, you will be hated, misunderstood,and understood. But most of all you will learn.....
Satou Tatsuhiro is the man confronted with live's meaning, he has also been roped in by what he believes to be societies tricks,yet it is truly his own stupidity that seems to lead him to the very foundation in which he lives in. Afraid of being confronted with life as well as society he remains inside only coming out for a moment. If I just push myself one more time? If I just buy one more things? If I just do this again? Maybe my life will be that in which I desire. Welcome to the N.H.K. is Satou's story of him pushing, buying, and doing that thing. While learning who is truly to blame for his life's troubles. A dance with his own mental state leaves him to hear it's cries of injustice and fuckery he has encounter over the years. Quick money and trickery are what lead to his misunderstanding and lack of self-respect. His hate for others, but more so his self are what drive his very motivation of living in such as state.
And yet is society not Satou's image? Is it not the push? Is it not that wanting to be understood? I am not sure. But my dear Welcome to the N.H.K........ read more
Dec 9, 2012
On the surface, Welcome to the NHK! satirizes the likes of NEETs, otakus, and hardcore gamers. While entertaining, the true nature of this show is nothing of this variety. Welcome to the NHK! emits a very realistic perspective on life, despite its use of hyperbole in various scenarios. The one aspect of this show that intrigues me is how it toyed with my emotions. It is hard to explain the feeling, but it reeks of uncertainty and almost depression. Every joyous moment throughout this show was also gloomy, and vice versa. Welcome to the NHK! also maintains a level of seriousness throughout the peaks and valleys of Satou’s life, no matter how ridiculous his life may be. Based on the setting and the mood alone, Satou’s life story is a stroke of genius.
The humor in this show requires you to have some sort of experience or knowledge on certain topics. If you are reading this review, you are most likely familiar with the otaku culture, which includes the fascination behind eroges and visual novels. Welcome to the NHK! explores the idea of poking fun at this, which lead to the forming of Satou’s first bond in a long time: his neighbour Yamazaki. Using the pretext of creating an eroge, the friendship between Yamazaki and Satou was Satou’s first step out of his condition. Their time spent together invested in creating this eroge, was downright entertaining, especially if you are perverted (this encompasses 99% of you). This show also focused on Satou’s newfound love for mmorpgs, after being introduced to the idea of RMT (real money trading). Once again, the humor will only be relevant to you if you know about the online blackmarkets for virtual gold and items. I can totally relate to these jokes because my brother does these types of things, which is why this show is comedic gold for any computer geek out there. Ultimately, Welcome to the NHK! is hilarious for one simple reason: the humor is not forced upon the storyline, it just flows perfectly with the pathetic life of Satou Tatsuhiro.
Another reoccurring theme in Welcome to the NHK! is Satou’s obsession with conspiracies. This show is very psychological because of this, as Satou’s delusions are reflective of his many insecurities. This makes Satou a very interesting character to watch, because there is never a dull moment with him. Misaki Nakahara is the main female protagonist of this story. She acts as Satou’s life counsellor, mired by the fact that she has her own burdens. The relationship between Satou and Misaki is definitely unorthodox and dramatic. Love stories are getting too generic these days, and this is the complete opposite of that.
Welcome to the NHK! is my one of my all-time favorites for all these reasons. And it ain’t a conspiracy either.
Oct 28, 2008
Story- WttNHK is about a young man (Tatsuhiro Sato) who quit going to college after he believed he was being bullied by his peers. He thus shuts himself in his cramped apartment for about four years, going outside only at night to shop for cheap convenience store food. He lives off an allowance provided by his mother and father, who are largely unaware of his current lifestyle. Sato’s stagnant lifestyle takes a dramatic turn when he meets the young Misaki Nakahara, who makes it her mission to relieve Sato of his status as a “hikikomori” by making him sign a somewhat juvenile contract stating that he must meet with her for counseling every night, or pay a fine of one million yen. The plot also involves other characters including Sato’s neighbour, Kaoru Yamazaki, his old sempai from high school, Hitomi Kashiwa, and his old class president/representative, Megumi Kobayashi. These characters all interact in what would typically be seen as nothing more then comedic melodrama. This, however, is only half the story. WttNHK goes far beyond the average slice of life anime to bring us what is perhaps one of the most realistic, touching, and dark plotlines one can hope to find in an anime.
Some of the more prominent themes and ideas that are divulged include the notion of societal repression in a modern society and core emotive motivations behind human conduct. Sato’s state of being a hikokomori, which he generally acquiesces, is explored in great detail during the show. By doing this, a great deal of direct allusions to Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and other psychologists are made by Misaki herself as she hopes to discover the origin of Sato’s hikikomori state of mind and potential solutions of how to “cure” it by assimilating him back into the workings of modern society. WttNHK thus generally implies that the typical modern lifestyle is a positive one and that humans should generally live their lives in accordance with the status quo. However, it paradoxically claims that such of lifestyle is a negative one through the very fact that some of the shows more intelligent and congenial characters reject the status quo by either becoming a hikikomori (Sato), planning to commit suicide (Hitomi), or using computers games or doujin eroge as a means of escapism (Yamazaki). This debatable paradox is what makes the show quite alluring to most viewers, whether is occurs on a subconscious or largely conscious level. The state of mind is also examined in considerable detail as well- mostly through the lens of psychology. For example, the fact that Sato constantly misinterprets the actions of those around him and hostile or even tyrannical suggests he is repressing traumatic experiences from the past and quite obviously possesses an inferiority complex. I could go on, but must stop myself for fear of digression.
