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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
Premiered: Summer 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.391 (scored by 177,312 users)
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Ranked: #1702
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Popularity: #128
Members: 355,272
Favorites: 15,039


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.  
report Recommended by koreye
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.  
report Recommended by DarkLaila
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 my impression after the  read more 
report Recommended by Skaya
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. 
report Recommended by Kuromii
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 him. When  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
in both stories NEET is trying to rehab. :) 
report Recommended by KijoFaia
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 
report Recommended by Berkles
Both have themes about loneliness and are great psychological dramas. If that's what your looking for you should definitely watch NGE. That's only one of many reasons though. 
report Recommended by Strife91
Both shows have main characters suffer from social withdrawal and have flashbacks showing them during happier times. 
report Recommended by dinho
Although the plots are very different, a theme in Planetes seems to be fear of isolation. It's the only other show I can think of besides N.H.K. that seems to have captured a very 'real' quality in its characters' fear, motivations, weaknesses and behaviors. Very complex in terms of not seeming overwrought or artificial and keeping a healthy dose of humor (like N.h.K.) in the show. 
report Recommended by Saguri
Embracing the otaku culture, having life counseling concerning it and other crazy stuff. OreImo just faces more on the girly romance side while NHK ni Youkoso tackles things that a hikkikomori does and what they think are true "conspiracies" 
report Recommended by zetsuboSensei
Human failures, suicidal tendencies, conspiracy theories and black humor. Oh and both anime have characters who hallucinate ;-) 
report Recommended by Ahojcookie
Both are about loners and existential crises. NHK is about running from reality, Yahari is about running from people. Or vice versa :) However, NHK is about a shut-in in his 20s and Yahari is about high-school life, thus the latter is more of the mainstream.  
report Recommended by arixtty
both are similars anime on otakus =P 
report Recommended by tetsuma
a) lazy, sardonic male point a view b) the female lead is really just lonely c) both progress into something much more special than how it started out. 
report Recommended by Vesey
Both are essentially indie movies that were animated. Both Koyuki and Sato are stuck in a very bad mind set in the very start of the shows, and I believe that Koyuki could have ended up like Sato if not for his music passion.  
report Recommended by midoco123
A young girl suddenly appers and changes the main hero's life forever. Both anime's have a great psychological aspect in them. 
report Recommended by Johnny_FBI
Higashi no Eden and NHK have that conspiracy feeling to it and a little bit of NEET to it. What more is there to say if you liked one you will like the other. 
report Recommended by KawaiiLolita
Both are, "Anime for anime fans", diving into the lives and culture of NEETs and otakus, this anime hits close to home with references and mannerisms that only an anime fan or Japanese culture enthusiast would truly relate to.  
report Recommended by LittleCaesars
Both deal with issues of depression, fitting in and finding your place in society. It also deals with themes of moral ambiguity and how the search for happiness can lead to what to some would appear to be bad moral behavior. They also both have good character development, writing and plot. 
report Recommended by fluffybumbum
Expanding on what a neet exactly is. 
report Recommended by lumii
Both contain extensive and exhaustive commentary on a particular modern social phenomenon: in Lain's case, it is on internet personae and the nature of the online world itself, while NHK explores the world of Otaku and anime fandom, as well as those with crippling internet addictions, "hikkomori", and other people whose daily existence is hampered by paranoia. NHK, although still difficult to watch at times, has the greater level of "entertainment value", although neither is exactly "light viewing" and both contain some very disturbing parts. Tone-wise, NHK is noticeably more humorous and dialogue-heavy, while Lain is the more self-consciously "abstract" of the two. 
report Recommended by ChihayaNicoletta
Both are about young adult people and their dealing with everyday life. Both are realistic, mostly serious stories with a little humour. There is also romance storyline, but also rather realistic, seinen-oriented. 
report Recommended by Goryptic
Both main characters are similar in there life styles.  
report Recommended by OdysseusUlysses
A disinterested girl helps a troubled boy , and he also knows what they are and how to support it. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
There are some similarities like: - about creating games (and many problems) - similar characters (tomoya-yamazaki) - both of them contain romance and humour The difference is that NHK isn't just about games like Saenai. 
