Twenty-two-year-old college dropout Tatsuhiro Satou has been a hikikomori for almost four years now. In his isolation, he has come to believe in many obscure conspiracy theories, but there is one in particular which he holds unshakable faith in: the theory that the evil conspirator behind his shut-in NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) status is the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK)—an evil and secret organization dedicated to fostering the spread of hikikomori culture.
NHK ni Youkoso! is a psychological dramedy that follows Tatsuhiro as he strives to escape from the NHK’s wicked machinations and the disease of self-wrought isolation, while struggling to even just leave his apartment and find a job. His unexpected encounter with the mysterious Misaki Nakahara might signal a reversal of fortune for Tatsuhiro, but with this meeting comes the inevitable cost of having to face his greatest fear—society. – My Anime List
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This one, kind of should be a required course anime not just for anime lovers but in schools as well. 2 thumbs up, my favorite story so far!
Welcome to the NHK has some minor issues and hasn’t aged that well. Despite these issues it stands as an incredibly rich and well-packed experience. It courageously ventures where few series dare to go and manages to be an immensely satisfying ride. If you want to be entertained, intellectually stimulated and emotionally moved you own it to yourself to check out Welcome to the NHK.
Welcome to the N-H-K expresses its humor in fairly subtle ways. The irony of the situations that Satou, Misaki, and Yamazaki find themselves in fuels the dark comedy, as opposed to in-your-face slapstick humor. It is because of this that Welcome to the N-H-K excels at delivering a narrative that, while it may be sick and twisted, it is also believable and easy for viewers to relate to. The ending is surprisingly fitting, as I wasn’t sure how the second half of the show would end up playing out. But there are plenty of surprises in store for viewers and the series’ protagonist Sato along the way. For an anime that doesn’t sell itself as being much of anything spectacular, Welcome to the N-H-K delivers a fluid story full of hilarity.
J And J Productions
Welcome to the NHK is not just an excellent anime, it is one of the best dramas I have ever seen, and that is not an exaggeration.
The Anime Review
Welcome to the N.H.K. is a perfect anime for college-age folks who are interested in something about people their age and who are mature enough to handle the adult themes of the program. This isn’t kiddy stuff by any means, but it fits very well alongside other anime for grown-ups like Ghost in the Shell. I have to admit that I was truly taken with this show and found it hard to put down. In fact, I had to find the last four episodes on the Internet because the great anime meltdown of 2008 has kept the final volume from being released, at least as of October. (Funimation does have the rights, and hopefully they will put it out soon.) While it lacks the finesse and followthrough to earn my top grade, Welcome to the N.H.K. easily settles into the A grade with many other worthy peers.
This was overall an enjoyable watch for me, not just due to the comedy or the storyline as a whole, but instead it was all the little elements and plots that went into it which made it a rewarding watch. There is nothing like watching a newbie in a game try and make it big in the RMT market or watching a poor guy being ‘stalked’ by a girl come up with all these different excuses as to why he should not hand over a million yen. This is a serious watch for those who want a serious anime, but for those who are after a more entertaining series, this is still right up your alley. I highly recommend this series to all.
Prede’s Anime Reviews
If your looking for something unique, mature, and a little crazy, you can’t go wrong with Welcome to the NHK. OK so it’s not a masterpeice or anything, but this is worth seeing for sure. The bad ending is easy to overlook.
With a successful combination of comedy and some drama here and there, Welcome to the NHK! is an incredibly enjoyable series playing itself off a real life issue. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll root for poor Satou to finally get over his disorder and take Misaki in his arms. Welcome to the NHK! is series that shouldn’t be missed, especially if you can relate to Satou’s condition at all.
Anime News Network
Overall, Welcome to the NHK is a series that knows full well the power of it’s cast. Each member has an issue that drives them to be the way they are, and we are invited with each episode to share their emotions. The plot may rush itself at times, and the animation certainly isn’t the best, but when series wants to become dramatic, it knows all the right buttons to push.
Mind The Ethos
Watching NHK is like staring into a mirror. It’s not that good ol “slice of life”. It is more of a smack from reality. At times you will laugh, others you’ll sadly smile as you begin to see yourself in one of the characters. The fear of growing up, getting a job, your dreams, your parent’s expectations, looking for purpose, friendship, betrayal, it’s all there. Those days you lay in your bed and wished all your problems would just go away. That day you stared at a wall thinking dark thoughts. There is no God. There is no such thing as happiness. There is only depression, despair, loneliness, and manipulation of one another. You look around and feel like everyone else has it way easier than you. You wish that you could trade places with any of them. The truth is, you never see the other side. People hardly ever reveal their dark hidden selves. Those fears, those anxieties, their N.H.K. This anime will open your eyes to that truth. It’s all a damn conspiracy. We are all under attack. Welcome to the N.H.K.
There were some events that were pretty ridiculous. A few scoff worthy moments from me but every story was interesting to watch. My favourite was probably the RPG game arc. The few frown worthy things in this anime include its OBVIOUS downgrade in animation and art in some areas. There was also the extremely easy remedy no longer being a NEET. I must say though, after enjoying the whole series from start to finish, they did surprisingly well for the ending. Great anime.
The Foodie Geek
The result is a unique mix of comic, emotional and inspirational digest that instigates upon a depressing reality. In other words, you better put this on your list if you haven’t yet! Welcome to the NHK!
Whether you feel like you are standing in Satou’s shoes or watching from a completely foreign viewpoint, Welcome to the NHK is an anime that should
not be missed by any fan. It is shows the darker side of life, and is a believable story of someone whose life just took one too many wrong turns.
