Summer First Impressions: NHK ni Youkoso

NHK ni Youkoso!

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 ;).


  1. Vern Said,

    July 11, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    The choices of seiyuu were well made, with Daisuke Sakaguchi, who interestingly played Shounen Bat in Paranoia Agent, voicing Satou,

    errm, Satou is played by Yutaka Koizumi. Daisuke plays Kaoru

    here’s the cast list from ANN:
    Daisuke Sakaguchi as Kaoru Yamazaki
    Yui Makino as Misaki Nakahara
    Yutaka Koizumi as Tatsuhiro Sato

  2. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 11, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    Yeah… saw it wrongly. A bit tired today, thanks for pointing it out.

  3. Zzz... Said,

    July 12, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    I don’t know. Some people on other sites has been saying that the artistic translation is off and that they are quite disappointed by it. I wonder why people are so hung up on whether anime characters are drawn exactly like they were in manga format. To me liberties are a good thing as long as the story is still interesting and follows a logical progression. Is it really interesting to watch something if you already know the who, what, when, where, and how of it?

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 12, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    Valid points there Zzz..

    To ba honest, art is definitely one of the most important factors of anime manga, as the medium is foremostly a visual medium, therefore, visual artistic satisfaction is a certain requirement.

    Putting it in simple terms, if the art sucks, it’s hard to capture audiences already, unless the series itself has other overriding excelling factors to compensate for it.

    As for the question of if it is interesting to watch something that you know the progression off, I do believe it is true. A good story will always captivate it’s audience, no matter if its read the 1st time, the millionth time or even adapted/ported to another format/medium.

    This holds very true for manga anime’s especially for good ones like NHK. Of course, reading the original manga is satisfying, but then, being actually able to see the characters come to life in an anime(that is nicely done) is hugely gratifying and makes the story even more enjoyable as another angle to view the story has existed.

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