Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
Shirase Akira is a genius hacker who has earned the nickname "Battle Programmer Shirase" (or BPS for short) for his incredible talent. From saving corporations to global security, BPS is always willing to help a hand -- for the right price. But for skills like his, money is not an option, so be sure to have specialized computer parts, sold-out tickets, or huggable life-sized cat girl posters to spare! With BPS in charge, no computer is safe! That is, if he can manage to stop being a complete slacker...
both feature an socially challenged otaku, living on their own in a small apartment who receive great amounts of help from young girls, its just that Shirase it much less of a looser than Sato. He's a world famous hacker, capable of defending even the largest of networks from attackers, where as Sato needs to calm his imagination a bit.
Both are hugely enjoyable, BPS's shot 10min long episodes make for a brilliant quick laugh!
Both series have a perverted loser as their main character, who don't seem to function very well in society, whether it be their status as a "hikikomori" or their lack of social skills. BPS has shorter episodes than NHK, making for a quicker laugh and faster-moving storyline.
Welcome to the NHK and Shirase both focus on a socially-challenged otaku who must deal with a variety of interesting situations. Each anime has a similar mood and feel, and will definitely remind you of the other.
The mood in both series is quite similar and feature a otaku with many problems: love, the own style of life and money. Loved one? Lover the other!
As soon as BPS started, I was immediately reminded of NHK. The protagonist in both series is a completely world clueless hikkikomori.
Both shows will serve you with plenty of laughs as more characters are introduced to shake up the otaku world. NHK is much deeper than BPS, but both are highly recommended.
The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!
The narration is one thing that connects Haruhi and Welcome to the NHK. In both shows the narration is in the form of an inner monologue of the main character, which is filled with a good amount of irony. If you like stuff like that, you should definitely give these a try.
P.S. If you find any other similarities between the two shows, then good for you. ;)
NHK and Suzumiya have their similarities. They are about someone discovering a new world that is opening to them because they are changing themselves. Both have some touches of comedy and romance as well, though NHK is a bit darker.
Both Haruhi and NHK have an eccentric main character, have something out of the ordinary happen in a unique way, and will make you reconsider your own life and experiences in a different way. If you liked one you will love the other.
Each of these series are centered around several extremely interesting and odd characters, have the main character taking part in many things that they think are absurd, and are genuinely funny. I believe that if you liked either of these series, you will enjoy the other.
Both shows appear to be quite average on the surface but after a while, you realize these are not your average anime. Both shows have very quirk characters and crazy comments.
Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys... who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?
Both are about socially-awkward shut-ins who, over the course of the show, eventually learn how to come out of their shell and socialize with others
Deals with similar social awkwardness, but while NHK takes a decidedly grim route, Watamote seems to be going for the laughs.
Both anime are about socialy awkward protagonists stuck inside their little worlds, and both anime feature their stuggle to change for the better. There's definitely similar feel in both shows, so if you liked one, there's a chance you'll like the other one.
These two shows deal with socially awkward protagonists. They're trapped within their own dreams and delusions, and soon they begin to struggle to better themselves. Watamote is much more comedic than NHK, especially since NHK takes a darker and more depressing route later on, but I think fans of one may take some interest in the other, especially if they enjoyed the struggles of the main characters.
For the longest time Welcome To The NHK was my ultimate favorite anime because I could relate to it so much. With Watamote I can also relate to the main character in a surreal way. Both of the main characters are socially awkward and basically shut ins (one more than the other). I recommend watching both if you liked one of them.
In present day Japan, the life of a school girl is never dull. The easily-bored Konata never finds time to study because of her otaku habits, which frustrates hard-working Kagami to no end. On the other hand, laid-back Tsukasa always manages to go with the flow, while Miyuki is concerned with keeping her status as resident know-it-all. Join these four girls as they muse and meander their way through everyday events such as eating chocolate cones, doing homework, gaming, and trips to the beach galore.
Lucky Star is another show about problems in modern Japan or rather a parody of modern Japanese culture. If you like slice of life series with intelligent jokes, watching Lucky Star is a must. Although LS lacks the Welcome To The NHK! style of drama, you shouldn't be disappointed.
P.S. You should be able to understand at least 50% of the jokes even if you are not an otaku.
Lucky Star is a pure blooded comedy, while Welcome to the NHK is actually half-comedic, and half-serious. However, both anime provide excellent laughs with tons of references to other anime, games, and habits of mainly otaku Japanese people.
Both of these shows focus around a piece of Japanese culture that someone just beginning to watch anime (if they aren't familiar with Japanese culture) would likely not understand completely. Although both of these series contain a lot of comedy, Lucky Star would be the lighter of the two.
At first glance Lucky Star and Welcome to the NHK may seem like polar opposites. One is a lighthearted comedic parody while the other is a relatively dark satire. However, the similarity is its attempt to convey the inner workings of the complex world of otaku culture. These animes should be watched as a pair so that one sees both the "light" and "dark" side of the culture many of us hold dear.
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Tatami Galaxy and Welcome to the NHK! are dark comedies about college-aged men that have wasted their lives and are now trying, largely unsuccessfully, to get their lives back in order and restore their happiness. They do this with the assistance of an equally socially-unfit best friend and a girl who is also a bit odd. Tatami Galaxy is much more arthouse, but both feature wacky-but-still-in-the-realm-of-believable (well... sort of)scenarios and characters.
I identify far too much with the protagonists of these series - far more, I'm sure, then is healthy. These self-absorbed lonely college screw-ups trapped in their own private hells; with plenty of laughs and drama and weirdness (far more so in Tatami Galaxy's case) along the way. If you're willing to watch a NHK that's far, far stranger and 'arty', give Tatami a whirl... and if you want a similar angst to Tatami that has more of a dramatic arc, then NHK may just be the thing for you.
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 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.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, aka The Tatami Galaxy, is a somewhat similar story about an adult trying to find happiness through various means. The protagonist is a college student forced to relive the 1st 2 years of his college life, joining a different club or pursuing a different interest each time, never truly succeeding in his quest for the "rose-colored campus life."
Some themes emerge that were present in Welcome to the NHK!, including pyramid schemes, hikikomori, and finding 2nd - or 3rd or 4th, etc. - chances.