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.
Welcome to the NHK is far more depressing than Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei while the later adds a smidgen of bizzaro metaphysics to the later episodes. However they both revolve around a group of oddball people loafing around while helping the main character deal with the failures of his life, in their own way. Not always succesfully.
Both shows talk about a despairing life. Youjouhan Shinwa Taikei focuses on a college campus life while Welcome to the NHK focuses on a drop out and a high school girl. Welcome to the NHK differs by extrapolating psychological themes while Taikei focused on humor, but they all talk about the same thing: socializing is beneficial to life.
The main reason why I believe these two to be similar, is the feeling that you get after completing the show, especially the last few episodes of it. As a college student myself these shows made me stop and think about where I am at this point of my life. It's actually pretty damn inspiring.
Both tell a story about a loser in life. Both also have a same kind of dark humor style.
Difference is just that Tatami Galaxy feels like NHK on drugs. Dialogue goes bulletspeed and animation is "inconsistent" and trippy. In a good way.
Both follow adult characters discontent with their lives , and their coming to terms with their issues. Both make use of visual storytelling, though Takei does it more often and more explicitly. Takei is a bit more philosophical, and perhaps harder to grasp than NHK. I really like how they take a more realistic approach to the characters' issues instead of a more idealistic one.
Both anime are about the psyche from the main character and the story is told in a more semi-episodic way. Also the Genre are nearly the same. Both anime have a high psychological level but still keeps in touch with a huge bottle of good jokes and hilarious Character Interactions.
Also they use some surreal elements to represent the psyche for a more comprehensible way.
As a psychological fan you should definitely watch both shows.
Both shows deal with a college aged boy's coming of age story. Both highlight themes such as loneliness and cosmic irony. They both feature some of the best story telling I have ever encountered (not just in anime, but in general) and are, ultimately, love stories.
Enclosed in your room or on your tatami. Protagonists who want to escape their reality, the life they have borne for years, the mistakes they have had, because of situations that seem to have resulted from a "conspiracy" or a "curse." In addition, they explore different lifestyles of which they always seek to fit in spite of their weaknesses, but only with the opportunity that can be close to them, they can get what they have always wanted.
It hurts knowing that things could've been different if different choices were made. These anime blame some type of entity for their own faults in life. While "The Tatami Galaxy" focuses on the could've, would've, and should've scenarios, "Welcome to the NHK" focuses on rehabilitating the social aspect of giving up on life. Life lessons are taught throughout the shows.
While Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (also known as Tatami Galaxy) is very different as it is nowhere near as depressing as NHK ni Youkoso (nor is it supposed to be) they are similar in how they look at the effects of life choices, and can be very real and relatable. Art direction is also similar at times, as Tatami Galaxy uses a bit of surrealism and psychadelic scenes to help tell its story.
Both shows are both Comedy and Drama, while dealing with similar psychological themes of a protagonist and all his failures. Both also have a rather psychedelic vibe and feature weird, but at times depressing characters.
Both protagonists are flawed and prominent themes of failure, opportunity and depression are depicted. Has an emphasis on decision and taking one's own initiative rather then being stagnant and not progressing.
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.
Genshiken is an anime about otaku.
NHK is about hikkikomori.
hikkikomori and otaku share many traits,and so the animes are similar. Although NHK has a serious undertone to it because it actually looks into the disadvantages and reprocussions of being a hikkikimori.
Both are looks into the social structure of Japan, primariy of the otaku subculture. This similar thread runs throughout the series.
Genshiken is a comedy focused solely on the otaku lifestyle, while NHK is a dramatic look at the larger society and at the human condition as a whole.
Though Welcome to the NHK's Satou technically isn't an otaku, he does start producing an eroge and is a hikikomori shut-in. I would say that whoever watched whichever show might be interested in the other even though the style, narrative and humour are completely different.
Like Genshiken, NHK deals with different geek and otaku subcultures in Japan. Both can be simultaneously comedic and uncomfortable. However, where Genshiken stays primarily focused on light and geeky themes, NHK delves into the hidden, desolate lives that many social outcasts have found themselves in.
