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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.


yeah, I really love this series from the title to the interactions with Izumi's coworkers. If you start to talk to people irl like I've once tried to do you do eventually end up seeing that there's plenty of sad/anxious people out in the world despite them being seemingly "normal", and I like that this manga portrays that side too, it feels realistic. The mc hits so close to home sometimes that it makes me wonder what the mangaka is like to be able to write something like this, I'm glad they did.


Tomoe is literally a student, she's more an outcast than anything. I heard the manga is sort of changing the overall theme and its becoming more slice of life as she's making new friends.


This was nice to read, thank you.


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Great read, thanks fren.
Yeah first year watamote is a complete different manga, she grew a lot. I still very much relate to her tho, I similarly had a complete isolated high school experience but had a sudo social circle in college so kind of understand how it feel when all of a sudden you have """friends""".


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My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness.
This is a really interesting take on how someone deals with their demons. It is absolutely a different take compared to my own but at the same time is so easy to understand her conundrum even if her mindset is completely different from mine. Also it's not fiction. Also it's a little gay.


A lot of Kabi's works fit well in here, I think. If you've ever struggled with adult responsibilities, trying to move out, or getting cripplingly dependent on alcohol, you might find something in them.


I loved "My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness." and basically binge read all other works of her after reading it. She has a really neat autobiographical style and I love her art aswell. Really good stuff can recommend it to the fullest. Looking forward to reading her newest series "Meisou Senshi Nagata Kabi: Gourmet de Go!"

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