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Welcome to the NHK!

Alt titles: NHK ni Youkoso!

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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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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Welcome to the NHK! (Light Novel) 2002 TBD
Welcome to the NHK! 2004 Original Manga
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Takahiko YOSHIDA Character Design
Yusuke YAMAMOTO Director
Pearl Brothers Music
Tatsuhiko TAKIMOTO Original Manga Creator

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Welcome to the NHK! vivafruit 8.5/10 Apr 29, 2007
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NHK ni Youkoso! CoulterRail 9/10 Apr 3, 2014
Welcome to the NHK! Jehowi 8.2/10 Oct 22, 2013
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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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Both Welcome to the NHK and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei deal with the psychological aspects of suicide, depression, and other mental illnesses.  While Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei tends to be on the light hearted comedy side, each series touches on the seriousness of the situation.  If you liked this one, you will also love the other.


Plot aside, you'll find that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei has very similar qualities when compared to Welcome to the NHK! Both series felt like psychological satires that covered almost every aspect of human thought and behavior. Not only do these two series share similarities in their comedy but they also do an excellent job at replacing the story with problematic characters living questionable lives. Even though the humor is darker than most comedies, you'll find that these two anime capture a very interesting view of social and mental disorders.


You should definitely try out Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei if you liked NHK, as it also places emphasis on black humour in relation to the Japanese culture. As with NHK, you'll find each character within Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei having some sort of stereotypical "problem" which the producer obviously wants to highlight.


Both Welcome to the NHK and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei wraps up the problems of our society, and even mankind in great comedy. The series might not resemble each other plot-wise, but if you look past that you will see two very similar anime. It's very dark humour, the kind of humour you are not supposed to laugh at, yet it's hilarious beyond belief.


Both Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and NHK share a very black sense of humour and are centered around people with personality disorders of one sort or another. Despite this both series are pretty light in tone and manage to be very strange without descending into irritating 'wackiness'.


Both of these series place focus on a darker and more serious side of life. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is primarily about a man who sees everything in a negative light, whilst Welcome to the NHK focuses on the struggles of being a hikkikomori and both have their fair share of dark humour. Although Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is generally a lighter anime with more humour packed in, if you like taking a look at a more dim view of society then both of these series are a must.


both are dark psychological comedies about characters with negative views .believing that world is a hopeless place and there is no point in living .at the same time there are positive female characters with their own problems who come to their aid and together they try to find a meaning for their lives.


They both have this seriousness about psychological health, while at the same time mainly joking about same psychological problems. Also both series uses alot of Japanese social problems as joking material and uses an overly innocent girl as a protagonist.


Each series deals with the problems of Japanese society, and boasts a cast of quirky, flawed, but loveable characters. Sato and Itoshiki are both extreme pessimists who tend to let their imaginations run away with them and seem to find themselves in the most unusual situations. Both series are delightfully dark and bizarre, if you enjoy dark comedy you're sure to enjoy both.


Both have very dark themes (a hikkikomori with deep mental problems and a suicidal teacher who is constantly in despair) yet can show off their lighter side. Although Welcome to the NHK can get very serious at times and Syonara Zetsubou Sensei is more about the social commentary and comedy, there's a small piece of us that can relate to the very real feelings and problems of each of the characters.


Welcome to the NHK and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are very unique both in their subject matter, that of social phobias and mental issues, and their artistic styles that are quite original. Tackling severe problems that affect strangely endearing if flawed characters, these anime offer a glimpse into dysfunction even as they offer plenty of laughs. Very Japanese and modern, they differ in that SZS is a parody through and through while WttNHK is a bittersweet reflection wrapped as a comedy


Both Welcome to the NHK! and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei share a similar sense of black humor. Both series are hilarious critics on modern Japanese society, and perhaps society in general. If you liked either of these you are pretty much guaranteed to appreciate the other.


Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and Welcome to the NHK! both tackle some heavy subjects, such as suicide. SZS does it in a much more lighthearted fashion, while also parodying other cultural facets. NHK is a much more drama-saturated show. If you a different take on these serious subjects, you can't go wrong.