The other dominant aspect of WttNHK is motivations behind human behaviour. In most cases, this is examined through the characters’ love lives, but also seen through why certain characters would choose to take part in largely illegal or thanatic activities. The latter can be seen in the characters of Megumi and Hitomi respectively. Megumi enters an illegal pyramid marketing scheme because she claims to have to provide for her hikikomori brother, when it is revealed that she really just felt a need to secure her place within the economy by possessing a stable job. Hitomi wants, and attempts to, commit suicide because she feels neglected by her fiancé and thus comes to the (irrational) conclusion that she would rather cease living rather than live in a world where she is afraid of being indirectly by her beloved. It is through these examples and the ones that I will present in the next few sentences that I would suggest WttNHK presents a somewhat bleak and austere interpretation of human incentives, since all the characters’ actions essentially stem from personal selfishness. Characters’ love lives are revealed to be quite dysfunctional in this sense as well. While Misaki ends up genuinely having feelings and loving Sato in the end, it is revealed that she wanted to help him in the first place because he was the only person in the world that she believed was more miserable and unsuccessful than herself (which she directly states numerous times in the show). Yamazaki’s potential love life with a girl from his college is destroyed after he becomes overly suspicious of her intentions and comes to the irrational conclusion that she actually loves another man. This stems from the fact that since a girl cheated on him in the past, he believes it will undoubtedly happen again in the present. He is thus guilty of committing the fallacy “post hoc ergo propter hoc” (false cause). This is relevant to many of the situations that may arise in one’s life, especially as the mature and form meaningful bonds with others. Since the many viewers can identify with the characters and their motivations in the anime, they feel sympathy (pathos) for the characters and become all the more engaged with WttNHK’s story.
The plot does have a few weak points (which I won’t point out since many of you probably are tired of reading this and don’t care at this point), but they are largely overshadowed by the anime’s strong, pertinent themes, meriting my rating of the story to be a 9.
In the end, I hope I have at least convinced you that WttNHK does have legitimate depth, even though you may not agree with some of my conclusions. I encourage those interested in looking more into the plot of WttNHK to read some of the other reviews on this website- many of them are quite juicy.
Because most of my energy was expended by discussing the plot, and I am sure most of you are tired of my ramblings, my comments on the art, sound, character, and enjoyment of the series will be relatively short, but long enough that it will hopefully give you a good idea of what the WttNHK holds in store for you prospective viewers under these categories.
Art- WttNHK was fairly strong for the most part, as it realistically portrays average Japanese citizens without hyper-sexualizing or drawing attention to the characters in ways that most anime tend to (e.g. giving characters odd hair colours). The animation is smooth for the most part and the bright colours used in the foregrounds and backgrounds of many scenes do function as an effective allure for viewers in most circumstances. However, one will not find much, if any, truly exceptional artwork or animation here.
Sound- WttNHK’s background music was consistent and did not become tiresome by the time I completed the series. There was one background song featuring an acoustic guitar that I particularly enjoyed, as it helped to enhance and give life to many of the anime’s more depressing scenes. Opening and ending songs were mediocre at best (although the ending theme “Odoru Akachan Ningen” did have some pretty good lyrics) and all sound effects seemed to be in place*.
Character- WttNHK does an excellent job of resisting conforming to the cookie-cutter stereotypes that many anime seem to recycle time and time again. There are no clearly distinguishable tsunderes, Naruto-types, little-sister types, or ENFs (embarrassed nude females) here, unless they are being used specifically for hyperbolic or comedic effect (such as the hilarious Purin-chan, with her mighty theme song). This keeps all the characters fresh, interesting and likable as they interact with one another in a natural, realistic way.
Enjoyment- I cannot remember one episode where I found myself checking the time remaining before the episode was over while it was playing. If you do not understand what I mean by this, it means I really enjoyed watching this wonderful anime and was completely drawn in by its comedic, yet serious, and intelligent plot. It was definitely a pleasure to watch.
Overall- In the end, WttNHK is a great anime that perfectly combines strong comedy with more serious themes pertaining to human behaviour and the effects of a modern society on the individual. WttNHK effectively comments on these ideas without impeding its core emotive storyline in the least. I recommend that whether you are into comedy, drama, and/or psychological anime, you should definitely give “Welcome To The NHK!” a watch.
