A bit on the nose for someone like me, but I did watch this just the other day. To be honest, it's always frustrated me how the notion of being a hikikomori (or an urban hermit, if you will) is seen as a distinctly "Japanese problem". It isn't. Not by a long shot. This shit is fucking global and I just wish more people would acknowledge it. Now I'll admit that the demographic is much larger in Japan, but that doesn't mean there aren't tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of similar cases to be found all across North America & Europe as well. We need more documentaries focusing on the phenomenon as a whole and not just zeroing in on Japan all the fucking time. Personally, as a North American, it's a bit alienating not to have something closer to home be produced with similar subject matter, but whatever. I guess we're just the trash of society, anyway. Sweep it under the rug and pretend it's not there.
Short films like this one are also good and sorta the kinda thing I'd like to see more of.