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Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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The characters in are similar. Think of the characters in NHK as what the ones in Genshiken would be like if they all had severe social problems.


Genshiken and NHK are both about obsessive but surprisingly loveable characters. They also have unique, hilarious, and almost voyeuristic looks into the Japanese otaku subculture. While NHK focuses more on drama near the end, if you liked the zany comedy of one of these anime, you'll laugh just as hard at the other's.


Genshiken focuses mainly on the life of an otaku, or a person who's obsessed the culture of anime, manga, video games, and other similar customs in Japan.

N.H.K. meanwhile, focuses more on the general life of a socially challenged individual, or hikikomori. In other words, not only does N.H.K. deal with the life of an otaku, it also shows other aspects of a hikikomori's life, like internet suicide and being a victim of multi-level, or pyramid, marketing scams.

If you liked one, try out the other!


NHK is Genshiken on steroids. Just imagine one of the otaku 3 years into the future and you have the basic gist of NHK. If you enjoyed the humor and lightheartedness of Genshiken, then NHK is definitely a must watch.


Not only do Genshiken and Welcome to the NHK use the same comedy style, they also touch on the same topic: a glimpse of an (extreme) otaku's lifestyle. This makes the humour even more alike at times.


Welcome to the NHK and Genshiken are about otaku who are treated like freaks and weirdos by others, but are in fact kind-hearted and looking for someone to accept them for who they are; this way, they can have the courage to step into society to express themselves. The only difference is that NHK is a dark comedy with more drama in its later episodes.


Both series give quite accurate and somewhat realistic outlook on Japanese otaku culture - in both you may find the opportunity to reflect on yourself and how far you have gone into the realm of this otakuness, but there are major differences: While NHK displays a variety of addictive "nerd-cultures" that can cast you outside of society - the otaku-culture is the center of Genshiken. Also while Genshiken is more humorous and uplifting, NHK offers a lot more drama and shows the darker sides of all Japanese addictions - either way, I'm pretty sure if you loved one, you can equally appreciate the other.


Both series are about obessive, yet likeable otaku and their experiences as they develop from social outcasts and begin to accept themselves for who they are. Although Genshiken focuses more on comedy and NHK on drama, the two present the same basic ideas in different ways; if you enjoyed one you will certainly enjoy the other.


Genshiken is one of those shows that takes time and patience to fully appreciate. NHK is the same. There are many "in" jokes from the anime world, and although both shows can be enjoyed without understanding them, its nice to be able to smile and nod knowingly.

Both shows probably require about a months worth of anime watching under your belt to fully enjoy them, but it is not essential.


While there is far more comedy in Genshiken, both that and NHK focus on otaku protagonists. Both series take a look at the otaku culture, though Genshiken portrays it in a more positive light. If you liked the representation of otaku culture in one then it's well worth checking out the other.


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 series focus rather, "Down to Earth" issues in dealing with the everyday lives of young geeks, otakus, shut-ins, and outcasts as they attempt to find their place in society.

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Lucky Star

Lucky Star

In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.

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Genshiken and Lucky Star both consist of an otaku life and normal life. Normal non-otaku people befriend people that are otaku, showing that they can get along (well, almost). Both shows will make you laugh so much that you'll fall on the floor laughing.

The shows make you want to watch more anime, play games, and read manga. It's an otaku inspiration. Made by otaku for otaku.


When reading the concepts behind these two anime, the very first thing you may think is that they are copies. Both shows do their best to provide us with a lovable and funny anime about the otaku lifestyle, yet there are still quite a few differences. Lucky Star is more of a parody, which will require more knowledge from the viewer in order to understand the jokes. Genshiken is more accessible since it is wackier. Nonetheless, both series provide top notch humor which can easily make you laugh.


Both series portray the daily life of a group of friends in modern Japan. While Genshiken is slightly more realistic, and Lucky Star features more Chibi-style and cuter characters, both shows are parodies of today's otaku world.

Note that they are pretty much plotless and features little to no character development, but both shows have their share of references to other mainstream products of the otaku industry.

If you liked the episodic comedy style of any of these two shows, you'll most likely like the other as well!


Lucky Star is riddled with references to anime, manga, and otaku culture in general; if you're someone who tends to pick up on these jokes, the similarily otaku-heavy Genshiken is something you'll definitely enjoy.


Besides being some of the most humorous Anime shows available, Lucky Star and Genshiken both focus on the Otaku experience, make similar references, and poke fun at themselves.

Whether you sympathize with Saki-Chan or Kagami putting up with an Otaku in their midst, or laugh out loud at Madarame or Konata's father's innapropriate comments, you'll find something for everyone.


Otaku Party! Genshiken and Lucky Star are full of insider jokes, only anime and videogame fans would understand. So, if you are an Otaku, I bet you would enjoy both anime series, and if you aren't, be sure to watch this one anyway - after all, you liked the other one, no?


Not only does both Lucky Star and Genshiken focus on many otaku themes, they also are both slice of life comedy shows with many reacurring things although looked at from different perspective. In Genshiken the non-otaku characters are the odd ones out, while reversed in Lucky Star whichi in turn makes it refreshing to watch both instead of just wanting more of one.


Both these shows involve quite a bit of japanese 'otaku' culture, from anime and manga to conventions and cosplay. Perfect anime for any otaku!


These anime have very different kinds of characters, different animation style and most of the time different kind of humor, plus Genshiken is a much more realistic anime.

But what links them together are their refferals and jokes about otaku culture.

Genshiken is basicly only about otakus while Lucky Star feature many other kinds of stories and jokes, but if you enjoy comedy about otaku culture and like either of these anime, try the other.

