Synopsis: 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” (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…
I loved Watamote. It was hilarious. But can I blog about this? No. It’s not possible. I thought I’d give it a chance because, you know, I love the manga… but this doesn’t and won’t ever have a plot. It’s not possible to blog about Tomoko and her depressing adventures because there is no content! No meat! No carbohydrates! No matter how funny this show is… I simply can’t blog about it. I’m sorry okay?
Watamote is actually quite depressing when you think about it. Tomoko is basically the opposite of Katsurugi Keima. She plays otome games and she thinks that she’ll be able to use those skills to become popular in high school. She was wrong. It was really, really, depressing to see the lonley Tomoko at the back of the classroom without any friends.
It was even more depressing watching her try to become ‘attractive’.
The thing I like about this show is that it doesn’t hold back. Tomoko wants to make a joke about committing suicide? Sure thing. Watamote doesn’t pull any punches in it’s portrayal of our unpopular protagonist, they’ve gone out of their way to make her as ugly as possible whenever she tries to be attractive and that’s… well that’s freaking cruel is what it is!
The thing with Tomoko is… she isn’t even in that bad a situation. She just wants friends. She isn’t being bullied, she isn’t a hikikomori and she’s spoken to a guy six times! The thing is, nobodies actually mean to her. Her teacher tried to talk to her but, due to her social anxieties, she was unable to probably respond… although you have to admit that the cute celebration that followed was spectacularly fun. Treating yourself to a burger? It was almost childlike actually. And I think that’s one of the appealing points associated with Tomoko’s character, her somewhat innocent nature.
Although I think we can all agree that the otome game she was playing was definitely not innocent.
The sister brother dynamic in this show is great. I see many a comical moment arising between the two and I did love that scene where Tomoko’s brother basically flat out called her ugly. A very nice reaction to the wrinkly forehead and somewhat creepy duck face.
Oh! And another thing… the scene where Tomoko is Googling how to become cuter… did the guy who directed Death Note direct that? I’m just saying you know… it was very dramatic.
Possibility of Blogging: Definitely… not.
As much as I’d love to blog about this… I simply can’t. It’s not possible. Hell, I even struggled to write this review, hence why it was so late. I apologies to all you Watamote fans. I tried my best, okay?
P.S, THAT OPENING!