Also known as “Spaghetti Spilling: The Anime.”
I’ve read the manga for this series a long time ago, and as painful as it was to watch Tomoko fail countless times to become popular (in the same vein as watching the main character from the Boys on the Run manga fail time and time again because life just like him), I enjoyed reading it because of its genuine humor and subject matter. Recently, I’ve caught up to the most recent episode of the summer season’s anime adaptation of this manga series. Did the anime succeed at successfully adapting it? Yes, I’d say that it did – I love the anime just as much as I love the manga.
The reason why I enjoy this series so much is because it brings an alternate and realistic focus on a reality that certainly rings true for many high schoolers. Being socially awkward, an isolated outcast, not being noticed, feeling left out, not being loved by the opposite sex, feeling like being a virgin is a bad thing, etc. Even if you had friends during high or wasn’t as socially awkward as Tomoko, you still feel like you can relate to her in many ways through her various inner conflicts and complexes.
You can say that Tomoko is Konata (Lucky Star) if she didn’t have her friends, pretty much lost her hope, and actually gave a crap about how weird she appears to people. Aside from their somewhat similar appearance, of course.
Have you ever had a friend that you feel like you play a second fiddle to? A sibling? The one that constantly reminds you of how inferior you life is, albeit unintentionally? I heard of some people who have met their close friends years later and absolutely turn to stone upon finding out that they’ve changed for the better and have become more successful than themselves, even finding themselves married to a wonderful wife/husband. I commonly hear these stories from people who… can’t seem to get their life straight, remain socially awkward, and are unable to find their life partner, which doubles the hurt.
Well, Yuu is this type of friend to Tomoko. She’s a very nice girl who seems to have broken through her middle school self and fits in unlike Tomoko, on top of her being gorgeous and having a boyfriend. Fortunately she remains who she is – Tomoko’s one friend. The sad part is, even though she doesn’t mean to, the fact that she has a boyfriend continually discourages Tomoko.
All of your embarrassing moments packed into one!
I can definitely relate to this. I’m often told that I’m, in no way, unattractive or unskillful compared to other people. However, I am constantly discouraged by people who have led lives that I’ve always wanted. I don’t want go all that deep into it, but due to circumstances, I’ll probably never get to find the same life or love that most people are able to find, that I want. Whenever I see these aspects in my friends’ current lives or past experiences, I feel insignificant in comparison and become somewhat envious. I feel that Tomoko is lucky though. I think one friend that cares a lot about you is better than having a bunch of friends that do so halfheartedly, and being forced to directly deal with people you hate due to that fact. Despite my all-loving exterior online, I do have people I hate that I have to deal with, by extension of being friends with the same friend. And they do tend to discourage me directly.
By no means am I suggesting Tomoko to stay the way she is, since breaking out of your shell is the first step to become a more well-rounded person.
Chivalry is sexist!
I definitely feel that her little brother, Tomoki, could be a bit more supportive though. I can understand him not be too equipped to handle her sister’s social dysfunctions and self-destructive personality at his age. At least he’s closer to the problem than the other two people in her family.
I’m serious. Her mother and her father are the perfect allegory to rel life parents who are totally unaware of how much their kids fit socially. They aren’t bad people – they seem to care about their kids – but they just have no clue whatsoever.
Despite the subject matter, at its very core it’s still a comedy series, and I think the funniness holds up. They’re a variety of jokes, that can be references to everyday life, crude, “uncomfortable”, and sexual. If you have enough
refine taste to enjoy Detroit Metal City or Cromartie High School, I think you may be able to appreciate the quality of humor here. I think it manages to be hilarious despite how depressing it can get when you dissect it. Which you probably wouldn’t be doing if you weren’t me.
In fact, I love it when comedies reveal some hidden truths about humanity that we’re often uncomfortable about sharing. WataMote gets an A+ from me when it comes to that.
“Like gaiz, I was liek, totally molested.”
“Ohmygosh, that happened to me like, three days ago.”
In particular, I love how these girls in episode 4 just nonchalantly talk about being molested. I’m aware that chikan (pervert, molesters) are a common “threat” in Japan, especially on public transits such as densha (electric trains), but c’mon, girls…
That filler girl in the middle is pretty cute, damn that molester to hell.)
One of my favorite moments was definitely in episode 5. Damn, Red-light District, you scary.
I definitely love the anime version of Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! and will continue to watch/blog about it. Oh, and I almost forgot, the opening and ending sequences are pretty sweet.
OP – Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba
ED – Dou Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai by Izumi Kitta