NHK ni Youkoso!
Welcome to the N.H.K.
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NHK ni Youkoso!

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Synonyms: Welcome to the NHK
Japanese: NHKにようこそ!
English: Welcome to the N.H.K.
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Type: Novel
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 28, 2002
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Serialization: None
Authors: Takimoto, Tatsuhiko (Story)


Score: 8.281 (scored by 15231,523 users)
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Ranked: #3382
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Popularity: #4139
Members: 4,983
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Tatsuhiro Satou, a university dropout entering his fourth year of unemployment. He leads a reclusive life as a hikikomori, ultimately coming to the bizarre conclusion that this happened due to some sort of conspiracy. One day just when his life seems entirely unchanging, he meets Misaki Nakahara, a mysterious girl who claims to be able to cure Tatsuhiro of his hikikomori ways. She presents him with a contract basically outlining that once a day they would meet in the evening in a local park where Misaki would lecture to Tatsuhiro in an effort to rid him of his lifestyle. During these outings, many subjects are discussed, though they almost always pertain in some way to psychology or psychoanalysis.


NHK ni Youkoso! began as a web novel serialized on Boiled Eggs Online from January 29, 2001 to April 16, 2001, and was published in print by Kadokawa on January 28, 2002. The series was published in English as Welcome to the N.H.K. by Tokyopop on October 9, 2007, and in Italian by Edizioni BD under the J-Pop Romanzi imprint on November 17, 2011.



Oct 6, 2021
Although categorized as a novel Welcome to the NHK! reads much like a light novel. The way characters act is often ridiculous and absurd. But it's not a series and there are no pretty pictures, so that seems to make all the difference.
But below the surface the tone of this novel is anything but whacky and naive. Welcome to the NHK! at its core tells a story so straight honest and real it can get under the skin.

Unlike the anime adaption the novel tells its story without any extra fuss that comes off as padding. It's closer to life and sells itself less as a ...
Feb 9, 2022
Mixed Feelings
“I can fix him”, says woman who is worse.

Welcome to the NHK is a raw look into the life of those lost in the harsh environment of modern society. Or maybe it’s the society that lost them? Whoever’s fault it is, this novel is certainly not going to offer a positive point of view of the situation. Anxiety, drug abuse, escapism, pedophilia, cults, abuse, all that neatly stuffed in one short novel.

Well, it’s the length that ultimately makes me prefer the anime adaptation though. As interesting as it might be to read Satou’s internal monologuing as his psyche is crumbling apart, the storyline is quite ...
Oct 31, 2023
Welcome to the NHK, the critically acclaimed novel known for presenting an extraordinary and brutally honest examination of contemporary society's darker side. Tatsuhiko Takimoto takes great pleasure in diving headfirst into themes of social isolation, addiction, depression, and the all-encompassing influence of media and technology.

Takimoto's writing style, touted as vivid and introspective, allegedly allows readers to empathise with Satou's struggles. With great flourish, the author weaves descriptive prose and internal monologues, aiming to immerse readers in the whirlpool of Satou's emotions. However, be prepared for a rollercoaster ride that often leaves you more disoriented than connected to the character's plight. The novel's immersive qualities may ...

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Rebuild of Welcome to the NHK! Chapter 2 Coming Soon!
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Why was Misaki removed from the characters?
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