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What works depict hikikomori/shut-in characters that you found relatable?


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Chi no Wadachi and Inside Mari. Mangas by Oshimi Shuzo


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I don't really know any other than Yume Nikki, its fan games and Watamote. If anyone else has anything else, I'm very interested to know too.


Surprised you don't know welcome to the N.H.K. Or maybe you do and just didn't mention it.


Ah, I've heard of Welcome to the N.H.K. but have never watched it. Maybe I should.


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Was planning to list Tomoko.

Never watched it, but it looks pretty good


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Omori gives me Yume Nikki vibes. The main character even refuses to leave his house


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It was inspired by yume nikki… My favorite thing about Omori is that brushing your teeth is optional lol. You can choose not to do it in order to capture the true hikikomori experience.

I don't find sunny relatable though because he has/had good friends and his reason for being a shut-in has to do with a really specific trauma that literally nobody could relate to.


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Shimeji Simulation. Though it is surreal, I really related to Shijima's initial issues with connecting with others, and her general disinterest/neutrality with most things. It's more a surrealist comedy than anything else, but if you like tkmiz-branded bizzare philosophy discussions, it's a good read.

When Omori decided halfway through that it would like to simply be a Yume Nikki fangame, that was great. A lot of it's BGM is top-tier dreaming music, too.


I love the black space music in Omori. I listen to glade all the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyBF5oiN7io - There's so many great ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCTYy4I54d8


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Yeah, blackspace's music really nailed it's atmosphere, especially Glade and Nawa. I'm quite into August/Water and White Pillars, as well. The short, repetitive segments in each of the songs is very Yume Nikki-like, though they're all somewhat more melodically diverse in Omori.

Some of the regular headspace songs, like Spaces In-Between or Sinking, have that comfy/dreaming quality I like, as well.


Omori's ost is pretty kickass. The "fear" themes sped up are amazing


When I was graduating college, I listened to By Your Side often. I was nowhere near ready to enter the real world, but it helped me prepare a bit mentally, at least.

I do agree with that.

Sometimes you can have a lot of friends irl, as well as obligations to participate in society, and still feel completely alone.


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Here are a few more games I can recommend

Mirror Layers (2016 version): https://gamejolt.com/games/mirrorlayers/208588

A game where you live in an apartment and enter an alternate version of it that exists in a mirror. The puzzles are unique in that you have to collaborate with other players in order to solve them.

Beyond the mannequins that stalk you throughout that world, you're the only character, living alone without anyone visiting.

I haven't played the newer steam version yet, so I'm not sure what that one entails.


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Paranoiac: https://vgperson.com/games/paranoiac.htm

Miki Takamura recently moved into her aunt's house and lives alone, refusing to leave for her own reasons. But when confronted with an entity that appears every night, she's forced to make the decision that staying there is more harmful than good.

Translated by vgperson. It got a remake in 2019, which improves various aspects of the game and has original spritework.


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SHUT IN: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1438190/SHUT_IN/

A game about a shut-in, narrated by someone who really hates them. You explore their ruin of a house in order to make progress.

This one is more humorous than the other games I've mentioned here. There's a lot of black comedy.


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I liked reading through what little there is of She Doesn't Know Why She Lives. I found it really relatable to my time as an ex-shut in/neet


Damn, this is a great read. Thanks, anon. Actually cried until I felt a little better about life when she'd articulate how I've thought and felt for years, and then seeing her manage to take steps to improving her own lot in life hit hard.

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