Thursday, September 3, 2015
MARIAH's TAKE on WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular! Season 1
Comedy/Drama/Slice of Life
July 8, 2013-September 23, 2013
Square Enix, Silver Link, Sentai Filmworks, Watamote Production Committee, Good Smile Company
Fifteen-year-ld Tomoko Kuroki believed that she would become popular upon entering high school because she'd become well-versed in the world of otome games. In reality, she finds that she has become an unsociable loner and she is force to take a long hard look at herself for the first time in years. The story follows Tomoko as she attempts to improve her social status as she progresses through high school.
Izumi Kitta, Ayaka Asai, Monica Rial, Yûko Kurose, Kanami Satou
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! Or Watamote for short doesn’t resonate well for those who are deep thinkers. I guess I ran into that one, considering this anime is considered a comedy and comedy isn’t my forte. The anime seemed more sad or homely rather than comedic. However, I do see this anime gained some popularity. At first this anime interested me because of the appearance of the main character, Tomoko Kuroki, as seen numerous times on Facebook or other anime/manga sites. To start off like a regular episode, the opening theme is representative of the main character: chains in which she breaks free from, a dark or gloomy atmosphere, and angry music, all symbolizing a need for change or growth. The main character herself is very much like a shut in and the unpopular girl not even I would notice but somehow she can be relatable such as when she is awkward speaking to others, sleeping at 3 am in the morning, or taking interest in 2D animation, particularly Otome Games/Dating Sims. An animation detail done by the studio is that all other characters are nothing but grey figures with little detail done on them. The only ones with color are Tomoko or others that she notices; for someone who is unnoticeable, she is forced to be noticeable as she is the main character. To be honest, I couldn’t really relate to Tomoko very much and although I liked her scruffy appearance I actually found her annoying because at least I have the social capability of ordering a cappuccino or asking for a pencil. There’s also some mild controversy over the portrayal of social anxiety and the life of an “otaku,” Japanese for “no life,” in which case this anime has portrayed it to an extreme. Tomoko takes it to the extreme to the point where it is hard to see future in her. While this anime filled an empty time space, it was a waste compared to other anime choices.