Ah, WataMote. What else can I say? I know I'm not the only person who, upon reading the first chapter of fail, declared "Tomoko is literally me!" - my username can attest to this.
The early chapters were certainly hard to get through, what with the sheer amount of secondhand embarrassment, but in the ten years since WataMote's debut, the series has gone through a remarkable metamorphosis. Tomoko is still socially awkward - and funny as hell - but sometimes, it can be hard to remember just how cringe she was in the beginning.
Enter WataMote Anthology. This manga is hardly new - it came out around
the same time as the anime - but it was certainly new to me when I found it on [MANGA PIRACY SITE NAME REDACTED]. And let me tell you - when I read this, it really struck me just much I missed the old WataMote.
Don't get me wrong - I don't dislike the direction the series took. Frankly, if it didn't take that direction, I probably would've stopped reading it a long time ago. But these chapters were such a return to form, it was like a breath of fresh air. It really reminded me just what I saw in the series - and Tomoko - in the first place. The art made it even better; drawn by an array of talented mangaka, it just made the whole thing a real blast to read.
Sadly, as of writing this, I was unable to find all of the chapters scanlated on [AFOREMENTIONED SITE NAME REDACTED]. I hope one day someone else can scan the remaining chapters; we all need a little bit more cringe in our lives.