Welcome to the N.H.K.

The first volume of the anime adaptation of "Welcome to the N.H.K.," brough to us via Gonzo, will be released October 2nd on DVD. For the past couple of days now, ADV has graciously provided the first episode for your viewing pleasure - you can still catch the streaming video until Sept. 19.

Satou Tatsuhiro, a 22 year old male, lives alone in his apartment and has rarely gone out. He is what they call a NEET - Not in Employment, Education, or Training - and a hikikomori. Suffering for acute social withdrawal, Satou develops a paranoia and believes everything around him is ridden with conspiracy. He then develops a conspiracy theory which includes the Nihon Kikikomori Kyokai (NHK), a secret organization aimed at increasing the number of otaku (hikikomori). Odd circumstances leads him to Misaki Nakahara, who selects Satou for her "project" to cure him of his kikikomori ways.

Rated M for mature, this series provides a load of laughter and unique comedic style for the older crowd. Under its comedic undertones, a common theme arises in which the story examines the hardships of life and how people deal with them. While I slightly prefer the manga over the anime, both outlets are definitely worth your time.

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