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The Best Episodes of Welcome to the N.H.K.

Every episode of Welcome to the N.H.K. ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Welcome to the N.H.K.!

Sato's life – or what's left of it – is a paranoid mess of conspiracy theories and social anxieties. He's terrified of the outside world; his apartment is overflowing with the remnants of cheap take-out food; and his retinas have been permanently scarred by a steady diet of internet porn. But maybe it's not all his fault. After all, the nefarious N.H.K. is out there, and they’re determined to turn society's fringe-dwellers into a brainwashed lot of jobless, hopeless, futureless recluses. Enter Misaki – a mysterious girl-next-door type who is Sato's last chance to beat-down his inner demons and venture out into the light of day. She's ready to help him overcome his crippling phobias, but Sato would rather cower in his existential foxhole and pretend to work on the demo for his virtual sex game. He’s afraid to face the world. She's strangely desperate to fix a total stranger. Maybe together they can be normal.

Genres:AnimationComedyDrama
Network:AT-X

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The best episode of "Welcome to the N.H.K." is "Welcome To Misaki!", rated 9.1/10 from 179 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Welcome To Misaki!" aired on 12/10/2006 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Welcome To Heaven!".

  • Welcome To Misaki!
    9.1/10 179 votes

    #1 - Welcome To Misaki!

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2006-12-10

    Misaki’s mental state doesn’t seem like what it used to be, as she chooses an odd topic for their counseling session. It turns out that this is Tatsuhiro’s final session as Misaki is giving him a final exam before a graduation from the project. The graduation doesn’t go to well, because Tatsuhiro doesn’t think of himself as worthy enough to support Misaki, so he cuts all ties with her.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Heaven!
    9.0/10 188 votes

    #2 - Welcome To Heaven!

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2006-10-01

    On an island that should have been heaven for a hikikomori as become a hell because Tatsuhiro has learnt that the Offline Gathering, he went to with Hitomi, is for people who want to end their lives.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The NHK!
    9.0/10 176 votes

    #3 - Welcome To The NHK!

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2006-12-17

    Tatsuhiro has managed to catch-up to Misaki, at the same cliff her mother committed suicide, in an attempt to stop the same incident from happening again. Having stopped her from doing such a foolish thing, the only way he can think of preventing it from happening again, is to do something as foolish. Now caught up in his fantasies about the conspiracies of the NHK, he tries to defeat it using unorthodox methods.

    Director: Keita Noda, Yusuke Yamamoto

    Writer: Satoru Nishizono

  • Welcome To Chinatown!
    8.6/10 147 votes

    #4 - Welcome To Chinatown!

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2006-08-27

    The day for Tatsuhiro’s mom to visit has come and he is totally unprepared, as his room is in such a state and requires intensive cleaning. When his mom arrives they all go out for lunch in Chinatown. Tatsuhiro begins to feel the guilt from lying to his mom and considers revealing the truth to her, nevertheless she may already be unto him and Misaki and their lies.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Offline Gathering!
    8.6/10 132 votes

    #5 - Welcome To The Offline Gathering!

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2006-09-24

    It is Summer vacation, Tatsuhiro and Hitomi are now heading to the “Offline Gathering”, which doesn’t seem to be what Tatsuhiro expected. They seem to heading to an island with some strange people and it isn’t until later that Tatsuhiro learns of the true meaning behind and offline gathering. Misaki, Kaoru and Hitomi’s husband later discover where they have gone.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Counselling!
    8.4/10 147 votes

    #6 - Welcome To Counselling!

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-08-06

    After 4 years and 4 months, Tatsuhiro has run into his old senpai from High School, Hitomi who now has become a civil servant. His reunion with Hitomi may have sparked something inside him, because now he feels the need to stop running away and to face his problems as a hikikomori. Now the counseling can begin.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Blue Bird!
    8.4/10 124 votes

    #7 - Welcome To The Blue Bird!