report Recommended by windowsmemphis
In a classic "boy meets girl", spring came to the protagonists who face mental problems which makes it difficult to fulfill their dreams, to receive help from a girl that will make you transcend himself. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Now I know what you're thinking. What similarities could a show about cute yet crazy girls and SHAFT antics and a show about distressed individuals and dark comedy possibly have? When you look past the design choices they actually have plenty of similarities. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko begins with Matoko moving in with his aunt and cousin. Erio is detached from the world, traumatized by some prior experience. He vows to gradually ease Erio back into society. Welcome to the NHK begins with Satou, a depressed hikkikomori, and his pathetic life. Prone to drug abuse (which the anime excludes), he has hallucinations and illusions of grandeur, not  read more 
report Recommended by notsureifsrs
Both series deals with the hardship of life and the unfairness of it all. We get to see many relationships blossom and see the power of friends. Prepare for saddness/tears! Overall awesome shows that are done far too soon. 
report Recommended by DataPrime
In NHK ni Youkoso the main charcter is Satou Tatsuhiro, who is being helped to recover from a hikikomori lifestyle. In Mayo Chiki the main character is Kinjiro Sakamachi who people are trying to help his gynophobia (fear of women)...in other words both protagonists are getting help for some sort of disorder/disease.  
report Recommended by MTNFrostAngel15
Both anime deal with the theme of suicide, as well as a male character being regretful of his hurtful actions towards a vulnerable female character. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
the 3 main characters are basically the same, and both animes change a lot between drama and comedy 
report Recommended by flyingpardin
There are some similarities about main characters. They are young adults, don't like spending time with people and got many psychological and creavtiveness problems. Characters also changes through the anime. 
report Recommended by windowsmemphis
They're similar in how both of the main characters are isolated from most people and often have inner narrations throughout the story. They both have events in their past that are often brought up and are relevant to the plot. They share psychological and seinen genres, which makes them feel similar as well. Not to mention, both series deal with very dark topics, like suicide (NHK) and kidnapping (ERASED). 
report Recommended by PaperCutAssassin
One of the underlying plot bits in each of these is a pair of gamers working together to create an eroge.  
report Recommended by Numi
The main character is almost like the same as Jun , a recluse and a hikikomori and barely goes out. Aside from,that the story is pretty much different. 
report Recommended by UshiromiyaMamoru
Both series have about the same comedy-drama ratio (well at least for the first half of NHK, it later turns to mostly drama). Both also deal with many serious issues, but never fail to deliver on humor either. Also both series have something other comedies usually don't, a heart. There's a real heart to them both. Also both series have some pervy humor in them, but also other types as well. Also I just think both series would apeal to the same type of person. There is a difference however. NHK relies on a lot of dark homor, and turns into more of a  read more 
report Recommended by Prede
These are both so unique that it's hard to make a good recommendation based on similarities. While these shows are in many ways very different from each other, they are the only ones I've seen that are comparably amazing. That's not very descriptive, but if you loved one I think you'll enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by eklie
They are very similar since they both have a male main character with many problems with many sad moments. He also has many regrets through out the series about his life. Welcome to the NHK has more funny moments and not quite as sad of a love life though. 
report Recommended by SageBug
They are both quirky series about people trying to make it in Japanese subcultures. :) 
report Recommended by glitterandufos
NHK ni Youkoso! and Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu both share characters who are heavily engrossed into the gaming project that they are making. Furthermore, the main characters in both shows bring out both the best and worst of each other that you wouldn't see otherwise if the show centered only around one person. What I mean by this is that, for example, some of the main characters serve as emotional support pillars. The main difference, however, is that NHK is much heavier on the drama aspect. 
report Recommended by -Remix-
Sato(nhk) reminds me of Itami(gate), they are look a like and also they' shares the same hobby. So if you're looking for that kind of MC, I'll recommend you to watch both shows. the other(gate) has more actions, while the other(nhk) is very relatable. enjoy!! 
report Recommended by Luuji222
Are the two best animes that make you think deeply about life without losing the tone of humor and irony. 
report Recommended by Esqualido
They are both hilarious and unpredictable. Both great. 
