Looking back on 2006 we have seen a handful great series come and go, but even fewer great soundtracks have enlightened our senses. And when I say great, I mean music you can listen to at home, at work and on the bus. Toshio Masuda’s beautifully sparse work on Mushishi was a relaxing and naturally… Continue reading MP3 Spotlight: Highlights of Welcome to the NHK!
It was cute to see NHK end with a role reversal between Misaki and Satou – there are big differences between a lazy hikkimori and having a genuinely mixed up life. In spite of his personal problems Satou was always a fairly normal person just in need of tough love. When his parents’ money dries… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK [END] – And so dies the NEET
Still hopelessly hooked on… Black Lagoon (2nd Barrage) Episode 19 and counting The bog-standard Naruto fillers would be a lot more interesting if they managed to nab the creative bastards working on Black Lagoon. With that said the 2nd season has often flattered to deceive and appears to be more content to up the ante… Continue reading Observations of Everything: Bye-Bye November
Having just finished watching episode 19, this must be the first time I’ve left off Welcome to the NHK feeling happy! It was fantastic to see a smiling Torotoro-san biking around and about the streets of Tokyo; you can see in his grinning face that suddenly life is worth living again. Despite Satou’s constant whining,… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – (Never) Learning to Fly
Just once I’d like to see Satou out smart someone. Now I know that he is a hikkimori with zero self confidence, but by the end of this episode – in which he is heartlessly conned out of precious rent money by an old school mate – it’s as though he has talked himself into… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – 17 – The pyramid scheme of dreams
There was always going to be a twist behind the real world identity of Mia. “She” was too perfect, Satou loved her too much, and NHK! isn’t about Satou being in love. I certainly didn’t see it being Yamazaki though – jeez, that was cruel of him. And then there is the flash-forward to Satou’s… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – 16 – The Ultimate NEET
The relentless waves of depression continue unabated with these two episodes as Satou (hardly recovered from his suicidal exploits) stupidly falls foul to the life sucking world of MMORPGs. These highly addictive and never ending online games are undoubtedly one of the major forces behind what is becoming a worldwide epidemic of hikkimori, but what… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – 14 to 15 – MMORPGs destroy lives… mmmk?
For some odd reason, I was expecting Satou to be the hero of this episode, but today I doubt he will ever be a hero – just like Yamazaki says, people “like him” aren’t suited to dramatic ends. In a word, depressing. Hitomi is selfish and cruel, her reasons for coming back into Satou’s life… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – 13 – In a word, depressing
Anime or manga, one is inevitably better than the other – whether it’s just another case of elitism or not, you can always bet on the jumped up manga fans hating the anime adaptations of their favourite stories. This is because the voices you hear in your head will always sound better in comparison with… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – Anime or manga? Yawn
An unusually positive and uplifting instalment of NHK!, I wasn’t planning on commenting on this episode but the sparkling festival fireworks always get me. So bright, so beautiful, so romantic. Even Yamazaki gets some lovin’. This is so far the best episode, a dizzy mixture of jilted love and romantic despair, it astutly comments on… Continue reading Welcome to the NHK! – 9 – Sparkling festival fireworks