Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular!)
Producers: Square Enix, Silver Link,Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Silver Link
WataMote is a manga adaptation written by Nico Tanigawa.
Well i was in the mood for something different and something different was what I got. This anime is a hard one to rate. It is genuinely quite hard to tell whether it is a comedy with some very dark humour, or a study of how social anxiety can isolate and paralyse someone. I’m putting it is as silver because either way, this is a good anime. Just one which has some slightly scary concepts for people to get around. There were a lot of comments about watching it the hope that the main leads life would improve. Waiting for that magical anime moment when someone finally thinks to befriend her. Spoiler, but that never quite happens. Or does it?
Meet our lead. Female. Tomoko Kuroki. In her first year of high school and a massive failure at life. Well, not, she does suffers from some problems which make it very hard for her to communicate with the people around her. She’s shy, awkward and doesn’t really take care of herself which doesn’t really help the situation. She has about very few people in the world who acknowledge her existence. Her mother, who really needs to take this girl aside and give her a talk on how the world works!
My own mother had a few conversations with me around her age about life and the importance of fitting it. But I had friends. She doesn’t. Ignoring her one friend from middle school. Yuu having graduated from sixth grade syndrome and grown up. On her way to becoming a woman. Kuroki on the other hand… not so much. I do wonder if she is based on a actual person or on the authors own experiences. Either way, I feel sorry for them. There is nothing worse than wanting friends but being unable to fit in enough to make them.
The person Kuroko is closest to is quite honestly her brother. She unlike her, has friends and it considerably more normal than his sister. Though both had black bags under their eyes. Skin condition maybe? They are both gamers though. Their relationship is not a warm, loving one. But a fighting siblings one. He puts up with her basically, but they are both mean to each other. I think he does get she is lonely though.
The situations themselves can be funny but this anime more shows how life is for some people. The world can be scary place, so it is that surprising so many people love anime and games where they can be them? It is also refreshing to see the main character as a girl. The stereotype for Hikikomoris and other social problems are males, but girls have just as many problems. If not more with our society insists they behave.