Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! (WATAMOTE) Final Thoughts

Summer Anime Season 2013 Round-Up Part 2 The Best Show of the Summer

Watamote If I Stay Here I'll Cry

The Best Show of the Year??? Perhaps…

This anime is heartbreak. At first I thought it was comedic, a female version of My Youth Rom-Com. Loner protag vs everybody else. Early episodes had a mix of the funny and the tragic. I would be in hysterics over Tomoko’s fujoshi world-view and her misguided antics to become popular and makes friends but be rebuffed through some mishap and I would also be genuinely moved by every episode’s slice of Tomoko’s social anxiety because it was so real and the situations were relatable. A fine balance was achieved.

Every Tuesday I would race home from work to devour the latest episode and I would laugh and feel uncomfortable. The laughs became fewer and fewer and the anime became so uncomfortable to watch I began to wonder… is this comedy?

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No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular First Impression

No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular (Watashi gaIt's Not My Fault I'm Unpopular Anime Image Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)      

Director: Shin Oonuma, Series Composition: Takao Yoshioka, Character Designer: Hideki Furukawa

Voice Actors: Izumi Kitta (Tomoko Kuroki), Kana Hanazawa (Yuu Naruse), Yuichi Nakamura (Tomoki Kuroki)

Studio: Silver Link

 It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular Tomoko by Herself

Tomoko Kuroki has never been a popular girl and is quite lonely since she spends most of her time playing otome games (maiden games) where the female characters are the centre of attention and get a hot guy at the end. Although she’s brilliant at Otome games, those skills don’t translate into the real world with real guys. 

But she tries! With her entry into high school she dreams of becoming as popular as the protagonist of one of her games and developing a romantic connection with a boy. 

She aims to achieve her goal by becoming sociable by any means necessary but breaking out of her shell is proving harder to do than she thought. Merely talking to others leaves her in a state of panic and every time she is ignored or rebuffed she falls further into depression. Can she break the cycle of loneliness and negative thoughts and blossom?

Three episodes in and it’s looking very unlikely but I hope to God she can because this is making me upset.

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