Many people are attracted to Genshiken because they see a part of themselves in it, and personally know the unique humor of being an outcast. But at the same time, the reality can also be very lonely, and even painful. In the end, NHK ultimately centers around one question: when a person has become completely trapped in a hopeless life, do they still have the ability to turn around and come back? Genshiken, on the other hand, speaks for otaku culture as a whole: at the core of their beings, are they really as strange as they're made out to be? read more
Both animes are about otakus or NEETs, and the main characters have poor experiences in finding jobs and try to create a game and doujinshi. Otakus themed animes are more into how to interact with people but at time they include comedy scenes or ecchi. NHK is much better for its comedy.
Both series concentrate on otakus. NHK takes a more serious approach and deals with hikikomoris in particular while Genshiken takes a much more comedic approach and deals with the otaku culture in general. Both however deal with a lot of similar things such as spending all your earnings on "otaku merchandise", otaku clothing, cosplay, women and the otakus...
These two shows are not similar enough to say that if you like one you will definitely like the other. However, if you find the subject matter of otakus and the otaku culture interesting, you will likely have an interest in both of these series.
Both animes share similar themes dealing with otakus. Genshiken's story is more broad, exploring the comings and goings of an otaku club in a university, while NHK's story is more focused on the story of an otaku hikikomori and a girl who is trying to help him
Both Anime are about the Otaku lifestyle, and the hardships Otaku's face. Everything about Otaku lifestyle are portrayed, including anime, figurines, games and more. Both anime also have very good life lessons and are actually fun to watch.
In both series we find a critique of social phenomena. If Genshiken shows us the depths of Otaku phenomenon, by people who assume who they are; NHK shows a figure exceeded by that, living in hikikomori (young adults who live isolated from the world and others, cloistered at home, the more often in their rooms for months ... or more). Both anime then you will discover these aspects of society, these sub-cultures in many situations sometimes completely offset and others incredibly dramatic. (Sorry for my english)
For starters, both series focuses on the theme of otakus. Yes, otakus who are obsessed with anime, manga, and video games. Both series takes the otaku theme and transform in into a cultural product, based on many Japan references. It is realistic and reflects on the typical "nerd-culture".
Both series follows a slice of life style that has strange humor, comedy, and occasionally some emotions.
Both series contains a small cast of characters but are highly likeable with the way they portray themselves, their dialogues, and their every day interactions.
Comedy - Otaku - Neet - Hikikomori.
(N.H.K.) Satou : Another day coming to an end. A day devoid of anything.. How long am I going to keep living like this?
(Genshiken) Madarame : I guess you could say I’ve decided to be a failure at life.
(N.H.K.) Satou : It’s a conspiracy !
(N.H.K.) Yamazaki (next door anime music) : Puru Puru Pururin ~
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 first episode of Steins;Gate :) read more
Both anime has an evil Organization and both Male leads is somewhat obsess to it and having delusion about it.. and the female leads also helps the male leads to overcome what's happening both anime has a funny side and serious sides..
In both shows, the male leads suffer from the delusion that a mysterious secret organisation is conspiring against him.
The female leads seem innocent and pure at the first sight, but upon closer inspection they have their own tragic stories to tell.
While "Welcome to the NHK" and "Steins;Gate" aren't all similar in overarching plot nor animation style, there is something about the "normality" of the two shows that can't be overlooked.
Both are them are set in a realistic, believable world, without over-the-top characters. Dialogue is witty and sensible, and both start off relatively harmless, but eventually delve into the psychological drama type of anime.
The early episodes of Steins;Gate feature a lot of jokes about otaku culture that would fit right in in NHK, plus both shows feature semi-insane main characters who believe that there are secret organizations plotting against them.
Seto and Okabe are quite alike they both made up a conspiracy theory, they are both awkward to strangers, have a bit of a wrong view on the society and they both have their group where they can be themselves. These series have something big simular in the end but guess if I tell that it is considered spoiling.
and except all of this, these are just 2 big masterpieces.
Both anime have a good balance of comedy and dark themes.
Both protagonist believe in the existence of an "organization"
Both anime also have a lovely, pretty and helpful female leads that the protagonists relies on, and they both have tsundere tendencies as well.
They also have sidekicks who wear glasses.
...and although farfetched, the protagonists are also trying to be successful in creating something ( in SG, find a way back to the Alpha world line; in NHK, to create a video game)
Extremely similar main male leads, both believing in existence of secret organizations that are after them, and both are pretty awkward when it comes to social interactions.
Both anime start out in earlier episodes mainly focused on humor, but slowly shift into darker themes.
Both feature a paranoid MC thinking they were involved in some sort of conspiracy (NHK) and hunted by an evil organization (Steins Gate).
