Anime of the Week: Bokurano

If you thought that I’d be alternating between Manga and Anime of the Week, you’d be wrong. Count on seeing more Animes of the Week than Mangas simply because I haven’t read too many mangas yet. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m leaving them out. Every now and then I’ll bring one in to write about, just not as often as I’d like.

Anyhow, this week I bring a mecha series that you may or may not be familiar with. Regardless, I highly recommend giving this one a watch. This week, we have Bokurano.

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Review: Welcome to the N.H.K.

This post contains little to no spoilers of Welcome to the N.H.K.

An absurdist, black comedy drama, Welcome to the N.H.K. is about the life of a hikikomori (social shut-in) named Tatsuhiro Satou. By pure chance, Tatsuhiro’s daily shut-in life is forever changed by a girl named Misaki Nakahara, who seems to know almost everything about him. From then on, Tatsuhiro begins to encounter new and old friends from long ago, running into new problems that seem to connect to together, one way or another. But is it truly because of the luck of the draw that all this happened? Tatsuhiro is under the impression that all of Japan is part of a large conspiracy organization known as the N.H.K.; the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (Japan Hikikomori Association) under the facade of the Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) bent on creating more and more hikikomori through the use of otaku media. Tatsuhiro will learn about the world beyond his front door, how to heal his hikikomori condition, and how the people around him deal with their problems in different ways.

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