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NHK ni Youkoso!  
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Description
From Tokyopop:
Sato Tatsuhiro is a drug-addled "hikikomori" (a Japanese shut-in) who thinks a sinister organization, NHK (Nihon Hikikomori Kyoukai), is the cause of all his problems! He falls in love with a girl, Misaki, who he thinks is trying to assassinate him, but doesn't know how to talk to her or if he can trust her. The more he stays in his house watching anime porn, reading manga, and doing drugs, the harder it is for him to leave. Only Misaki can keep him from rotting away in his own apartment!

Type
Manga

Related Series
NHK ni Youkoso! (Novel) (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Добро пожаловать в Эн-Эйч-Кей!
歡迎加入NHK!
Bem-Vindo à N.H.K. (Brazilian Portuguese)
NHK
NHKにようこそ!
Welcome to the NHK
Welcome to the NHK!

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4chan
Akatsuki Manga
Akatsuki-Manga
Evil Genius
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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.39-40 by Evil Genius (3326d ago)
v.8 c.38 by Evil Genius (3431d ago)
v.8 c.37 by Evil Genius (3448d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Chap. 01.
Ends at and deviates after Chap. 16.

User Reviews
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Forum
8 topics, 34 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (928 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 29th 2016, 12:55pm PST


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Year
2004

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Ace (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (8 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #816 increased(+2)
Monthly Pos #1165 decreased(-26)
3 Month Pos #1247 decreased(-58)
6 Month Pos #1283 decreased(-1)

List Stats
On 833 reading lists
On 1006 wish lists
On 2218 completed lists
On 99 unfinished lists
On 336 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Manga vs Anime 105 days, 4 hours, 21 minutes ago
Welcome to the NHK! 995 days, 11 hours, 17 minutes ago
why all the hype? 2245 days, 6 hours, 6 minutes ago
Welcome to the N.H.K. Artist to Launch New Manga 2405 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
SPOILERS: NHK ni Youkoso ENDING 2859 days, 8 hours, 5 minutes ago

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A dreamlike modern tale   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Katsono
August 21st, 2016, 11:23pm
NHK ni Yôkoso had been of one my favourite animes for years, one I'd rewatched quite often until the the feelings faded away, and I ended up forgetting as well as removing it from my podium of favourites, even going as far as putting a nine out of ten instead of the original ten. Somehow, it didn't feel like a masterpiece anymore, though it certainly remains a great memory and a work I enjoyed and would probably still appreciate, albeit mainly because of its realisation.

It was no wonder I would end up one day reading the novel or the manga. The manga did possess quite a bit of fame, and the novel, although quite obscure, was nonetheless a piece edited in English and the original work and creator of all the fame surrounding its children. I did try out the novel, however as displeased as I am with light novels, I found it bland and uninteresting, maybe too similar to the anime but then it just didn't work as a text-only material. Still, the anime was a great memory of my childhood, something I could relate to and wholeheartedly enjoyed, and still reminisce about while listening to its soundtracks.

I had downloaded the novel's ebook years ago, maybe just after finishing the anime for the first or second time, I hardly remember, but I hadn't read it yet and it kept remaining on my hard drive until someday I found it lost amongst all these others ebooks I mass downloaded and never read. In the end, I did probably try it thrice without really liking it, and there remained the manga I'd never let my eyes fall upon. Instead, it was a friend of mine who, years after the anime just the same as I, decided to read it instead of the novel, and liked it. I decided to give it a try too.

I read half the manga in what seemed like less than two hours, or maybe even one, and then I left it hanging for a few weeks too. Still, it wasn't because the work bored me, as I did actually enjoy it. Without even reading the later part, I'd already come to the conclusion that it was better than the anime, and I still don't think that I was wrong. Since I never really read the novel, I still don't understand what's taken from the original story and what's not, but without any soundtrack, without the sublime animation of the other adaptation, this piece of paper easily surpassed Gonzo's adaptation. I started to find that one rather bland, actually.

