WataMote – No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! …So Far
“…Well that escalated quickly..”
It’s getting kind of scary at how many anti-social characters are becoming so popular in anime. Makes me wonder about the target audience. Even more troubling at how much I can empathize with something so tragic as WataMote (Aka: Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!?). It’s unsettling. This story revolves around Tomoko Kuroki who not only is a slightly perverted otaku loner, but she also seems to have a severe social phobia to the point where she can’t converse with anyone without choking on all her words and is suffering from terrible depression due to her loneliness. However her thoughts sometimes are downright abusive and horrible. She’s violently eager to get what she wants, which usually ends up in comedic misunderstandings. Especially when she bites off more than she can chew.
This is a coming of age tale, with a character who knows nothing about anything, but assumes everything! Typically, disaster follows as she ventures forth on a quest to become popular. Contrast to similar animes like Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru, Tomoko has no interest in being who she is. To the point where her reality is a delusion and she refuses to accept it, no matter what life throws at her. It may be painful to watch at times, but it’s been awhile since an anime has had me laughing out loud so hard. Her dark nature is adorable in itself.
Tomoko is very naïve about social life, causing me to keep questioning what’s going to happen. It’s hard to assume anything in this due to how random her thoughts become. Matters become more complicated when she finds out her only childhood friend is everything she wants to be, but Tomoko’s true nature seeps through ruining that idea from ever happening. I hope she learns of her own appeal and realizes that her idea of what’s popular is only a joke. The author seems to be sadistic in that sense and jabs parody at mainstream ideals every now and then through her embarrassing experiences, though I adored the game and anime references.
I thoroughly enjoy this, and can’t wait to watch what happens next! It’s a guilty pleasure that I’m sure a lot of you can appreciate. Or you know, inspire you to wander outside and greet a neighbor before meeting the same fate as this unfortunate reclusive.