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2006-11-12

    Tatsuhiro, Misaki and Kaoru went to Megumi’s house to return the “Mouse Road” goods, when they discover that she is looking after her hikikomori brother (Torotoro from the Ultimate Fantasy Online game). After clearing matters with Megumi and her brother the group head back to return to their usual lives.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Reset!
    8.4/10 119 votes

    #8 - Welcome To The Reset!

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2006-11-26

    Tatsuhiro and Kaoru are in high spirits after finally completing their eroge nonetheless it doesn’t seem to do any better in the Winter Comic Market. Now with that over all that is left is for Kaoru to sort out his belongings before he leaves for his parent’s farm.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Summer Days!
    8.3/10 133 votes

    #9 - Welcome To Summer Days!

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-09-03

    Following the recent intimate moment that nearly occurred between Tatsuhiro and Misaki, Tatsuhiro just can’t seem to get her of his mind. With Summer vacation finally here, Kaoru invites Tatsuhiro to the Summer Comic Market however they first need to finish the eroge they started, in one months time.

    Director: Akira Kato

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Reality!
    8.3/10 124 votes

    #10 - Welcome To Reality!

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2006-10-08

    With the Offline Gathering ending without a single fatality, all are reflecting on the reality of what just occurred, except Tatsuhiro who is still angry at Misaki. They all later go to rest and recuperate in a hot springs, where two of the offline gathering members are greeted by their worried parents. Tatsuhiro later returns home, back to his regular hikikomori life, but he later receives a worrying phone call from his mom.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Game Over!
    8.3/10 127 votes

    #11 - Welcome To Game Over!

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2006-10-22

    After discovering the wonders of the fantasy online gaming, Tatsuhiro has become even of a hikikomori and the one to find out is Misaki. While Tatsuhiro is trying to acquire rare items in the game, with his new party, Misaki is trying to get him off this new addiction but that may be unnecessary. Tatsuhiro later receives a call from someone from his High School.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To God!
    8.3/10 123 votes

    #12 - Welcome To God!

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-12-03

    After getting separated from Misaki, in the middle of Tokyo, Tatsuhiro runs into Hitomi ands ends up spending New Year’s Eve with her. They just end up separating after saying their farewells, when Tatsuhiro later meets up with a melancholic Misaki. The next day Misaki continues to spiral in despair as Tatsuhiro remains unaware, until their next counselling session.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Conspiracy!
    8.2/10 123 votes

    #13 - Welcome To The Conspiracy!

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-09-17

    Tatsuhiro has ended his counselling sessions with Misaki as he thinks that she is plotting against him, giving him more time to finish the game he’s creating with Kaoru, with the looming deadline. Meanwhile Hitomi is feeling the stress and strain in her day-to-day life and she beginning to feel like someone is conspiring against her, just like in High School. Later she goes to visit Tatsuhiro.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Winter Days!
    8.2/10 114 votes

    #14 - Welcome To Winter Days!

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2006-11-19

    Tatsuhiro and Kaoru are back on track to finishing their eroge when all of a sudden Kaoru receives a serious call from home and has to return immediately. After a long period on his own Tatsuhiro is happy when Kaoru returns however he returns with bad news, of having to work at his farm once they finish making their game. The two end up drinking their troubles away and doing something foolish.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Beautiful Girl!
    7.9/10 148 votes

    #15 - Welcome To The Beautiful Girl!

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2006-07-23

    By chance Tatsuhiro discovered that his noisy otaku neighbour was in fact an underclassman he knew from High School and they end up deciding to create an eroge (erotic game). Before this Tatsuhiro must first get some inspiration by trying out some eroge himself nonetheless he gets absorbed into the sordid world of bishoujo “beautiful girls”.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Classroom!
    7.9/10 133 votes

    #16 - Welcome To The Classroom!