*In all honesty, does anyone really actively listen for sound effects during anime? From what I can remember, one of the only anime that had exceptional sound effects was “Ghost Hound”.
May 29, 2011
"Welcome to NHK" is truly a "revolution" in it itself. It is like the "revolution," that Sato mentions when he goes to the isolated island.
Although it's a fictional masterpiece, it is highly relevant to our lives and today's society. It presents an enormous range of social issues, that is not just found in Japan. Are you interested in people who are addicted to mmorpgs? Well then, you got it! Not to mention, you can sense that the author of the anime intended to critcize society.
Let's be blunt. Sato is a Hikikomori. According to the Ministry of Health, a Hikikomori is a person who does not go to school for at least 6 months and does not work for 6 months. Instead, a Hikikomori would devote most of his or her time to a single pursuit, such as a hobby. You might find him unrealistic, but to say the very least, he is an extreme example of what society can do to a person.
Reality is harsh and we can all imagine being in Sato's position, devoid of much hope and feeling outcasted.
Being a Hikikomori, Sato becomes isolated and scared of what life outside really is.
Along the way, he meets complex individuals who try to cheer him up, the benevolent and loveable Misaki-chan and the friendly otaku, Yamazaki.
The characters are really thought-provoking and definitely the center piece of this anime.
Each and every character in this anime has a story to tell. At one point you might hate a character, but only to realise that their actions aren't that shallow. For instance, Megumi attempts to trick Sato twice. However, we learn that Megumi, herself, is in a pickle.
My favorite character of this anime is definitely Misaki. But, she herself is not perfect. Like every character in this anime, she faces problems of her own. Who is she? Who is god? Why is god so mean to her? It leaves, us the audience, wondering if there is any hope, when even the savior of Sato is not even flawless as she initially appears.
The artwork is not intended to represent today's modern anime. That is, it's not incredibly ecchi or overtly flashy. I liked that the illustrators tried to make the characters realistic. You have the standard real life palette of hair colors. If you were expecting characters with odd hair colors (think green), with the exclusion of Puripuri, then don't look here.
Just before you think that this anime is an emotional train wreck or something. That's not true at all. At times, the humor is vivid and provocative. You will definitely LoL at times.
This anime is really a great tale of life and it's nuisances. It's impeccably written and directed. I've never laughed so hard nor felt so much sorrow. You can say my limbic system was very stimulated at times. You can't miss this. Period. read more
May 19, 2008
A hikkikomori is different from an otaku, a term you’re probably familiar with; the former is a person who refuses to work or spend much time outside the safety of their abode due to their inability to cope with society and pressure, consequently becoming more and more confined to their quarters and less connected with the world. Their abundance is becoming a real problem, and not just in Japan—in England, such individuals are called NEET’s (Neither Employed, Educated, or Trained).
For Sato, overcoming this status (which he blames on a conspiring organization known, oddly enough, as the NHK) is conducted by those around him: his endeavoring savior Misaki, his otaku neighbor Yamazaki, his enigmatic senpai Hitomi, and various others. These characters are incredibly dynamic, changing as Sato himself changes; you laugh with them, cry with them, and really get to ‘know’ them, an aspect many shows’ characters lack. This cast of Welcome to the NHK is truly what makes the show fantastic, along with its plot, a witty, darkly-comedic satire on aspects of Japan’s quirky culture and a touching, ‘slice-of-life’ chronicle of Sato’s struggle.
In the animation department, Gonzo gives us nothing special. The animation is nothing out-of-the-ordinary or anything avant-garde, background characters are simplified as usual, and there aren’t many high-octane action scenes which would require anything intense or careful. However, due to the nature of the show, such normalcy is acceptable.
The sound is another fantastic element of the show, though. The soundtrack (which I strongly suggest you give a listen) is a superb mix of minimal bluesy acoustic stuff, grungy J-rock, creepy minimalism, and progressive J-pop. All four opening and ending themes are great, my personal favorite being the second ending theme, "Modokashii Sekai no Ue de" by Yui Makino. The voice actors, for the most part, are spot on. Sato’s voice actor, Koizumi Yutaka, does a particularly fantastic job, which for me was reminiscent of Sugita Tomokazu, Kyon’s seiyuu in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
All in all, Welcome to the NHK is a solid anime definitely worth watching. It is certainly one of 2006’s best non-seinen titles, and a fantastic show to kick back with after a long day.
Nov 11, 2013
Our fundamental needs as humans to sustain ourselves are completely different from our fundamental needs to maintain a healthy state of mind, and when those needs are not met, while we may still live and breathe air, we lose the ability to think rationally. Do we need someone "worse" or "inferior" to ourselves to not feel "useless" and "worthless"? If our lives just don't seem to have anything meaningful, does it mean we can throw it away and make everything go away?
