Welcome to the NHK!

Alt title: NHK ni Youkoso!

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XXXHOLiC

XXXHOLiC

Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!

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Reasons you might like XXXHOLiC...

JAhU JAhU says...

Welcome to the NHK! and xxxHolic are very good seinen shows that mix drama and comedy with a bit of romance. Also in both of them the protagonist is rather over reactive. So if you liked one, the other might just suit your taste.

P.S. Just keep in mind that it takes a few episodes for these anime to get really interesting (in the case of NHK! it is 4-5 episodes, while in the case of xxxHolic it is 1-3 episodes).

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

Both of these entertaining series have a mystic atmosphere and deal with men who need assistance with their lives, and the women who help them achive it. Wonderfully funny, and just a little bit strange, xxxHolic and NHK are two titles worth checking out.

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series are extremely funny and have some drama/romance thrown in and are centered around odd guys trying to/getting used to the world they live in (although each world is very different). Finally, the male lead in each is quite crazy and overreacts to almost anything.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

I'm fairly certain the protagonists from tgese shows are cut from the same cloth, are long-lost twins, are clones from parallel universes... They both have beautifully insane overreactions. Both have major issues to work through, and both have a mysterious female lead to help them. 

While the shows are a tad different plot-wise, they share a lot of similar humor and drama. 

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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Tomte Tomte says...

NHK and H&C are both slice of life series, were we see the characters deal with the everyday (and perhaps not so everyday) hardships and joys of their respective lives.

In these two series you will se good a character and plot development, a comic twists to the stories and realistic romance.

buu buu says...

Both Honey and Clover and Welcome to the NHK have main characters that are just outrageously funny and lighthearted. Both have a drama element that is blown out of proportion. If you like this type of wacky humor, then these match up.

ackguy ackguy says...

Both animes explore the pivotal young adult years (as opposed to high school) and the societal pressures that come with it. Poignant, funny, and inspiring, the two shows contain characters that are all broken in some way that are easy to empathize with. Sub themes of failure, the importance of little achievements, and friendship make for fantastic and unique stories.

Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

With a history of leading a motorcycle gang and getting bad grades in school, why would 22 year old Onizuka ever want to become a teacher? Is it to educate young minds or spread the joy of education? Sure, if it involves being able to look up high school girls' skirts! Watch as this would-be educator uses his own life lessons and unconstituted methods as a means to control a delinquent class of students -- students who certainly aren't as happy to have him as a teacher as he is happy to be teaching...

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Aporias Aporias says...

Great Teacher Onizuka is an excellent show to watch before or after Welcome to the NHK! Both of the series focus on the internal conflicts that happen within the characters. Though the problems aren't that similar, the two series show a great deal of character development. The two protagonists who seem completely different on the outside share one thing in common: they both try hard to make things right and sometimes go out of their way just to finish their half-assed schemes. While Welcome to the NHK! Has a slow transition from comedy to drama, you'll find that Great Teacher Onizuka doesn't favor one over the other.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both GTO and Welcome to the NHK are great comedies where the humour is sometimes random and sometimes provoked by the main characters' actions. Yet they also appear to have a story at times, which makes them different from the usual comedies.

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

I agree both Welcome to the NHK and Great Teacher Onizuka are fun slice of life romance anime that feature dark comedy quite proficiently. Great character development and plenty of story arcs to keep you entertained. If you like one I'm sure you'll like the other.

Planetes

Planetes

In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.

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Reasons you might like Planetes...

JAhU JAhU says...

Both Planetes and Welcome to The NHK! are not average series; they are both intelligent and ambitious anime titles that can watch without feeling like you wasted your time. There are no mecha and no superpowers, just some people and their everyday problems. And yet, these anime have an intelligent message (that is, if you are smart enough to understand it). Keep in mind that these series are aimed at an adult audience.

valondar valondar says...

True, Planetes is sci-fi and NHK is not, but I cannot think of any two series more perfect for each other than these. These are two slice-of-life titles that are hilarious, poignant, addictive, entertaining and indescriably brilliant all in equal measure. They have memorably shiftless guys in their early twenties searching for meaning in life and a younger, more idealistic woman who makes a lasting impression on him. If you loved one, it is absolutely imperative that you try the other as well!

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these anime are adult-oriented slice-of-life that go into detail about the relationship between man and woman, finding one's place, and other grown-up issues. Both can get somewhat cerebral, so be prepared to continue thinking. 

REC

REC

Fumihiko Matsumaru is a salary man who works in the marketing department of a snack company. As a bachelor, he tried to date a girl from his company; but coincidently, he met Aka Onda, a rookie voice actor, instead. Through another stroke of fate, Aka’s house burned down that very night. With nowhere to stay and no family to aid Aka, Fumihiko took her in; and the next day, Fumihiko’s new marketing idea was accepted, and Aka’s being hired for the product’s voice actor! As the relationship of Aka and Fumihiko deepens, the more difficult their relationship becomes. Can they live together under the same roof while keeping the secret of their relationship safe?

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Reasons you might like REC...

JAhU JAhU says...

Both Rec and Welcome to the NHK are interesting and are aimed at adults. I can't name any other similarities, but it doesn't mean that there aren't any. Keep in mind that Rec lacks Welcome to The NHK!-like drama, though it has a lot of romantic comedy elements, which NHK only has from time to time. Still, you should give this title a try.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Welcome to the NHK goes a lot deeper as the story goes on, but just like Rec there are a lot of romantic comedy aspects which provide some good laughs, but keep the anime fairly serious. Both are great anime is you want to take a break from all the plot-filled anime, but still want something serious to watch.

Worosei Worosei says...

For some reason, both have a similar 'feel'. They're quite different animes, of different themes, and purpose. However both deals with how people cope with life in general; NHK - Satou being a hikikomori, Hitomi as a civil servant , REC - Aka as a new seiyu and Matsumaru as a fledging salaryman.

Both are romances, REC more openly, and the characters are similar.

Aka and Misaki are both oddball kind of forward girls younger than the male lead.

Matsumaru and Satou gain inferiority complexes, and both acts relatively cold and harsh at times.

Mainly a recommendation based on the lead's relationships.