Hey, guys hope you are having an amazing day. Here are my favorite picks for 10 Similar Anime Like Welcome to the N.H.K. (NHK ni Youkoso!). This list is made by my personal opinion and If there’s a particular anime that you feel deserves to be on this list, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Also, keep in mind the list is in no particular order. Enjoy!

10 Anime Like Welcome to the N.H.K. (NHK ni Youkoso!)

10. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
8. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
7. Planetes
6. ReLIFE
5. Neon Genesis Evangelion
4. Genshiken
3. WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular!
2. The Tatami Galaxy (Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei)
1. Steins;Gate

10. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)Synopsis – Hachiman Hikigaya is an antisocial high school student with no friends or girlfriend and as a result, has a distorted view of life. When he sees his classmates talking excitedly about their adolescent lives, he mutters, “They’re a bunch of liars.” When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, “Not working.” A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer “service club,” which happens to have the school’s prettiest girl – Yukino Yukinoshita.

Similarity – In both series, the main male protagonist is considered a loner with little to no friends as well as having a stoic outlook on life in general. However, one day he meets a strange girl and they form a rather peculiar relationship. NHK takes more place in a home environment while Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. takes more spaces at home. Both series makes great usage of various dialogues that are memorable and insightful to watch.

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9. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)

The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaSynopsis – Kyon, your typical high school student, has long given up his belief in the supernatural. However, upon meeting Haruhi Suzumiya, he quickly finds out that it is the supernatural that she is interested in—aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things. When Haruhi laments about the lack of intriguing clubs around school, Kyon inspires Haruhi to form her own club. As a result, the SOS Brigade is formed, a club which specializes in all that is the supernatural. The story follows the crazy adventures that these four endure under their whimsical leader, Haruhi. The story is based on the light novels by Nagaru Tanigawa.

Similarity – While the stories themselves might not have many similarities, both series bring about the same feelings and moods. They have a few themes in common and even character similarities and watching both series gave me the same kind of vibe. If you enjoy one, it’s definitely worth giving the other a chance.

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8. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada ShiranaiSynopsis – Jinta Yadomi is peacefully living as a recluse, spending his days away from school and playing video games at home instead. One hot summer day, his childhood friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, appears and pesters him to grant a forgotten wish. He pays her no mind, which annoys her, but he doesn’t really care. After all, Menma already died years ago. At first, Jinta thinks that he is merely hallucinating due to the summer heat, but he is later on convinced that what he sees truly is the ghost of Menma. Jinta and his group of childhood friends grew apart after her untimely death, but they are drawn together once more as they try to lay Menma’s spirit to rest. Re-living their pain and guilt, will they be able to find the strength to help not only Menma move on—but themselves as well?

Similarity – In both stories our main protagonist are both recluses, who shut them self’s from society. In both shows, the characters are very unique, and not flat at all, you actually have sympathy for them. Both flashes back to happier times many times throughout the series. If you want a good slice of life show that will make you cry, then watch this.

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7. Planetes

PlanetesSynopsis – In 2075, space travel is no longer just a dream, but an everyday reality for mankind. Advancements in science and technology have led to the colonization of the moon, the commercialization of outer space, and the formation of large space corporations. Ai Tanabe, an upbeat woman whose interests lie in the cosmos, joins Technora Corporation as a member of their Debris Section, a department dedicated to the removal of dangerous space junk between the orbits of the Earth and Moon.

Similarity – Although the plots are very different, a theme in Planetes seems to be fear of isolation. It’s the only other show I can think of besides N.H.K. that seems to have captured a very ‘real’ quality in its characters’ fear, motivations, weaknesses, and behaviors. Very complex in terms of not seeming overwrought or artificial and keeping a healthy dose of humor (like N.H.K.) in the show.

6. ReLIFE

ReLIFESynopsis – Arata Kaizaki is an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents’ financial support. Unable to find a job due to him leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially-awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

Similarity – Both of these anime presents a life cycle of a NEET with a twist of romantic comedy and splice of life. The difference is NHK ni Youkoso has a tiny bit of psychological and mature theme while ReLIFE is a lighter side anime which has a school setting but overall, they both have a story plot that talks about real life work/adult situations. These animes could be a great help in helping/preventing a NEET/shutins.

