This is one of my favorite manga and, since it had few reviews, I thought I could add a bit more of information for those who are uncertain whether to read this or not.
Well, as it says on the synopsis, this manga follows the life of a hikikomori, who thinks an organization called NHK is targeting him. (oh really?!) xD
The main character actually posseses psychological problems, such as paranoia ,which leads him to believe his life is being controlled by NHK, and all the bad things that happens to him are their doing.
Suddenly, he meets a girl called Misaki who says he had been chosen
to participate in her "project", and that she could help him have a normal life.
Just saying this the story sounds cute doesn't it?
Well, don't be fooled, because this manga isn't by any means cute nor lighthearted. Even thought on it's genres is written: Comedy and Romance, it's story and character relations are not gonna be like anything you have ever seen before. To describe it in one word I think: "bizarre" (or to use one that's not as strong) "unusual" would be the most suited.
It is a comedy though, since it does have humor, but the humor the author uses is extremely sarcastic and cynical that sometimes even made me feel a little bit uneasy.
Another strong point is the characters, their personalities and problems are so well-made and realistic that makes you think a real person could have the same problems and, many times, act the same way the characters did.(which was probably the author's intention (lol))
Well, if you want to read an amazing manga that is not cliche, this is a must.
Ok, first off let me say that this is definitely not what you would call an 'average' Shounen manga. If anything , this is more psychological in its nature, and in turn it can be pretty thought provoking at times. However, in the same breath, it can also seem to drag in places - which makes it kinda bland. But in saying that, the good definitely outweighs the bad. The manga tends to dwell on certain psychologies of the characters, and it often gets as close to reality as any manga will ever get. Every single character has some flaw
that they have to deal with. And that makes them somewhat relate able to the reader.
This is one of those stories that never ceases to amaze you, taking into context the situations that the protagonist seems to find himself in. I must stress though that some might not be able to fully appreciate this manga, some might not even get it - although, ironically I do, which speaks volumes about me I guess. It's nothing too deep, or hard to understand - it just takes a while for it to sink in. This is very character orientated, which is something that the reader needs to be conscious about when reading it. The art is very well done throughout, as well as the character development. You really start to feel for some of the characters and what they are coping with.
The one thing that bugs me about this manga is the ending - its too abrupt for my linking and slightly inconclusive. However, it's such a small flaw to point out. Its still an enjoyable manga to read.
After re-reading volumes 1-6 before moving onto the final volumes of Welcome to the NHK, I finally managed to finish reading the manga just now. My feelings are fairly mixed: I did enjoy my read but, at the same time, I was left thinking that there was waaaaaay too much padding forced in--far more than in the anime. Because of all the needless content, my enjoyment dropped considerably after the first two excellent volumes. If only for the fantastic art I can't score it lower than 7/10, though.
Volume eight was by far the most disappointing in the entire series. It all felt so pointless
and, in comparison to the earlier volumes, it was far less entertaining. There was lots of chatter yet I never found myself caring about what was being said, or even following most of it. The story ultimately never went anywhere in the end; instead going in circles as Misaki pushed forward with her love contract, Satou went along with it because he had nothing else and Yamazaki rambled incomprehensibly about starting a revolution. All I saw were the difficult to follow conversations of not-so-sane people that were shoved in to extend the story to 40 chapters.
Whilst I am still covering the negatives, I will also add that I was not best pleased with how the original story was changed in the manga. There were lots of small (but important) alterations that were made; some of which seemed to have been made as the manga was on-going. A good n example is how Satou first said he was not a virgin (in the novel and anime he slept with his senpai whilst still at school) and then later said he was. The most bothersome change was how Misaki only lied about having a bad childhood in the manga: it made her already difficult to like character outright dislikeable... for no reason. Too many silly changes were made in order to extend the length of a fairly short story.