Both anime also have female leads that can understand and empathize with the protagonists and at the same time help them to overcome their problem.
Just like Steins;gate, NHK also starts off rather slow and static. Only starting to pick up the pace in the latter part where things get more serious.
The main protagonists from both series have difficulties trusting others, even when they seem to have good intentions. The first wrong act and they'll feel even more betrayed until they become hikikomori. And like most of the hikikomoris, they're addicted (or become addicted) to the 2D world, as an issue.
The main character in Welcome to the N.H.K is also a hikikomori. While Takumi (in Chaos;HEad) is convinced every thing is a delusion, Satou is convinced everything is a conspiracy. Both are very good psychological anime that will hopefully twist your mind pleasantly.
The male protagonists in both anime are "hikikomoris" (recluses) that start out with similar troubles differentiating their self-delusions in their heads with the reality surrounding outside them. Both meet and make new friends throughout their respective stories. The male protagonists in both anime gradually move on from their reclusive tendencies, and near the end, despite lingering fears and doubts, are somehow able to both muster up the courage to save the day.
The male protagonists of these shows believe that there is someone or something out to get them and they meet girls who offer their help. The stories are different however, as Chaos;Head is sci-fi while Welcome to the NHK! leans more towards drama.
The protagonists in both shows exhibit hikikomori (shut-in) and otaku life styles. In addition, they suffer from severe paranoia and delusions. Would the entrance of a single mysterious and beautiful girl change each male lead's life?
Even though there are some differences between these two anime -ChaoS is more mystery and NHK is more comedy- both have also a few similarities. In both anime, the protagonist is a male hikikomori and both are of the psychological genre. Both Satou and Takumi have delusions and don't know how to cope with them. How they deal with their situations is interesting to see and I think both are nicely made shows.
Both are thrillers about a guy who shuts himself up in his room and has hallucinations.In both the main charcther is slowly getting used to the real world with the help or women for the most part and both main charcthers have these hallucinations for the whole series and both shows can be creepy at times but for the majority they are both very enjoyable. Welcome to the NHK is more of a spice of life drama where as Chaos;head seems the same at first with a little horror quickly turns into a supernatural action.
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 some random religious woman knocks his door, even with preplanned dialogue, it turns into a disaster and he panics due to how hard he finds talking to others. Another scene I recall is one involving Satou forcing himself to go to a class to fill something out, then reacting badly to criticism from the teacher due to his paranoia/anxiety and humiliating himself.
Watashi deals with the same themes as NHK, such as blaming others instead of looking at the real problem, but the most obvious link is the exploration of social interaction failure. Like in NHK, Watashi's heroine starts out reclusive and, also like in NHK, struggles with the most basic of social interaction. The key difference is that Watashi's art (alien-eyed), voice acting (almost too pathetic to take seriously) and timing of comedy that breaks up the gloom (joy at saying one word to someone; viewing that as a conversation; skipping home... etc) make it a lot more lighthearted than NHK. NHK is a comedy as well as a drama, yeah, but there's a difference in direction that makes it easy for me to laugh off Watashi, where as NHK's realism was often able to get under my skin. read more
Both main characters are very similar. They both have a paranoia way of thinking, blame bother people, and don't know how to socialize or interact with other people. Probably the only difference is the gender of the main character.
Both NHK and Watamote deal with the socially awkward protagonists, though where Watamote is more of a slice-of-life comedy, NHK brings in drama and a much more pessimistic perspective. But if you can identify yourself with the main characters you will probably enjoy both of these shows.
Pathetic people in ridiculous situations played for laughs. They're both funny, but only so far until it becomes apparent that Satou and Tomoko are really, really sad and messed up people. Both shows attempt to hit close to home and poke fun at the various problems that surround social awkwardness and reclusiveness until it hurts.
Both Sato and Tomoko are not what you would call "normal." When it comes to socializing and interacting with other people, they both struggle. In Welcome to the NHK, Sato is encouraged to come out of his shell by both Misaki and Yamazaki. In WataMote, Tomoko herself realizes that she is not as popular as she had previously believed. After arriving at this realization, she strives to improve her social skills and standing. Just as was true for Sato in Welcome to the NHK, things don't proceed smoothly for Tomoko. While the circumstances of each character are different, the plot of the two shows is similar enough that fans of Welcome to the NHK should consider watching WataMote and vice-versa. read more
NHK and Watamote goes hand and hand in terms of their similarity especially in regards its main character. Although their genders are reversed, both main characters in their perspective series are very socially awkward and has many strange delusions about themselves, others, and often comes up with random theories of their surroundings.
