Well I really enjoy this anime, so much that even after watching it online I wanted to own it. However buying from S.A.V.E for the first time I didn't know what to expect :/ Maybe this is the same as the original dvd's but I found the Menu lacking kind of ..lets say like its was 480p instead of 720p quality. But that's not the worst of it >_> people online do a better job at subbing properly as well as translating. The subtitles were a highlighter yellow color, hate that the most, and the subtitles were hovering not at the bottom of the screen but a bit higher so it got in the way of the animation...all in all it's something I'd probably sell for my money back. I guess its better to learn japanese and buy the original DVDs :(
~well thats just me as a mint-condition-must-be-high-def-for-perfect-experience type of person lol, other than that I have friends who dont really care about that and say i'm crazy O_o
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
A Slice of LifeOct. 24 2010
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This anime reflects on the hardships of life based on the ones of original author Tatsuhiko Takimoto. The story revolves around the psychological and social challenges of Tatsuhiro Satou and other characters. These include lack of self-confidence, yearning for sympathy, poor social skills, love, and many other emotional pains. With all this, "Welcome to the N.H.K" maintains a very truthful and emotional approach to life especially with a relating author. The anime also shows how ordinary people have painful pasts and deficiencies "deep down inside" or in their lives. Such a presentation provides the acknowledgement and understanding that it is okay and not "creepy" to have issues. Certainly, the characters can lead different lives from a typical young person. Also, some of Satou's subconscious thoughts are illustrated strangely and outrageously wild. However, that keeps this anime constantly funny and embarrassing. Entering the N.H.K will provide audiences a touching but also wild look at life. It looks from someone else's hands and feet. You'll never know where you'll step.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
AstoundingNov. 27 2010
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Welcome to the NHK is one of the best anime that I have ever seen.
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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Wasn't sure at first, but kept watching and was glad i did.Dec 11 2011
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I was starting to get really confused during the first episode. I wasn't sure if i wanted to keep watching at first, and was afraid i wasted my money. However, i only paid 11 dollars for it and figured might as well keep watching. The more i watched the more i began to understand and more i started to enjoy the series. By the time i got to the 5th episode i was hooked and couldn't believe i almost stopped watching.
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.
79 of 94 people found the following review helpful
For Those Who Like Their Comedy TwistedAug. 20 2009
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There are some anime properties that you really can't imagine working in any other medium. Sure anime is very closely related to its manga cousin but comics fail to deliver when things really get zany and personable. Welcome to the N-H-K is exactly one such property. It's so unique on so many levels that it's actually hard to believe it came out of the typically conservatively regarded Gonzo studios. But before we get ahead of ourselves here, let's take a look at the hard facts.
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.
His own delusions coupled to his lack of outside contact result in his becoming convinced that he is the subject of a vast conspiracy designed keep him under wraps by the secretive agency known as the N-H-K.
Like most mentally ill individuals, being a delusion-suffering recluse results in a twist of incredible fortune when a friendly, pretty, and just generally good hearted young lady named Misaki shows up one day out of the blue with intentions of getting old depressed Sato back into society.
The lead character pair ends up becoming a trio once the loud-music bumping neighbor of Sato's (and an old high-school pal, it turns out) joins the fray. In all this unlikely team makes it their mission to rehabilitate the ever-degenerating mental and social health of Sato through a sort of long and drawn out intervention.
Believe it or not, this is a comedy anime title despite what you may have figured after reading the summary. It's based on a novel, which although I haven't had the pleasure of reading personally, can't possibly capture the oddity and personality that the anime just relishes in around every corner.
The core of the show alternates between a cityscape reality and the hallucinations of Sato, which sometimes border on sexual fantasies. I should note that there is no real nudity involved in said scenarios, but rather provocative outfits and a bit of suggestive dialog. It is the language that earns this show a majority of its MA rating here in the US.
A lot of the show's charm stems from the age-old gag of presenting a fairly "out there" conspiracy theory that can never fully be dismissed by the viewer. The show's creative team does a great job painting a lead character who is clearly suffering from social dysfunction although there are moments along the way where you can't help but wonder if indeed some other forces (like a top-secret agency for example) aren't at play.
The biggest problem I had with the show is that it lacks consistency in nearly sense of the term. There are some genuinely funny moments but they are few and far between. There are some intriguing psychological undertones that slip away to cheap attempts at humor. There are some nice textures and visuals on occasion but more often than not you'll be looking at art that simply gets the job done. About the only aspect of this program that holds steady is the soundtrack, which includes some smooth melodies and catchy J-Pop numbers throughout.
The acting work is solid in both language options, with the Japanese dialog squeaking into the top-spot thanks to a female actor ensemble that feel almost custom tailored to the material.
In all, this is definitely not a show for everyone, nor is the silly/ goofy type of light-hearted romp that previews suggest. It's really a tragic tale if you allow yourself to look beyond the bright visuals and giddy personalities that make up the superficial. Pacing is nice and swift even if the show does struggle at times to firmly establish itself into a genre.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A very funny anime that is less conspiracy and more psychologicalMay 27 2010
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