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Welcome to the N.H.K. Review

Welcome to the N.H.K. Review

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Welcome to the N.H.K.

Japanese Hikikomori Association

Welcome to the N.H.K. (NHK ni Youkoso! / N・H・Kにようこそ!) is a psychological drama (and comedy) anime series from 2006. It follows Tatsuhiro Satou, a hikikomori, as he attempts to reintegrate into society.

In case you don’t know what hikikomori (引きこもり) means, allow me to explain. It’s a more severe version of being a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training). You may be familiar with that term from KonoSuba, as it’s often used to refer to Kazuya. Anyway, hikikomori goes beyond that to also mean a person is a shut-in.

A NEET still may go outside and interact with society. Going back to KonoSuba as an example, Kazuya died on his way back from a convenience store. But, someone who’s a hikikomori tends not to leave their home or apartment at all. Or, at least, not to go somewhere other people are.

Tatsuhiro Satou sitting in his apartment from the anime series Welcome to the N.H.K.
Tatsuhiro Satou sitting in his apartment

So, now that we know what a hikikomori is, what’s the Japanese Hikikomori Association (N.H.K.)? The N.H.K. (Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai), is Satou’s personal conspiracy. He believes it’s the organization responsible for him becoming a hikikomori. It’s his way of denying his own responsibility. But, in reality, he has no one to blame but himself.

Well, Satou also appears to suffer from some kind of mental illness. He sometimes has hallucinations, though, I’m told that the anime leaves out his drug use. So, I’m going to chalk up the hallucinations to that. The real sign of his mental illness is his extreme social anxiety.

You see, Satou is capable of going out in public and interacting with people. But, sometimes things happen in these public settings that trigger him. And when he gets triggered, he quickly spirals into a manic episode. However, most of his problems are his own fault, not caused by his mental illness.

Everyone Is the Worst

My biggest issue with Welcome to the N.H.K. is that all the characters are terrible people. Some of them have mental illnesses of varying severity. But, even if we ignore that, none of them are people I would want to hang out with.

As I’ve mentioned, Satou is a hikikomori with some kind of social anxiety disorder. But, he’s also just not a good guy. He doesn’t actually care about other people, including his friends. And he does harmful things to them. For example, he threatened to hit Misaki as she was cowering in fear of him.

Speaking of Misaki Nakahara, she’s not that much better than Satou. She’s about four years younger than him. She grew up with an abusive stepfather. And, her mother committed suicide in front of her. So, yes, Misaki is messed up. But, that doesn’t excuse how she views and treats Satou as someone beneath her.

Hitomi Kashiwa from the anime series Welcome to the N.H.K.
Hitomi Kashiwa

Kaoru Yamazaki is the most normal of all the characters. He’s Satou’s former kouhai and current neighbor. Yamazaki is also an extreme otaku, not that that’s a problem. However, toward the end of the series, we see Yamazaki verbally abuse a girl who likes him. He has some proto-incel energy, at times.

Hitomi Kashiwa is my favorite character, though she’s arguably the worst of the bunch. She’s the one who got Satou into conspiracies. And, she also has depression, suicidal tendencies, and a prescription drug addiction. Hitomi uses Satou for sex and to escape from her life.

Finally, there’s Megumi Kobayashi, Satou’s class representative from his high school days. She’s a completely normal person. But, that doesn’t make her a good person. She got sucked into a multi-level marketing scheme and now recruits others to try to claw her way back out of debt.

Not Much Changed for Satou

By the end of the series, which is 24 episodes, not much has changed for Satou. He’s not a hikikomori anymore, which is good. Since his parents cut him off financially, he had to get a construction job to continue paying for food and rent.

But, other than that, his life hasn’t changed much. He’s still going to his “counseling” sessions with Misaki. Though, they’re now “counseling” each other. And, he signed a pact with her that states if one of them dies, the other will too. So, yeah.

Basically, we now have two mentally unstable people taking care of each other. And by taking care of each other, of course, I mean that they’re sharing in each others’ delusions. What could go wrong?

This series is overflowing with unhealthy relationships. And the problem is, a lot of people identify with it.

