Remembering Good Fucking Anime: Welcome to the N.H.K.

I still hate the “love” thing afterall. Sorry. Anyway, time to finish this circle jerk.

I remember Welcome to the N.H.K. as being fucking God damn awesome. That’s right, I said “fucking God damn awesome.” I had to use those words specifically because really…there’s no other way to explain it.

Hot girl befriends hikikimori and then it turns out that ********************. Well, I’m not gonna spoil it, but it had a really awesome ending. To be honest though, the story isn’t THAT great. It’s the way that the story is told that makes Welcome to the N.H.K. How can I best describe this?

The character development in Welcome to the N.H.K. is above and beyond anything else out there.

The characters go through so many problems, issues, and conflicts throughout the series, and what’s more, they all learn and change from each of these. Now, if I were to see a show described like that, I’d probably dismiss it as being a self-absorbed piece of shit anime. But this is different. Welcome to the N.H.K. manages to stay really exciting and filled with BAM moments left and right.

The characters are AWESOME. For example:

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.

And did I mention the Round Table OP and the ED by the always awesome Kenji Otsuki?

I did now.

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.

This is one of the best anime I’ve ever seen, and I don’t see myself taking it out of my top 10 ever.

Torogai: The Most Bad-ass Tsundere

Moribito. Yeah, okay I know, it’s an old series, but I just finished it, gave it a well deserved 5 (it kicked ass), and now, I’m on my way. This isn’t a review, so much as it is a chance for me to talk about the oldest most bad-ass tsundere character ever: Torogai.

Some may leap and argue, “You nitwit! Torogai isn’t even close to a tsundere!” But these be fools, for I, an accomplished tsundere enthusiast, have seen through her tough shell of old, leathery skin, and glimpsed a version of Torogai from years past, where she was a young girl with a double ponytail and strutted with an airy attitude of self importance. The signs are so obvious.

The Height

Angry Eyes

The Attitude

The Badassery

What other character gets angry about their height so easily. She may be old, but she clearly has never gotten over her hatred of being short, a trait reminiscent of a myriad of tsundere characters. Take notice:

Okay, so maybe I’m reading too much into this, and maybe she’s just a crotchety old lady who’s fucking awesome in everyday, but if you picture Torogai as being about 120 years younger while you watch Morobito, then everything will fall into place. The way she talks to animals, the way she goes about her business……it’s totally obvious that she’s an aged tsundere.

What do I mean by aged?

Well, she’s not gonna get red in the face and stutter cliche lines like, “D-don’t misunderstand! It- it’s not like I l-like you you anything like that!”

She’s fucking 140 years old and then some. She’s been around too many years to still get red in the face. Fuck, she’s pretty much a walking corpse.

Oops, that was a lie. What I meant to say was that she’s 140 years and then some, AND SHE CAN STILL KICK FUCKING ASS.

Downing liquor, fighting monsters, not giving a FUCK? She does it all. In a land where the Mikado is pretty much a walking God, she DOES NOT GIVE A FUCK. She says what she wants, does what she wants, backs everything up by being better than everyone else at everything, and is generally awesome in every way possible.

Morbito might be slow moving most of the time, but it’s still fucking awesome. Torogai, you are the oldest bad-ass I’ve ever seen.