NHK ni Youkoso explores the themes of self-worth, social anxiety, and mental trauma through the life of a 22 year old NEET (not in education, employment, or training) named Satou Tatsuhiro, and his struggle to overcome his anti-social lifestyle. Through Misaki, a mysterious girl who attempts to help him with his struggle and Yamazaki, an otaku high school friend who attempts to keep his lifestyle in check, NHK outlines the trials and tribulations that Satou must overcome to break free and finally lead a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.
Under the slice of life comedy and perverted otaku humor, NHK outlines very real problems of today's society. Social anxiety, manipulative scams, thoughts of suicide, abusive guardians, and personal insecurity and self-worth are all problems that cannot be taken lightly. NHK also shows that no matter how promising of a future one can have or show an immunity to anything harmful, anyone at anytime can fall victim to these problems.
Every person will struggle and fight through life. Every person will feel pain and suffering, some more than others. And sometimes, that pain and suffering can feel overwhelming and overshadow the joy and happiness in life. NHK, through well paced drama, realistic and believable characters, and a solid plot, places those people in these situations and allows the watcher to live through those very emotions and watch how those characters deal with those issues.
If you're looking for a series that won't disappoint with solid characters, an excellent and dramatic plot, coupled with a bit of dark humor and a definitive ending, I would strongly recommend NHK.
Aug 3, 2012
The main character of NHK!, Satou Tatsuhiro, is one such person. What the Japanese call a hikikomori (from wikipedia: "h. is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or young adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement."). He dropped out from college, has no job, and he spends his days locked up in his apartment living off his parents' allowance, only going out at night to buy food and goods from a local convenience store. On top of this, he has a firm belief that everything is a conspiracy, right down to why he is a hikikomori (he believes that an organization known as the Japan Hikikomori Organziation, or the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (the titular NHK) exists and has the one and only goal to produce more hikikomori).
Then one day he meets a girl, who happens to know quite a lot about him. A variety of circumstances eventually leads to him being a part of a 'project' this girl has devised; one aimed at curing the hikikomori condition. Now, the "troubled boy meets girl and everything slowly improves, interspersed with some drama" story line isn't exactly what you would associate with something good or brilliant right off the bat, but the means by which NHK! handles it is anything but mediocre.
Chiefly, for me, this reason lay in its thematics, the way it handled the various issues it crosses. While it mainly deals with the issues of a shut-in lifestyle, it touches upon many other issues: Dealing with an unfulfilling life, ambitions that never came true, how to face life and its ramifications, wanting to end one's life - and many more in that line, all of which can be cooked down to one simple thing: Reality kind of sucks. It's a harsh, often unforgiving place where you don't get anything on a silver platter. Happiness and success are both goals that lie far away, in high-reaching places, and it's hard to get there. NHK! manages to portray this poignant realization of reality with evocative storytelling and brilliant charaters.
Dealing with such heavy themes, of course, can become quite a lot if that is the sole focus of the series. Thankfully its makers had the sense and wits to insert comedic relief, and at very appropriate moments, even. It manages to retain a slightly light-hearted tone without ruining the concept or derivating from the thematics, and that is a very big accomplishment in and of itself. Not only that, but the comedy is consistently of high quality. There's no reliance on stupid fan service, moe antics or predictable escapades from stupid characters who's only there to serve as comedic relief.
Indeed, every character you see in NHK! has a very well-placed purpose within the plot, they are of high quality and are enjoyable to watch. Satou is a well-balanced character; he's a college dropout and a hikikomori, but he is not a stupid idiot who hangs around for comedic relief nor is he shallow. The scenes where he reflects on his time in high school with his senpai, Hitomi Kashiwa (who also believes everything is a conspiracy), are very nostalgic in their nature and points to a character who knows that his life is askew, who knows that he's on a bad road, who wants to turn, but it's hard. Life is unforgiving and once you're off track it is not easy to get back.
The rest of the cast are just as good as characters; the good-hearted yet mysterious Misaki who wants to help Satou recover from his hikikomori ways, his galge-obsessed neighbor Yamazaki, his old high school senpai who's obsessed with conspiracies, and then some - all of them play a very important part in Satou's story, but never once are you left with the feeling that they are not good characters in their own right. Watching them go through the miseries of their existences, reacting to and developing from all that; it is very, very evocative.
Every one of these characters has a grim story to tell, something that bogs them down and makes their lives hard. But never, even once, do their troubles, their drama, feel forced or unnatural. It is all extremely poignant, it feels right and it is handled very skillfully, as we progress through themes such as abuse, family troubles, reality escape, failed ambitions, obsessive thoughts, depression, self-loathing, loneliness and even suicide; all handled with immaculate care and presented quite brilliantly.
The series' soundtrack is absolutely impeccable; it does the job that a soundtrack is supposed to do perfectly; bringing life to the emotions of the series. The melancholy, the loneliness, the fun and comedy; NHK! has the right songs for the right places, and also features a drove of insert songs, something rarely seen in anime - and generally very effectual, as is indeed the case with this series. I also greatly enjoyed the series' opening and ending themes; Modokashii Sekai no Ue de by Yui Makino has written itself onto my absolute top list of anime themes.
