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?
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.
Ken Kubo is a normal man with a normal job who is besotted in a normal way with a female friend. But life turns distinctly abnormal when he meets an otaku, Tanaka, and is indoctrinated into the obscure world of anime, model guns, and garage kits. As Kubo finds himself shunned by those he cares about, he becomes only more determined to evolve into the ultimate being - the Otakuking! But Kubo is not the only one coming to terms with society. While he strives to mould the world into a perfect haven for people like him, otaku all across Japan are laying bare their strange, lonely lives for the first time… and it’s not a pretty sight.
Both Welcome to the NHK! and Otaku no Video deal with social isolation and nerd culture. They treat these subjects with simultaneous blend of savage honesty and side-splitting hilarity. They are strongly recommended for each other and are strongly recommended, period.
In both Otaku no Video and Welcome to the NHK, we get a rare glimpse at the isolated and often mystifying lives of otakus, people who take the anime/manga fandom to extreme lengths. It's tragic, it's alien, and its above all goddamn hilarious. If you enjoyed the misadventures in one, you'll love the equally deranged treatement of the other. Mind you, Otaku no Video is more of an animated parody/pastiche mixed with live-action 'documentaries', rather than a fully developed plot like NHK. But still, similar laughs guaranteed.
In the year 2075, humanity has spread to the stars, along with their technology, colonies, and... waste? At such great speeds in orbit, even a tiny bolt can cause a tragic disaster. Enter the team of the half division. Their job? To gather the garbage and debris that circles the Earth, in order to keep space safe. From broken-down satellites to bolts and nails, there's nothing that the underpaid and underappreciated staff can't salvage. Join Hachimaki, Tanabe, Fee, and the rest of the gang as they risk their lives to keep space clean, and keep their wallets... empty.
Both Planetes and Welcome to The NHK! are not average series; they are both intelligent and ambitious anime titles that can watch without feeling like you wasted your time. There are no mecha and no superpowers, just some people and their everyday problems. And yet, these anime have an intelligent message (that is, if you are smart enough to understand it). Keep in mind that these series are aimed at an adult audience.
True, Planetes is sci-fi and NHK is not, but I cannot think of any two series more perfect for each other than these. These are two slice-of-life titles that are hilarious, poignant, addictive, entertaining and indescriably brilliant all in equal measure. They have memorably shiftless guys in their early twenties searching for meaning in life and a younger, more idealistic woman who makes a lasting impression on him. If you loved one, it is absolutely imperative that you try the other as well!
In an era when ordering on the internet has become the norm, online vendors have a new favorite customer: Sakurada Jun! From voodoo dolls to x-ray specs, there's nothing this middle schooler can't get enough of -- until a strange package arrives one day. Inside is a sentient doll named Shinku, who is one of a special hand crafted set of dolls called Rozen Maiden. Luckily for Jun, not only does he get to keep her, but she's decided he'll be... her new servant?! Join Jun as he struggles to keep his sanity in a house full of dolls who all want his servant skills for themselves!
The main theme in NHK and Rozen Maiden is being a hikikomori and dealing with it in everyday life. Both of these anime are pretty dark and sometimes harsh, but there are some good moments and smiling faces in them too. After all, you only get one life...
Rozen Maiden's lead male is. like Sato from NHK, a hikikomori. Beyond that, each of these series have a darker focus that are more or less centered around trying to get someone to fully live their life.
On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...
Stories about the misfits society leaves behind make very good sob stories. By cruel twists of fate or psychological problems, the characters in NHK and Tokyo Godfathers have sunk to the depths of low. Each character in both these titles has a tragic past to explore. Tear jerkers alternate with jokes, sometimes within seconds of one another, to keep everything light enough to be pleasant.
Welcome to the NHK and Tokyo Godfathers are both sharp comedies with elements of drama (or is it the other way around?) about the outcasts of society - social recluses, or hikikomoris, in NHK, and the homeless in Tokyo Godfathers. They're also, to various extents, about people helping the less fortunate to fill some void of their own. Some of the funniest and, at times, some of the most touching anime out there. Strongly recommended.