It is a dark and depressing tale, even as a rewatch. If you have any heart left at all, grab a box of tissues and sit down to watch this anime today.
You may or may not enjoy it, but I can almost promise that you will at least walk away with tremendous appreciation for the characters and story.
An anime that does things right. It has a very interesting topic, based on real life, it has development in its issues, it has characters relevant to those issues, it has trippy animation at times, good songs, interesting dialogues, it is cathartic, it is a personal work, it is not fan catering, and it is not heavy on GONZO CGI. It is the recipe of success.
My Anime List
Such masterpiece anime must be a conspiracy… Conspiracy against what
First of all, I just want to say, that this is the first anime I’ve seen that hasn’t been about ninjas, samurai, or action in general. It’s a story about life, love, hard times, painful memories, and lost souls. The story focuses on a 22 year old college drop out, who spends all his time cooped up in his room. The longer he stays, the more difficult it is to change. I don’t want to give any of the story away, but everyone can relate to these characters. They are real, and their words, and actions genuine. A must see for anyone that has ever questioned themselves, or their existence. Makes you want to tell the world about it!
Overall, this is a typical series which starts out horribly, though if you manage to get through the initial horror, you’ll get rewarded with an excellent second half.
Last Level Press
Welcome to the NHK is without a doubt a dramatic black comedy with themes of depression, suicide, social anxiety, and feelings of uselessness and inadequacy throughout. For me, there were times where I could understand Sato’s plight. Other times I laughed at his expense. And sometimes I pitied him and saw him as a detestable human. In spite of all the hardships people face there is a glimmer of hope that shows that things might work out if they strive for it, which is certainly a nice reminder to have these days. As you can expect this is not a show for kids but if this sounds like something up your alley I highly recommend it.
Welcome to the NHK is a must-see for anyone interested in learning about the darker sides of Japanese society, as well as the dark side of anime fandom. It’s enlightening and yet also depressing and disturbing at times, and watching it is occasionally as much of a struggle as those that the characters themselves have to contend with. In the end, however, it’s a unique show that unfolds and behaves like none other. Even if a little extra proofreading and more careful complementation may have made it slightly stronger, it’s up there as one of the best social commentaries I know of.
GONZO blew most of it’s budget not even half way through the anime, so animation during important parts of the first half was pretty lousy. The second half somehow pulled through with some cool art styles.
Welcome To The NHK felt like a breath of fresh air. Give it a go, but be warned, this anime is not for the faint of heart…
Overall, Welcome to the N.H.K! is really an anime of its own, with nothing to compare it against. This anime is able to realistically show many different problems that the Japanese society is facing with and in the process make you laugh whilst keeping you intrigued throughout. Yet due to the unfamiliarity of this anime, not all anime fans will be able to get into it. So, if you want to find out what it means to be a hikikomori, check this out.
Welcome to the N.H.K. was a series I found myself meditating on for a long time afterwards. It was refreshing for its very harsh and bittersweet take on reality, as well as creating something creative and unique among a slew of shounen-save-the-world and ecchi titles. It might hit close to home, and definitely not suited for everyone, but it is easily one of my personal favorites.
Black comedy, romance and social commentary might not usually make for good bedfellows, but it’s a combination that works perfectly within the confines of the excellent delivery of this series.
Store On Anime Online
Welcome to the NHK was a crazy ride that I won’t forget anytime soon. I don’t think any anime will replace the special spot Welcome to the NHK has in my heart. The troubled characters, the dark and pretty realistic story, and the morbid humor makes this anime quite an enjoyable one. I really wish that more anime would attempt the kinds of things that this show did. Not everything in life is full of butterflies, rainbows, and kittens. This anime shows how life can be really tough to some people and sometimes you will hit rock bottom. Hopefully not very often. Conspiracies in this show is a good reminder for people to not get too wrapped up in them, or you may find yourselves talking to a fridge. This show does the themes of depression and the harsh reality of life well. That’s the main reason why I enjoyed this show so much. It serves as a wake up call for some; that you need to get off your butts and do something once in a while. Anime isn’t everything in life.
Mistaks Of Youth
Overall, NHK is one of those series which had so much potential to be perfect, but fell short in a few important areas. The show really would have benefited from more attention paid to the animation and a better understanding of what some scenes in the manga were trying to communicate. It does score points for solid voice work, music, direction and introducing some interesting aspects not in the manga. People not yet acquainted with the manga and have a fetish for dark humour would probably like NHK, and manga fans with an open mind should appreciate this adaptation as well. In the end, it’s pretty solid entertainment and that’s what we watch anime for, right?
In all honestly, this is a show that you really must see for yourself, and because of this it can be very difficult to put a number to it. The times when it worked for me were extremely powerful, but I also felt there were times when it didn’t, and if you identify with absolutely everything that this show throws at you then your life probably isn’t going great. However, I’m sure that everyone will see something they can relate to, and it will be something usually not addressed by a television show. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth watching. Something is going to stick, something here will haunt you.
My Bubble Tea Time
Overall, I enjoyed watching this anime. The length was appropriate, the everyday life problems were appropriately placed and the jokes were actually funny. The characters were memorable and the story kept you going. It is not easy being a NEET and the anime touches on real-life society and social interactions with people a lot in this anime.
Black Rag Doll
It was fine, and on that note I will recommend it to huge nerds who like romance//drama/comedy, seeing as it is so massively popular among fans across the world.