I was recommended to see this anime – Welcome to the NHK – and so I did.
It tells the story of Satou Tatsuhiro, a paranoid hikikomori that refuses to work and never leaves his apartment.
Hikikomori is a Japanese term refering to the phenomenon of reclusive people who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives.”/Wikipedia
Satou believes that a secret organization called “Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai” lies behind an evil conspiracy with intentions to turn normal people into hikikomoris.
One day, Satou meets a mysterious girl called Misaki Nakahara who claims that she can help Satou to leave his hikikomori-lifestyle. She makes him sign a contract that ensures him to attend council-lessons with her everyday.
Satou is making progress but constantly falls back to his old habits. Facing the world is very hard for him, and since he’s a hikikomori, getting a job is out of question. Therefor he faces his greates fears that day his parents tells him that they can’t send him any money any longer.
Satou likes the easy way out and tries to earn money by developing porn-games with one of his otaku friends, or getting into RMT (real money trading) in MMORPGs.
It’s hard to figure out who Misaki really is. She seems to know everything about Satou, which is very strange, but she almost never let him know anything about herself. Irrespective, she seems to have very strong feelings towards him in some way and are very dedicated to her mission to turn him from a hikikomori to a normal person. She’s sweet and nice but very likely holds a secret.
The series is entertaining. Not phenomenal, but enjoyable enough. Misaki is easy to love, but I must say that I very often got annoyed by Satou’s bad behaviour and lack of character.
What made it great as a whole is it’s ending. Somehow, everything came clear and all loose endings were tight together. All pieces fell into place and I realized that this…
…this was actually VERY VERY GOOD STUFF!
So I recommend everyone to see it!