- Welcome to the NHK
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Welcome to the NHK
(NHK ni Youkoso!)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Psychological, Drama
Satou Tatsuhiro is a 22 year old man, who is a NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) and a hikikomori (meaning acute social withdrawal).
He thinks everything around him is a conspiracy, including the reason why many people, including himself, become hikikomori.Satou comes up with this strange conspiracy theory which includes the Nihon Hikikomori Kyōkai (NHK), a secret organization with the intention to make the world filled with hikikomori.
Satou wants to break free from the NHK's clutches, but cannot, since he finds it too frightening to go outdoors by himself; that is until he meets Misaki Nakahara, who selects Satou for this "project" to cure him of his hikikomori ways.
Welcome to the N.H.K. began as a single novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto with a cover illustratation by Yoshitoshi Abe, which was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan on January 28, 2002. The story was later adapted as a manga series, also written by Takimoto, with art this time by Kendi Oiwa.
Welcome to the N.H.K. revolves around the lives of several young-adults all living in or around the city of Tokyo. Many different lifestyles are shown though most of the time the story focuses on the concepts of being a hikikomori, anime otaku, and having most of the characters experience intense feelings of depression and loneliness.
The main protagonist is Tatsuhiro Satō, a university dropout entering his fourth year of unemployment.
He leads a reclusive life as a hikikomori, ultimately coming to the bizarre conclusion that this happened due to some sort of conspiracy. One day just when his life seems entirely unchanging, he meets Misaki Nakahara, a mysterious girl who claims to be able to cure Tatsuhiro of his hikikomori ways.
She presents him with a contract basically outlining that once a day they would meet in the evening in a local park where Misaki would lecture to Tatsuhiro in an effort to rid him of his lifestyle.
During these outings, many subjects are discussed, though they almost always pertain in some way to psychology or psychoanalysis. One of their first meetings in fact deals with interpreting Tatsuhiro's recent dreams.
Both Tatsuhiro and Misaki, however, have a tendency of over-doing things, such as hiding the truth, especially from each other and themselves.
Despite Misaki's offer and pressing attempts at salvation, it is Tatsuhiro's neighbor and high school friend, Kaoru Yamazaki, whom Tatsuhiro often turns to in moments of need and support. Also, despite his own idiosyncrasies, Yamazaki is one of the more stable characters in the story.
- NHK ni Youkoso