Kuroki 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" (喪女, 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...
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! has been published in English as No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! by Yen Press since October 29, 2013, as well as in eBook format since January 20, 2015.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!, (Shortened to Watashi ga Motenai for the sake of reviewing), is a manga about an antisocial girl named Tomoko Kuroki whose only desire is to cut loose of her shut in ways and become popular so she can get a boyfriend,but that's easier said than done... Especially when you're too socially awkward to talk to a boy, let alone an actual human being.
Now on the surface this manga doesn't look remotely entertaining but it slowly,but surely, sucks you into it and days later you'll find yourself thinking "Gee, I wonder how she's going to embarrass
herself in the next chapter."
The real treat for the people reading this manga is for anyone who has also gone through anything Tomoko has.... From embarrassing herself in public, to being socially awkward around just about anyone and anything, she truly is the definition of a loser. And it's sad because you just can't help from laughing at all the mistakes she makes while trying to socialize with people.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this manga to anyone who has had antisocial moments at any point in their life,(me), because you will find the situations she's in really similar to situations that you yourself have experienced.
When it comes to popularity and being the talk of the student body, I wouldn't know, but when it comes to anime, video games and manga, then hey, conversation topics can never end, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaerea ga Warui features a high school girl who's both of those characteristics, even though the former is a delusion of embarrassing proportions.
The series revolves around a shut in girl who's never actually had social interactions with anyone (Save for her friend in middle school and occasional reply when someone asks or need something from her), Kuroki Tomoko (Think of her as Konata from
Lucky Star but in a more realistic sense, what Konata would actually be like in real life) is what she brings up several times, a Mojo, an unpopular unattractive girl, and takes this chance to change herself to be popular in high school and attempt to get a boyfriend, mostly through strange and unorthodox ways (From failed attempts to pretty herself, to thinking that playing an otome game makes her attractive because how it turns her on).
The series mostly operates as an episodic oddball comedy, but not to the point of being random or over the top. But rather than being an average comedy, it's more like a mirror to the reader in a sense, her actions can lead anyone reading to avoiding to look, and even groan or facepalm, especially to those who are in the deepest depths of the anime and manga fandom, but what can she do? She's always been strange and unsociable, but her actions can remind the unfavorable misfortunes of others who may have experienced her misadventures similar to their own.
However, in some ways she's not exactly someone to applaud for when her own attitude is rather uglier than she thinks her appearance is, thinking she's above everyone and cursing out anyone "normal" and wishing death among her peers in her mind, kinda makes you realize why she's unpopular in the first place.
In turn though, it's makes her character rather interesting, and a fascinating one to observe, especially in one chapter where she meets up her old friend from middle school, thinking that her friend is just like she is, she starts to feel a sense of security, only to find out that her friend has drastically changed her appearance and adapted to high school life while Kuroki is still the same as she ever was, but at least her friend hasn't changed on the inside, making Kuroki a little more inspired to change herself.
The artwork is average at best, but does a great job at showing Kuroki's emotions, but looks rather sloppy at times and kinda simple.
This manga is something I highly recommend to anyone in the anime and manga community who has ever felt like an outsider socially, Kuroki's action are cringe worthy and sometimes to the point of being disgusting, but her endeavors are interesting to watch unfold, and she will most likely be easy to relate with for good and bad, but endearing none the less.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! (or Watamote for short) is a slice of life anime about a high school girl named Tomoko Kuroki. If you think that you're socially awkward, wait until you read the story of Tomoko. She has such a hard time with even the most basic conversations that she almost brings herself to vomiting. She praises her skill with romance games as being equal to real-life experience yet she can't even say two words to people.
Tomoko spends the duration of the story trying different quirky things that are supposed to help her make friends but
in the end, all she does it make a fool out of herself. The anime is very a light-heart story that has some moments of despair every now and then. For the most part, it's a comedy that many people who have experienced social awkwardness can relate to which allows the viewer to have some sympathy for Tomoko that creates a desire to see her succeed in her endeavors.
While all other characters take a back seat in the manga, it's interesting to see Tomoko's relationships with the very few people in her life and how much her personality differs by each person. From being a stubborn annoyance to her brother to being an energetic otaku around her best (and only) friend.
The few characters in the show all have interesting personalities and the art design is very enjoyable. 9/10
Its one great manga. It strays from the "put lovers everywhere" attitude most manga are appealing to and instead centers on the single goal of making the life of a single girl one major hell on earth. A refresh is that finally the fail is not on the boy, but on the girl depicted. Certainly not the most original take ever published on manga but well executed nonetheless.
One thing of note however is that this manga could benefit of a different format. Since the reader already knows that Tomoko is a major screw up it gets tiring to read only the small details. There are
little pages per chapter too so theres not a lot you can do. That said, the manga would benefit a lot from another support character or two. It could shine a lot from 4koma if that was the case but too late for that.
The art is relaxed. Im not sure if thats intentional. It sure feels like the authors want to pass to the reader more feelings of fail through the poor art but this is a double edged sword and its not always clear when they are doing it intentionally or just slacking off. Anyway, this is not major for a manga such as this so its forgiven.
Its probably a manga that is safe for making friends too. You can give this to someone without fear of being labeled an otaku, which is rarity nowadays, if you even care about that. If you are reading this review however, you probably dont, so have fun.
Brace yourselves because we're going to delve deep into the brain of Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! aka Watamote. Let's see what it is as a series and cringe... over and over again!