Both series also deals with social problems and pokes humor at it at the same time for fun. In fact, both series serves as antithesis of the popular cliche in terms of how some kids are portrayed during their school lives.
Both series' main protagonist also tends to favor indoor activities involving games and anime. Among other factors, NHK and Watamote portrays humor in a sarcastic way along with references, entertaining dialogues, and interaction with various characters. The main character also struggles to make real life friends but does discover more and more through various events. These events often puts them on the edge of their previous situation.  read more
What if Satou was a girl or vice versa? Both shows discuss the same case about someone with severe anxiety disorder and clinical depression, while Satou is what we call "hikikomori" in Japanese, they still both share the same issue. Welcome to the NHK is darker and is somehow more serious though, moreover, it offers some solutions and doesn't just put the lead character in situations to crack some laughs.
NHK ni Youkoso and Watashi deal with such a similar premise, I'm almost surprised so few people have recommended it as of yet. In any case, both involve a main character with social problems. This social awkwardness is capitalized upon nicely in both anime to create hilarious and embarrassing scenes. As time progresses these protagonists, Tomoko and Satou, do begin to overcome their social awkwardnesses.
The most obvious difference between the two is that Satou is male, while Tomoko is female. This actually presents a quite different yet interesting perspective, seeing the world through the eyes of a sociopath through amale and a female character, though they ultimately focus on the same themes. For example, there are a lot more ecchi scenes in NHK, while it's practically nonexistent in Watashi.
Of course, Watashi is only a half season, so I'm anticipating that most of the drama which occurs in NHK won't actually occur in Watashi, which I presume will be more focused on the comedy. read more
NHK and Watamote has not that much similarity regarding how the show executed. But they are similar at the theme they explored, which is social anxiety.
NHK focuses on some characters with different types of social anxiety. While in Watamote, the story focuses on the main female character who also experiencing the same issue. This make these two anime a characters-centered show with inner monologue in the main characters mind shown frequently. Both also contain dark humour using the exaggeration of characters thoughts in general and inner conflict in particular.
Even though both shows exploring similar issue, these two anime can be feel a really different things from other perspectives. NHK has more dark colors used with simplistic and "realistic" character design that can be seen from the physical attributes of the character, such as body proportion and hair color. This can be create a different atmosphere than Watamote which used more bright colors with a "not so realistic" character design. The factor that can be influencing the atmosphere also may come from the setting, where NHK deals with adult while Watamote deals with a higschool student. They also different in the "seriousness" level. NHK, while having comedy scenes here and there, it never try to out of the box of "serious" in discussing the serious issue. While Watamote, more like a parody, a comedy focused anime. So, don't expect something serious from watamote. read more
Both of these anime presents a life cycle of a NEET with a twist of romance comedy and splice of life. The difference is NHK ni Youkoso has a tiny bit of psychological and mature theme while ReLIFE is a lighter side anime which has a school setting but overall, they both have a story plot that talks about real life work/adult situations. These animes could be a great help in helping/preventing a NEET/shutins.
Both stories are about an adult NEET that tries to change.
Though, the story is more heartwarming in ReLIFE than NHK ni Youkoso. NHK has more darker elements and feels to it.
Both are great anime for those who like realistic and relatable anime.
Both have a hikomori as main character who tries to rehabilitate himself with the help of the people around him. NHK is darker and it contains alot of dark humour while ReLIFE it's kind've on the lighter side with humour and situations that are easier to digest.
First of all. The main characters in both of these shows are recognised as NEETs in one way or the other and they are given a chance in their lives to fix everything up. While NHK is more of a drama and sticks to reality, you may find a lot of similarities in ReLIFE which has this little mystery element to it. Anyways, if you enjoyed ReLife you will enjoy NHK.
It's hard to get back into things after being discouraged for so long. "Welcome to the N.H.K!" and "ReLIFE" feature a NEET protagonist who has hit rock bottom. When all hope may have seemed lost, one day, they are granted an opportunity to redo their life. The situations that happen in these anime are very relatable in terms of work and adulthood. While "ReLIFE" is a bit more cheerful and drama filled in its high school setting, the tone of "Welcome to the N.H.K", however, is darker with mature themes. For those looking for realistic and relatable life situations, these are great to check out.
