Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! ~ Review
“A hilarious yet heart-aching tale about a girl who couldn’t become popular”
Most romcom/harem anime series we watch focus on the main character, who become popular with the opposite sex as well as his friends and colleagues. But have you ever wondered what it is like for a person on the other side of that spectrum? Well, this series right here will give you a glimpse of what it is like to be an unpopular, unsociable main character of an anime series.
Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (translated as No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!), or WataMote revolves around Kuroki Tomoko, an unpopular unsociable high school girl who loves playing games and watching anime. All throughout junior high, she was classified as a “mojyo” (a term used to define an unpopular girl) and thus, she decides to start a new life when entering senior high. The story revolves around her struggles and challenges as she attempts to change her social status for the better.
The anime is known for its dark comedy and the uniqueness of Tomoko from other main characters found in anime.
The anime contains 12 episodes (+ 1 upcoming OVA) and ran during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (July 2013 – September 2013). The anime is based off a manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Tanigawa Niko. The series is animated by Studio Silver Link, who are famous for producing such series as Baka to Test to Shoukanjyuu, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia and Kokoro Connect.
Although the star of this series is no doubt Kuroki Tomoko, the voice actress that voices her is actually playing the lead role for the first time in this series. However, there are also some other great voice actors and actresses that you would definitely know including Nakamura Yuuichi who voices Kuroki Tomoki (and is also known as the voices of Kyousuke from OreImo and Kadota Kyouhei from Durarara!!), Hanazawa Kana who voice Naruse Yuu (and is also known as the voices of Shiro from Deadman Wonderland and Charlotte Dunois from Infinite Stratos) and Kugimiya Rie who voices Kii-chan (and is also known as the voices of Aisaka Taiga from Toradora! and Kagura from Gintama).
Although this anime was hilarious in it’s entirety, I couldn’t help but go on a feels trip when it came to some scenes; especially those scenes where Tomoko starts fantasizing about what she expected in her high school life when it reality it is totally different (and there are a lot of scenes like that in this anime). I think this is truly the first series where we laughed but also got the feels from the misfortunes of the main character, and that tells us that many people connected to the main character and the series in general (also the opening is freaking awesome beyond words). If you want to watch a rather different black comedy anime, then this anime is definitely for you. And get ready to go on a long, long feels trip.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 7.5/10