Comics in a Room. Hikikomori and NEET in the Ninth Art

Lisa Maya Quaianni Manuzzato, Simone Marchisano


In ninth art, hikikomori and NEET turned into a storytelling inspiration for many works: manga such as Welcome to the NHK, Mēteru no kimochi and Asano Inio’s works; in the Italian production, some examples are Zerocalcare’s works or Habitat by Raffaele Sorrentino. In this paper, we analyse these social phenomena and how the private space is represented in comics, reflecting changes in social context.


Italian comics; manga; hikikomori; NEET; space in comics

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