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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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
Arata Kaizaki (27) quit the job he landed after graduation in only three months. His life did not go well after that. Now his parents are threatening to stop sending money, and want him to come back to the country. He has no friend or girlfriend to share his troubles with...as he hits rock bottom a strange man named Ryo Yoake appears. Yoake invites Kaizaki to join a societal rehabilitation program for NEETs called ReLife. This program uses a mysterious drug to make him look younger, and sends him back to high school for a year...
They are similar when it comes to being an adult that's not functioning properly in society. I love NHK it's one of my favorites, while NHK is about a person who is the definition of a NEET ReL is more about someone who's half a NEET. They're both about helping the MC to become a functioning member of society. NHK is more realistic and a tad bit more mature, they throw some Sigmund Freud kind of jokes around. It's from 2000 so while it might not be to your 2016 visual standards it was when it came out, that being said judge it by the story not the looks, although it doesn't look all that bad IMO. ReL is less realistic since they have a pill that will make you look younger and another one to reverse the effect, it's really innocent and has more romance, they don't talk all that much about mature stuff so it's a very nice light hearted slice of life. They're both funny, enjoyable and deep. They both have to do with traumas as to why they're NEETs so do expect some psychological cars more in NHK than ReL.
Even though Welcome to the NHK is a bit of a darker anime, both shows actually cover similar points. ReLIFE goes about it in a more scientific/comical way but both shows come down to the revitalization of adults who have unresolved issues. Very romantic, very funny, very enjoyable
Similar themes and characters. Characters with 'issues' are given a chance to improve themselves (and others around them).
Both are stories about people who have checked out of life who slowly work on coming out of their house/shell. The MCs have trust issues and social anxiety issues. While they do have different plot structures and different atmospheres, both really showcase this darker side of the NEET/hikikomori phenomenon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.