Misaki Nakahara knocking on Satou's door from the anime series Welcome to the N.H.K.
Misaki Nakahara knocking on Satou’s door

I’ve seen people who identify with Satou, which should not be what you want. If you’re identifying with Satou, you need to change something. He’s incapable of taking responsibility for his own self-destructive behaviors. All he does is bring those around him down with him.

And then, there are all the people who I’ve seen call this series a realistic depiction of life. Again, that’s not good. If you say it’s a realistic depiction of depression or mental illness, fine. At least then, you’re acknowledging that what’s shown in the series isn’t healthy.

Now, going back to how not much changed for Satou, let’s look at his relationship with Misaki. Are they in a romantic relationship by the end of the anime? No. Not even that has changed for Satou. If we saw him and Misaki living together at the end, at least we could point to that as a positive change.

Welcome to the N.H.K.: 7/10

Despite all my complaints, Welcome to the N.H.K. is a good anime. I gave it a 7/10. Even though the characters are all terrible people, that doesn’t make the series bad. In fact, that’s a positive thing. It shows that the author was able to write characters I felt strongly about.

From my understanding, though, the novel the anime is based on is even better. As you’d expect, the characters get more depth and development in that medium. So, if the anime was more like that, I may have rated it even higher.

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Tekkon Kinkreet Review

Tekkon Kinkreet Review

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Tekkon Kinkreet

The Cats of Treasure Town

Tekkon Kinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート) is a psychological action anime movie. It follows Kuro (Black) and Shiro (White) of The Cats, a two-man gang that controls Treasure Town. Well, they control Treasure Town as much as two homeless children can.

Before I go any more into what the movie is about, though, let’s go over the title. What is a “Tekkon Kinkreet?” Like most of you, I had no idea. But, don’t worry, I Googled it for you. Apparently, it’s a mispronunciation of “Tekkin Konkurito,” which is steel-reinforced concrete. I guess that’s referring to the construction of Treasure Town.

Now, back to The Cats. Kuro is 13 years old, and Shiro is 11. And, as I mentioned, Kuro and Shiro are homeless. But, they survive on the streets of Treasure Town by committing small-time crimes. You know, like stealing food and assaulting other kids who trespass on their turf.

Kuro surveying Treasure Town from the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet
Kuro surveying Treasure Town

As you may have guessed, life isn’t very easy for The Cats. But, as the older of the two, it’s even harder for Kuro. He was forced to grow up fast in order to protect and provide for Shiro. Meanwhile, Shiro is very much still a kid who can’t fend for himself.

Also, it really seems like Shiro has a mental disability of some kind. He doesn’t appear to have the cognitive ability of a normal kid his age. So, that makes caring for him even more difficult for Kuro. But, despite that, Kuro would never abandon Shiro.

A fun fact about Kuro and Shiro is that they sometimes wear shirts with their names written on them in numbers. Kuro wears 96 (ku roku), and Shiro wears 46 (shi roku). Though, I should point out that’s not how you would read the numbers 96 and 46.

A Good Crime Drama

Kuro and Shiro are pretty good characters. But, the better characters are the Yakuza members. In particular, I’d say that Suzuki “Nezumi” (Rat) is the best character of the movie. He’s introduced as a villain. But, he’s more of an anti-hero than anything else.

Nezumi is an older Lieutenant of the organization who returns to Treasure Town at the start of the movie. I believe he’s originally from there. So, he has a certain respect for the city and its people. But, Nezumi’s issue is that he represents the old way of doing things. Treasure Town is changing.

Kimura is the other main Yakuza character. He’s a younger member who works under and respects Nezumi. Later in the movie he even says that he joined the gang specifically because of Nezumi. To Kimura, Nezumi is a sort of father figure.

Suzuki lighting a cigarette from the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet
Suzuki lighting a cigarette

I actually think Tekkon Kinkreet would be a better movie if it only followed the Yakuza members. That’s not to say the stuff with the kids is bad. It’s still good, for the most part. But the crime drama content with the Yakuza members is the best content in the movie.

