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Short introduction to Welcome to the NHK! (Light Novel):
Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a “hikikomori” – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?
10. No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!
Description: Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys… who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?
Number of Releases: Vol: 21+; Ch: 202+
Release Year: 2011
9. Goodnight Punpun
Description: Punpun is a relatively normal elementary school student; he goes to lessons, does his homework and gets on well with his classmates. Unfortunately, it’s everyone else around him that’s bonkers! With a crowd of crazy teachers playing hide and seek or having extreme reactions to even the tiniest situation at school, his father kept at bay on domestic violence charges, and only his unemployed layabout uncle to look up to Punpun’s life is anything but simple. However, despite the mayhem surrounding him, Punpun still continues to quietly live on, contemplating his dreams, experiencing the joy and terror of falling in love, and trying to deal with his anxieties about sex, religion, and growing up.
Number of Releases: Vol: 13; Ch: 147
Release Year: 2007
8. Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World
Description: In an attempt to rally against his “no longer human” nature, shut-in Shoutarou Kominami manages to rouse himself out of his house to secure gainful employment. In a stroke of good fortune, he ends up getting hired by a psychologist who’s promised to help him cast off the shackles of his shlocken personality! If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Shoutarou’s new “psychologist” employer is actually just a gag manga artist content to exploit this pathetic soul for story ideas!
Number of Releases: Vol: 3; Ch: 31
Release Year: 2013
7. Neeko wa Tsuraiyo
Description: Niito Nemuko, nicknamed Neeko, is 23 years old and still unable to find a job. This is her everyday life as she struggles with the fact that she’s basically just a NEET.
Number of Releases: Vol: 6; Ch: 39
Release Year: 2017
6. BL Fans LOVE My Brother?!
Description: Four years ago, Kirika Amano’s older brother became a shut-in. Since then, he’s barely even left his own room, constantly working on something at his desk. When Kirika finally finds out what he’s been doing all that time, she’s shocked — her brother creates boys love comics! Not only that, but it turns out that he’s actually quite good at it, and he’s got a dedicated fanbase. Even though Kirika doesn’t understand her brother’s hobbies or the fandom that surrounds him, he’s still family. Maybe if she helps him sell his comics, she can convince him to step outside into the world again and greet his fans in person.
Number of Releases: Vol: 1; Ch: 9
Release Year: 2019
5. Hikikomori Niizuma
Description: “Marriage” when two who were once unrelated vow to love each other and wish for each other’s happiness become “family.” This marks the start of the married life of her dreams. Or so she thought. Before she knew it, she became a shut-in!? What will the newlywed wife do!?
Number of Releases: Vol: 1; Ch: 11
Release Year: 2020
4. ReLIFE (Light Novel)
Description: Arata Kaizaki (27) quit the job he landed after graduation in only three months. His life did not go well after that. Now his parents are threatening to stop sending money, and want him to come back to the country. He has no friend or girlfriend to share his troubles with…as he hits rock bottom a strange man named Ryo Yoake appears. Yoake invites Kaizaki to join a societal rehabilitation program for NEETs called ReLife. This program uses a mysterious drug to make him look younger, and sends him back to high school for a year…
Number of Releases: Vol: 5
Release Year: 2019
3. Nande Ikiteru ka Wakaranai Hito: Izumi Sumi 25-sai
Description: Izumi Sumi, a 25 year old part timer struggles through anxiety and depression, pondering the meaning of her own life.
Number of Releases: Vol: 2; Ch: 28
Release Year: 2018
2. Jitaku Keibihime Terrass
Description: Hilarious! The Hinomoto Kingdom’s Princess Guard – an elite squad that directly protects their royal princess. Kasuga Haru was newly appointed to this prestigious position and was next to the Kingdom’s one and only princess. There’s only one problem. Their “royal princess” is a hikikomori, a recluse who stuffs her room with video games and refuses to leave even a nanometer out of her room. Kasuga’s special mission given by the Queen is to make Princess Terras into a proper human. Can Kasuga succeed in turning this otaku princess into a proper princess full of charm and beauty?
Number of Releases: Vol: 1; Ch: 6
Release Year: 2009
1. My Solo Exchange Diary
Description: In this follow-up to the viral sensation, Nagata Kabi uses engaging diary comics to explore her personal issues surrounding mental health, identity, and intimacy. Her relationship with her parents is growing more difficult than ever, and she struggles with the idea of living alone for the first time. Join her on her heart-wrenching, relatable journey through the challenges of adulthood.
Number of Releases: Vol: 2; Ch: 24
Release Year: 2016
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