On the flipside, I did like the first two chapters of volume seven quite a lot. The events that took place in those chapters never occurred in either the novel or anime, and they were only able to work so well because Satou was still a virgin in the manga. Kashiwa's easily my favourite character in NHK, and the 'so near yet so far' romance between Satou and her is the most emotional part of the story for me. So, a few chapters that gave the pair more time together were very welcome additions. It was nice to see Satou confess his feelings in this version... even if he later went back on what he said because he did not have what it would have required for him to take his relationship with her forward. Life truly does suck.
In general, I do not like how open-ended every aspect of the NHK story is left, but I have still always found the relationship between Satou and Kashiwa moving. I actually came close to crying during episode 14 of the anime simply because, even. The reader/viewer fully understands why Satou doesn't do what his heart tells him to, yet it is hard to watch when you know the two could have been happy together. If only he had had the balls to put his arm around her when he was not a recluse and she was not married now--his future might have turned out slightly happier. What makes the whole situation agonising is the fact that Satou is a better match for her than her the guy she ended up marrying...
...Anyway, to sum it up, my thoughts are that, although still very good, the manga is definitely the weakest of the three versions of NHK's story. It has some nice additions but the majority of the new content does not actually add anything. We did not need to see Satou spend time at his parents, coming up with masturbation plans whilst he was supposed to be finding work, and we also didn't need to see him spend time wondering around homeless. The novel was a bit too short, the anime got the length just right and the manga dragged on for too long. I certainly do not feel bad about spending over £40 on the manga but I do feel I should have spent the money the anime instead. OH WELL!
Shutting yourself in your room is so tempting. Nobody talks to you; nobody harasses you and most importantly nobody judges you. Finally peace and quiet down that pool of chaos that we call our mind. But that, as many things, is something temporary.
Welcome to life! Get ready for the best and biggest journey you’ll ever have. Meet Satou Tatsuhiro. This guy will accompany you on your trip. Or actually, you will be accompanying him on his trip. Satou is 22 year old and is an amusing character with idiotic quirks. You’d probably want to know that Satou has shut himself in his room for the
past three years and is rapidly approaching the fourth one. He lives in a one-room apartment; doing things completely on his own including cooking, watching TV and being lonely. He also likes playing erotic videogames and is doing drugs.
Would you still like to accompany Satou on his trip? It’s okay, you don’t have to. It’s understandable if you think that all those things he does is disgusting and not acceptable as a normal functioning human being. So let me ask this one important question: What IS normal?
Welcome to the NHK! centers around this one question. No doubt that you and everyone around you has wondered what is acceptable and normal in this world to do so that nobody will think you’re weird. That’s human nature. No one wants to come across as somebody weird that can’t function in society. No one wants to be at the mercy of others, constantly in need of help. But at the same time, we all need help. Even something petty and small like feeling lonely can’t be overcome by one single person and could turn into a vast problem.
Satou doesn’t understand that. So what he does is something that many people would do when it all gets too complicated: shut himself in. Physically and mentally. This is what this manga is all about. Either go with the flow and live your life by the rules of society, or be an outsider and do things your way. But the thing is for Satou, it’s not a choice, he’s forced to live alone in his apartment. Not because somebody told him to, even worse, he told himself he had to. He can’t live by the rules of society. Problems like not being able to talk normally to strangers arise when trying to get a job are seriously huge rocks in his life that hinders his way. He does not choose to be an outsider and live with all these problems he didn’t ask for. He wanted to have a normal life, with a normal job and normal people around him. And it didn’t happen. Getting something so normal, so plain that many people in this world have, is so unbelievable difficult for a shut-in like Satou. And now he’s stuck in his own apartment, getting addicted to it and is rotting away.
And then there comes an angel. A savior, somebody who cares about you and thoroughly believes that you deserve a normal life. You deserve those things that other people get to have. Her name is Nakahara Misaki. An 18 year old girl who’s strangely interested in oddballs like Satou. The two meet when she and her grandma knocked on his door to talk about religion. She knew something was going in there and she wanted to help by providing Satou counseling. But why? Why would a young female stranger help somebody who has shut himself away from society? The answer is as simple as getting a feeling of self-worth.
