English: WATAMOTE ~ No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!~
Synonyms: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!, It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!, Watamote
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2013 to Sep 24, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.511 (scored by 37555 users)
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SynopsisKuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys... in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut-in who has all of the qualities of a "mojo" (a gloomy or unpopular woman).
However, when school isn't going as she expected, and she isn't as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations...
Related AnimeAdaptation: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!
Sequel: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! OVA
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There is a scene in Watamote where the main character, Tomoko, experiences what she believes to be public molestation. She panics, unable to even breathe or call for help. The train suddenly stops, and the passengers begin to take their leave. Tomoko then realizes that the object pressing against her is simply a bamboo sword belonging to the girl behind her. After much public embarrassment, she finally breaks free, and moves on to yet another miserable day of her life.
To say that Watamote is an uncomfortable anime would be an understatement. Every minute involves Tomoko failing at something in the most awkward way imaginable, to the point where you can't help but pity the poor girl. It's not even amusing. It's just depressing.
Tomoko is a high school girl that simply wants to be liked by her peers. She wants to be seen as attractive by the opposite sex. She is so lonely and socially inept that even hearing a "goodbye" from a classmate is seen as a massive success. Her younger brother doesn't care about her problems, her parents think she's a pathetic pervert, and her only friend (who she rarely even sees) is oblivious to Tomoko's blatant emotional issues. She is alone with nobody to help.
Does she bring some of these problems upon herself? Maybe. Does she try too hard to be somebody that she's not? Definitely. But who can blame her? The only time she had anything even remotely resembling a normal life was when she was a toddler. Of course she's angry. Of course she's fed-up with her lifestyle.
Unlike the source material which presents itself entirely as a gag manga, the anime teases us with signs that Tomoko might actually be changing for the better. But nothing ever does change. She squanders all her opportunities, leaving both her and the audience with a bitter sense of hopelessness. What's the point in enduring so many embarrassing scenes when there is no payoff at the end? Are we meant to be masochists?
The humor of Watamote is akin to kicking a kitten, and worse - a kitten that you sympathize with. It's a punchline where there is no punchline. The goal is make us laugh at somebody in a pitiable situation, to feel happy that our lives are not quite as bad as Tomoko's. Is that comedy? Is that entertainment? For others, perhaps, but all it did for me was bring back awful memories and remind me of everything wrong with teenagers. Some scenes were so uncomfortable that I had to take a break or avert my eyes for a few moments. That's not what a comedy is supposed to do.
Some of the jokes can be quite funny, though. If you've ever listened to porn or something equally embarrassing on your computer, only to realize that the headphones weren't actually plugged in, well, Watamote will remind you of such times. The best moments are when the humor is restrained and situational. The dialogue between Tomoko and her brother is also well-written and reminiscent of most actual brother-sister relationships; I just wish that there was more of him.
It's also very easy to relate to Tomoko's situation if you've ever dealt with social anxiety. Sure, her feelings are blatantly exaggerated for comedic effect, but the way people act around her is very much real. Teenagers love to gossip. They love to ignore and exclude anybody that isn't a part of their group. Watamote hits this fact home, reminding us just how idealized high school life is in anime. It is the opposite of escapism.
As for the art and animation quality, Watamote is an above-average anime. Each scene is made even more depressing by the dark, often blue-and-grey color scheme. The animation is consistent (though there isn't much of it) and, for once, a shut-in character does not look like a supermodel. Tomoko looks disheveled, tired, and unclean. As she should. The animators don't even hold back on making some scenes look utterly repulsive (including a failed experiment with make-up, and a colony of ants making their home in Tomoko's hair... ugh). There's definitely some talent here, and it shows.
The sound is more of a mixed bag. Kitta Izumi does a fantastic job of voicing Tomoko's character, but the background music is barely noticeable and the opening is some mixture of awful screamo and generic J-Pop. It's a cacophony that I never wanted to sit through more than once (although I'm sure that I'm in the minority). At least the ending sequence sounds more in line with the tone of the series: delightfully disgusting, and cute all the same.
If nothing else, Watamote should be commended for daring to be different. This is not your ordinary anime. If it was an ordinary anime, Tomoko would be male and she would have a harem in love with her for some inexplicable reason. There is none of that. Watamote wastes no time on romanticizing the high school life, and instead portrays it for what is in reality. Few anime out there have had the courage to do the same.