While NHK is much deeper and WAY less random than SZS, they both make dark humor out of various psychological problems people face, pop culture (both western & Japanese), pervertedness, as well as numerous conspiracies. They also have similar soundtracks (Kenji Ohtsuki) and changes in animation styles. If you enjoyed one, you're more than likely to like the other. 


I watched NHK before Zetsubou, and the first thing I thought was "...NHK, anyone?" both deal with things that happen in our life, NHK takes it to the extreme while Zetsubou takes it humourously, both are a great watch.


Both feature the same sort of outlook on life, where the protagonist thinks himself that he has lost the will to live, or go on in some way. Both feature a character that in some way want to change the protagonists way of living or thinking. Both show the problems arising in modern society, and inspire to a reflection about this, zetsubou way more direct than NHK. Neither of them show an amazing progression from their other state, something that details the hardness of life in a different way that feels more relatable and real. NHK has way more drama elements than zetsubou though, and zetsubou is more episodic and gagbased. 



Ever wanted to join an anime club but felt its geekiness would hurt your reputation? Sasahara feels your pain. Genshiken, the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, is an organization of college otaku obsessed with anime, manga and video games. Their daily activities include holding impromptu cosplay photo shoots, braving the crowds and avoiding injury at doujinshi conventions, and tolerating harassment by Saki, a girl irked by her boyfriend's otaku-ness! It's a perfect match for Sasahara's interests, so why is it so difficult for him to join?

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Want to see more of japanse sub-culture? Another slice of life series dealing with how people feel and think. Together with interesting characters and good character development, this makes you feel like "one in the gang".

Comic situations, real life hardships, romance & drama. All in a successfull mix of events.


The plots of Welcome to the NHK and Genshiken are really completely different, but both shows are about extreme otaku. I loved both.


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!


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 take a humorous yet touching look into the life of otakus at the margins of society. Through humour they both show the problems and issues faced by social outsiders(otakus, geeks, etc..) If you enjoyed the funny and yet real look into otaku culture of Welcome to the NHK your sure to enjoy Genshiken.


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.



Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!

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Both shows feature interesting (okay, weird) and socially awkward characters, exploring the challenges that they face interacting with society.  They also both revolve around the concept of NEETs


Both of these series star lovable, but sometimes infuriatingly awkward NEETs/hikikomori. While Welcome to the NHK is slightly darker in tone, Kuragehime strives entertains the mature viewer with its slightly more refined stlye and slower pace.

I recommend both highly.


Both Princess Jellyfish and Walcome to the NHK! are hilarious, but often touching, series revolving around "Hikikimori", an individual suffering from an obsessive personality that usually is afraid to go outside of their own homes. ALot of references to Japanese manga, anime, and video games.


Crippling self-doubt? Difficulty finding your way in life? Social isolation?  Strange new relationships?  Both Welcome to the NHK and Kuragehime deal with these themes and more.  In each, a strange, neurotic person finds their life changed (for better or for worse) by a charismatic, determined stranger and focus on the main characters' struggles to find meaning in their lives as they deal with young adulthood.


Both animes have social hermits for main characters, working to improve their comical mental health with a potential romantic interest. They both are well done and directed in a way that can be rare. And they have more tricks for comedy than chibis, actually pretty hilarious.


Welcome to the NHK! and Princess Jellyfish both come at otaku lifestyle in different and thought-provoking ways. Welcome to the NHK! focuses on the issues most commonly associated with men, while Princess Jellyfish centers on the common troubles linked to women. Welcome to the NHK! is the darker of the two, but both have memorable comedic moments. They are also similar in the fact that knowledge of, or experience with the topics involved, should lead to a better understanding and appreciation of the shows as a whole.

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Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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Tired of the same cookie cutter protagonists? Want your characters to maybe have a bit of emotional baggage like real people? Both Paranoia Agent and Welcome to the NHK! have a great cast of unique personalities all with their own set of issues. Each series deals with some of the darker elements of Japanese culture in way that's both funny, and strikingly poignant. Welcome to the NHK! is more traditional in storytelling format and comedy style where as Paranoia Agent can be bit confusing and mysterious, but both deliver an experience that's dark, deep, disturbing, and thoroughly enjoyable.