Misaki is not different from Satou, only that she thoroughly realizes her problem and does something about it, albeit in a dubious manner. She helps Satou simply because she wants to help herself. Her feelings of defeat, hatred and resentment all flushes down through Satou and she regains new strength. In a way, she’s using Satou to make herself feel better. But is that normal? Satou is already in a position where he can’t go lower much further so any help is appreciated. And if it means that the other party gets to feel better, it’s a nice bonus. The action is what matters, not the thought behind it. Or is it?
The series makes you wonder about Misaki’s actions. It makes you realize that she’s just another human being with problems and trying to solve them. The interaction between Satou and Misaki is truly remarkable. Satou is the kind of character which you can easily relate to. Because his problems are so common, although in a less extreme form with most people, you can put yourself easily in his shoes and understand what he’s going through. This puts you at a position of a judge. You’re perceiving Misaki’s actions through Satou’s eyes while formulating your own opinion about it in your head. The manga does not tell you directly what is wrong or right, you simply see things through Satou’s eyes. And because the writer of the manga created Satou in a way that he’s in a low position and as such does not give you a solid opinion of his own, you are free to interpret the story in your own way.
Too bad that the story itself is not so special. Great characters create great stories. But in this case, it is not the case. Do not expect a manga about the psychological problems of a person shutting himself away from society. That is simply not it. All the characters are open, some are funny and some are sad but never does it take you to the depths of the human mind. The story is almost that of a slice of life series. There is no common thread through the story, events just happen because they happen. There is no goal where the characters work towards and therefore marks when the series is supposed to end. There are simply just some characters with problems and things occur. Not too deep and definitely not too shallow. It’s just that the story does not impress overall. You’re waiting to see the characters, to see how they will develop and how they will interact with each other. And therefore, you’re seeking an unfolding story to act as a playground for those things. It’s almost as if the events in the manga happen at random without the will of the writer, maybe it’s intentional but it’s probably not.
Welcome to the NHK! is a manga like none other. It’s classified as a romance series combined with some humor. If it were to have a label that’s just right for this manga, it would be ‘’fun psychological problems’’. It will never talk about the deep aspects of human psychological problems of shutting yourself away from society, but it does talk about what those problems do with you on a global scale. And with humor, something very important to note. The characters will make you instantly fall in love with them. Satou is just the nice guy next door with some problems and Misaki is not necessarily a complex characters but does make you think about her actions. And those two ultimately mix together amazingly well in a manga with an okay story and solid art.
They say desperate times ask for desperate measures. Those times may not come often, but when they do, they show which choices truly matter.
What happens when a series about social issues is not really enlightening on said social issues but is praised because it addresses them?
Welcome to NHK in my opinion is among the "untouchable" series in an age I dub the generation of fantastic hypocrites.
It's not that manga has never been experimental or fantastic nor am I saying many of the fans of this series are dumb.
If anything I think it's the reverse. We've come to the point where intellectual laziness is so... on the surface that we now have a culture that's "smart" enough to belittle the moral cliches of underdog stories, harem, fighters shouting out
their moves...things that were once isolated to Western anti-manga critics who couldn't appreciate the quirks of such romanticized storytelling.
You'd think this would be a good thing but the down side of this is that the very same intellectual otaku community can be forgiving if not apologists for these kinds of...I wouldn't say poorly presented because it does entertain...so I'd call it more of a inaccurate pseudo-social commentary going overboard.
Maybe it's because of my ignorance of the Japanese culture and the Japanese language but since I perceive myself as a hikikomori... things like the way a woman falls under the lap of this protagonist is just as bad in my opinion as the fantastic elements of portraying hikikomories as being totally in the dark in a cave-like room.
It's not so much that this has no realistic connection to how Hikikomories live but that there is a sense of "wrongly demystifying" the whole turmoil of a Hikikomories' life. But again, I'm mostly basing this from my own experiences and thoughts.
That said, it's really hard to go against this type of series which is why I claim it to be untouchable...especially from someone who isn't equipped with the communication ability to cement the cons of this series.