But for all the awful, depressing things we see happen to Tomoko, what do we get for it at the end? Nothing but a sad glimpse of a girl desperately clinging to the hope that some day, she might attain a normal person's happiness. A dream that we all know will never be fulfilled. read more
WATAMOTE -No matter how I look at it, It's you guys fault I'm not popular- is a comedy aimed straight at dysfunctional geeks, or former dysfunctional geeks, who can laugh at their own faults and take them with a grain of salt. Its gallows humor centers around a socially inept mess of a protagonist who goes through life repeating the cycle of self-embarrassment and loneliness while learning nothing from it, and garnished with anime and pop culture references and parodies. It's a show that hits painfully close to home for anyone who has social anxieties, yet playful enough that it remains morbidly funny rather than becoming straight-up depressing, most of the time at least. It's also pretty blunt about who's really at fault for all the main character's problems.
Our social misfit of a protagonist is Tomoko, an unkempt antisocial teenager entering her first year of high school. Despite having difficulty with talking to the opposite sex and having hardly any friends in middle school, Tomoko convinces herself that she will become instantly popular after her high school debut. It goes without saying that this isn't the case. Instead, she ends up brooding, having odd fantasies, and lamenting the fact she isn't popular. She spends her days fading into the scenery and going unnoticed by her fellow students, except for her occasional bouts of awkwardness; her days off school are usually spent cooped up in her room. Still, she's determined to gain popularity among her peers, even if she has absolutely no clue how to go about accomplishing that goal. Cringe inducing awkwardness and hilarity ensue.
Majority of the show's humor comes from Tomoko's breathtaking ineptness. Not only does she have trouble talking to people, she has no sense of how to handle social situations at all. On top of that, she's also pessimistic and has a really dirty mind. Consequently, she constantly misinterprets even the simplest of interactions and blows them out of proportion; sometimes putting a sexual twist on them. A single kind gesture from a boy sends her into hilariously ludicrous fantasies of that boy having having a crush on her and becoming her boyfriend, even if there isn't a single indignation that he is actually interested in her. She comes up with half-baked ideas how to get noticed by her classmates which either go unnoticed or cause her embarrassment, even as she has overblown daydreams of becoming the most popular girl in class. She even botches an attempt to impress her visiting younger cousin, who had actually admired Tomoko until this particular visit. It would be depressing (actually, it still sort of is) if it wasn't for how clearly deluded Tomoko is (she takes social ques from anime), and the show's unhinged presentation of her delusional fantasies and social ineptitude.
The irony in this is, despite coming up with harebrained ideas to get her classmates' attentions, Tomoko rarely tries to interact with them normally. Instead of actually attempting to get acquainted with her fellow students, she just mopes around and daydreams about having friends. Of course, this is partly due to shyness, but Tomoko actively avoids interacting with people. She's also jealous, and even a bit spiteful, towards people more popular than her. Tomoko's loneliness is something she brings upon herself, if even just partly. Of course, she's unaware of this; propelling the show's morbid laughs as she runs around in circles.
Now, you may have noticed Tomoko is the only character I've mentioned so far. This is because she is very much the essence of the show; she is horribly pathetic and self-centered and incredibly counter-productive, yet somehow surprisingly sympathetic. Her desire to become popular, warped as it is, comes from a genuine place. Beneath her unkempt appearance and unsocial demeanor, she's a confused teenager looking for someone to connect with. As funny as her misfortunes can be, and they can be pretty damn hilarious, there's an underline melancholy to them. This resonate strong for anyone who has had crippling social anxieties like Tomoko. What makes WATAMOTE a breath of fresh air is that it is able to spin these negative feelings into something fun to watch. The show's manic energy and countless silly references to other anime (K-ON, Fist of the North Star, and Another just to name a few), which usually take form in Tomoko's delusions, keep the humor from being overwhelmingly bleak... most of the time, at least.
The other characters in the show have significantly less attention, which isn't surprising given the nature of the show, but add extra flavor to the show as they interact with Tomoko. In complete opposition to Tomoko's high school experience, her best friend from middle school Yuu (her only friend, really) has made a full transformation from quiet shy girl to a trendy, fashionable girl. Unlike our protagonist, she's friendly and sociable and actually pretty sweet; even with her new found popularity she makes time for her unsociable middle-school friend whenever she can. It's rather funny to see the striking contrast of the separate paths the two took after middle school. There's also Tomoko's younger brother, who always seems to be at the butt of Tomoko's shenanigans at home. Their vague animosity towards each other mirrors that of an actual sibling relationship, something that is oddly rare in anime. Late in the series, there's also a character that gives Tomoko a much needed hug.
