N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006– )

TV Series  -   -  Animation | Comedy | Drama
8.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 1,953 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 7 critic

Add a Plot

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 01 Jun 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006– )

N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006– ) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of N.H.K ni yôkoso!.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2006  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

GTO (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

About Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin. He have one ambition that no one ever expected from him. His solely life purpose is to become the greatest high school teacher ever.

Stars: Steve Blum, Tom Fahn, Wataru Takagi
Clannad: After Story (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A sequel to the recently wrapped anime based on the Key Clannad franchise. After Story is a path that opens in the original visual novel after all the other paths have been opened. Life ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Luci Christian
Eden of the East (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami, Leah Clark
Animation | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Koyuki meets the guitarist, Ryuske, and discovers a love and talent for music.

Stars: Taliesin Jaffe, Jamie McGonnigal, Greg Ayres
His and Her Circumstances (TV Series 1998)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

TV series that tells the every-day stories of a group of teenagers in high-school, focusing on their romances and personal problems.

Stars: Dick Rodstein, Atsuko Enomoto, Chihiro Suzuki
Baccano! (2007–2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Jerry Jewell, Masakazu Morita
Haibane renmei (TV Series 2002)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

Stars: Ryô Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Eri Miyajima
Spice and Wolf (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living during a period much like Europe in the Middle Ages. One night when ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Ami Koshimizu, Brina Palencia
Durarara!! (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Tired of his mundane life, Mikado Ryugamine decides to move to Ikebukuro, a district in Tokyo, when a friend invites him. With everything from invisible gangs to rumored beings, Ikebukuro is full of connected mysteries where people's pasts intertwine with the present.

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Kana Hanazawa, Jun Fukuyama
FLCL (TV Series 2000)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Steve Blum, Melissa Fahn, Barbara Goodson
Animation | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

On his first day of high school, Kyon meets an eccentric girl named Haruhi Suzumiya, who announces to the class that she is interested only in meeting aliens, time travelers, and espers. ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara
The Tatami Galaxy (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.

Stars: Shintaro Asanuma, Keiji Fujiwara, Yuki Kaida
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Yutaka Koizumi ...
 Tatsuhiro Sato (1 episode, 2006)
Yui Makino ...
 Misaki Nakahara (1 episode, 2006)
Wataru Hatano ...
 Akito Sudo (1 episode, 2006)
Asuka Ideno ...
 Air Conditioner (1 episode, 2006)
Junko Iwao ...
 Mia (1 episode, 2006)
Kaoru Katakai ...
 Housewife C (1 episode, 2006)
Akiko Matsuzaki ...
 Housewife B (1 episode, 2006)
Yasushi Miyabayashi ...
 Computer (1 episode, 2006)
Nobuhiko Okamoto ...
 Male Student (1 episode, 2006)
Mari Orito ...
 Female High School Student (1 episode, 2006)
Rumi Shishido ...
 Pururin (1 episode, 2006)
Ryou Sugisaki ...
 Refrigerator (1 episode, 2006)
Hikari Yono ...
 Housewife A (1 episode, 2006)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Welcome to the NHK!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Due to increased financial troubles, ADV Films had to suspend dubbing of the show. See more »

Connections

Featured in JesuOtaku Anime Reviews: Welcome to the NHK (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great
25 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a sociologist by qualification and living in Japan, the hikikomori phenomena really makes me think. For that reason, and for actually tackling the issue as the main plot device, NHK got me very interested very quickly.

I finished it in a week, which is very fast for me. I thought it was excellent for the most part, although what initially interested me in the show was not fully treated in the way I would have liked it to be.

Story 8/10 What is a hikikomori? No-one in Japan I've spoken to seems to know, and nor does this anime. It's something of a shame for something so brave as to brand its lead with the affliction, but NHK ni Yousoko can't decide if being a hikikomori is to be lazy, uninitiated, spoiled or a victim of circumstances.

What could have been a very intelligent and still witty expose of the hidden Japanese lifestyle becomes at worse a farce, at best a vivid depiction of the mind of a slovenly, shy person. But that's the problem. I don't think that a hikikomori can be characterised so simply into feelings that the majority of us can easily slip into.

Our hero seems to eternally live in the world of the teenager coming to age. His parents send him money to continue living that lifestyle; so he does. I, for one, certainly went through a phase where staying inside smoking and drinking, playing computer games and watching anime seemed a marvelous way to spend the rest of my life. What happened to me, and pretty much what seems forever inevitably happening to the lead in NHK is that I got bored of it. It was unsatisfying and produced nothing.

For this very reason Satou-kun embarks on various projects to create something; anything. He makes friends (and does so a little too easily to really convince me he is a hikikomori at all), or meets old ones to help him on his way. And they have their problems too, which are certainly not without their charm. The tough issues of the other characters are excellent, and the actually quite dark treatment of several of them cuts like a knife. The lack of 100% happy endings for some is also a brilliant and unpredictable flare of originality.

However, like with a lot of anime, the setting and palate somehow don't quite match the mood for the difficult moments in the series. Apart from the soft and quiet night-setting for the troubled Nakahara-san, and the strained and ultimately horrible but nicely crafted worlds of pyramid schemes and suicide-pacts, the series strays too far from its psychological basis (in plot and design). It also has a tendency to peek behind doors to places it isn't equipped to handle, and is ultimately forced to resolve those plot-lines with below par and unconvincingly pleasant outcomes. That's a bit of a shame, but the strengths elsewhere make it excusable.

Animation 7/10 To add to what I mentioned about the palate and setting, the animation is sometimes very poor. Whether that is deliberate stylisation, or I just had the raw TV version, I don't know.

However, the character designs are nice, and the backgrounds and locations are well rendered and believable.

Sound 7/10 Nothing particularly special here (other than the mighty Odoru Dame Ningen): familiar voices which do a decent job (Japanese), and fairly standard OP and ED. I did like the OP's pleasant balance between Belle and Sebastian and BoA, but it was nothing to skype home about.

Characters 9/10 Satou is clearly the most important character. Maybe I'm missing the point and he isn't even supposed to be a hikkikomori. Maybe that's just his excuse for being so lazy or how he rationalises his lack of social zeal. Whichever way you look at him, he's incredibly interesting. Other characters remain excellent varied creations riffing on the ideas of loneliness, troubled pasts and awkward life-situations. Interestingly the most grounded character, Yamazaki-kun, is the one with the biggest obstacle to overcome - the impossible to over-play pull of Japanese familial responsibilities.

Overall 8.8/10 It's pretty clear from the space given to it above that the story is the most important and significant aspect of the show.

Reading back though it seems as if I haven't really given credit where it's due. The series was exceptional in many ways - in addressing the issues it did (which is a very un-Japanese thing to do), being so left-of-mainstream when doing so, and in its murky yet hopeful perception of the world. I loved it, really, which is very rare for such a bitter and horrible person as myself :D Even when it abandoned the main thrust of the story, took little walks along the beach and played with other peoples kids in a kind of uncomfortable way, afterwards I couldn't help but forgive it. Gonzo created a world so intensely forgivable that it stole my heart. I wanted more but I wasn't angry about it, and that's so close to the ideal way for a series to end that... well, what more is there to say?


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Animes similar to this? rodolfoul
Requiem for a Dream mousewiz
Satou's gullibility hollanddv-1
Discuss N.H.K ni yôkoso! (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?