[Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

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[Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

Postby MrDisco » June 1st, 2008, 6:41 am

I just finished reading this series. It consists of 8 volumes and is licensed by Tokyopop in North America. As taken from the website:

"Twenty-something-year-old Satou, a college dropout and aficionado of anime porn, knows a little secret--or at least he thinks he does! Believe it or not, he has stumbled upon an incredible conspiracy created by the Japanese Broadcasting Company N.H.K. But despite fighting the good fight, Satou has become an unemployed Hikikomori--a shut in who has withdrawn from the world...
One day, he meets Misaki, a mysterious young girl who invites him to join her special "project." Slowly Satou comes out of his reclusive shell, and his hilarious journey begins, filled with mistaken identity, panty shots, Lolita complexes--and an ultimate quest to create the greatest hentai game ever!"

So based on the intro I thought this would be a pretty funny series. I was mistaken. Imo this was a horrible manga and not worth spending any money on. Satou is a complete loser, Misaki is a loser, in fact every character in this book is a loser and not very likable. The plot is nonsensical and disjointed. In nearly ever chapter one character or another want to commit suicide, which I have no problems with as a theme to explore but it just doesn't seem to be done quite right here.
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Re: [Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

Postby Arcturus » June 3rd, 2008, 1:58 am

I heard it started out as a parody, but quickly became too serious. I have never read it.
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Re: [Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

Postby MrDisco » June 3rd, 2008, 2:23 am

Arcturus wrote:I heard it started out as a parody, but quickly became too serious. I have never read it.


its just too uneven imo. at times it reads like a zanny, off-kilter, comedy other times it will be rather serious.

maybe the anime or the original novel is better.
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Re: [Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

Postby Susano » June 5th, 2008, 2:47 am

Yeah, there are some parts of this series that I really enjoy, but then it will get just a little too weird for my tastes. The biggest problem it seems to have is a lack of direction. But I do like the art work and some of the problems with being a hikikimori I can understand and easily relate to from my experiences helping my Hubby with OCD. Both are anxiety disorders that are rooted very closely to each other, and the serious moments in NHK are very telling of what it's like to have an anxiety disorder.
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Re: [Mini-Review] Welcome to the NHK

Postby Syn13 » June 10th, 2008, 6:52 am

Is it completed from Tokyopop yet? Last time I went to my comic guy's place was last week and the latest volume I have is currently 6. As a person easily entertained, I'll be happy when vol. 8 comes out and this was one of the series that went sour after vol. 3 as I recall.
The problem with this manga is that currently everyone is fail and its been dragged on too long. 6 left off with whats suppose to be all characters reuniting and getting back on track of what they were suppose to be doing before everything happened in vol. 4-5 I think.

But yea, this is one series that has gone on too long and for someone like me who doesn't really like a series is rare...this and Ikkitousen. Tokyopop's translation totally destroyed what was left of the series...yes I know, its a manga mainly for fan service but the translation is so bad that even I can tell 80% of the translation isn't accurate.
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