Both anime revolve about a NEET main character that being supported by a complete stranger. While ReLIFE main character were supported by the government, NHK ni Youkuso! thinks that all around him was conspiracy by the government to make him NEET forever. Both great anime with tears and MANY laughter.
-Both center around the life of a NEET and how the protagonist slowly starts to rejoin society and overcoming his traumatizing experiences
-Both have funny moments but also more meaningful moments
-They receive help from friendly people
The only thing is that NHK ni Youkoso! has a darker sense of humor
Welcome to the NHK is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion, as i watched Relife i couldnt help but thinking back to this show. The main protaganist in both shows has serious issues he needs to deal with. Both get an opportunity to redeem themselves. How the story unfolds to help these two is quite different however. Both have lots of good humor and some drama mixed in. though i believe Welcome to the NHK is more deep and original in its story, but it is also slower placed in parts.
Unlike most anime both of these show a more realistic (and possibly relate-able) setting
They are both about a shut in and also provide a similar feel. NHK ni Youkoso, also known as welcome to the nhk looks into the more darker side of life whereas Relife focuses more on the pro/cons of being a student.
A young man struggles with his own issues and is forced to deal with the strange and overbearing supporting cast, mostly female, he attracts. Both series take an over-the-top approach to humour that can get quite dark at times; they're quick-paced, cynical, and rife with anime references, and the parallels between Satou's intense paranoia and Itoshiki-sensei's perpetual despair, both played for laughs, are hard to deny.
Both are dark anime that makes fun of social problems. Both makes references to other anime. The protagonist is introduced to a happy, cheerful person to try to cure their problems but the protagonist denies her help.
There is a lot of "despair" in both shows. The main character in both is eccentric, and downright strange. Zetsubou Sensei is definitely a comedy which puns different aspects of life while NHK is a very deep and sad story about an individual who doesn't know the meaning of his life. The difference is whether you are in the mood to laugh or cry.
Both series employs the usage of absurd humor and other similar themes. The humor presented to the viewers in both series are considered black comedy where the main male protagonist gets himself into situations that are often peculiar.
Both series are unique and deals with phobias and social issues.
Both series literally takes Japanese culture and transforms it into a modern day phenomenon.
Both series has appealing characters that have peculiar personalities.
Both series also gives off a psychological vibe.
The premier anime psychological drama. Welcome to the NHK takes many cues from the Evangelion school of psychological exposition and character deconstruction, and any viewer with a taste for such things would do well to check out both.
At their core, Welcome to the NHK and Neon Genesis Evangelion are both criticisms of otaku culture and the lonely anti-social existance that otaku live. (Although NHK is more about hikkikomori, it still has quite a lot to say about otaku.)
NHK gives an accurate portrayal of hikkikomori/otaku life; if you are at all anti-social, you'll understand that the characters of NHK are among the most realistic you'll find from television. It certainly helps that the author of the original light novel was a hikkikomori himself.
Evangelion on the other hand, is just huge ball of contempt and anger directed at otaku culture, and it really wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that whole message of the show was "Fuck you, you're life sucks."
NHK also has a bittersweet atmosphere to it, whereas Evangelion is downright depressing.
None the less, if you are fascinated by the psychology surrounding otaku culture, both of these shows are a must see. read more
Both are psychological anime that deal with depression. The main character in both have a strong desire to 'run away' from the problems facing them. Neon Genesis Evangelion is considerably harder to digest than NHK. It is recommended both be watched without reading to much about them, both are good, just go watch them.
Both anime contain subjects, like depression, loneliness, portrayed by a screwed-up and emotionally broken character cast. NHK takes a rather realistic approach, even if both can become extremly depressing.
These anime are vastly different from each other. One is about Mechs and the other one is about being a NEET. But they both have the same "psychological" elements to them. For Example, they both deal with depression, self-worth, E.T.C. (pretty much they're both depressing). after watching this show(or both) I recommend you to watch shows that isn't as dark as this. They really set you back to reality's dark side.
Thanks to that I kind of reflected on my life a little bit
In both stories our main protagonist are both recluses, who shut them self's from society. In both shows, the characters are very unique, and not flat at all, you actually have sympathy for them. If you want a good slice of life show that will make you cry, then watch this!
