I have a newfound respect for Gonzo. I started episode 1 with high hopes that Gonzo can and will fail me, but I was greatly(and happily) disappointed.
The first episode of NHK follows the spirit of its manga counterpart. The first 5 minutes of Satou’s internal battle was extremely well done and the introduction to the start of his hikikomori-ism was done well….. never have I had been disappointed so happily. The surrealism of it was extremely well done, and I can’t help but think that is this really done by Gonzo.
My initial worries that Gonzo screwed up the art based on the promo material released earlier on, was proven wrong as the character designs followed the manga ones quite accurately. The choices of seiyuu were well made, with
Daisuke Sakaguchi, who interestingly played Shounen Bat in Paranoia Agent,(EDIT: Factual error) Yutaka Koizumi voicing Satou convincingly, and upcoming star, Yui Makino voicing Misaki. I must add that it’s good to hear more of Yui Makino and her Misaki voice is extremely well done.
Hopefully, for me and the rest of the Misaki lovers, Gonzo will be able to sustain the quality of episode 1 for the whole series. But I’m not hanging much of false hope here and the cynical realist in me is saying that it’s impossible for Gonzo to do that. Well.. time will tell.. whether will I be proven right or wrong. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the wonderful ride that is NHK ni Youkoso ;).