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2006-08-13

    Tatsuhiro is struggling with the scenario for his eroge but this has to wait as he has his 2nd counselling session with Misaki. During this session the subject of Kaoru’s girlfriend comes up, which comes as a shock for Tatsuhiro who never thought of him as the girlfriend type. To confirm this Tatsuhiro follows Kaoru to his design school, where he happens to get lost and ends up in a class for game writers.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Moratorium!
    7.9/10 134 votes

    #17 - Welcome To The Moratorium!

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2006-08-20

    Ever since his panic attack at Kaoru’s designs school, Tatsuhiro has become even more of a hikikomori and hasn’t stepped out once. However something unexpected has happened as he receives a phone call from his mom, who’s wants to meet him to see what he has planned for the future. Tatsuhiro feels that he’ll just end up being dragged back home due to his current lifestyle, so he ends up lying to his mom that he works for a company and has a girlfriend. This will prove to be a very troublesome lie but luckily Misaki volunteers to help.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Dark Side!
    7.9/10 125 votes

    #18 - Welcome To The Dark Side!

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-09-10

    The day after the fireworks festival, Tatsuhiro and Kaoru are back to working on their eroge nonetheless Tatsuhiro’s love for Misaki has grown and it’s beginning to surface itself in different ways. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that he still doesn’t know a thing about Misaki and he begins to have paranoid thoughts that she is plotting against him, as a part of the NHK.

    Director: Jiro Fujimoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Fantasy!
    7.9/10 123 votes

    #19 - Welcome To The Fantasy!

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2006-10-15

    The phone call from his Mom was about his Dad losing his job, so now Tatsuhiro’s allowance is cut and he needs a source of income. With the free trial he got from the kid in the offline meeting, Tatsuhiro is planning to make money from an MMORPG by selling game items. Yet things don’t go according to plan as he gets hooked on the fantasy life.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Project!
    7.8/10 177 votes

    #20 - Welcome To The Project!

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-07-09

    Tatsuhiro Sato is woken up from his deluded dream of conspiracies, by his noisy neighbour playing loud anime music non-stop. All this could be put to an end if he'd just go next door to complain however Tatsuhiro is unable to do this because he is a “hikikomori”. He later meets a girl named Misaki, who will later change his life around.

    Director: Masahiro Sonoda

    Writer: Satoru Nishizono

  • Welcome To No Future!
    7.6/10 119 votes

    #21 - Welcome To No Future!

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2006-11-05

    Having just returned from being fooled into buying products in a Pyramid Scheme, Tatsuhiro and gang attempt to Megumi to call the deal off but she has no intention on returning his money. After being fooled a second time they all go to Megumi’s house, with the intention to return the goods, but end up finding out something truly shocking.

    Director: Jiro Fujimoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The Creator!
    7.5/10 155 votes

    #22 - Welcome To The Creator!

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-07-16

    In the park late at night, Tatsuhiro meets Misaki who claims to be able to cure him of his hikikomori ways, as long as he signs up to her project. Tatsuhiro remains stubborn and decides to forget about it however Misaki doesn’t give up that easily. So in the spur-of-the-moment Tatsuhiro lies by telling her that he has a job as a “creator” but she doesn’t believe him and asks for proof.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To The New World!
    7.5/10 140 votes

    #23 - Welcome To The New World!

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-07-30

    The eroge creating has begun however Tatsuhiro has writer’s block, as he is unable to come up with a scenario or a main heroine for it their eroge. So Kaoru drags him out to many otaku hotspots, like maid cafe, to help him come up with a heroine but this appears to be a new world to him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome To Happiness!
    7.5/10 116 votes

    #24 - Welcome To Happiness!

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-10-29

    The call Tatsuhiro received was from the class representative from High School, Megumi who he ends up meeting with. He admits to her that he is a hikikomori, so she invites him to her successful senpai who can supposedly cure him of his NEET problems. However once arriving to a weird seminar Tatsuhiro has noticed that he has wondered into a Pyramid Scheme.

    Director: Akira Kato

    Writer: N/A