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Welcome to the N.H.K.

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Welcome to the N.H.K. is an anime series based on a novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto.

The main character of the series is Tatshiro Sato. He's a 22-year-old NEET (an acronym that stands for Not in Education, Employment or Training), and he has lived this way for nearly four years. He's an unstable individual who is easily manipulated and obsessive. In his mind, he has come up with the N.H.K. conspiracy, and he blames this conspiracy for his shortcomings. He lives in a rented apartment, but is only able to do so through the allowance his parents give him. In the novel and manga, Sato engages in drug use; however, this is not depicted in the anime series.

One day, a girl named Misaki Nakahara is going door to door with an older woman, handing out pamphlets about how much of a danger NEETs are to society. Sato takes a pamphlet but shoos the two women away. However, a short time later, he sees Misaki looking at his front door; when she sees him looking, she leaves. Sato decides to try and get a part-time job in an effort to hide the fact that he's a NEET. He finds an advertisement for a manga shop looking for part-time help. When he arrives at the store with his resume, he sees Misaki working in the store. Sato panics and flees, but not before the resume falls out of his pocket.

Later, Sato hears someone ringing his doorbell and knocking on his door. At first, he ignores it. However, curiosity gets the better of him, and he answers. He finds his resume in the doorway, with a note written on the back. It's from Misaki, telling him that he has been chosen for her project, and to meet him that night in a park.

At first, Sato says he won't go, but then convinces himself that he had planned to go to the park at that time anyway. He goes to the park, and Misaki shows up. She explains her project, and tries to convince Sato to participate.

Overall, I thought that Welcome to the N.H.K. was a little hard to follow; in fact, there were times when it felt rather jumpy. While I understand this helps to illustrate Sato's personality and paranoia, it was still a little distracting to me as a viewer. With the subject matter of this anime, as well as the hinted at nudity and fanservice, I would recommend Welcome to the N.H.K. to anime viewers who are 17 or 18 years of age and older.


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Welcome to the N.H.K.242006Yusuke YamamotoGonzoFUNimation Entertainment
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