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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.
Sousuke Sagara is far from the average high school student - not only is he highly trained in military tactics, he puts his knowledge to use in every single applicable situation (and even those nonapplicable ones.) So, when confronted with high school, he tends to turn average high school experiences into off-the-wall adventures. Love letters become terrorist threats and field trips become commando operations; his survival depends on the watchful eye of his best friend and classmate, Kaname. Together, they may just make it out of high school alive...
both seris deal with over the top male charectors getting in over the top situations because of there deformed mind set and both have a simmiler seince of humer
In each of these comedies, the male lead thinks different from society, with the female lead attempting to fix this, whilst creating budding romances. Also, they have extremely random pieces of humor.
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.
Asai Mugi's everyday life is very much impacted by a singular problem: she suffers from extreme shyness. Her sole friend Touyama Kayo would like to help her out as they've just entered high school, but Mugi's shyness is the sort that steals her voice entirely. It is too bad for Mugi that a freak shout on her part attracted the attention of Nono Ichinose. Nono is on a mission to save her Drama Research Society, and she isn't prepared to accept shyness as excuse from on-stage performances! With a small group of close friends to encourage and educate her, Mugi will be given a chance to be more than she is now. But, can someone so terribly shy really become a stage actress in just a few short months?
If you like anime with interesting character development, you could try watching Hitohira (just keep in mind that it's a much lighter series than Welcome to The NHK!). There isn't much that connects those two series, but I would consider both to be motivating. If Welcome to The NHK! was motivating for you then you might like Hitohira, but then again if NHK was a comedy for you, you won't find Hitohira very entertaining (even though it has a bunch of comical scenes).
P.S. Also the main character from Hithohira does look bit alike one of the characters from NHK. Guess which one! ^^
In both Hitohira and Welcome to the NHK, the plain character is half forced to do something that is in contradiction with his/her normal personality, but will eventually become a passion after working on it sometimes. Both are also the stories of friendships that revolve around those passions and involve more than mere common projects, but also influence on each other's personalities and dreams. If you liked one, you'll also like the other.