Still, I think even if there is someone with the right tools, it's going to be hard because it's about a series where you "excuse" the flaws and praise the... social clues the series gives you even if the clues themselves are mostly hollow and makes the character cheap.
The easiest example of this is the whole inclusion of the love interest in the first place. Even if you take away the fact that it's about a hikikomori and treat it as merely a manga character...you could easily see the shades of Mary Sue super qualities in the characters.
Without going into spoiler territory, the series just can't carry itself as being character oriented despite what one reviewer said. Instead, it relies on bizarre illusions, a cheap non-descriptive "conspiracy" to create a sort of equally cheap "passing the buck" atrribute in the protagonist, a character that has almost no difficulty in gaining talents and finally a character that for the most part is a Hikikomori "because" the plot asks him to.
It's really complicated to explain without pointing to each scenario specifically but this is the thing. Even in an average quality harem series, there tends to be a character study in between each scenario. Welcome to NHK for the most part replaces this with "time skips" and then immediately after that provides a sort of "eye dazzling" iconic image. (An example of this would be the getting caught naked in front of the computer pic that you might have seen in some imageboards or forums)
In many ways, these scenarios might seem like a good way to present the problems with humor but it doesn't. If you really look at most of the comments on this series, the fans don't really gain anything insightful to say except that they feel there's analogues of this series to their problem...which as controversial as this is, is like saying Christianity gave you the key to solving your problems even though you joined mostly for the community rather than the doctrine and instead of following the teachings of the Bible...you follow the teachings of the priests.
It's more feel good but...where is the substance? Where is this highly praised representation of social issues? There's mostly none.
Or rather, it's not about the series not giving anything to the social issues it addresses but that it mostly gives off a vague Barnum effect rather than any stand on the issues except the shallowest ways of addressing such issues.
Then again, these type of series are almost like a Hollywood film...a reviewer for example would mention Tyler Durden of Fight Club which is equally a shallow movie about a shallow subject that gives enough "Barnum effect" that it's fans think it provides some in-depth social commentary even if they as fans aren't really able to show that they have grown as a person or they have better understood their problems because of this series.
It's not easy justifying this though. In fact I keep going around and around on this point in a loop because I don't know how to pinpoint the con to one effective and efficient example.
Another analogy I thought of is akin to one character in the basketball anime Slam Dunk doing a between the legs dunk...it's fantastic if it happened...but the soul of what made Slam Dunk "inspirational basketball" would be lost in favor of "eye dazzling" if that happened even though each character has their "Genius" skills in the series.
It all goes back to this issue of fantastic hypocrites.
I'm not saying I'm immune to this and certainly in the past there has been fantastic elements to manga and anime series that I've looked past on (i.e. the liberties DragonBall took of the character Son Goku) but...it's the issue of "ridiculousness".
It's one way if one is merely anti-ridiculous or pro-ridiculous or even a shade of grey on both. It's another if we live in a generation where this attitude is wide spread to the point that these types of series are praised highly.
It's a case of extreme "ridiculous apologetic-ness" on one end (the shallowest and clearest examples again being things like Naruto being an orange ninja with a lame cloning power that he uses as offense rather than stealth or even in Hollywood analogues of people excusing the new Karate Kid despite the name being used to hump on a series and the protagonist using Kung Fu) to a separate case of "ridiculous praising" (i.e. there are many fans of this series that can say with a straight face that this series portrays the issues accurately minus there being a love interest falling in one's lap without realizing that if you took away the girl most of the events of this series won't happen the way it happened at all)
In the end though, I'm not really sharing this review to convince the reader to avoid this series. I think the premise of these type of stories begs them to be checked out regardless of their quality. Rather I post this as a sort of warning to those who find this series in anyway special. A warning in the sense of looking beyond the surface quality or the surface feeling this series gives out. That said, I would have hoped I could have been a whole lot better at communicating which areas one should not settle and be wary of praising but like I said, I'm not the best equipped at presenting the criticisms of this series but in a site where there are only positive reviews, it almost feels like a duty to share a negative one to balance out the perspective on this series but more than that, I hope this bad review could inspire someone to write a "better" bad review here and everywhere else where the balance is off just so we don't lose ourselves in the effect of "Manga becoming Air".