Both Welcome to the NHK and Paranoia Agent deal with pretty dark subjects, although both shows take the plot in different directions. If you liked the dark mood with some comedy thrown in of NHK, then you might like Paranoia Agnet.


An exploration of modern japanese society and some of its more sinister aspects seem to be the driving force behind both Welcome to the NHK and Paranoia Agent. Characters trapped in their own psychological problems and social shortcomings are the focus of both. Humour also plays an important role in both, they even go so far as to make fun of themselves and their viewers, in criticising for example the role anime (and video games) play in some people's lives. Though the feeligns and situations portrayed can easily relate to any human being around the world, I found both of them very educational concerning some mostly Japan-specific social phenomena. That said, these two anime have such a different feel about them that they won't necessarily appeal to the same people, but they are both worth a try.


In a nustshell, both series deal with the physiolgical breakdowns of the central characters and they do so in a humorous-yet-kinda-creepy way. PA is more random, whereas NHK has a set story and characters. If you liked one you'll have to check out the other, especially if you want to see some of the most F'd up characters in Anime ever


Few anime would touch upon the theme of social paranoia in such a brilliant way as Welcome to the NHK and Paranoia Agent. From the occasional ruptures in the narrative to give vent to the disturbed mental states of the characters to the issues of growing dysfunction, these shows are relevant as social commentaries as well as artistic endeavours. While WttNHK may seem like a comedy it too deals with the pressure of living in the modern world as does the very odd PA. Conspiracies and plots abound in these character-driven anime about emotional breakdown.


On the surface, these two series are extremely different from each other. PA is mostly psychological horror mixed in with some mystery, while NHK is more slice-of-life mixed in with some black, black romantic comedy. But both anime deal with troubled people floundering in their troubled lives, and tackle many of the problems in Japanese society today head-on. Neither of these series are escapist in the least. But both do their best to dig into the problems of Japan in a thoughtful, careful way, exposing many of the possible causes. If you're interested in series that examine those with psychological issues and contain a heavy dose of social commentary, you'll probably enjoy both of these series.



The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the Future Gadget Research Laboratory, and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what's more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences - consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle...

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Both works involve people who believe they are caught in a conspiracy. Both protagonists are possibly slightly insane in this belief, but the viewer sympathizes with the character as the anime is portrayed from his point of view. They each feature quirky humor and a plot that features a creepily down to earth scenario, albeit slightly tweaked to fit the world of the anime.


NHK and Steins;Gate both have a load of conspiracy theories, paranoia and even plain madness. At some points during both of them you really have to wonder what is actually happening and what's not. The atmosphere is dark and gloomy in both, and the main characters are equally effed up in ways. But if that's your cup of tea, like mine, then go for both!



Both share a very clever juxtaposition of reality and delusion, though one turns out to be true, the other false. The 'truth' upheld by the protagonist is surreal but incredibly funny, and is reworked and remanifested throughout the series. They also end in a strangely reconciled romantic relationship between the protagonist and the another character usually caught in the middle of delusion and reality. Loved both!


Both Welcome to the NHK and Steins;Gate revolve around eccentric protagonists trying to take down a conspiracy that has effected their lives to some extent. Both shows also feature strong psychological elements and character development, the level and scope of the conspiracies varies in both shows, but I am confident that if you were enthralled by Steins;Gate, then you will enjoy Welcome to the NHK and visa versa.   


Both have a smart plot which play around with the main character's delusional mindset and "the nothing is what it seems" type series. In the end you can't help but cheer for the character you likely wrote off as crazy during the first episode. Also, they both have glances into the otaku subculture.


Both successfully examine feelings of social awkwardness and isolation - with some cool mysteries/stories along the way. Both are also aimed at a more "mature" audience and focus a lot of characters and their relationships with one another.

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