The animation quality is overall solid but it does not quite live up to the standard of the rest of the series. It does have a rich colour palette and its background work is generally solid, but at times the character designs feel rather askew which does detract a little bit.
All in all though, this is the best show I have watched in a very, very long time. The quality of its story, characters and its thematics was fantastic, and the lasting sensation of melancholy the series brought forth in me is something I have not experienced in other fiction to date. Well done! read more
Mar 24, 2008
There's no satire, no NHK broadcasting company, and no conspiracy. Why this show is even titled the way it is, I don’t know. The main character only mentions the NHK a handful of times and only in passing, there's no actual focus on the broadcasting company itself. The name is just an abbreviation of the main character's conspiracy theory spouted here and there.
There's no deep exploration of hikkomorism, as this anime would fool people into believing it does; the condition is just the Big Quirk (tm) of the character, who suffers more from being a NEET than hikikomori. In fact he spends more time outside than inside his room during the 24 episodes. Shame on the writer also for having the recovery process kick-started by a cute girl coming out of nowhere and helping the loser protagonist no matter how pathetic he is. Anime screenwriting is just masturbation.
Other drawbacks of this show are innumerable amount of contrived coincidences, and plot lines wrapped up so quickly and neatly they might as well have CGI'd a freakin' bow onto them. The main character is written like such an oaf, he is by far the dumbest person on the planet, and probably one of the dumbest in the history of anime too. And it's purely for comedy; but it’s not funny at all, just tiresome to watch his stupidity move him from one plot point to another.
I gave this show a personal non-review score of 8 which means it entertained me, and ultimately it does avoid climaxing into a generic cliche; having the grace to show how life is just too great for some of us to handle in the end. So contrary to what I've written so far this isn’t a 'bad' anime at all. It just falls short in so many ways and could have been something different.
This story could have been special; it could have been an actual compelling look at a real illness plaguing Japan and could have made the protagonist beat it without the help of a girl, and then this anime could have been an encouragement to actual hikikomoris watching it. I don’t know how well the anime followed the source novel, but regardless the writing is at fault, which is ironic considering the main protagonist is also a lousy writer. We can expect too much from anime sometimes, and must be sadly reminded that there are only a handful of writers, directors, and producers in the industry who don’t follow convention and trends, and stand firm to deliver creative and challenging work.
As unique a backdrop as this anime has, it is neither creative or challenging. read more
Aug 23, 2013
Welcome to the NHK was an interesting experience for me, I didn't know what to expect from the show while diving into it, so it's not like I set my expectation high but I was still really disappointed by it, for a number of reasons that I will explain in this review.
The Story. It's about a NEET & Hiki named Satou and his crazy depressing life with several other characters. It was more or less a social commentary about a serious issue in modern society with a black comedy tone. The story was incoherent, at times it was about Satou and his problems and how he wants to deal with them and help himself but it shifts that focus through out the story, making it feel like Satou's problems are just delayed. It focuses on the wrong characters and dedicate arcs for them which don't contribute a lot to the overall plot progression or to Satou's character. One of the arcs is really just terrible and it just contradicts any kind of logic the show has. I'm talking about the arc that focused on Megumi and her brother, that was simply just stupid. It showed how bad her situation with her brother is in and how Hikikomoris affect their family life and not just their own, it also introduced online gaming addiction and how it can worsen the life of a NEET but all of that doesn't matter if he, the brother just miraculously recovers from his severe social anxiety thanks to hunger, HUNGER?! that was so unrealistic in so many levels. We have Satou who by far have it better than Megumi's brother but still can't get his life together. I felt like that betrayed the message of the show and how hard it is to recover from being a NEET and a Hikikomori.
They also censored/removed Satou's usage of drugs which explains why he had those hallucinations. He didn't have them because he was so mentally unstable or obsessed with conspiracies like the anime portrayed. It was him just using some drugs, no one gets that mentally unstable from just being a NEET and a Hikikmori. The story ended on an open ending which I didn't like at all, having a conclusive ending would have been much better. It would have showed that going through all this, meant something.
The Characters. They are flawed human beings and this is what story was trying to show, that made them feel real but in certain situations they felt like the complete opposite of real. Example of this would be Satou and his relationship with Misaki and his Senpai, especially Senpai. Satou is supposed to be a pathetic, spineless and an unstable human being but I still find the way he acted in the Suicide Island arc to be highly unrealistic and stupid. He didn't want to die but still went along with it and tried to convince himself that it was okay if he died and he would at least die with his precious Senpai. The anime left a detail that could have helped explain his relationship with Senpai and that was the fact that he lost his virginity to her, I feel like that would have made the fact that he just followed her around and didn't get mad at her for anything, much more believable.