(Source of "Manga as Air" is found in the book Manga: 60 years of Japanese Comics since it seems neither Google or DuckDuckGo is showing an easy reference behind the meaning of that quote)
Welcome to the N.H.K. covers a LOT of topics in today's society. What makes the story so amazing is that it injects humor and seriousness with perfect timing that it all blends so well as a whole.
We see topics like lolicon, maid cafes, suicides, ero games, etc. and blended with the more "common" plot elements like drugs, sex, perseverance, finding one's self, love and many more. What's more striking is that it does reflect society so much that you can't help but sympathize with the characters. It doesn't matter how exaggerated their stereotypes are, you will still feel their pains and their joys.
epic novels, each chapter feels like just a snippet of the characters' daily lives, but when you actually finish the series, you'll realize that each chapter plays is essential for the whole story. You can't just leave something out and feel that the story would still be the same.
I may just be struck with the story because I can actually relate to Satou(albeit his case is a real exaggeration of mine) but I do believe this story can shake the foundations of one's views or even just provide a new perspective to life. I did. Some parts really made me want to just stand up and go forth and shine.
I really recommend any manga or anime or game fan to read this(of course with precautions on the M rating as this has some adult content)
If I were to describe this manga in one word I’d say it’s illogical. Let me explain.
Welcome to the N.H.K. centers around the life of an unemployed and socially withdrawn young man named Satou Tatsuhiro – a hikikomori. A hiki-what? For those of you who don’t know, a hikikomori is a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) who is afraid to go forth in the society and is not able to interact with people. Now one day, Satou meets a mysterious young girl named Misaki who claims that she can cure him of his social withdrawn syndrome and make him a normal person. They
both enter into a contract whereby they meet every night at a park and Misaki carries out her “project” to cure Satou. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yes, the plot is attractive but that’s it. The execution is bland, over stretched and senseless. First off, the story is directionless and things happen without reason. There are countless unnecessary plot lines that start off absurdly and end up inconclusively. For instance, in the last volume, Yamazaki starts rambling something about a “revolution”. I don’t know where the heck did it come from but he continuously urges that he has to start a revolution. Then he goes out with Satou and Misaki, plants some flowers and that’s it. We never hear of his revolution again. Now who in the world can figure out a connection between these two things? I must have missed something, you might say. Maybe. And if I did, I can say it for sure that most of you will be missing a whole lot of things throughout the manga.
On the bright side, what I liked the most about Welcome to the N.H.K. was its humor. There will come many scenes where Satou will create a situation of embarrassment for himself in front of other people and you’ll laugh your head off. The art complements these scenes with screwed-up faces of Satou – all sweaty with eyes and mouth wide open, sometimes completely rotten with cheeks and eyes sunken in. I still remember the scene where Misaki was about to kiss Satou but he became so nervous and stressed-out that his eyes shrunk and his face turned black, just like a zombie’s. Misaki quietly turned away. Unfortunately, comedy became scarce in the later volumes and was replaced by romance. It would not have been a problem if, as I said earlier, the story were not so illogical. Moreover, there was no chemistry between any of the characters. Because of this, many scenes which were supposed to be serious and emotional just went over my head.
Coming to the art, I must say that it was surprisingly good. The characters were just fine and the background was very well detailed. There were few and clean strokes, just what was required.
Besides manga, Welcome to the N.H.K. spanned two other art forms – a one volume light novel which started it all and a 24 episode anime. I’d read the novel before reading the manga, so a little bit of comparison is inevitable. The manga followed the novel closely in the beginning but ended on a completely different note. The novel was short and compact but the manga was over-stretched. The humor element was more in the manga than in the novel. One of the main theme of the novel was of a conspiracy. The protagonist Satou believed that the broadcasting company N.H.K. was in a conspiracy to create hikikomories and otakus by airing anime. But in the idea is not given much weight in the manga. Overall, I think the novel was a little bit better than the manga.
