Welcome to the NHK: Complete Series Box Set
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It is a 'realistic' anime set in the year of 2006 in Tokyo Japan. This series fell under the cracks of main stream anime audience, and maybe because it is series without suer-human ninjas or giant mecha. For really good reviews of this anime look under the Box Set edition dated for 2009 on anime. There are over a dozen reviews on Welcome to the NHK that you'll get a good perspective into the series. Each review in that thread is full of unique philosophical insight -- which shows the power of this series.
The series does start off somewhat slow and wired in nature. The story focuses on the depressive state of the main character, and someone who is mainstream might not get into the series right off the bat. That being said the anime progresses very nicely and the characters become fully developed towards the end. The relationships between all of the characters is what steals the show of the anime and serves as the backbone of series. There are no filer episodes in Welcome to the NHK as everything is continuous.
The soundtracks is above average and quiet endearing and I'd rate the animation above average as well.
Pick up Welcome to the NHK in either it's box set form or through this S.A.V.E package.
If you enjoy romance, if you enjoy character relationships and interactions, if you enjoy true creativity and solid writing in your shows then Welcome to the NHK is for you.
--Once again. See the reviews in the Box Set Edition (2009) to get a better idea of the series.
Originally released by ADV Films, Funimation has recently acquired the rights to the show and has wasted little time in getting a Complete Series release out to the public. Coming in at a total runtime of 600 minutes, Welcome to the N-H-K the Complete Series spans 4 discs and comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within a cardboard slipcase.
The show wears an appropriate TV MA (17+) rating, which is surprising should you base the show on the previews alone (a more accurate depiction of what's in store would be to check out the cover art and its foaming can of beer, pair of scantily clad women, and lead character looking slightly neurotic).
Language options are typical sub & dub meaning the option of original Japanese dialog track (stereo) or an English dub (5.1 Dolby Surround) and English subtitles available under either language choice.
Extras are limited to textless songs and a host of Funimation trailers.
I'll do my best to summarize the story without giving away any spoilers. The viewer is introduced to Sato, a college dropout who has just about had all he can take of society. So withdrawn from society is our hero that he locks himself up in his dreary apartment where his very grip on reality is becoming more and more twisted by the day.Read more ›
The story begins with the introduction of the main character Satou, who is a Hikikomori. Meaning that he secludes himself from the outside world. After his first encounter with Misaki, Satou decides to go search for a job. He decides to apply at this manga shop, where he runs into Misaki again and runs out of the shop. This is his first step into starting a new life. Misaki eventually starts a contract with Satou that is a promise to help him end his Hikikomori ways.
Along the way he also finds out that his neighbor who had been blasting annoying anime music, was actually an old high school classmate, who he had once saved from bullies. His name is Yamazaki.
With his new friend and old friends Satou struggles to find his way. Their is triumph and failures along the way and Satou must struggle through the emotional roller-coaster.
If you know what it is like to want to close yourself off to the outside world, you will understand what Satou is going through. I lost a lot of people in my life and went through a time of seclusion myself and so i came to understand the main character quite well. Which might be why i liked this anime so much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tremendous anime done well over all. I’m relatively new to anime. I always loved stuff like the Ghost In the Shell films and I’d catch things here and there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bradley P. Valentine
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10/10 would buy again, one psychological battle after another, with quite a some comedic relief.Published 6 months ago by Jeff Horton
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|Difference between this and other release?||
As with all other releases, the episodes are generally condensed on to 4 discs rather than 6. I have never seen a quality difference, so if there is one, it is marginal. The only part in question might be extras, but I have not seen Funimation intentional exclude extras that were in previous... Read More
Oct 10, 2010 by ShadowFalls | See all 2 posts
|A romantic anime? (spoilers...)||
For the first half the romance element is pretty good. After that though, I feel the anime takes a bit of a side track. The female lead isn't brought into the fold until the end, and her motives and inner thoughts are revealed at the very end. That's not to say you can't pick up hints and clues... Read More
Apr 13, 2010 by Michael D. Gibson Jr. | See all 2 posts