Both feature a shut-in who dropped out of school as the main character. Both have surreal lead female characters trying to reach a goal with the main character. Both flashes back to happier times many times throughout the series. Both are very emotional shows.
Past events affect our principal protagonists and become hikikomori`s (people who stopped working or studying) and are unable to cope with society. Spring arrived and found the opportunity to change their lives. As a result?
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.
I can't tell you that these shows are similar, because they aren't. But after watching Planetes, then NHK, I can say that I got the same feeling I got while watching Planetes. In the end they were both highly enjoyable, and overall both were top notch.
Both Planetes and NHK delve deep into peoples emotions and struggles, but what they truly share in common, besides their atmosphere or "vibe", is the feeling of loneliness. While NHK is more focused on the social isolation and mental health problems of its characters, Planetes uses the loneliness of the characters as a way to showcase their struggles and goals in life, without ever actually exploring the subject of mental health. There's indeed an arc in the story where they do this, but only as a way to make the character further develop during the show, instead of being the whole focus of it.
tl;dr Planetes is the only other anime that gives me the Welcome to the NHK "feels".
Welcome to the NHK is very unique, so unique that there's really nothing like it in terms of story. Planetes has a very different story, setting, atmosphere, and characters, but both are deep anime that evoke feelings of isolation, loneliness, helplessness, and loss, while also making you laugh, giving you hope, and telling an awesome story.
Welcome to the NHK is a dramatic and psychological love story that centers around a group of NEETS with various social disorders and traumas. Throughout the story, the characters learn to accept themselves and the ones around them and try to fit in society. The story has its share of comedy, depressing, inspiring and heart-warming moments.
Planetes gives you the same feel, as its story manages to mix romance, drama, comedy and a bit of psychology just like Welcome to the NHK. Planetes plot main focus is on the expansion of humankind into space and all the issues surrounding it, however just like NHK, throughout the adventure, you get to know the main and side characters to an intimate and psychological level and all their backgrounds and motivations to go into space, where in NHK you get the dark backgrounds and reasons why the characters can't function correctly in society.
Space is a vast place and it can be very lonely if you don't have someone alongside you. In essence, both anime deal with isolation and social integration and are incredibly inspiring in their own way. The setting might be different, but it doesn't matter where a human being goes, he'll still need social interaction or he'll eventually break.
Beautiful looking and a great OST to boot, these anime are a roller-coaster of emotions that might make you cry, laugh, have a good time, feel depressed, or even inspired. read more
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"
Ore no Imouto => Welcome to the NHK
Both have Otaku issues integrated and dealt in the story. While OreImo is more light and focus more in the setting, NHK has a more psychological, personal and dark takes.
Both reference otaku culture a lot and involve the character getting help and counseling. OreImo is definitely more light and NHK is more psychological. They both are pretty funny though, if you like otaku humor.
Both series has an interesting cast of characters dealing with the darker themes of the Japanese culture.
There's also that confusing and mysterious atmosphere going on in both anime(s) that keeps the viewers from predicting what's next. Strange plots forms strange delusions making these two series unique little gems.
Both focus on themes of human failure and living on the edge of depression or paranoia among other things, both showing some parts of the world in a distorted way created by the human mind (Hallucination). However presented differently, with NHK focusing primarily on 1 persons experinces, whereas Paranoia Agent is a little more broad and is a lot more metaphoric with its meaning.
Although different in some aspects (different vibe, presentation, atmosphere), NHK for some reason reminds me a lot of PA. Mostly for its looking into everyday life, and things that we consider real just so we could avoid really doing and living. And I don't mean just conspiracies (I'd actually argue those *are* to a certain extent real), but our fear of the outside, or, taking the responsibility and blame for our actions.
To repeat gloomlp: "Both focus on themes of human failure".
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.
In both series, the main male protagonist is considered a loner with little to no friends as well as having a stoic outlook on life in general. However, one day he meets a strange girl and they form a rather peculiar relationship.
NHK takes more place in a home environment while Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. takes more spaces at home.
Both series makes great usage of various dialogues that are memorable and insightful to watch. There's also comedy that makes fun of various every day life situations. There is also implied romance throughout both series although NHK takes more of a psychological theme while SNAFU is lighthearted. read more
Stories that explain the reality of otaku culture, showing the consequences that brings in the lives of their culture, obviously only speak Japanese but a reflects the protagonist who takes refuge in to leave reality and achieve happiness .
