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Intellegent, Mature yet Hilarious
on 6 February 2008
Effectively a satire on the whole of Japanese youth culture (or a sizeable chunk of it), Welcome to the NHK is the tale of Satou, an isolated 20-something recluse whose addiction to unprescribed anti-depressants induces in him a paranoid fantasy that the NHK (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC or PBS) is secretly attempting to convert the youth of Japan into Hikikomori - reclusive sociopaths like Satou himself.
The gradual mental breakdown of Satou is depicted perfectly, with his hilariously misjudged actions and overreactions counterbalanced by his depressed and disturbed fantasies. The series does make quite a lot of jokes about Japanese popular culture - in particular, manga and animé, which casual fans may not get, but includes an extensive glossary with explanations of the terms used.