Alright, it’s been awhile since I’ve last reviewed something, and the amount of anime completed recently has kind of piled up.
I’m bored at work so..
N.H.K. ni Yokouso! (or.. Welcome to the N.H.K.!), this around late 2006, so it’s getting a bit old!
Alright well, quickly, from MAL:
Satou Tatsuhiro, 22 years old, thinks that everything that happen around him is a conspiracy. He even figured out who is behind it all: The NHK, an evil secret company. “When you think anime, you think otaku. When you think otaku, you think people that dislike other people. Those people become hikikomori (people who shut themselves in)”. So Satou manages to uncover the plot of The NHK (stands for Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai), after three years of shutting himself in (and rapidly approaching the fourth). In reality, he is nothing more than a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training), desperately in need of a cure from that “disease”. He wants to break out from the curse, but going out and getting a job is frightening enough for him. That is until he gets selected for a “project”; it is a plan to help hikikomori like him in facing the reality of this world.
The genres you’re looking at are pretty much: Comedy/DARK Comedy, Slice of Life, Romance, Psychological.
I think, typical for an anime-type which is random but has a proper plot; that is, it starts off random and funny, but underlying these funny scenes are small and steady build ups to the later serious half/end of the anime.
So I wrote Comedy/Dark Comedy, well.. yeah, I mean it’s funny, no doubt about it. However it’s one of those comedies that make you reflect sometimes on how society is (or Japan’s society at least anyway). The issues and themes dealt within the anime are like.. serious issues/problems of society, but satirical – none the less funny though.
PLOT – Just quickly though, it was only until this year that I learnt what a hikikimori is (thanks to Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – which also can be considered dark comedy!). So anyway, the anime pretty much revolves around Satou and his hikikimori lifestyle, but as well as improving it. There aren’t many main characters, about 5 I think – and each of them have their own little story which is talked about, entwined together indirectly.
So as you progress through the anime you essentially see how Satou is progressing. Funny or serious.
CHARACTERS – Like mentioned, a small handful of main characters, which I felt was good because they were definitely important. But it also reflects how because Satou is socially withdrawn, he wouldn’t know many people. Character development was OK, some characters seemed to have it well done, some seemed to not have much. But then, that’s probably their character’s personality.
Misaki is definitely one to look out for – mysterious..
SOUND/ART – Not much to say here, visually, the anime was not too bad, animations were nice. But the art itself wasn’t exactly the BEST, but it was well suited. Voice acting was good and enjoyable.
“Purururin~~” ~ LoL.. well THAT got stuck in my head.
A quick word to their first ED song, WTF? lol!
FINAL NOTES – Well.. I went into the anime expecting randomness and fooling around, like Haruhi.. FMP; Fumoffu, etc etc..
But instead, I still got that element of randomness and fooling around, but built on top of a serious plot, which somewhat sheds light on some of the issues which exist in society (p.s. anyone else notice the increase use of terms such as hikikimori and NEET in recent anime?)
However I wish to note that the anime has been “cut back” to make it more suited for the “general public”, despite that however, the licensing company still rated it R!
I heard the manga did not go cutting these stuff off, and the ending seems to be different; if not different, at least more conclusive.
But overall the anime was enjoyable and quite nice to watch, but it depends how you’re going to view it!
Solid anime, solid plot, solid characters, funny and serious – issues are relate-able. Enjoyable, definitely check out if you have time.
p.s. the university semester officially ended for me yesterday. Well.. in terms of contact hours, now all that’s left is 2 more assignments and 1 exam.
Then 1 more year till graduation.