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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.
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.
I agree, Welcome to the NHK and Chobits both feature a similar story. Wonderful innocent girl enters adult male's life and begins to better him through slice of life problems and sometimes darker more mature themes. If you like one I'm sure you'll love the other.
Kyousuke Kosaka is a normal teenager with average grades and an average home life, but when he finds out that his overachieving younger sister Kirino has been hiding her vast anime and eroge collection from their unassuming parents, his world turns inside out! Now, having promised to help his formerly distant sibling navigate her two distinct lives, Kyousuke finds himself drawn into Kirino's world of magical girl anime and "little sister" fetish games while covering for his sibling to her parents and friends, not to mention trying to provide what guidance he can.
Welcome to the NHK is a lot darker, but both are based around the Otaku culture. They're like both sides of the same coin. One side being dark humor and about a shut in, while the other is more light, comical, and about a popular girl who just happens to be an otaku. If you like one, there's a pretty good chance that you'll at least find the other entertaining.
If you like Welcome to the NHK! or Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai you will love the other because you'll get to see many lovable otaku characters, both also talk much of eroge and the alienation of being an otaku, also the character Kirino and Sato have shown an interest in imouto themed eroge.
If you want to more sides to the gal-game and otaku culture, check out this pairing of anime. Both anime are a mixture of drama and comedy. While NHK is a darker comedy, Oreimo has it's moments.
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).
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.