Title: Puzzle | Artist: ROUND TABLE feat. Nino | Show: Welcome to the N.H.K.

One of my favorite OPs, one of my favorite shows - what’s not to like (if you’re me)? Divorced from context, “Puzzle” is a great song. It’s catchy, airy, and has a good beat and instrumentation. If you watch the visuals of the OP you’ll find it quite fits Welcome to the N.H.K., too. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s pretty much the definitive exploration of the phenomenon of hikikomori in anime. It’s also got some of the best break downs of depression and anxiety I’ve seen outside of, well, Eva.


Somehow, this “Puzzle” is not the only J-Pop song from a black comedy about puzzles that I like. I guess it’s an easy metaphor for the complexity of life.