The manga brings a completely different point of view to the story, and even without reading I am pretty sure neither the anime's nor the manga's vision are present in the novel, for it is utterly lacking any kind of description and almost only about Satou's thoughts. The anime focused a lot on artistic realisation, and I do think it did a magnificent job at that, but what about the actual content ? That's where I now realize it's quite a bit lacking.

In this manga adaptation, every character is brought to life, be it in actions or simply the drawn expressions, way more numerous and present than the anime. The anime is, on that point, closer to the novel which only shows Satou's thoughts, at it is way too focused on our protagonist, but the manga is not. NHK made little sense, yet here every character is brought up together in the end and everyone get his own little personal development. Misaki who was merely a plot tool in the anime becomes a character of its own, Yamazaki is more than just a background element and even the president's hikkikomori brother, which is in my opinion the most interesting and my favourite character, even he gets his own development. What's also really likeable is how each of them are shown to be broken, be it the successful Jougasaki, the carefree Yamazaki or his completely ordinary girlfriend.

This manga manages to bring the most potential out of the manga. It tells the story in a way which hardly lacks anything and with a pacing perfectly fitting it. Hell, I would even dare to say it did a better job at trying out an artistic realisation than the anime version. Each chapter is cut at the right part and the mangaka especially did a good job at using multiple point of views at the same time in a single chapter, allowing his work to possess more profoundness through the presence of multiple protagonists. This is really interesting as it allows for a paralleled development of everyone and follows deeply the idea of everyone being the same. What's more, through the story, the roads of every personage just end up crossing each other.

Leaving the quality as an adaptation apart, it is also an excellent standalone work. This is, in the same way as a few other works such as Baka ga Zenra de Yatte Kuru or "Haikai Roujin" Don Quixote a strange bildungsroman of a late blooming neet, who through his misadventures end up confronting his past and at the same time discovering himself a future and a present to live in. Once again, the manga perfectly manages what it tries to do, and the short trip of Satou through society is a worthy tale about society and its depressing parts, but also about freedom as it remains a main idea throughout the story, for Satou's deepest desire reveals itself to be merely a dream of that. A dream of perhaps the most unreachable thing for a human, and maybe even more for a man of society.

Illustrated with simplistic drawings, the manga express to its deepest core depression. It's drawn with sad but pretty lines, with a pacing just slow enough to tell the events without ever delaying, and relate a cynical turn of events. Perhaps, if it's lacking anything, it would be Satou's thoughts from the original work, or maybe distancing itself is how it manages to excel this much, for it certainly was a worthy read and a dreamlike modern tale hardly forgettable.
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beginning better, anime also better   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 11:50am
The story
not really a story. A hikikomori guy gets "saved" by a girl. But I donít think he was even a hiki. the brother of the chairman was though. He was just a lazy guy with social phobia. Misaki was a terrible person. In the beginning though, things were more careless and funny and the characters were even likeable, but near the end, there came the melodrama and the last volume was really confusing, the ending wasnít good. The dark humor was the best part of the manga, but there wasnít so much of it later on.

Art
Art was good and I think the first volumes were better drawn than later ones. Might be my imagination because I didnít enjoy last volumes. Actually it was one of the better arts I saw in manga. Not completely awesome, but great.

Characters
The trash of the society but still on the line of likeable. My favorite was Yamazaki. Misaki was the most f/cked up. she needs to see a psychiatrist, pronto. Satou wasnít that terrible. Unless you count the drugs. All of the characters were miserable and depressed. I couldnít really like those character, as soon as I started to like someone, they changed to even lower lowlife or they made something that made me angry.

Enjoyment
the beginning was much better than later volumes. Especially the ending was unsatisfying. The anime was better (at least what I remember). Had more humor what was a good point in the manga, but the last volumes forgot that.

