Welcome to the N.H.K – A Show of Issues

It’s been a while since I did a series review, but I recently just finished Welcome to the N.H.K., one of the best anime I have ever watched. The last episode was AWESOME.

Welcome to the N.H.K.

I recently only just found out about this show, from a post on some blog whose name I forget, which kinda sucks, because I’d love to go and thank that person. Without that post, I would’ve missed out on something completely awesome.

Premise: Welcome to the N.H.K. centers around a few characters and their issues, the main characters of these being Satou, a hikikomori/NEET who lives in a small apartment in Tokyo. One day, he meets a girl by chance outside of his room. The meeting lasts not more than a few seconds, but later when he attempts (poorly) to get a job, she happens to be working there. He bolts, leaving his resume, which she returns it to his mailbox with a note. The note informs him that she wants to help him shed his hikikomori ways. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear that Satou isn’t the only one with problems, and this show reflects on how these characters deal and change with their own issues. Damn that was well written.

Now I know that the premise might make some people think:

“People with issues? Who cares? Why would I want to watch an anime where people deal with their issues?”

Well I got news for you pal, this anime kicks more ass than Bill the Ass-Kicker, may he rest in peace. Let me give you a run down of the awesome, dynamic, issue-ridden characters:

Satou – Hikikomori/NEET that live in a small apartment in Tokyo. His parents pay for most of his expenses, and he secludes himself in his room, going outside only at night to buy food at the convenience store. He comes up with a conspiracy in his head, called the N.H.K., which means…………..(watch the show).

Misaki – A girl who develops a program to help Satou escape from his life as a hikikkomori. Why does she want to help Satou though? Hmmmm…

Yamazaki – An otaku who lives in a small apartment somewhere in Tokyo. He goes to school and is learning to develop games. Specifically, he loves eroge games, and he may or may not want to develop one with another character named in this anime.

Hitomi (Senpai) – Satou always calls her Senpai, because….well…..she is his senpai (upperclassman). They went to high school together, and were both in the literature club together, where they mostly played cards. She seems to believe that conspiracies are everywhere, and responsible for everything.

Generally, this anime has everything you could ask for. It’s:

  1. Got an AWESOME OP.
  2. Very, VERY well written.
  3. Got good animation.
  4. Got an intensely awesome character lineup
  5. Covers a wide range of genres.

There is some great comedy in this. In one scene, where Satou was attempting to create a theme song for a business he may or may not be trying to start with another character, I was forced to replay his musical tones literally 12 or 13 times, and laughed my balls off every time. I would have kept replaying it, because it never lost it’s funniness, but at some point a I had to finish the episode. Yamazaki also provides ample funny moments as well.

The drama, needless to say, is outstanding. There are so many moments that had me wondering what was going to happen next. I didn’t plan on finishing the show tonight either, but here I am at 4:30 in the morning, wide awake, because I am in awe of how much I liked this show, and how surprised I was that I liked it so much.

I need to finish this up now, but all I can say is, that Gonzo stepped up and produced a really awesome show right here, and I recommend this show to everyone who isn’t dead on Earth, because I gave it a:

FINAL GRADE = 5^^

Top Ten Spot Number 8…..Elfen Lied = booted because the manga was better anyway.

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