Unfortunately, Snake is the character who kind of ruins this aspect of the movie. Sure, there are good things about him. For example, he set in motion the events that led to my favorite scene. But, he also looks weird and isn’t one of the cool Yakuza guys, even though he’s allied with them.

Snake is a shady businessman who’s planning to build an amusement park in the middle of Treasure Town. He partners up with the Yakuza because construction and organized crime go hand in hand. Unlike the Yakuza, Snake has no honor. He has no problem destroying Treasure Town for his own profit.

Aliens, Espers, and the Minotaur

Now, it’s time to go over some of the things I really didn’t like about Tekkon Kinkreet. And to do so, I’ll have to include some major spoilers. There’s your warning. If you don’t want to be spoiled, skip to the end of the review.

So, the worst thing about Snake is his muscle — three giant guys who appear to be aliens or something. I don’t remember exactly what they are or if they had actual names, though. We watched this movie way back in May, and I just forgot to review it until now.

But, anyway, these guys can fly and stuff, which is why I call them aliens. They’re certainly not normal humans. However, they’re also not the only special beings in the movie. Shiro is one, as well. Though, we can be pretty safe in saying he’s human.

Snake pointing his cigar at Kimura from the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet
Snake pointing his cigar at Kimura

What’s up with Shiro? Well, he’s an esper of some sort. Shiro can “feel” the future of the city and he knows things aren’t going to go well for it. When crime and other things that harm the city come in, Shiro knows. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the mental ability to cope with those feelings.

Kuro also doesn’t quite have the capacity to cope with the things he has to deal with. Shiro tends to avoid things he doesn’t like. But, Kuro doesn’t have that luxury. He needs to face the unpleasant side of Treasure Town head first in order to protect Shiro.

And, that results in Kuro bottling up his emotions until he explodes. Enter, the Minotaur. This is Kuro’s alter-ego that he’s not aware of until the end of the movie. The Minotaur is the embodiment of Kuro’s rage and is the strongest being in the city.

Tekkon Kinkrete: 8/10

According to MyAnimeList, I gave Tekkon Kinkreet an 8/10. Looking back on the movie, that seems a little high considering I didn’t like the ending. But, maybe I’m forgetting some of the stuff I liked about it since it’s been so long since I watched it. I’m sticking with that rating, though.

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Movie Overview

Paprika (パプリカ) is the fourth and final movie Satoshi Kon completed before his death in 2010. The movie released in 2006. Of Kon’s 4 movies, this is my second favorite after Perfect Blue. It goes back to a lot of the themes I liked from Perfect Blue, which I felt the other two movies lacked.

But, what’s Paprika about? Unfortunately, it’s not a movie about cooking with spices. It’s actually about technology that lets doctors interact with the dreams of patients. In an ideal world, it could help to determine sources of stress and even fix mental disorders.

Of course, the world isn’t ideal, so things go wrong. Someone steals this dream-intruding technology and uses it to manipulate dreams. This has a few dangerous consequences.

People can become trapped in their own dreams. They can lose the ability to distinguish between dreams and reality. And they can begin dreaming even while awake.

Paprika waking up Torataro Shima from the anime movie Paprika
Paprika waking up Torataro Shima

I know that the 2010 movie Inception has a lot of similarities to Paprika. It seems likely that Paprika was a major source of inspiration for that movie. But, there are a lot of people who have discussed that connection before. So, I’m just going to leave it at that.

Instead, let’s briefly get into one of the best aspects of the movie: The way the plot goes through cycles. Have you ever had a recurring dream? Of course you have. Well, Paprika uses the concept of recurring dreams to progress the plot in a pretty neat way.

There are a few times in the movie when we find ourselves within a dream we’ve seen before. But, each time this happens, we get a bit closer to the truth behind the dream. I like this style of storytelling, and Paprika nails it.

The Best Characters

In my review of Tokyo Godfathers, I said my favorite Kon characters were either from that or Paprika. After thinking about it some more, the characters in Paprika are better. And a big reason for why that is is how the movie uses the characters. (Spoilers incoming.)

