In the beginning, there was a novel called Welcome to the NHK. I haven’t read it. Now that it’s a collector’s item you have to pay like $60 for, that’s not happening. On the second day (actually, about a year later) a manga adaptation was created. The gods of anime looked down upon it and […]
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Welcome to the NHK is one of those things that should remind you of how a medium people think is for children – I mean, it’s a CARTOON, right? – can be used to explore some really ugly things. In Welcome’s case it’s mental illness. What’s interesting to me is what it reveals about the […]
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Welcome to the NHK is one of those things I like a lot in part because it’s about grownups with real problems instead of kids with robot suits or magic wands. Not that there is anything wrong with robot suits or magic wands. They can make for good stories, too. They just usually aren’t my […]
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Welcome to the NHK is a classic, and it’s a classic for a couple reasons, I suspect. One, I’d guess, is the love story between Tatsuhiro and Misaki, which is sweet and handled nicely as it develops. Another is that Tatsuhiro is an unusual character, his status as a hikkikomori – a person who is […]
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Welcome to the NHK is another of those series I thought I had nothing to say about, but after a couple viewings there turned out to be something that might be interesting in there. I’ve talked about couples being in parallel or symmetric relationships. Parallel couples have similar strengths and weaknesses; in symmetric relationships the […]
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