For me, Welcome to the N.H.K. was a mixed bag of good humor and some memorable characters but at the cost of a very crappy story. Read it at your own risk. Which reminds me to warn you of the mature nature of the manga. It revolver around a lot of urban subcultures like lolicon, internet suicides, drugs and erotic games and thus is not suitable for younger audiences.
The anime NHK ni Youkoso is about a slightly unhinged individual who slowly learns how to reassociate with society, through painful realisations and the help of a lonely highschool girl. The manga NHK ni Youkoso is about a fucking insane person who is slowly manipulated and beguiled by his "friends" which slowly leads his mental health into a downwards spiral and his life into an irreparable mess.
There's something to be said about just how sadistic and unyieldingly explorative of the "NEET" condition Tatsuhiko Takimoto is in this manga. This manga is like a rollercoaster, only it's all down. Down, down, down. You keep thinking your
descent is nearly over but... it just keeps going. For anime viewers: the first half of the manga covers almost all of what happens in the anime, so the latter half is all new content. And if you thought the anime took Satou to lows, the second half of this manga leaves most readers with some kind of discomfort with how they are living their lives that I have come to term "Post-NHKism". It's a real thing... no need to look it up. The hyperbolic humour of Satou's greatly exaggerated actions and overreactions is more finely honed and the comic relief moments are very well timed. If I had to say where NHK shines the most; it's in tone. You're laughing on one page and hopelessly depressed in the next, it strikes an excellent balance between the humour and the real moments. This is definitely something I believe it is underrated for. If I had to say where it shined second-best, it would be it's cast of broken characters.
The MC, Satou, is a 22-year old unemployed college dropout who spends nearly all of his time in his small apartment. He is very easily agitated into a worked-up state and is very impressionable. This makes him very easily manipulated by the people who surround him, and in fact they all do. The manga follows Satou on his journey to rid himself of his hikikomori status and reenter society. It has heavy psychological aspects, each character is damaged in some way and uses Satou to soothe their own nasty insecurities. However this ends up taking a toll on Satou. It never overtly says this, but the reader is left to assume that Satou would be much better if he had never met them and found a job. Subtleties and clever inferences like this are a big positive in my book.
On the other hand it does have it's flaws. It's easy to see why Gonzo chose to only animate the first half, the plot of the second half is much less directionless. It seems to meander a bit and doesn't really seem sure itself which direction it's headed in. It also has some dull moments when the fast paced comedy and characterization is broken up for segments of dialogue. The biggest fault however is the ending which seemed rushed and much more ambiguous than it needed to be. Not to mention the climax was very similar to a scene that had already happened in the manga, it felt as though Takimoto was out of ideas and reused content to settle his manga quickly.
But these details seem trivial when I admire the overall composite of what NHK is. It's an emotional look into the mindset of a NEET hikikomori that many can relate to. And on top of that it holds up a mirror to our own lives and reflects our dissatisfactions and anxieties about our own futures. If you're looking for a powerful and evocative story that will leave you reevaluating your attitude to life, then I completely and utterly recommend NHK ni Youkoso.
Welcome to The NHK is a darkly funny, sad and sometimes disturbing manga.
The characters are well thought out and you genuinely grow to care for them even with all their flaws. I know most people would compare this to Palahniuk’s (writer of Fight Club) work, but I beg to differ. Whereas Palahniuk romanticizes the underworld and outcasts, this does the complete opposite. Most of the humor is found at the expense of the characters and their sad, absurd situations.
The story tends to drag every once in a while, but the characters and overall story get you through those couple of moments.
This would be
difficult for me to recommend, because I would think only people of a certain niche would enjoy this. If you are planning on reading this you must have a dark sense of humor. Overall I enjoyed this it was a lot of fun to read.