Let’s start by looking at Atsuko Chiba and Paprika. Paprika is an alternate personality of Atsuko who manifests within the dream world. But, it’s not as if Atsuko simply becomes Paprika in her dreams. Paprika and Atsuko are always coexisting. Even when Atsuko is awake, she can communicate with Paprika.

These are two distinct characters with their own personalities. But, they’re also still the same person. This is why I liked their dynamic so much. It’s like if the two main characters in a buddy cop movie were also the same person. Atsuko is the serious one, Paprika is the fun one, and they work together to solve dream mysteries.

Paprika and Toshimi Konakawa from the anime movie Paprika
Paprika and Toshimi Konakawa

Toshimi Konakawa is easily the best character in the movie. He’s a cop who’s struggling with workplace stress and seeks help from Paprika. A large part of the movie takes place within Konakawa’s dreams. And this is where the whole recurring dreams sequence comes into play.

Every time we go into Konakawa’s dream (nightmare) we learn a bit more about who he is. His character arc also parallels that of Gin from Tokyo Godfathers. Both start out at their lowest points and end up being action movie heroes. Though, I think Konakawa’s journey is far more interesting.

The final character I want to mention is Kosaku Tokita. My favorite part about him is how his size was used. He’s a massive guy. But, the framing of a lot of shots emphasizes his size in entertaining ways.

Back to Twisting Reality

Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers were missing something. They didn’t twist reality like Perfect Blue did. Millennium Actress still blended fantasy and reality. But it was always clear which was which. And the fantasy was more of a way to tell the story than a part of the plot.

In Paprika, twisting reality is the plot. The farther we get into the movie, the more reality and dreams blend together. And by the climax of the movie, there’s nothing separating the two. This, combined with the characters, is why I liked Paprika so much.

But, it’s not a perfect movie. The one thing holding it back is the identity of the antagonists. For most of the movie, we don’t know who the antagonists are. Then, toward the end, it’s suddenly revealed that we’ve already seen them. The antagonists are actually two of the random supporting characters.

Torataro Shima in a dream from the anime movie Paprika
Torataro Shima in a dream

Because of how long it took to reveal the antagonists, I thought the twist would be a lot more interesting. It wasn’t some meta twist. And there wasn’t really any lead-up to the reveal either. My only thought was, “Oh, that random guy whose name I don’t remember is the bad guy?”

It’s also at this point that the plot of the movie took a turn for the worse. Yes, there were action sequences earlier in the movie. But, they always had something to do with a specific character’s arc. The end of the movie is a big action sequence for the sake of it.

Our heroes have to fight against a giant monster that the main antagonist turned into. Why did he turn into a giant monster? Because he hates dreams or something, I don’t know. The plot kind of went out the window in favor of action.


Paprika is a 9/10. If the ending was better, it could have been a 10. But, despite how much I liked earlier parts of the movie, I can’t give it a perfect score. And while I rated it the same as Perfect Blue, I still think I like Perfect Blue more.

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Code Geass

Code Geass

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion anime cover art
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Cover Art


Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is an anime I put off watching for far too long. I thought the title “Code Geass” sounded dumb, and the protagonist’s name “Lelouch” sounded even dumber, but I’ll admit that I was wrong about this series.

The series follows protagonist Lelouch Lamperouge, formerly Lelouch vi Britannia, as he leads an uprising against the Britannian Empire to avenge the murder of his mother and to create a world of peace for his sister. To do so, Lelouch creates the persona of Zero and starts a war to end all wars.

While the series is in the mecha genre, the focus is more on the complex political relations between a variety of warring factions and empires. There’s the Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation, and the EU as far as “empires” go, but in Japan alone, now called Area 11, there are a variety of different rebel groups vying for power as well.

That said, despite there being a bunch of warring factions, the best part of the series is that none of them are really the good guys. While some of the groups can definitely be viewed as the “bad guys,” there are both good and bad people fighting for every side, and often times their reasons for fighting are completely justified.

There could be someone fighting on the side of what essentially amounts to slavery and oppression, and yet still be considered one of the “good guys.” At the same time, there can be a mass murderer with no regard for civilian casualties on either side, and yet they’re fighting for freedom.

