Welcome to the NHK!

Alt title: NHK ni Youkoso!

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Asatte no Houkou

Asatte no Houkou

Karada is an elementary school student who acts mature for her age, and asks that people treat her like an adult. While praying at a wishing stone (negai ishi), she meets an older girl named Shouko. Shouko had moved to this small town to start a new life, but the same day she meets Karada, she encounters her brother, Hiro. Tension builds as Shouko and Hiro reflect on their past relationship while sending Karada home alone, and by the end of the day, both Shouko and Karada end up at the wishing stone hoping for change. Karada wishes to become an adult, while Shouko wishes for things to go back as they were in the past. That night under the bright moon, the wishing stone grants their wish, and an unbelievable transformation occurs: Shouko becomes a child and Karada becomes an adult. Now the two girls must struggle with their new bodies while finding a way to return back to what they once were.

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Cetonis Cetonis says...

Asatte no Houkou and Welcome to the NHK are two anime that serve as prime examples of strong character development. They each focus in on a core set of characters as they try to cope with their flaws and search to find their place. Although NHK's harsh social commentary gives it a very different feel compared to the lighter tone of Asatte, they're similar enough at their core so that fans of one should be fans of both.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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Snake712 Snake712 says...

In both series, all the characters have huge mental problems and most of the plot is about getting over them. Welcome to the NHK is a little less subtle about this, given its comedic value, but I think it would still translate well.

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High is a school for the extremely wealthy or, in Haruhi's case, the extremely talented. But no amount of talent will help when Haruhi accidentally drops an eight million yen vase in a music room. The vase was the property of Ouran High School Host Club, a group of attractive young men who, for a fee, provide their time and affections for their lovesick clientele: the female students. Fascinated by this strange new specimen, a poor and clumsy commoner, they force Haruhi to work for them until the debt is repaid; but they get a lot more than they bargained for...

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PockyBebop PockyBebop says...

Just like NHK's occasionally paranoid Sato, Ouran's male lead, the charming Tamaki Suoh, often has moments in the series when his imagination is kicked into overdrive and causes him to spazz out. If you like characters with runaway imaginations, then watch Ouran High School Host Club.

Black Heaven

Black Heaven

Meet Tanaka Oji: lead guitarist of a hard rock band in his youth, now an aging salaryman who has all but given up on his old dreams. Trudging through a boring day-to-day life, he gets a rude awakening when his musical talents are once again called upon — to save the galaxy from invaders, no less... but with age come responsibility; he has a family to look after and can’t just give up his day job, no matter how hot and blonde the reason. The time has come for a decision; will he once again try to live out his dream and rebel, or conform to the demands of society?

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2007digitalboy 2007digitalboy says...

Black Heaven and NHK are stories about men who are stuggling to get a hold of their lives. In Black Heaven, it is more of a midlife crisis, while NHK is a struggle to confom to society - and in Black Heaven, it's almost a struggle against it. The shows are similar in their mature and realistic approach the the characters' lives, while still having plenty of comedic absurdities.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Makoto Konno is a somewhat foolish and tomboyish high school student who spends most of her time hanging out with her two male friends. Things change one day when she suddenly gains the ability to leap through time! At first, she uses her newfound ability to do things such as preventing her sister from stealing her dessert, cheating on a test, and singing Karaoke for 10 hours. However, the small alterations she makes to the timeline turn out to have unforeseen consequences that snowball into dramatic and lethal situations for her and those around her...

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Tomte Tomte says...

Both are good dramas with a kinda complex story or complex characters. Both have a subtile romance that belnds well with both the storys.