The relationships of the characters didn't get properly developed, Misaki who is supposed to be a main character get sidetracked to focus on other stuff, her relationship with Satou felt really under-developed and iffy. I would have loved to seem them further exploring the psychologically coherent and smart approach of two psychically wounded people healing each other through social interaction and an affectionate relationship. However, they completely dropped the idea somewhere in the middle of the story. Instead we got to see other crazy people and their problems while Misaki turned slowly into a side character. Satou who was head over heels suddenly treated her indifferent, the way he treated her through the story was inconsistent. At the end they didn't go anywhere.
The art & animation: The art was decent, the animation however was for the most part bad and inconsistent due to low budget probably.
Enjoyment. Did I enjoy this show?! it's hard to tell, on one hand I did like the comedy on the other hand I didn't like the execution of the story and characters. And I can't really relate to the main character like some people do since I'm not a NEET or a Hikikmmori.
Overall I would recommend to watch this if you feel like watching something that showcase a real issue on modern society and how scary it is but I really wouldn't recommend watching this if you are looking for a psychological anime with great characters or a well developed bitter-sweet love story. read more
Jul 13, 2011
- A psychological comedy/drama
The first time i watched this show, i have to admit i didn't know what to expect.
Having being used to see the positive aspects of being an otaku in anime and not exactly all the negative, this show took me by surprise, showing a completely different side of how otaku and hikikomori life really is like.
For people that don't know, the hikikomori trend is becoming quite problematic in japan, with people that live years closed in their rooms.
And being somewhat of a nerd myself, it was hard not to relate to this story and see parts of myself in some characters.
- As you may already know, this story is centered around a 22 year old, hikikomori, by the name of Tatsuhiro Sato that suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia, and social anxiety, therefore he can't leave his house, unless he really needs too.
As the story progresses, Sato will meet all kinds of people that in one way or another will shape is character, and try desperately to help him to stop being a hikikomori.
From learning the hard way , the good and the bad of being an otaku, to having to deal with suicidal tendencies. Sato's journey makes for a harsh and interesting story, that strongly accentuates on compulsive behavior and the importance of human relations.
Leaving the viewer always wondering if Sato will be able leave is hikikomori ways and reclaim is normal life, is one of the shows best premises, and one that kept me glued to the story.
-One of the good things about the characters is that, each and everyone of them is damaged, with their own set of flaws and obsessions, that contrast greatly with Sato. From extreme otaku's, to stalkers or people obsessed with conspiracy theory's. This show really explores all kinds of different personalities, and people that for some reason feel alienated from society.
Although sometimes they can be annoying, most of the characters feel unique and are all well designed
On the sound department, every VA does a good job, and as always some voices may be hard to tolerate depending on your taste, i personally had no problem with the VA's on this anime.
On the soundtrack side of things, while not being memorable , the music in this show does complement the scenes in a good way, portraying the unique feeling of the show.
Art is by far the weakest aspect of this anime, while in most of the scenes the art and animation are good, using simple but effective drawings on the characters and detailed backgrounds. In some episodes the quality of the art and animation simply plummets into ridiculous levels , leaving you wondering if they ran out money in the middle of production or had a ridiculous tight schedule.
With that said, its a shame because it can be immersion breaking and its its the only major flaw, in what is a great anime.
I had a great time with this show, at first i was surprised simply because i was expecting something more similar to Genshiken which I'm a fan, and got a completely different take on otaku and in this case hikikomori life. The story, the characters all felt unique and different from everything else i have experienced in anime, which along with the art and the music made for a good experience. Too bad the art and animation inconsistency in some episodes somewhat crippled my experience as a whole, but overall i still had a great time
Overall: 8 read more
Aug 1, 2013
According to facts, 90% of a person's life is spent in pain, sadness and suffering, while the other 10% is spent in enjoyment. However, for some people, their life is a total crapfest, and they don't really have that many enjoyable moments, causing them to become hikikomori, which means they shut themselves out of society as much as possible. Welcome to the NHK was a very interesting anime. I had found it on Amazon, it happened to be part of the S.A.V.E. collection, going at less than $15, so I bought it and started watching it. I had no idea what it was about or if I'd even enjoy it or not, but I'm glad to say that I actually did enjoy it. It had some good comedy and a pretty interesting (if not confusing at times) plot. So, without further ado, let's get this review started, shall we?
I just stated that the story was interesting, but also confusing. Like a lot of good animes, you can't expect the story to make sense the first time you watch it (Steins;Gate, Higurashi, Bakemonogatari, etc.), but for the most of it, if you pay attention to every word spoken, it might be a little easier to understand. In other words, this isn't an anime you should multitask to. Anyways, this anime is about a man in his early 20's who goes by the name Sato. In college, he had started to believe that everything that had been happening to him had been the work of a conspiracy. Not just any conspiracy, the NHK (Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai). He drops out of college and becomes a hikikomori, living in his apartment, going outside as little as possible, and frankly not giving a damn about anything in the world. He then meets Misaki, a girl who wants to save him from being a hikikomori by teaching him how to be "normal". Then comes Yamazaki, an otaku living right next door to Sato, who turns out to be an old friend from high school. Together they agree that the two of them will create the greatest "Gal Game" on the planet (by Gal Game I mean Hentai Game). Over the series, Sato goes through many problems, and how he deals with them is the most entertaining part.