This blend of ideologies makes just about every situation or decision in the anime a shade of grey rather than black or white. After completing the first season, I’m still not entirely sure who the “good guy” is, although I definitely have a preference for a particular faction as a whole.


Lelouch Lamperouge, formerly Lelouch vi Britannia, is the protagonist of the series, and yet also a villain. He’s a member of the Britannian royal family, and yet he’s leading a rebel army of Japanese against the Britannian Empire.

The Britannian Empire overall is clearly the “bad” side, and yet Lelouch is arguably more evil than anyone who fights for the Empire. He wants to destroy the Empire to avenge his mother’s assassination, and yet he doesn’t care about the Japanese whom he leads. To him, they’re just expendable soldiers.

Lelouch is kind of like if Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord was actually a super villain instead of just playing the part of one. While he doesn’t always want to do certain actions, such as killing those who were once his friends, if that’s what needs to be done to accomplish his goal, so be it.

He also has a magical ability known as Geass in his left eye. With this power, he can command anyone to do any one thing, and they have to obey him. This results in the afflicted person’s memory being erased surrounding the time when the Geass was used on them.

The very first time he uses his Geass, it’s to order a military squad to kill themselves, showing just how ruthless he has the potential to be. Later on, he loses control of his Geass and accidentally causes mass genocide as a result, but since he’s Lelouch, he figures out a way to turn genocide to his advantage.

Suzaku Kururugi is Lelouch’s foil character. While Lelouch is a Britannian fighting for the Japanese, Suzaku is a Japanese fighting for Britannia. Despite fighting for the “bad” side, Suzaku is an arguably “good” guy because he wants to change the Empire from the inside.

He fights for the overall good of humanity rather than for himself the way Lelouch does. Suzaku and Lelouch also happen to be childhood (and current) friends, which makes the dynamic between the two all the more interesting.

Kallen Stadtfeld is half Britannian and half Japanese, which means she can fit in to either side of the war. However, she sides with the Japanese rebels and becomes Zero’s (Lelouch’s) right hand. She’s yet another foil character to both Lelouch and Suzaku by being a combination of them both.

She believes in fighting for the independence of Japan, like Lelouch is doing (although for him, the independence of Japan is just a side effect of his main goal), yet at the same time she understands Suzaku’s argument for changing the empire from the inside and knows he’s a good person.

While Lelouch and Suzaku are set in their ways and won’t give in to each other, Kallen is a bit more conflicted and doesn’t know which side is really right. In many ways, Kallen is the embodiment of the viewers because she sees both good and bad in both sides.

C.C. is the final main character of the series, but she honestly hasn’t done all that much so far, so I assume she becomes more important in the second season. She’s an immortal being of some kind who is responsible for first granting Lelouch his Geass power.

It’s implied that she’s either part of, or fighting against, an organization of others like her, but we have yet to actually find out anything substantial about that. She and her kind are also immune to Geass powers themselves. Finally, she loves pizza.

Lelouch Lamperouge from the anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Lelouch Lamperouge


Although I could have mentioned her in the character section, I want to briefly discuss one of the supporting characters here before I end. Nina Einstein is probably my most hated character in the entire series, and yet she’s one which I think is also the most relevant.

She’s a Britannian citizen who fears the Japanese above all else. Although the anime frames her as being afraid of them, in reality her fear is due to a deeply ingrained hatred of them in the form of racism. She believes that the Japanese are all murderers who want to kill her, even though they have never expressed this desire, and are actually the ones being killed themselves.

The reason I find her character so relevant is because I’ve seen this same kind of thinking in the US. Some people are so fearful of those who are different from them, that they convince themselves those who are different are an enemy trying to do them harm, even though that isn’t the case.

In the end, I kind of view Nina the same way I view Asuka in Evangelion. I hate her as a person, but as a character she’s extremely interesting to me. And although many of the characters in this series are terrible people, that’s kind of what makes it so good.

It’s so refreshing to see characters who are willing to commit horrible crimes, as strange as that sounds. In too many anime, everyone is a white knight who would never do anything wrong, and even the villains who would, don’t actually do anything which harms the heroes of the story in any real way.

