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Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
If you liked Arakawa's weird yet enjoyable characters then you would like to watch Welcome to the NHK! (or vice versa) because both series have some cracked and unique characters who are living isolated from the society. Everything they do is extreme yet you get used to it while wathing these series.
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Both life lesson animes (to me at least)
Both changed the way I think about life
Fifteen-year-old Yamada has just entered high school and is gung ho about achieving her ultimate goal: to have one hundred sex partners! There’s just one problem: she’s a virgin, and she hasn’t even had a boyfriend! To get the ball rolling, Yamada decides to target a shy boy named Takashi from her school; but even though he is also a virgin and she ruthlessly aggressive with her feminine ways, it’s not as easy as Yamada hopes. Though they begin to have feelings for each other, will Yamada and Takashi ever get past first base?
Both anime, NHK and B Gata, have a main plot dealing with a certain subject, but sort of an underlying social aspect regarding young male-female interaction, and the plight of a young undersexed boy/girl coming to understand their emotions.
While not dealing with the same core subjects, I believe there is quite a bit of core intrest overlap between the series'.
Similarities between Welcome to the NHK and Yamada's First Time:
-both are centered around romance and relationship building
-both use dark humor even though welcome to the NHK uses it far more
-the friends in both series are very supportive
-There's brief nudity in both animes
-Nothing over the top is used, both are very realistic, very slice of life
Basically the only big difference in both animes is the setting; one taking place in a school setting with younger characters and the other in a more mature, adult setting. Other than that if you liked one anime you'll love the other.
Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart.
As soon as I started watching Flowers of Evil, it reminded me of Welcome to the NHK! Flowers Of Evil is slower paced, and doesn't have as much comedy as Welcome to the NHK!, but the main character in both series, with their dysfunctions and twisted relationships with the women in their lives, are pretty similar. In particular, there's parts of both Nakimura and Saiki (Flowers of Evil) in Misaki (Welcome to the NHK!), both in terms of her actual personality and in terms of how Satou reacts to her.
In general, both of these series are about characters on the fringe of society that feel trapped and lonely, and about damaged people that seek each other out (whether or not the relationship they have with each other is actually healthy). And they both feel a little removed from the typical anime series, with slower pacing and a story that actively defies escapism.
I absolutely think that fans of one have a high chance of liking the other. If you like one, I totally recommend the other.
Both Aku no Hana and Welcome to the NHK! deal with a young male who fall outside the 'norm' of typical society - one a hikikomori, the other a closet pervert - and a young female partner who attempts to 'help' strengthen and discover himself.
Both the shows challenge what is viewed as 'acceptable' by collective society and provide an insight into the characters' 'unhealthy' world in juxtaposition to the 'real' world.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll change your life, and you won't feel so alone.
Mei Tachibana has had neither a friend nor a boyfriend in 16 years, and she doesn’t plan on ending that streak any time soon. The outcast learned years ago that social obligations only lead to pain, and has carefully guarded her heart to keep from getting hurt. However, the girl can’t stay withdrawn forever, especially after attracting the attention of the handsome Yamato, who finds her caustic personality interesting and strives to date her after she roundhouse kicks him down the stairs. But even the most earnest of romances can be crippled by jealousy and insecurity, and this pair has plenty of both. Can their feelings for each other overcome their own emotional weaknesses, or will this love perish before it even begins?
They both have to deal with similar themes of trust and love. Although not as eccentric as Welcome to the NHK! this is reminiscent of the good story telling of NHK but seemingly more sensitive because it's coming from a female point of view.
I agree, just switch the roles of Tatsuhiro SATO and Mei TACHIBANA and you've got a very similar anime. I think at different points both anime really hit that dark area when it comes to realtionships and just day to day activities. Welcome to the NHK is a much longer series and hits on a lot of otaku culture but they both have a great romantic story and awesome supporting characters. If you like one I'm sure you'll love the other.
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