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis EvangelionSynopsis – At the age of 14 Shinji Ikari is summoned by his father to the city of Neo Tokyo-3 after several years of separation. There he unwillingly accepts the task of becoming the pilot of a giant robot by the name EVA01 and protects the world from the enigmatic invaders known as “angels.” Even though he repeatedly questions why he has accepted this mission from his estranged and cold father, his doing so helps him to gradually accept himself. However, why exactly are the angels attacking and what are his father’s true intentions are yet to be unraveled.

Similarity – Both are psychological anime that deal with depression. The main character in both have a strong desire to ‘run away’ from the problems facing them. Neon Genesis Evangelion is considerably harder to digest than NHK. It is recommended both be watched without reading to much about them, both are good, just go watch them.

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4. Genshiken

GenshikenSynopsis – Kanji Sasahara is an introverted college freshman just looking for a place to fit in. One day, he happens to stumble upon the club known as the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture—otherwise known as Genshiken—that serves to bring the full spectrum of otaku culture together. His first visit to the club, however, does not end well as Sasahara’s pride is crushed by his senior. However, after befriending club member Makoto Kousaka, who turns out to be a hardcore otaku despite his looks, Sasahara becomes more involved with club activities which include obsessing over their favorite anime, reading doujinshi, and attending conventions. There, he meets other interesting people like Kousaka’s vehemently non-otaku girlfriend Saki Kasukabe, who strives to turn her boyfriend into a “normal guy.”

Similarity – Shows about being an otaku…experiences, people you meet and the trouble being part of a subculture or fitting in the “normal” world…NHK goes even further…the main protag is a NEET and not only a plain otaku. Genshiken is much more light-hearted opposed to the often very dark sarcastic humor of NHK.

3. WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular!

WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!Synopsis – Tomoko Kuroki is about as socially dysfunctional as it is possible for a first year high school girl to be. We start the story when she realizes she has attended high school for three months without even talking to anyone at all. Not all is lost, however, since she is irrepressibly optimistic about her chances to turn it around and live a fulfilling high school life.

Similarity – Pathetic people in ridiculous situations played for laughs. They’re both funny, but only so far until it becomes apparent that Satou and Tomoko are really, really sad and messed up people. Both shows attempt to hit close to home and poke fun at the various problems that surround social awkwardness and reclusiveness until it hurts.

2. The Tatami Galaxy (Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei)

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)Synopsis – A second-year student from the Kyoto University finds himself entrapped amid a plethora of unsatisfying possibilities to change his life. Accompanied by Ozu, his mischievous best friend, and Akashi, a stern engineering student, the nameless protagonist trudges through each path as he tries to grab the opportunity that seems to dangle right in front of his eyes. Prompting him to regret not living out his college life differently. As soon as this thought passes through his head, however, he is hurtled through time and space to the beginning of his years at college and given another chance to live his life.

Similarity – Fans of both have drawn many parallels between the two shows. They’re similar in that they are both semi-episodic comedy-drama with similar themes. The MC is a depressed young man trying to cope with the failures of his life, and is surrounded by weird people. Dark, depressing and slightly psychedelic, they’re both great shows, and although not very similar, one will remind you of the other.

1. Steins;Gate

steins gateSynopsis – The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents out a room in a rickety old building in Akihabara, where he indulges himself in his hobby of inventing prospective “future gadgets” with fellow lab members: Mayuri Shiina, his air-headed childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru, a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru.” The three pass the time by tinkering with their most promising contraption yet, a machine dubbed the “Phone Microwave,” which performs the strange function of morphing bananas into piles of green gel. Though miraculous in itself, the phenomenon doesn’t provide anything concrete in Okabe’s search for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until the lab members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious happenings before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.

Similarity – The idea that a secret organisation, according to the protagonist, is conspiring against him is a similarity. At the same time both series are perverted and both have a somewhat weird/special female side-character. The main characters in both series also seems a bit awkward when trying to interact with ‘normal’ people, yet somewhat like a leader among their own small clique/group of friends

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Credits – MAL, ANN

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