Director Shin Oonuma has a very busy visual style, constantly throwing colorful and weird imagery into scenes; a habit that has been unnecessary in some of his previous works. This fits WATAMOTE like a glove, however. Tomoko has a very skewed outlook on life and an equally as overactive imagination; Oonuma's manic direction does wonders to illustrate this. Sometimes this comes in little touches like many of the characters having minimal detail in their designs, or Tomoko slowly becoming transparent and fading into the background. Other times it takes form in delirious spectacles, such as any of Tomoko's ludicrous fantasies. Also adding the unhinged visual design is the oddly angled lighting and color schemes and visual windows into Tomoko's thoughts. Tomoko's character design itself is cute in a dirty abandoned puppy kind of way; giving her some major icon power. You get the feeling that she would look pretty good if she actually took care of herself.
The music is on the zany side. It's reminiscent the usual light music used in high school comedy anime, but with a distinct oddness to it that works well with the visual design. The real attention catcher, however, are the show's opening and ending themes. The show has several different ending themes; all of which are both fun to listen to, and a little crazy. The main ending theme is preformed by Tomoko's seiyuu, Izumi Kitta (who does an incredibly job in the role), and fits the character perfectly. The opening theme is a blast of hard-rocking energy that is accompanied by visuals that encapsulate the show's themes and change slightly as the show continues. It is easily one of the best anime openers in recent memory.
WATAMOTE doesn't live to the likes of Welcome to the NHK or The Tatami Galaxy, which feature similarly dissatisfied protagonists, because Tomoko ultimately doesn't grow or develop much at all by the end. The show itself says that "her story doesn't really matter". However, perhaps because of this irreverence, the show is gigantically entertaining. While social anxieties are certainly a serious issue, there is something refreshing about having a show that centers around them not take itself seriously. The show isn't trivializing such anxieties or even making fun of them. It's simply inviting the viewers to laugh them off. read more
Both have MCs that are merely a nobody in their class who both have the same pessimistic personality.
Both have the same comedy and slice-of-life genre.
The MC in one anime wasn't looking for associates but has them anyway, while the other MC from the other anime is trying hard to have some.
The MC in one anime sports a cool attire, while the other MC is a poster girl for a dorkster.
The art in one anime is way cooler compared to the other.
Both have comedy and slice of life genres. Both main characters don't have any friends—well at least in the beginning.
This anime masterpiece also tackles the problems of a loner, however it's way more depressing adding issues facing young girls like how to be more popular and get ahead in school life...
WARNING - VERY BLACK HUMOR
The same pessimistic MC who live by their own rules and always alone, except one has friends (that he didn't need) while the other is longing for firends.
Both protagonists are highschooler with no friends and entire series has a focus on that fact.
Both anime are very different from each other although, but they both have a main character who seems to always be un-noticed. In Watamote (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) the main character, Tomoko, tries her best to become a popular girl in high school hoping it would be different from middle school. In Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru though, the main character, Hachiman, doesn't try at all to become popular. He doesn't care if no one talks to him. This is kind of like Watamote except for the fact that he doesn't care about being lonely or having no friends.
Both have awesome social outcast main characters that places the main characters into almost realistic social situations, and both definitely have that feeling where you can relate to the main characters too.
The only difference is that Yahari Ore no Seishun focuses a little bit more on the drama genre than the comedy, and that it actually has some subtle romance on it. And Watamote focuses more on the dark comedy aspect around Tomoko and her attempts on being popular. (Even though she DEFINETElY has the looks for it...sorry.)
The same mc whom are social outcast, except one has a club where he was forced to join in, while the other one has yet to work on her social skills.
The "What if Satou was a girl?" recommendation by another user is a fairly accurate, short 'n simple way of summing up the similarities between these two. Usually social awkwardness is used purely for laughs and never explored too deeply. It's rare to see/hear what's going on under the hood of someone dealing with social anxiety and the failure that results even in the most basic of social situations.