I had the same feeling when watching both anime
I hadn't seen TMHS in a while but when i watched welcome to the NHK I immediately thought of it
If you have watched one , watch the other, you might feel the same way I did
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.
Similar atmospheres throughout both series, both give the same kind of atmosphere but Welcome to the NHK goes more in depth with the characters, and the story is more relatable to most people leaving school or having trouble finding a career to progress in.
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.
The old school art and serious vibe immediately link the two Masterpieces. Both main characters, Satou and Koshiro share similar habits and inner turmoil. This ranges from smoking, badgered clothing and unkempt/unshaven appearance, and accumulating garbage and tissues around their residence, as well as the psychological ramifications of their predicament and the societal acceptance, or lack thereof. Both share comparable female's in Misaki and Nanoko, who are fairly younger and intrude in the MC's life as love interests out of the blue, but with a predetermined goal in mind. Both MC have reservations from pursuing their love interests, albeit for different reasons, yet both divulge into guilty fantasising and getting off in misery to the tempational vixens, which they know are beyond their reach. Both MC share an Older Acquaintance , Hitomi "Senpai" and Chidori respectively, who get in the way of their love interest. All these characters dance around the edges of committing suicide, and in nearly identical settings to boot. There are endless similarities between the 2 Giants, and if you liked one you WILL like the other. read more
Both sets of protagonists, or couples rather, are socially inept, naive, aimless wanderers with disjointed families. In addition both use their relationships to straighten themselves out and reintegrate into society. While in NHK our protagonist are already outcasts and fully detached from society, in Koi Kaze you witness that transformation happen first hand. Both these shows are excellent examples of the social standard.
These shows offer two perspective on the NEET phenomenon. NHK focuses on the psychology of NEETs, while Eden focuses on society's relationship with NEETs. Both go into how it feels to be young and out on your own in the world really well.
Both anime series have a sense of comedy but in a psychological way that's surrounded by mystery. The theme of Japanese culture and otaku are present in both series and as episodes progresses, there are hints of romance.
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.
-Both involve NEET and otaku, that shatter easily
-Both involve adjusting to the real world
-Both can be pretty silly, with char "too in to their own heads" so to speak
-Though NHK is darker and more gripping with reality, making for better bittersweet candy as opposed to Kuragehime's sweet yet not as much impact flavor
What goes hand in hand better than Otaku and HIkikomori. The shows are quirky and hold some educational value if you ever wondered about these titles. Oddly uplifting and assertively down to earth at times, don't miss out on either. Enjoy the weird ride and feel like anyone can fit in somewhere.
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.
Both NHK and Colorful The Motion Picture deals with issues of lonelyness, depression and self improvement. Both the protagonists are loners who have to go on a journey of self reflection and try to come to terms with who they are and what they want to do with their life. Both are really well written and are some of the best anime out there when it comes to portrayal of real life psychological issues.
Contains the same themes of self identety and figuring out who you are. They are both very realistic in how they deal with these themes and despite minor quirks or super natural elements are very grounded in reality. They are also despite sad moments, very uplifting and inspirational for people who have had to deal with the same issues themselves.
Any fan of one is very likely to enjoy the other. Strongly recomended.
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.
At its heart, welcome to the NHK is a show about isolation and loneliness- the symptoms of being a hikikimori. I'm glad to see that everyone else has recommended other well known shows that have a main character with a screw loose, and I certainly recommend those on their own. However, I think that another series you might consider picking up if you want something more similar to the darker parts of this show is serial experiments lain. It's complicated and hard to understand, but I think that welcome to the NHK is good a place as any to start.
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.
The set-up for each series is incredibly similar; a male protagonist in their twenties starts off in a state of depression until they meet a female character whom would impact both of their lives immensely. Both characters face everyday obstacles in a rather realistic world, adding to the relatability. Each series also has a similar feel, both being a mix of comedy, romance, and drama.
Both take place after school, and both are about a male protagonist who is depressed and meets a girl. The main character also has violent reaction against the girl because of his pride, like Satou does.
The two have a character who are secluded from life. Keima with his video games and Tatsuhiro Satō with exploring the different addictions he can get himself into like hentai games. They both seem to have a dislike for reality and like how the other reviewers said, are in a way getting help from a girl. There isn't any supernatural in NHK unless you can count Tatsuhiro Satō's delusions of someone is out trying to get him. It's been a while since I watched this anime so sorry if I missed any details.
