Manga Review: Welcome to the NHK by Tatsuhiko Takimoto and Kendi Oiwa

Welcome to the NHK, Vol. 1Welcome to the NHK, Vol. 1

by Tatsuhiko Takimoto and Kendi Oiwa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clever approach to a problem plaguing the Japanese Youth Population today — the Hikikomori. Hikikomori is the Japanese word referring to acute social withdrawal. The story revolves around Tatsuhiro Satou a young 22 year old man who believes in a conspiracy that has caused him to become a hikikomori. When a young lady, Misaki Nakahara, approaches Satou, she convinces him that she can cure him of his affliction.

This is a humorous yet angsty filled approach to a problematic subject. The art is rough and successfully reflects the story’s mood and meaning.

I wouldn’t recommend this story to new manga readers. This is best understood by those who have successfully (or obsessively) delved into the otaku culture and/or mind-set.