Because Code Geass is such a more realistic depiction of a world ravaged by a complex war, I think it’s easily an 8/10, and the second season could even become a 9 if it continues on the same way. I just hope the series doesn’t become too supernatural with various Geass powers.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Cover Art featuring Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Cover Art


I just finally finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya yesterday (it only took me about 3 months) so that’s what we’re reviewing today. This review will not be covering the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The general plot for this anime is that there is a club known as the SOS Brigade, of which Haruhi Suzumiya is the captain. The point of this club is to discover supernatural things such as aliens, people from the future, and people with psychic powers. Unbeknownst to Haruhi, three of the five members of her club fall into these categories.

Haruhi also seemingly has godlike powers that she doesn’t notice which allow her to create things just by wishing they were real, such as the aliens, people from the future, and people with psychic powers. The anime follows the misadventures that Haruhi leads the SOS Brigade on in her search for something to cure her boredom with the world.


Haruhi is the titular character, but not the protagonist. Instead, she is simply the one who gets the rest of the SOS Brigade into troubling situations through her crazy ideas. She’s a jack-of-all-trades, but not a master-of-none. In fact, she seems to be able to master anything she tries on a whim, but quickly gets bored and moves on to the next thing.

Because of her tendency to overtly show her boredom with any and all activities and people, she became an outcast of sorts, but that suits her just fine because normal people bore her anyway. One way in which her uniqueness was shown at the start of the anime is that she would wear her hair in a different style depending on the day of the week, but this quickly changes and she seems to stick with one hairstyle.

Kyon is the protagonist of the anime. He made the mistake of talking to Haruhi in class one day and has been stuck with her ever since. He is often the voice of reason within the group as the only really normal member of the SOS Brigade. Despite this, he tends to go along with Haruhi’s plans anyway even though he knows they aren’t going to end well for him.

Mikuru is from the future. She was sent back in time to observe Haruhi and make sure she doesn’t do anything that could drastically alter the future, although she has no real way of stopping this if it were to happen. Haruhi views Mikuru as her pet and often dresses her up in various outfits while in the club room.

Koizumi has psychic powers and is part of another organization for which his task is to observe Haruhi. His organization of espers believes that Haruhi is essentially a god with the ability to destroy and recreate the universe. He also occasionally needs to fix spaces of warped reality left behind when Haruhi gets emotional.

Finally, Yuki is the alien of the group. She is part of a hive mind alien being and so has knowledge of most things in the universe. She also has magic-like powers and is actually able to stop things from getting out of hand with Haruhi. Despite her ability to effectively stop Haruhi’s changes to the universe, her primary job, like with the other two, is to observe.

Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya

Endless Eight

While I think Haruhi Suzumiya is considered a classic at this point, it’s also infamous for a group of episodes known as the Endless Eight. As the name suggests, there are eight of these episodes, and they do in fact feel endless.

The Endless Eight is really just one episode, but it’s been animated and voiced eight different times so each one is slightly different. The main thing you’ll notice is that the outfits of the characters change in each episode, but there are also slight differences in the dialogue and the story appears to progress in each one although it doesn’t really.

The plot of these episodes is that the SOS Brigade is stuck in an endless loop of a two-week period at the end of Summer because Haruhi has regrets about not doing something during Summer break. But the plot of these episodes isn’t really that important, the important thing here is that they made the same episode eight times in a row and got away with it.

This was when anime evolved from something that is watched to something that is experienced.

Luckily for you, I experienced the Endless Eight so you don’t have to. If you’re watching Haruhi and want to skip this torture, then just watch either episodes 1 and 8 or 1, 2, and 8. However, I do suggest watching all of them for the full experience.


Even with the Endless Eight, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was a good anime. I give it a 7/10 even though it wasn’t something I could binge which is why it took me so long to finish it even though it’s only 28 episodes long.

I should note that I watched it in chronological order which mixes the 2009 episodes in with the originals from 2006. It may be a bit confusing if you watch it in the original release order. Even when the 2009 episodes were broadcast they were mixed in with the 2006 episodes in chronological order so I believe this is the way they were meant to be watched.