An example: At the start of NHK, Satou has become a recluse due to no longer being able to handle being around people; paranoia having made him think the people around him were laughing at him. When some random religious woman knocks his door, even with preplanned dialogue, it turns into a disaster and he panics due to how hard he finds talking to others. Another scene I recall is one involving Satou forcing himself to go to a class to fill something out, then reacting badly to criticism from the teacher due to his paranoia/anxiety and humiliating himself.
Watashi deals with the same themes as NHK, such as blaming others instead of looking at the real problem, but the most obvious link is the exploration of social interaction failure. Like in NHK, Watashi's heroine starts out reclusive and, also like in NHK, struggles with the most basic of social interaction. The key difference is that Watashi's art (alien-eyed), voice acting (almost too pathetic to take seriously) and timing of comedy that breaks up the gloom (joy at saying one word to someone; viewing that as a conversation; skipping home... etc) make it a lot more lighthearted than NHK. NHK is a comedy as well as a drama, yeah, but there's a difference in direction that makes it easy for me to laugh off Watashi, where as NHK's realism was often able to get under my skin.
Both main characters are very similar. They both have a paranoia way of thinking, blame bother people, and don't know how to socialize or interact with other people. Probably the only difference is the gender of the main character.
Both NHK and Watamote deal with the socially awkward protagonists, though where Watamote is more of a slice-of-life comedy, NHK brings in drama and a much more pessimistic perspective. But if you can identify yourself with the main characters you will probably enjoy both of these shows.
Pathetic people in ridiculous situations played for laughs. They're both funny, but only so far until it becomes apparent that Satou and Tomoko are really, really sad and messed up people. Both shows attempt to hit close to home and poke fun at the various problems that surround social awkwardness and reclusiveness until it hurts.
NHK and Watamote goes hand and hand in terms of their similarity especially in regards its main character. Although their genders are reversed, both main characters in their perspective series are very socially awkward and has many strange delusions about themselves, others, and often comes up with random theories of their surroundings.
Both series also deals with social problems and pokes humor at it at the same time for fun. In fact, both series serves as antithesis of the popular cliche in terms of how some kids are portrayed during their school lives.
Both series' main protagonist also tends to favor indoor activities involving games and anime. Among other factors, NHK and Watamote portrays humor in a sarcastic way along with references, entertaining dialogues, and interaction with various characters. The main character also struggles to make real life friends but does discover more and more through various events. These events often puts them on the edge of their previous situation.
What if Satou was a girl or vice versa? Both of the shows discuss the same case about a person who's unsocial, shy and doesn't have the ability to talk to anyone, while Satou is hikikomori, they still both share the same issue. Welcome to the NHK is darker and is somehow more serious though, moreover, it offers some solutions.
NHK ni Youkoso and Watashi deal with such a similar premise, I'm almost surprised so few people have recommended it as of yet. In any case, both involve a main character with social problems. This social awkwardness is capitalized upon nicely in both anime to create hilarious and embarrassing scenes. As time progresses these protagonists, Tomoko and Satou, do begin to overcome their social awkwardnesses.
The most obvious difference between the two is that Satou is male, while Tomoko is female. This actually presents a quite different yet interesting perspective, seeing the world through the eyes of a sociopath through amale and a female character, though they ultimately focus on the same themes. For example, there are a lot more ecchi scenes in NHK, while it's practically nonexistent in Watashi.
Of course, Watashi is only a half season, so I'm anticipating that most of the drama which occurs in NHK won't actually occur in Watashi, which I presume will be more focused on the comedy.
Both are about a young person who is a hikikomori and they both have a lot of comedy
Opening Theme"Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui (私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い)" by Konomi Suzuki n' Kiba of Akiba
Ending Theme#1: "Dou Kangaete mo Watashi wa Warukunai (どう考えても私は悪くない)" by Tomoko Kuroki (Izumi Kitta) (eps 1, 3, 4, 7-10, 12)
#2: "Musou Renka (夢想恋歌)" by Velvet.kodhy (ep 2)
#3: "Yoru no Tobari yo, Sayounara (夜のとばりよ、さようなら)" by Velvet. kodhy (ep 5)
#4: "Natsu Matsuri" (夏祭り) by Utsu-P & Minatsukitoka, feat. Hatsune Miku (ep 6)
#5: "Sokora no Nuigurumi no Fuusen to Watashi (そこらの着ぐるみの風船と私)" by Velvet.kodhy and Velvet.kodhy and μ and μ (Velvet.kodhyとVelvet.kodhyとuとu) (ep 11)
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