It's kind of strange seeing a series go for realism in the way these books touch upon it, this indifferent world full of anxious, insecure and a lot of the time just plain horrible people makes for some of the most interestingly written characters I've ever had the pleasure of coming by. The lows are depressingly low and the highs are short and sweet in a story full of characters that you will suffer with and for. I believe that packing a story so full of conflicting emotions is something that takes nothing less than genius even if it is paced a bit all over
the place it's still a story i will come back to, and until then. I'll wait.
Honestly, this manga, unlike its anime adaptation of the study Gonzo, leaves much to be desired, here I will make a review.
1 - History: The main protagonist is Tatsuhiro Satou, a former university entering its 4th year of unemployment. It takes a totally exclusive life as hikikomori, where finally reaches the bizarre conclusion that what is happening has to do with a conspiracy. A day that did not seem that nothing in his life would change, meets Misaki Nakahara, a mysterious girl who wants to try to cure his reclusive Tatsuhiro problem. Tatsuhiro Misaki is presented with a contract, which basically says that every day
should be in the park at night, where Misaki will read books, proposals, methods, etc., to Tatsuhiro order to try to desist from its style lifetime. In these outings, many issues discussed, where most somehow converge in psychology or psychoanalysis. This is where the plot begins to unfold to evolve throughout history. The story is very good for me, but the truth is somewhat less than the anime and now tell you why.
2 - Development: In manga has 8 Volumes / Volumes of 5 chapters, that is, 40 chapters in total, and talking about the development of the manga, is well below the anime in many ways, as speeding much development was very fast and very unsatisfactory, another negative thing is that many events, such as on the island, felt that solved nothing because if, in comparison anime that had events that gave him more sense to those chapters, and the truth Satou has a very good evolution compared to anime, where he manages to get a job.
3 - Drawing: Drawing with respect, is for me, much higher compared to anime therefore the character designs look great, and funds like the picture look good detailed and worked.
4 - Characters: The characters really are good, most even come to you to please remain for me, Misaki, who for me is the best female character and my favorite, who throughout the chapters, will go helping Satou to it can be more social and stop being a hikikomori, Satou, the protagonist is a good character who will go through various situations in order to become more social, and also to help his friend with a game Yamazaki. Those are the characters, but as I said before, do not have a good outcome unlike the anime.
As a curiosity before moving to my conclusion and scores, the NHK the abbreviated name "Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai" which is much seen in the manga and anime, also comes from the name of a TV channel of Japan called NHK "Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai "or" public Japan Broadcasting ".
Now if we go with the score:
History: 8, the story remains very good, despite its development a little rushed.
Development: 6, many things resolvidas of nowhere and end up feeling not convinced me.
Drawing: 8, the character designs are superior to anime and better made, and further funds are very well done.
Characters: 7, the characters are very good, but they have a very good development that say, comparison of anime.
Final Note: 7/10
The sleeve good, but honestly did not taste much, I put before 8/10, but it drops a point for the aforementioned reasons, in conclusion, would not recommend much, but still worthwhile and not in my favorites, therefore I recommend much more the picture is better developed and has better ending.
I used to watch "Welcome to the N.H.K." anime version in high school, I forgot about my impression of this anime and now after almost 4 years, I decided to read the manga version for nostalgia reason. Apparently, my age and situation make this anime more relatable than previous experience. I noticed some change in animation vs manga too like the use of drugs, a different conclusion for some characters, and the conflict is also more simple in the anime.
The manga itself has its shining moment like an interesting new conflict, expressive art, many funny scenes from its quirky character, and some dramatic scene that
works in this manga version. Unfortunately, in the middle of the story, I found the two main characters became unbearable, fake development is done repeatedly, sometimes it feels too long for the character to be aware in the process of exploring the errors that make the story stagnant, and all these factors making execution of the story felt sluggish.
Overall, although the manga now its more relatable and have many details that are not in the anime version, "Welcome to the N.H.K." manga is full of unnecessary scenes that can be thrown to achieve the right execution and dramatic point. Therefore, I can not say this is a good manga, just average.