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  • Summary: Welcome to the NHK - (NHK ni Youkoso!) - Psychological, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life (May contain bad language, mild nudity and adult themes)...
    Satou Tatsuhiro is a twenty-two years old man, who is a NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) and a hikikomori (meaning acute social
    Welcome to the NHK - (NHK ni Youkoso!) - Psychological, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life (May contain bad language, mild nudity and adult themes)...
    Satou Tatsuhiro is a twenty-two years old man, who is a NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) and a hikikomori (meaning acute social withdrawal). He thinks everything around him is a conspiracy, including the reason why many people, including himself, become hikikomori. Satou comes up with this strange conspiracy theory which includes the Nihon Hikikomori Kyoukai (NHK), a secret organization with the intention to make the world filled with hikikomori. Satou wants to break free from the NHK's clutches, but cannot, since he finds it too frightening to go outdoors by himself; that is until he meets Misaki Nakahara, who selects Satou for this "project" to cure him of his hikikomori ways.

    Opening Theme:
    1: "Puzzle" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino (eps 1-12)
    2: "Puzzle -extra hot mix-" by ROUND TABLE feat. Nino (eps 13-23)

    Ending Theme:
    1: "Odoru Akachan Ningen" by Kenji Ohtsuki and Fumihiko Kitsutaka (eps 1-12)
    2: "Modokashii Sekai no Ue de" by Yui Makino (eps 13-22,24)
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Drama
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  1. Apr 26, 2015
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    A really odd show.

    If anything, this show feels like one long after school special, really showing off some of the worst aspects of being a
    A really odd show.

    If anything, this show feels like one long after school special, really showing off some of the worst aspects of being a shut in or socially isolated. So much so that it kind of forces you reflect on your own life and realise just how easily you could become like this (if you aren't already.)

    The show is really basic in its layout, but has some really powerful writing and well developed characters. Animation is not bad but not overdone as I believe it was intentionally made to look a bit bland to better suit the overall tone and theme of the show. I do feel the show does suffer from pacing issues at times, but is hard to tell if it is deliberate or not.

    As mentioned, the plot is straightforward and simple, yet the writing is so good that even with such a simple narrative, it still keeps you guessing right until the end, not to mention all the plot twists that are refreshingly unexpected and good.

    However, I will criticize that the show does come across as a bit too preachy at times, laying on the don't be a shut in message a bit thick. Also, the "talking appliances" gag felt needless and out of place (again, laying on the crazy angle a bit thick.)

    Overall:
    Welcome to the NHK is a great example of excellent writing and dialogue. The pacing may drag a little and some of the humor a bit out of place, but I still thought it was a fantastic thought provoking show.
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