Welcome to the NHK was animated by Gonzo, known for associating in the creation of the Rosario + Vampire series, and Samurai 7. They aren't my favorite studio based off of some of their previous work, but frankly I really, really liked the art in Welcome to the NHK. It reminded me a lot of some of my favorite movies like Summer Wars and The Girl who Lept Through Time. It felt similar to me. However, the OP animation was nothing to sneeze at. While I enjoyed the song, the animation felt a little sloppy. However, I feel like Gonzo did a really good job this time around.
I was expecting the worse when it came to the voice acting, but I was pleasantly surprised once I heard Chris Patton and Stephanie Wittels playing the main characters. You might remember them from other animes, like Chris Patton played Greed in FMA: Brotherhood, Keiichi in Kanon (2006), and, my personal favorite, Tomoo from Elfen Lied (the kid who gets brutally murdered by Lucy in the scene with the puppy at the school), and you might remember Stephanie Wittels as Kano from Air or Kouko from the Clannad series. Then we have some other crazy good voice actors like Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Monica Rial and for a brief time David Wald. I liked how they played their characters, and I really laughed at some of the dialog. The smallest jokes made me laugh my head off, and part of that is because of the way that the actors said it.
Now it comes down to the characters. While all of them made me laugh a lot, I can't really say that there were many that made a big impression on me. My favorite character out of the bunch was probably Misaki for certain reasons that I can't really explain. I liked her way of thinking, and it made me happy to see her come on the screen. As for Sato... all I can really say is that he's pretty much an idiot. I don't hate him or anything, but I definitely wouldn't call him a favorite by any means. I get that he's an "indoor" person, but all his talk about conspiracies and the NHK got on my nerves. "I dropped my food on the floor... IT'S A CONSPIRACY OH LORD SAVE ME!" Really? Then there's Yamizaki, the super otaku. His room is the single reason that I liked him a lot. He's in anime paradise. The only thing that might have made it better was if all of it wasn't hentai games and manga. But he was a really funny character, but he snaps way too often. Overall I wasn't entirely impressed with the characters, but I think it kind of fit well with the series.
Overall, I enjoyed the series. I'll be honest here, I was hesitant to watch this at first. I bought it because I knew it was a good deal and that I'd eventually watch it, but I think the thing that made me want to continue watching was a part in the first few episodes where he played a Hentai Game for the first time and he kept getting the "Manly Love" ending. I was laughing so hard that it got hard to breath and my side started hurting. His reaction was so beautiful that I couldn't resist in watching the rest of it. Overall, if this sounds like something you might enjoy, then I would recommend it for sure. I can't say that this anime isn't for everyone though. Despite how funny I'm making it out to be, there were some moments that either got me bored or depressed. It might be a comedy, but it's not like that the entire series. Either way, I will be showing at least the first episode to a few of my friends to see if it piques their interest.
Overall: 8 read more
Jan 27, 2009
Welcome to the N.H.K. is based off a Japanese novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, which has also been released as a manga in 2004 and ended in 2007. (strangely enough the anime came out in 2006 inbetween that time) Perhaps because it was based on a novel - the story doesn't contain any real plot holes or fillers - it flows beautifully. (hmmm just like another gem Baccano! was based off a novel too... very interesting...) In fact, it is one of the most smooth and genuine animes that I have yet seen. Normally with realistic animes (such as Monster) I find it very hard to stay interested... not so with N.H.K.
In episode one we are introduced to a hikikomori named Satou Tatsuhiro, a twenty-two year old college drop-out who has major panic attacks whenever he is around groups of people. He has gotten the idea that everything is a conspiracy, and that the N.H.K. (Nikon Hikikomori Kyokai - a Japanese television broadcasting company) are behind pretty much everything evil in the world including him being a NEET... (Not in Employment, Education or Training) ...aaaaand that's where I stop about the conspiracy business (God knows they explain it enough in the actual show ha ha) and move on to the characters.
The plot wouldn't be anything without the in-dept characters; and the fact that we are allowed to glimpse into their lives and experience what they feel and go through with almost brutal honesty... is amazing. Every character has a story to tell, and ALL their stories are, not only very well thought out and told, but touching, sad, and realistic too. (Except you have to hang in there til the end for Misaki's background story. I swear... I had almost given her up as a Lenalee ...ewww) They make you sit up as you recognize yourself or a friend or family member in them. They will not tell you happy stories no... but the realism takes your breath away. That's essentially what this anime is - a breath of fresh air.
