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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
Evil Genius
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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.39-40 by Evil Genius (3226d ago)
v.8 c.38 by Evil Genius (3331d ago)
v.8 c.37 by Evil Genius (3348d 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
N/A

Forum
8 topics, 34 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (925 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
10
 22% (206 votes)
9+
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8+
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7+
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5+
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4+
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3+
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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 #710 increased(+70)
Monthly Pos #978 increased(+238)
3 Month Pos #1255 increased(+19)
6 Month Pos #1290 decreased(-8)

List Stats
On 830 reading lists
On 996 wish lists
On 2206 completed lists
On 99 unfinished lists
On 336 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Manga vs Anime 5 days, 12 hours, 47 minutes ago
Welcome to the NHK! 895 days, 19 hours, 42 minutes ago
why all the hype? 2145 days, 14 hours, 32 minutes ago
Welcome to the N.H.K. Artist to Launch New Manga 2306 days, 8 hours, 24 minutes ago
SPOILERS: NHK ni Youkoso ENDING 2759 days, 16 hours, 31 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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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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7.5   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by simpleeyelid
April 30th, 2010, 12:14pm
My comment is really not impersonal, but I want to complain, because I gave too high expectatioin on the story itself and spent 6 hours on it.

I really liked the art, I enjoyed the portrait of the male lead in the latter half especially.
And I think I really liked the protagonist, the way he makes decisive decisions.
For these two reasons, I rated 7.5. The story itself, as for me, is a bit underdeveloped and unsystematic.

The plot for this manga could have been better, and I was nettled by some of the nonsenses which appeared at times; au contraire, some changes which could have been developed were settled too abruptly and roughly. And could there be any more coincidences?
The ending is really good... if it were a novel! ... but as a manga, it could have been better illustrated and it might be acceptable or be labeled as "laisser imaginer" for certain readers, but personally, I think it is just so so. Reread value is almost nil for me; because the whole story could have been much better organized.

The average 8.25 is a Just Judge, according to my experience. But I am shocked to have seen that there are quite few proportion of low ratings (3 votes for "1", 3 votes for "2"... up to now). No offense, I admit I have the potential to become an Hikikomori. - -
The ending is similar to some Korean movie I saw before, which I am sure most of you are familiar with.

LIKE ZORO SAID, ONE CAN HARDLY FIND THE REASON TO RECOMMEND IT..
Now that I think of it, the reason why there are many Hikikomori in Japan might be that there are so many these kinds of mangas which give them "hopes", however, they are knocked down into the deeper abyss of despair by the crude reality. I am sad. No idea why. This is a nice subject if it can be seriously helpful, but I am afraid it is just for the sake of entertaining.

... Last updated on April 30th, 2010, 3:35pm
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Come again!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
October 4th, 2008, 9:01pm
Well, I couldn't think of a good Subject for this comment and since the series had that 'Welcome' on its title, I thought of giving it a reply or something.

Hmmm, what can I say, its not like the other Shounen mangas that I have read since when it often dwels with the psychological well being of characters, I often associate it with Seinen mangas.

The reality is close as humor gets thrown in a varity of angles but, its obviously not for everyone to like. It may seem difficult to others or irrational in fact. 'Normal' people would be doing such things in the first place yet, like all characters portrayed in the series, they all have flaws that they had to deal with. Its amazing to suggest that even with the main protagonist's own situation, he ends up helping those around him.

If you can't appreciate this manga, try reading it again sometime..
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Misakis for everyone   
Rating: N/A
by NIQ
January 11th, 2008, 11:37am
Fun story about a loser who goes through almost everything that could happen in a losers life. pyramis schemes, computer games you name it. I guess everyone in Satos position would like to have a Misaki in their lives.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2008, 11:37am
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eh..   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Lefty
June 30th, 2007, 8:09pm
This manga was kind of boring. Don't get me wrong I only read about 2 volumes. I found that it wasn't as funny as the user comments said it was. Usually I find how good a manga is by the comments, but people have different taste I guess. My opinion revolves around the fact that I thought this manga had no excitement in my eyes. I gave this series a 4 for the art, since its well developed. I'd like to see this author do a better series.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2007, 8:13pm
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Really pretty much awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tarngerine
November 5th, 2006, 7:29pm
It's so hot! PUT IT IN ME!

This should be the reaction everyone has when they read/watch this. Seriously. Good and unique story. Nice characters. Very smexy art. The only thing that this thing lacks is swords.
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It's fun   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
September 10th, 2006, 9:18pm
It's a comedy series, that has its serious moments.
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good to read   
Rating: N/A
by mephisto2k
March 19th, 2006, 3:21am
Edit by mod: SPOILER WARNING



Very funny and well written dramatic comedy. Its the story of a lifeless depressed collage dropout who havnt left his appartement for ages. During the story he has to deal with all the "nolifeproblems" like never leaving the house and being unable to face ppls, getting kinda pedophile, getting into hentai games, falling for a cheap merchendise trick and being left with a huge debt, comitting suicde and not succeeding, losing her old loved sepai to some strange arranged marrige guy even though he and her sempai kind loved each other, getting kinda into drugs, getting addicted to computer games, and so on. He really has to deal with everything and yet the auther created the characters so good and funny and believable that you can think yourself in their positions. Very nice and funny and sometimes sad to read. Drawings are good/decent, sometimes creazy exaggerated but very funny therefore.
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misaki is cute   
Rating: N/A
by nasrul-ds3
March 3rd, 2006, 7:20am
damn... misaki is cute even though she has lost few screw in her head.... ^_^

and hikikomori issue is nice, I can feel that I've also fallen into secret organization NHK's trap! :D
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