Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui 12 – Final Impressions

Tastes bitter

Well, with this, a whole cour’s worth of Watamote has just been completed. It’s sad to see it go for now, but I hope there will be more seasons adapting the manga in the future.

That being said, I’ve enjoyed this series immensely and it’s definitely on my top favorites this year. Unlike others, I was expecting that to be the case, since I’ve read the manga beforehand and thoroughly enjoyed it. Though, halfway through the anime’s run was where I was cut off from the manga, so the last half of the anime is basically leaving its own impression on me.

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This episode tased like takoyaki

There’s just much to say about this episode… I don’t even know where to begin. Since I’m busy preparing for my next college quarter, I’ll keep this short and simple. This is episode of Watamote left me with a very happy feeling. Not ha ha happy with its usual cringe comedy. But more of a… I’m happy because the episode is happy kind of happy.

I’ll say it helps that the previous episode was downright depressing, showcasing Tomoko’s lonely school life. But here, a ray of light shines down on Tomoko. She gets a taste of what it’s like to actually have fun at a school cultural festival  and the episode ends off… with her being treated to actual human kindness.

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】19

That's actually a pretty good drawing

This was my least favorite episode (which isn’t saying much, since I love and enjoy all the Cardcaptor Sakura episodes in one way or another). Basically, Sakura gets into a situation that most of us got into when we were in early elementary school – procrastinating the hell out of our summer homework and ending up using the very last days of the break cramming it all in.

;_; Sometimes we just bring it upon ourselves.

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Kids deserve quality entertainment too

She deserves a good anime too!

Image Credit: しゅーいち from Pixiv

Does being aimed at an older audience automatically mean an anime has a higher likelihood of being higher quality? What about shows for children? Does being aimed at a younger audience mean that the show is going to be filled with uninteresting drivel?

Just as there is a stigma of animation being an entertainment medium that’s solely made for children in the west, there’s a common notion that, if it’s made for children, it’s allowed to suck.

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SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT HERE

SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT HERE

Wait a minute, that isn’t where an anime protagonist is supposed to sit. It’s smack-dab in the middle and in the front of the classroom of the classroom! What gives?

…was what my reaction was, but then Tomoko proceeds to lampshade it herself. A whole second term of the school year of not being the main character. How beautiful.

(I loved how they transitioned into the opening in this episode – it was simply perfect.)

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Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】18

Sakura clearly loves Summer Festivals!

yo dawg das kawaii

As with many anime series that actually extends to more than 12 episodes per usual, we *have* to get a festival episode. And Cardcaptor Sakura‘s 18th episode is all about our cute protagonist and her family/friends taking part in natsumatsuri (Summer Festival). By extension, that means we also get to see Sakura dawn a cute yukata and take part in summer thrills. It’s a really chill episode, along with a surprisingly chill Clow Card. I guess Clow Reed lost his sense of humor on the day he created it? Who knows. 😛

I pretty much love it whenever Japanese stories do a natsumatsuri segment. Back when Pocket Monsters was a respectable anime series, they had a natsumatsuri episode as well – one of the best filler episodes ever. And if you’ve ever read a visual novel, this setting is a pretty common event for some awkwardly cute romance depending on the route you’re taking. Da Capo II had this, definitely, and I vaguely remember CLANNAD having it too.

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Your friend's job

Your friend’s job.

Your job

Your job.

I still find it highly remarkable just how much your average Joe can relate to this series. It does a fantastic job of being dipping in and out of black comedy, to being a rather gripping portrayal of the reality that more than a few unfortunate people have. I know firsthand that this is just how an actual person’s life can be. I also know firsthand that this is how an actual person can be.

I’d say this is along the lines of episode 7’s showing. We get another glimpse of how much Tomoko’s has changed due to her social isolation and envy, and just how much she’s pushing the people close to her (namely her family) away due to her dip into pessimism.

(Yui from K-ON! makes a cameo. Sort of. There’s also Shokotan, The Legend of Zelda, and a few other small references. :P)

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Kii-chan!

Kii-chan!

Tomoko and Tomoki have such a cute little niece. Looks like she didn’t inherit the “exhausted eye bag” gene.

In contrast to the last episode, this episode picks up the awkwardness again… hard. I was actually twitching – no, cringing – at Tomoko’s attempts at keeping up her “cool, popular, not-single onee-chan” facade.

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