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.
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.
These shows are alike in so many ways, first of all both are major feel trips. Both have protagonists relate-able to the point you'll feel like you're watching an autobiography on yourself. Both of the mc's desperately try to avoid something they hold dear to them due to a traumatic experience, but timely encounters with a mysterious girl and friends (pervy best friends as well) inspire them to break out of their shell. Both are really just amazing shows.
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 unlike Erio's fascination with being an alien. Misaki acts as his guide on his way to reintroduction to society.
All of the characters in both series have their own issues which are touched upon.
The shows also both include plenty of parody and referential humor.
The first season of Denpa (if it ever gets more) only strays into the cutesy side of the story. It has yet to get into the real meat of the novels, while NHK explores it far more. read more
Both are coming of age series involving social closing, interaction and hardships of a person who is trying his social integration back. While Denpa Onna is a light slice-of-life, NHK is more psychological, dark and heavy.
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.
Welcome to the NHK is one of those "slice of life" anime. It contains a very depressing yet comedic theme to it. Only reason I say its similar to Angel Beats is because you can get something about life from both Anime. Welcome to the NHK is a great series that has fantastic character development and a well developed plot. Like a said previously it has a lot of dark comedy to it. If you're looking for a anime that keeps you guessing and pays off at the end, Welcome to the NHK won't let you down.
This anime is about a Hikkikomori(someone cut off from society), Sato believes everything that happens is a conspiracy. Throughout the anime he is constantly looking for ways to resolve this conflict and always seems to mess it up. He has no job, no goal, no life really. That's why he seems to be going crazy at some points, all in all this anime is great and teaches you about what life is in its own way depending on what you uniquely take from it. read more
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.
If you like the realism which characterize NHK ni Youkoso, you will probably enjoy Koe no Katachi. Both also tackle social problems such as suicide, bullying and isolation. Koe no Katachi is the first anime that satisfied me since I've watched NHK ni Youkoso.
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.
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).
NHK ni Youkoso! and Boku dake ga Inai Machi are both, in my opinion, moving psychological thrillers. Both shows share deep, underlying thematic content that unifies the plot in a meticulous yet exceptional way. Additionally, both shows share an extremely dark tone due to plot elements such as murder (ERASED) and suicide (NHK) present.
As for the main male lead in both shows, both characters have to face their past head-on in order to move forward in life. They are also portrayed rather realistically (i.e. not an anime archetype) and can be relatable to a niche of the general population.
If any of these appeal to you, I would recommend checking out the other series when you get a chance. read more
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 drama then anything else, and it;s truly for the better. It becomes a much better show for it. GTO doesn't use dark humor, and never really turns into a drama, but it does get a little more serious as it goes on.  read more
Both of them have similar points, except that NHK is more dramatic, and has more painful parts to watch, when GTO is more of the funny side. GTO is definitely a must-watch for all you psychological lovers who want to watch something that doesn't feel like wasting time. You might find yourself looking 20 episodes straight. Well.. thats what happened to me on both anime. ^ ^
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.
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.
They are similar because both of the male leads are troubled. They both made me tear up a few times, NHK! in the first half is almost all comedy and the second half is more drama. 5 Centimeters per Second is sad throughout. Both make me emotional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 comedic elements - especially in the English-language versions - and beautiful animation for the time periods they were released. You will not be disappointed by the fitting soundtrack or the execution of the storylines, even if Haganai's storyline is considered a little cliche. read more
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.
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 with his anime blog. He has no desire to get a real job and groans when his sister tells him she's gotten him a job as a high school physics teacher at his alma mater. read more
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.
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.
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.
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 time and develop new ideals in their lifestyles. read more
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.
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.
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 is saying a lot since NHK is practically rated R.
Aside from content though, the OY is quite straightforward. It's purpose becoming more and more prominent throughout the movie. It's not necessarily... a universal topic, i.e. something that everyone's familiar with, but... it's treated with more intent of an eye-opener than NHK is. Ironically... the lead wishes to be where NHK's character doesn't!
Heavy in multiple themes and with a wide array in disturbing content, NHK beats OY as a psychological study, in ADDITION to being having a similar story as OY.
The resembling character used a deterrent inside of directly persevering, which leads to him becoming more in denial than the lead of OY. His story shares a similar run, including his end.... and his epilogue. read more
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.
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*
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.
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.
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...)
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.
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.
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.
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!!!.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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