report Recommended by Lachie
Although this shows have diffrent setups both touch hikiomori problem. While NHK ni Youkoso do it in more realistic way and show how to out from closed trap, Rozen Maiden bring us to magic world of dolls and show us how single decisions affect our life. 
report Recommended by Krunchy
I can't believe no ones made this rec yet! The jokes in the two are very similar about anime and general otaku culture. Certainly not the same format of show but both had the same reasons for enjoyment. 
report Recommended by skookie5
Both are Romances and a bit Ecchi In both Animes one wants to care for the other At the Beginning the Main Guy is between 2 Girls In both Animes the Main Charakters create a Game  
report Recommended by Doom1491
Both have main male characters who are NEET. There are some perverted jokes in both and although the plot is not at all alike, sometimes they feel similar. 
report Recommended by NeeSuxAtLife
Both of the animes are incredibly similar to reality to some degree. Both of the main characters in these series are losers one a NEET and the other a fat chubby kit in middle school who gets bullied a lot. Though the part I find unrealistic is the fact that a beautiful girl would pursue these men. They both have an alternative reality to turn to in accel world the video game and in welcome to the nhk Satou has his apartment. Would make this a top priority as I absolutely loved both of these series! 
report Recommended by Aired
Protagonists of both titles are very similar, and both deal with very heavy themes in their own unique ways. I you liked one, then you are bound to like the other one too. 
report Recommended by iwantatrophy
Both main characters in these two shows shares the same relationship. A unique girl who helps our main guy. Both couple are cute to watch. If you enjoyed "NHK" , I'm sure you will enjoy "spice and wolf" too, it has fantasy setting on it, and it's plus for enjoyment.  
report Recommended by Luuji222
Both main characters like to shut themselves in there own apartment, can't stand society, and both play games, and both anime have extremely dark humor. 
report Recommended by Drock34000
Similar nature in which the protagonist/lead support switch between their imagination and reality. Also, excellent character development. 
report Recommended by blackthorn91
In order to make friends, one has to socialise. To do that, one has to go outside. But in order to go outside, one has to leave their comfort zone, opening up to the world. Both stories work when viewed succession, as it follows the struggles of all of the above statements. While Welcome to the NHK follows Tatsuhiro Sato, a college dropout who cannot leave his comfort zone and go outside, Haganai, follows Kodaka Hasegawa who stuggles to socialise and make friends. Even though both characters are completely different, they can still be related to in some ways. Both anime series have lasting appeal with  read more 
report Recommended by natural_hype
Sato = Tsukimoto Misaki = Hoshino Both main character are saved by his friend to a better world. Both show are really enjoyable and has an outstanding storyline... 
report Recommended by Programmer69
Both about Hikikomoris (shut-ins), comedy, romance. 
report Recommended by Azixe
This anime gives many feels like NHK. Both MC are kinda beta and fail socially but its fun to watch. 
report Recommended by quinzdom
There are a lot of similarities. The main character of both shows are very similar. Both are lazy and aloof. Yamazaki is literally a reborn Shinpachi, both are nerds and both love anime. They are both comedies that can get real whenever it wants. Gintama and NHK have dark humor and especially a dark storyline. If you have cried to gintama, you might also cry to NHK. Many similarities between the two and if you loved gintama you will most likely like NHK too. 
report Recommended by 5perm
The struggle of adult life, trying to live the way you've always dreamed of and trying to find a job. There's some romance in both if you want that too. 
report Recommended by Deknijff
If you want another anime that take place in the real world, try this. Although very different in terms of theme, both stories delicately touch your heart. 
report Recommended by Diego_Abreu
One of the best anime,which I yearn to watch. This anime totally changed my life and perspective of viewing the world.It inspires me to do something new. This Anime is similar to Welcome TO NHK Junichiro Kazami was known as a physics prodigy back when he was in high school, but now in his post-college years he's got a major case of YD – he claims he can only do something that he “yearns to do.”Junichiro Kagami, a NEET who used to be a theoretical physics prodigy (but only because he wanted to prove an Anywhere Door was possible), but would now rather spend his time fiddling away  read more 
report Recommended by PromiseAnime
Both Tokyo Godfathers and Welcome to the NHK! have hilarious characters while also having a pretty serious overarching plot that shows how life can beat you down. While TG is more serious for the most part, NHK focuses more on comedy. However, it has its fair share of melancholic episodes too, especially towards the end. The color schemes are similar, with a lot of gray and black to emphasize the feeling of loneliness. These are both anime classics, and if you like one of them I'd have to imagine you will like the other. 
