The readiness to take care of even unpleasant aspects of one’s culture in a humorous-yet-serious manner is something that has been ever-present in the media. Social concerns, along with the occasional political issue, can all of a sudden be the focal discussion point of episodes of preferred programs, with some more noticeable ones ending up being the focus of entire collection. The Japanese hikikomori issue, along with the basic social anxiousness and also hints of schizophrenia that being a hikikomori involves, has actually become the premise of a relatively recent franchise including an anime, comic, and unique collection known simply as “Invite to the NHK.”
The program focuses on the lives, tests, and also adversities of Sato Tatsuhiro, that is basically a hikikomori. This implies he displays severe moments of social anxiousness, presuming regarding prevent his parents (whom he’s living with) as high as he can. Besides being a social shut-in, he is likewise frequently seen to display another Japanese sub-culture-turned-problem: that of being a compulsive anime otaku. For the strange, the Japanese see the otaku sub-culture as a potential social problem, mainly due to the fact that the majority of these individuals have actually a somewhat endangered grip on reality, liking to focus their time, effort, as well as focus on numerous kinds of enjoyment. Usually, the obsessive nature targets a solitary media form, such as songs or anime, and concentrates exclusively on that particular. The sub-culture displays signs that are taken social anxiety, though they often appear to have rather regular social communications on the rare occasions where great deals of otaku gather.
Sato firmly believes that his condition as both hikikomori and also otaku, along with the social anxiousness, inadequate individuals abilities, as well as general paranoia, are all triggered by a large conspiracy theory. This conspiracy theory, known as the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (the Japanese Hikikomori Organization), is the resource of the “NHK” in the title, instead of the real-life Japanese tv network NHK. His belief in this theory has developed into a sophisticated deception, which includes NHK agents in the form of charming, eye-catching young girls being sent to potential targets to allow the conspiracy to more directly influence their targets. It is notable that while Sato at first thinks the women lead, Misaki Nakahara, to be one of these agents, he never ever really takes the time to information what the NHK wishes to attain by transforming the entire male populace of Japan into socially-inept shut-ins.
Together with a range of other personalities, a few of which appear to be representatives of other socially-challenged Japanese sub-cultures, Misaki and Sato come together in the most unusual ways. Part of the communication in between both leads originates from Misaki’s contract with Sato, which specifies that once every evening, she is to lecture him on how to overcome his social stress and anxiety as well as become a typical, operating participant of culture once more. Obviously, to supply enjoyment value, not whatever goes as intended, with Sato experiencing whatever from anxiety attack because of being outside his home, to having Misaki act to be his sweetheart to deceive his checking out mommy.
Apart from the previously mentioned subcultures, the show additionally quickly touches upon other elements of Japanese culture. This consists of the flourishing independent gaming circuit, the “Internet suicide pacts” issue, and various other Japanese social peculiarities. It should be kept in mind that, despite the title of the show, the network NHK never ever actually broadcast “Invite to the NHK.” Hence, unlike the stories, the program does not explicitly connect the NHK conspiracy to the NHK tv network.