Of course... it has bad points. The sloppy character animation frustrated me sometimes - but since it was mainly slice of life and human faces often contort during emotional times - I cut them some slack. (some) The contortion worked best in the humor moments. However, besides that small detail - the rest of the animation was good. I like how the backgrounds were so crisp and clear; so that it gave the impression that people were added in almost as an afterthought. (which was in line with the show's whole message basically of "what is the meaning of life" etc) I give kudos to whoever did set/background designs - Satou's and Yamazaki's apartments were amazing... I wish more sets were that original in set-up - it felt like you could just walk through the computer screen into them. Actually all the sets had that feel. (I know I keep using the adjective *realistic* to describe NHK - but that's what it is.)
Now onto the sound... which I gave a 9 for good reason. The original pieces were amazing and I want to get the whole soundtrack for the first time. (normally I just pick and choose the good tracks) All the pieces were distinctive and definitely memorable and hyped up the emotion in each scene. They also incorporated Japanese rock and some pop - which in my opinion worked very, very well. The OP is unusual, creepy, strange etc... (more animation-wise than the actual song) but it completely fits the show's mood. The first ending song was amazing - the first time I'm really seen such a sadist, comic song used. (but once again, it totally fit and worked) Half-way through the show, they changed endings to suit the definite sober change in mood, seeing as the first ED wouldn't have suited it at all. VA wise... they weren't outstanding - yet everyone's voices fit their character (my favorite performance would probably be Daisuke Sakaguchi as Yamazaki) so definitely no complaints there.
If you're like me - and enjoy an anime that doesn't back down in the face of realism - that freely consults, assaults, and questions enigmas like: "Why we should matter anyway?" Then this is the anime for you. However, be warned that the dreaded monsters called "hentai" and even one called "Purin" rear their naked heads in this show... beware episode 3 *shudder* (ALRIGHT >.>" I admit it was pretty funny though...) RANDOM SIDE NOTE: The most hilarious arc was the online gaming arc. (I mean wth what else could you do but laugh?!)
But but but! if you're a happy, smiley type of person who can't bear to think that people would be miserable enough to consider disposing of themselves - then stay clear. This show isn't about happy, pink sparkles - it's about real life issues that people really face every single stinking day.
All-in-all I think this just might be going on my top 5 anime list. 24 episodes is just enough to tell the story - and the ending is one of the best anime endings. It's not cheesy or unnecessary - it just seems RIGHT - and I'm sure if you watch it you'll agree. It makes you think... it doesn't hand you the answer on a silver platter like some animes do. read more
Dec 4, 2007
and characters; can be rather funny; catchy opening theme.
Lows: Emotion lost during comedic moments; some useless filler;
missed opportunities fleshing out character relationships
Based on the light novel originally created by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, NHK ni Youkoso! is an anime that delves into the world of otakus, lolicon fetishes and other bizarre obsessions that surround the unique characters as they face the problems that they encounter in their daily lives.
NHK ni Youkuso! is a deep look into the human psyche. The characters all face personal problems ranging from mild to serious, whether they are financial, emotional or psychological. In addition, majority of the characters suffer in their social encounters with strangers, allowing them to be directly involved with each other. Our main male protagonist, Tatsuhiro, is a recluse who believes that the whole world is plotting to make him a failure, while the leading female, Nakahara Misaki is a mysterious young girl who comes to Tatsuhiro’s aid amidst her own dilemmas. With this in mind, the anime is one full of emotion and struggle, which, strangely enough, does not take itself too seriously.
This could have easily been a very dark and depressing series, but the frequent appearances of ridiculous hallucinations and dirty humor keep it lighthearted. Essentially, the humor is a mixed bag. At times, it can be perfectly timed and downright hilarious or when used inappropriately during tense and emotional situations, it can be obtrusive and distracting for the viewer. Some important scenes lose that certain passion, that strong feeling that should take hold. Essentially, certain dramatic elements are lost. In the end, it detracts from the anime as a whole as these moments of humor could be better spent developing character and more importantly, character relationships. Consequently, NHK ni Youkoso! falls just short of greatness; when the series finally comes to a close, there is a feeling of missed opportunity.
Although, that is not to say that NHK ni Youkoso! fails at being a drama, since that would be incorrect. This series is definitely one of the more emotionally charged series’ of 2006. As Tatsuhiro goes through his daily life, the viewer can easily feel more attached to his struggle as it is very real and down to earth. While not boasting a huge cast, the secondary characters are also well developed and add the extra punch to an already deep plot mired with blood, sweat and human pain. Very often, a viewer can find themselves angry, happy or sad with Tatsuhiro’s progress with Misaki, his friends and family. A testament to the gripping realism of this series.
NHK ni Youkoso! is an entirely unique way of bringing the anime world a “slice of life”. This is definitely a fun and dramatic series, featuring a great opening theme entitled “Puzzle” by Round Table. Sprinkle the great characters, slap on the realism and just a dash of humor creates a recipe that everyone can enjoy. If you are looking for an anime drama that is out of the ordinary, then, there is only one answer: We Welcome You…Welcome to the NHK! And enjoy the ride! You will not regret it.
Wriiten by AlterGenesis-X
December 27, 2006 read more
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