report Recommended by Phenomanan
Both explore the otaku/hikikomori culture but one is way more GOOFY than the other. 
report Recommended by p4ndam
These are similar because they make you think, they provoke you and try to relate to you. It's very touching so I suggest them to you. 
report Recommended by Kami_no_Tou
While the stories themselves might not have many similarities, both series bring about the same feelings and moods. They have a few themes in common and even character similarities and watching both series gave me the same kind of vibe. If you enjoy one, it's definitely worth giving the other a chance. 
report Recommended by Yandere-chan
Both focus on the hardship of college life and students trying to better themselves. The relationship between the two main protaganists are also similar (Noda helps Chiaka & Misaki helps Satou). Where one is trying to help the other, out of blind love, but is seen as somewhat of a nuisance by the other. 
report Recommended by defected_monkey
Welcome to the NHK! and Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge both contain unique characters which develop throughout the anime. Welcome the the NHK! happens to deal with the hikikomori as the protagonist with a female character that reaches out to "save" him. In this same way, Arakawa deals with Recruit, heir to the Ichinomiya group, who believes he must go through life without ever becoming indebted to anyone in any way. Nino, the female character, asks him to become her lover after he ended up owing a debt to her after she saves his life. Both anime series have the male protagonist change over  read more 
report Recommended by Chidashi
As others have said, both look at otaku and neet culture. They are also both comedic, but take a deeper look at the problems these people face. Although they have a very similar feel, welcome to the NHK is far darker.  
report Recommended by Enelysios
Bolth of the animes is a pretty sad romance story where the main character have problems with his life 
report Recommended by tromter
While the basic setting/environment of these two anime are different, they both have male main characters who suffer from anxiety and and considered on the fringe of society. The main female leads both have "contracts" and are centered around bringing the male leads out of their shells. Aku no Hana has a darker tone than NHK. 
report Recommended by little_robot
Truthfully, Only Yesterday's main character and moral greatly resembles a supporting(some would call main, including me) character from Welcome to the NHK!. Both have a past that directly and indirectly lead up to where they are now. Both characters seem to not be SOOOO greatly affected by their past struggles, but... in reality, realize that it's been a part of them the entire time... I consider both a MUST-see to all and every who love their slice-of-life stories to be a bit... heavier in topic. Of course.... people who've exp. similar circumstances might appreciate these stories even more! Which is a plus!!! OY is.... a bit more audience friendly, which  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
Welcome to the NHK! and Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei involve a rather strange lead character that think in "unique" ways. The random insecurities of conspiracy and conformity are themes throughout both of the series. Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is more random and throws light on many political and misconceptional deeds while Welcome to the NHK! revolves around a smaller area. 
report Recommended by Chidashi
Definitely similar style. Especially when you look at the opening sequences. Both really inspired me to go to work. NHK, inspiring me to get a job. And Working!!, inspiring me to keep it and enjoy it. xD *used to work in a cafe*  
report Recommended by Shirt
Both are dealing with social issues. Also, in both main hero is introduced to a mysterious cheerful girl who's playing an important role in his life.  
report Recommended by sanjica
I think you will like one of this anime if you have seen one of them. In NHK the girl help the boy and in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu the boy help the girl, which is similar. Both also have Otakus culture or w/e it calls inside the anime. I also think their relationship is similar because all four of them is quite dense about their true love. NHK is little darker than Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu and have little more older characters so I like NHK little more. 
report Recommended by XzaR
Though both shows are of different subjects (art students for "Honey and Clover" and average people mixed with otaku and shut-in's for "Welcome to the NHK"), they both have similar questions about their lives and their goals for their futures. 
