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Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
Nana is like Welcome to the NHK with a fourth of the laughs and four times the feminity, however both deal with relatively identical concepts. In either story, the characters have to come face to face with reality and realize that life is never perfect, and learn how to be happy. Either can be a soul-shredding but ultimately enlightening experience.
These series each focus on many individuals getting used to society, learning what it takes to get by in life. Each series has a lot of character development and and are very emotional having the ability to cause a lot of growth and realization in the viewer as well.
Both animes deal with people facing real life problems. They are very close to reality I find. These are the series you won't be able to quit in the middle. They just keep you tied down in front of the computer until the very end! In both animes we see a beautiful friendship develop, rather it's between the 2 Nanas or Sato and Yamazaki. It's impossible not to get close to the characters, whether it's for their choices or personalities. If you like one of the shows you certainly won't regret watching the other.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Takumi is a reclusive otaku who wants nothing more than to be left alone to play online games and watch anime. He only attends the minimum necessary to pass his classes, and rarely leaves his cramped room except to purchase the newest figurines. One evening, while Takumi is chatting online with his friend "Grim," a stranger called "Shogun" joins the channel and, after "Grim" leaves, posts a series of disturbing photographs depicting a man impaled to a wall with metal stakes. The following day, Takumi is horrified when he wanders into an alley and once again sees Shogun’s images – but this time, the gruesome scene is reality. From then on, Takumi sees the world through a new set of eyes; imaginary delusions meld with reality, and he isn't sure who he can trust. With suspicions and confusion at every turn, Takumi must struggle to determine what's going on - but most importantly, whose eyes are those eyes?
Chaos;Head is a true mix of genres. When first starting to watch it, the male protagonist reminded me of the lead from NHK. The geeky, hikkikomori who is afraid of the outside world and relies on the pc to live out his existence.
NHK is probably more to peoples tastes as it stays within one genre, but if you're open minded and enjoy some action, I would say you should give Chaos;Head a whirl too.
Both of the main characters are hikkikomoris. In Welcome to the NHK, Sato meets a mysterious girl who helps him recover from being a hikkikomori. While in Chaos;Head, Takumi's sister tries to help him from his ways. But unlike Welcome to the NHK, where the plot continues to lead you on with Misaki helping Sato to not be a hikkikomori, in Chaos;Head the main plot is for Takumi to discover what's happening in the world. Anyways, I totally recommend both animes, Welcome to the NHK for those who like normal stories, and Chaos;Head for those who like a bit more action and supernatural stuff.
Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...
Chobits and Welcome to the NHK share very similar humour and story arcs of troubled love; all be it NHK is a far darker and "HardCore" in story and tone then Chobits.
Welcome to the NHK! and Chobits have a lot in common, everything from the sweet girl that overlooks the shortcomings of a guy who's pretty much a loser, to a lot of the comedy style. They even have similar episodes, which I would guess means NHK borrowed a lot from Chobits.
Either way, they are both sweet romantic comedies that make you feel good and gives the guy that normally goes through life alone a chance to find love.