I'm still giving it a high score, for it was original, also, the first volumes were great and the anime was good too. the last volume though...
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Bizarre   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hkanz
September 9th, 2014, 12:05am
The best word to describe this manga is 'irreverent'. From kiddy porn to popping pills to self-mutilation, no topics are sacred; the author approaches all with the same careless dark humour. The characters are self-loathing, selfish, angsty scum who you may like but probably won't - at any rate, you probably wouldn't want to take them out for coffee. The story reads as if the author was thinking 'fuck this' the whole time he was writing it and I think it's pretty good at what it tries to do. I did feel that the first 30-35 chapters were superior to the last 5-10. The story wanders near the end and the final character and relationship development aren't fleshed out. The ending itself was underwhelming, not the crazy spectacle I was hoping for but not terrible either.

... Last updated on September 9th, 2014, 12:09am
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hilarious breakdown   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 11th, 2014, 10:51am
this manga is about some of the fallen of the society, the losers and weak, the depressive and the manics. it manage to make such an enjoyable and hilarious manga out of such a heavy topic, thus anyone may be able to read this without lying down on bed, crying. the chapters take mostly this formula = the first 90% is wacky hijinks and the protagonist doing insane stuff, the last 10% is when all the comedic bafoonery get to a peak, and he and us crashed down to the reality, or the reality that he accept where he is a worthless human being.

this is truly a great manga for anyone who love interesting characters.
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hmm.   
Rating: N/A
by GOKI408
May 24th, 2013, 4:11am
thought i will start it, but stop it at ch 2 it just didnt fit my tast at all, its got good art, but if the story isnt captiving it worthless too bad :/ well maybe it because a great story after ? but for me it got to be captivating at the start not the end :/
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What a ride.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by pierzing
August 28th, 2012, 11:52pm
I had an interesting time with this manga. The depressing parts were carried out so well it managed to make me feel worse about myself. However, I didn't really appreciate the way the mangaka tries to fuck up the characters by injecting a hilariously cruel but unbelievable twist to their situations. Otherwise, the OTT reactions from the main lead are amusing, and I liked the few heart-warming moments. The ending of the manga left me a little unsated, drawing no closure for me nor leaving any clues as to how everyone would end up. *Sigh*

Still a fun ride though, and I liked the messages the mangaka left. Misery does love company and if anything can go wrong, it definitely will. It was quite meaningful.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2012, 11:58pm
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Don't be Fooled by the Positive Reviews   
Rating: N/A
by FormX
April 21st, 2012, 2:58am
Like I did. I was wondering how a manga with that kind of synopsis could be a masterpiece. So I read the whole thing, and it is not worth your time.

The few funny moments didn't do it for me... the characters and development were agitating.
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Wished for a different ending   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Theonething
March 11th, 2012, 8:25am
The first 6 volumes where pretty good, Then it kinda just fell off. I wish it would of been more of him getting cured and really falling in love with the girl. The last 2 volumes felt rushed and loose.

8/10 even with crappy ending.
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NHK   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sighing
April 18th, 2011, 11:27am
I could give it 10 because I really loved it but... I don't feel like it. maybe it's the same as a teacher who can't help but find weaknesses in a test because they don't wanna give the best rate but really, it could have been even better. the ending could be more grand, I liked how it ended, no prob, but it felt like it was weak, it's there "just cause". some part could have been more developed. there were let downs here and there. but frankly speaking, this manga was over the average. it alternated between sad and funny sad-fun swiftly, you cuold just empathise with the protagonnists. probably the sadest manga after Saikano, but instead of giving a slow rythm that never allows you to let go, it had a changing rythm. it oscillated, making you feel just how connected every people were.
enough blabbering, read it, you won't be able to stop.
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I like.   
Rating: N/A
by willnira
April 1st, 2011, 9:05pm
1. The way Sato is. I mean I've felt like I don't wanna do anything. (I think I spent a whole year without doing anything at all ._. just on the pc, eating, drinking, being with myself, not with my "friends" and stuff...So I'm feeling something while readin' it. =)
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