report Recommended by Kuro-chan
Both this movie and this series have deep psychological aspects to drive their story lines. If you're one to really enjoy those strange and thought-provoking anime then both these shows are for you. (On a side note, both anime have anthropormorphic inanimate objects...) 
report Recommended by AceOp
Both shows feature a unique story in a surreal environment 
report Recommended by Dr_Jan_Itor
About life, thinking and being self concious, and about hesitating. A little bit sad but very reflexive.  
report Recommended by Eriis
Both of these great shows draw upon the various restrictions that force one to live in specific ways, as well as the true motives behind relationships. While NHK!'s mood displays a wider spectrum, both anime were both entertaining and had some good life lessons. 
report Recommended by MarshallM
For us who just love sarcasm and people speaking to themselves. 
report Recommended by diser
In Welcome to the NHK two boys are making a game, and in Bakuman two boys are making a manga. I find these series very similar - they contain comedy, some information about game-maker's/mangaka's life and reflection too. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other one. 
report Recommended by Idan
Both are the best anime in the total and complete joke of a genre that is Slice of Life. If you are tired of stuff like Lucky Star and K-On!! and want a Slice of Life that deals with real life, real relationships, real troubles, and real heart-ache: Watch Both. They will change your life and cause you to become a better person, they're that good. 
report Recommended by Neane93
Both Anime has people looking down on you. Having an usual talent/ability that makes people look at you differently. i.e freak, monster, weirdo etc. Thus leading them into a horrible/dangerous situations that only a friend can help prevent!!!.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
In both series, there's the theme of otaku lifestyle that is expanded beyond just a simple parody. Rather, it's part of a central theme of the show. Both series also has many funny moments of cosplay, dialogues, and character interactions. There's also some 'romance' in between that are often poked fun at in terms of their execution. Both series also follows more of a slice of life format that is realistic and at times takes serious approach to them. Additionally, both series focuses on cultures with a taste of fun. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Comedic looks at what it's like being young, unemployed, and alone in the modern world. If you find one relatable there's a good chance you'll like the other. 
report Recommended by Evillordexdeath
This is something that might not be entirely obvious to begin with, but they do actually share a very common theme: obsession. Lelouch and Sato are both the most obsessed people on Earth. By the end of the series, you see that coming out. They are both spectacular series, but for almost entirely different reasons. However, if you like watching one person drive themselves, and everyone who cares about them, into the ground, then these two anime are for you. 
report Recommended by leaveit2me
These anime treat some of the same subjects. I feel that NHK ni Youkoso does a much better job though, as it does so in a far more entertaining manner. 
report Recommended by colonelpanic
Both are depressing, but Aoi Bungaku is a series of stories not one but the first story is exactly as NHK. 
report Recommended by master0537
Both are funny and have weird characters in them, also with a touch of romance in them. Both main male character has unique traits to them. 
report Recommended by FatefulLove
They are both silly and have such fun story lines. I recommend them both, but in particular Welcome to the NHK! 
report Recommended by Tsukiryu09
It has the same feeling to it the plot is completely different but the genre is the same= slice of life If you like that slice of life feeling then you should watch this both have a good drama romantic story to it 
report Recommended by mateoheat
Hideki is very similar Sato (MC from NHK!) and you could also probably relate Chii to Misaki from NHK These Anime both have their similarities and differences but I'm absolutely positive that if you like Chobits you will enjoy Welcome to the NHK! just as well. Both main characters are technologically retarded / slightly perverted / and have a few other social problems of their own. 
report Recommended by Auralvampire
If you're looking for anime that deal with characters and their social problems in a realistic and serious manner, then look no further. The theme of escapism permeates these works, and the characters struggle with the world and people around them. Perhaps you may even relate to some of the problems they face. Whether that is the case or not, there is still a sublime message lying in both of these great titles. 
report Recommended by opernlied
Nothing similar in terms of story or characters at all, but some kind of out of the ordinary contract that binds the main characters plays a big role in both. 
report Recommended by Apocola
Both are very thought-provoking series that explore complex themes and abstract ideas. They open up a new world for the audience to see through. In NHK, the life of a NEET and in Mawara Penguindrum the beauty of life. After watching either, you'll view the world in a new light  
report Recommended by PirateKingz