The story of NHK develops around Tetsuhiro Sato, 21 years of age, who became a hikikomori after finishing high school. In high school he spend a lot of time with Hitomi Kashiwa, a sempai of him. Hitomi was highly paranoid at that time and her conspiracy theories somehow rub off on Tetsuhiro. He was unable to stand the stress of an university life and retreated into his apartment. Here he spends most of the time sleeping while blaming everything bad that happens on the evil Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK). One day he meets cute Misaki Nakahara at the door. She claims to be able to help him becoming a normal member of society again. From this point onwards he slowly begins to interact with his surrounding again and his life changes for the better. Or at least it seems so as far as I watched now (Episode 9), but there are more than enough signs that these good times might be at an end soon. Misaki is rather incompetent but just to good to be true, Kaoru Yamazaki, former lower grade classmate of Tetsuhiro and now the otaku next door, seems to be able to snap anytime soon and Hitomi is slowly affecting his life again. And beside of this the title of the next episode is “Welcome to the dark side”.
Archive for September, 2006
Well, you just can’t go wrong with Studio Ghibli and this movie is no exception. Things I especially liked are (of course) the cute and intelligence Fio, the complete but likeable incompetence of the air pirates, the always subliminal present melancholy and the fact that Porco takes his first mission solely for the fact that school girls are involved. Only the sudden ending is a little drawback (also a feature of Ghibli movies I’m afraid).
At first I had my doubts if this anime might be interesting for me but luckily my curiosity was stronger. Ouran is a great some comedy well animated and filled with lots of original ideas. Though good character development the (at first one-dimensional appearing) characters gain in depth and become very likeable. Each episode I watched so far entertained me big time and left me just feeling good at the time the credits rolled. A nice proof that harem comedy can work the other way round, have harem members which lives are not purely centred around the harem lead and can have a harem lead who is not a pathetic loser loved for the sole reason of being the only person of the opposite gender available. Two thumbs up.
The pool, the brother, the mother of him and the friend of her.
This nice little games is able to concentrate Utawarerumono on its major attribute (beside of cute girls with animal traits & big breasts): Named characters who slash through hordes of nameless enemy generic characters until they reach a named enemy, who give them a bit of a tougher fight, but is none the less beaten at the end. Very much fun even without much knowledge of the japanese language. A(n even) better description, an instruction in english and the source to download the game can be found on this site.