Welcome to the NHK!

Alt titles: NHK ni Youkoso!

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FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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daekiljen daekiljen says...

How interesting that this recommendation hasn't been proposed; as there is an obvious and fundamental similarity between these two anime that will make them appealing to either audience.

The development of love for someone, based on everything wrong in their life.

Major characters in these anime come to love each other by way of the negative aspects of their intrest's life.  It's simultaneously baffling, yet completely understandable.  Therein lies the enjoyment of these anime.  You fall in love with these character's issues, too.  There's comedy, sadness, bittersweetness, and revelation that really offer a sense of progression that makes Welcome to the N.H.K! and FLCL so timeless and enjoyable. I really hope that if you've seen one, you'll give the other a chance.

Eden of the East

Eden of the East

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa', the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira's enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?

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Ashlou Ashlou says...

Both of these shows are beautifully animated, involve conspiracy theories (though to differing extents), and are set in modern day Japan. Of course they both offer a love story, as well as a good mix of drama and comedy.

But the thing that makes these two the most alike is their commentary on current events in Japan, particularly with the age gap and NEET/hikikomori phenomenon.

Eden of The East Movie I: The King of Eden

Eden of The East Movie I: The King of Eden

After saving Japan from a missile attack, Akira Takizawa erased his own memories and disappeared, leaving a simple message for Saki: he’ll be waiting in the place where this all started. Having searched for him for some time with the help of Kazuomi, Onee and the rest of the gang, Saki finally determines that Akira is in New York City and heads there to find him. However, the rest of the Selecaos are also looking for Akira, and not everyone is happy about his impending rise to become the King of Japan...

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Ashlou Ashlou says...

Both of these shows are beautifully animated, involve conspiracy theories (though to differing extents), and are set in modern day Japan. Of course they both offer a love story, as well as a good mix of drama and comedy. But the thing that makes these two the most alike is their commentary on current events in Japan, particularly with the age gap and NEET/hikikomori phenomenon.

Eden of The East Movie II: Paradise Lost

Eden of The East Movie II: Paradise Lost

After proclaiming himself to be the illegitimate son of Prime Minister Iinuma, Akira is in hot water with not only the other Selecaos, but also Chiguse, the Prime Minister’s wife. With several Selecaos now out of the game and the identity of Mr. Outside still unknown, Akira, Saki and the members of Eden of the East must continue their quest to get to the bottom of things and build a better future for Japan.

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Ashlou Ashlou says...

Both of these shows are beautifully animated, involve conspiracy theories (though to differing extents), and are set in modern day Japan. Of course they both offer a love story, as well as a good mix of drama and comedy. But the thing that makes these two the most alike is their commentary on current events in Japan, particularly with the age gap and NEET/hikikomori phenomenon.

Mind Game

Mind Game

Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Tragically funny and affecting, both Welcome to the NHK and Tatami Galaxy manage to capture the self-destructively gauche young male who struggles to fit in with society for one reason or another. More importantly, both shows manage to represent the humour in their misadventures while not completely sidelining the human tragedy that underlies it all. One show reminded me powerfully of the other and I think fans of one will find a lot of enjoyment in the other.