Otaku no Video

Otaku no Video
  • OVA (2 eps x 48 min)
  • 1991

Ken Kubo is a normal man with a normal job who is besotted in a normal way with a female friend. But life turns distinctly abnormal when he meets an otaku, Tanaka, and is indoctrinated into the obscure world of anime, model guns, and garage kits. As Kubo finds himself shunned by those he cares about, he becomes only more determined to evolve into the ultimate being - the Otakuking! But Kubo is not the only one coming to terms with society. While he strives to mould the world into a perfect haven for people like him, otaku all across Japan are laying bare their strange, lonely lives for the first time… and it’s not a pretty sight.

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While both anime focus on different aspects of "being an otaku", Otaku no Video was the first otaku documentary that integrated actual otaku interviews with an anime running as a backstory. However, Otaku no Video is quite outdated and times have changed. While many similar themes are expressed in Genshiken, Genshiken focuses on the "modern" otaku and centers on a group of friends in an anime club called Genshiken. Each episode depicts a specific aspect of otaku life ranging from cosplaying to going to anime conventions. If you liked either anime, it's a good choice to check out the other.


So you like stories about otakus, right? Genshiken and Otaku no Video encompass the world of otakus and their habits, and somehow poke fun at them. They are almost wholly alike, aside from animation, story, and some of the parody material.

Besides the incredibly obvious fact that the two anime share the same subject material, Otaku no Video and Genshiken both approach this material in pretty much the same way. In either one, you can find a humorous and informative look at the otaku subculture. You'll also find an interesting dichotomy where the creators both mock and sympathize with the rather oddball characters.
Both are along very similar lines - a slightly mocking but above-all affectionate study of otaku culture. Genshiken dates from 2004-05 and Otaku no Video is from the 80s, but it's easy to see the similarities.
These are two anime that give a deep insight into how a real japanese otaku acts, thinks, occupies himself etc... We get insight on their daily activities, on the hobbies they have (within the otaku universe), ... They also give alot of background information on certain side events like animeCon's, Doushinji, cosplay and so on. While otaku no Video is getting a bit old, Genshiken gives a new fresh view on Otaku-ness. But both are great for learning about the otaku world in Japan

Both series are about otaku people and their hobbies,their thinking and their"world".If you liked one,you'd surely like the other.


Otaku no Video and Genshiken both deal with the Anime/Manga/Model/Cosplay/Conventions club atmosphere in Japan. Both series are comedy, but deal with issues otaku deal with in real life.


Genshiken is Otaku no Video but with less nuance and more updated material. If you enjoy exploring nerd culture and proving your extensive otaku knowledge by spotting obscure references, then either of these shows will serve you well.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Kyousuke Kosaka is a normal teenager with average grades and an average home life, but when he finds out that his overachieving younger sister Kirino has been hiding her vast anime and eroge collection from their unassuming parents, his world turns inside out! Now, having promised to help his formerly distant sibling navigate her two distinct lives, Kyousuke finds himself drawn into Kirino's world of magical girl anime and "little sister" fetish games while covering for his sibling to her parents and friends, not to mention trying to provide what guidance he can.

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Both of these anime shows are based around the otaku culture and deals heavily with how they handle being part of everyday sociality. Genshiken doesn't go into too much depth about how other people see otakus, but it does touch on it. At least from what I remember. Anyway, if you like otaku related anime as well as comical anime, then you should really watch both of these.


Both of these series focus on an otaku embracing their hobby and experiencing new things - such as a first visit to comiket. Both are hevily steeped in the otaku culture so if that interests you, then both of these series will likely entertain.


Simiar genres. Simiar problems with people trying to find people to accept them for who they are. Comedy is a little more "cute" in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai while in Genshiken its not.


I always think it's amusing that people who love anime, love watching anime about people who love anime. That's the common thread here: both OreImo and Genshiken are about people whose lives revolve around the anime they love.


Both shows do an excellent job at presenting the otaku culture in and out. Oreimo is more about how otakus are perceived by others, while Genshiken presents their everyday life.

Also, the artstyle and relations between characters in Oreimo are made to be cute, whereas in Genshiken the art is more plain.

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Comic Party

Comic Party

This show is centered around Doujinshi (Fan Manga). Kazuki is a senior in high school, who doesn't really know what to do with his future. His friend Taishi drags him into the world of Doujinshi, where he tries to make and sell his Doujinshi to the masses and learn what it really means to be a real Doujinshi artist.

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Genshiken and Comic Party aren't necessarily the same by story, but focus on different aspects of otaku life. Genshiken focuses on the "modern" otaku and addresses much broader range of topics pertaining to otaku then Comic Party. Comic Party however focuses on a certain kind of otaku - the manga artist or mangaka. In Comic Party, you follow an aspiring young manga artist and his journey into the manga world. With the help of many friends, the young manga artists gets a feel of what it takes to be a successful manga artist. If you're in the mood to find anime that deals with otaku life, it's definitely worth it to check either titles out.

Both shows involve the slow descent of a normal student into otakudom and doujinshi. With Genshiken, the tone is somewhat more realistic, while it's more over-the-top and cartoonish in Comic Party -- perhaps because of the series' dating sim origins. Comic Party is more focussed on one character, while there are multiple focal characters in Genshiken.
Both "Comic Party" and "Genshiken" deal with the world of Japanese manga/anime fandom. Their approaches to the subject are different, but that makes it all the more fun to see the way they deal with the features of fan life in Japan - from doujinshi production to big conventions.

If you enjoyed the comedic portrayal of otaku in either Genshiken or Comic Party then you may want to check out the other. Both series revolve around the same set of interests, but approach from different sides of the doujinshi table.