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WataMote: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! 

Watashi ga motenai no wa dô kangaetemo omaera ga warui! (original title)
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Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular female schoolgirl, with 50 years experience in dating and more than 100 boys - but just in the dating video games. In real life is a closed and shy person ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Izumi Kitta Izumi Kitta ...  Tomoko Kuroki 12 episodes, 2013
Ayaka Asai Ayaka Asai ...  Okada / ... 12 episodes, 2013
Monica Rial ...  Tomoko Kuroki 12 episodes, 2013
Yûko Kurose Yûko Kurose ...  Nemoto / ... 11 episodes, 2013
Kanami Satô Kanami Satô ...  Omatsu / ... 11 episodes, 2013
David Matranga ...  Tomoki Kuroki 11 episodes, 2013
Margaret McDonald Margaret McDonald ...  Additional Voices / ... 11 episodes, 2013
Ashley Miller Ashley Miller ...  Okada / ... 11 episodes, 2013
Emily Neves ...  Yuu / ... 11 episodes, 2013
Risa Hayamizu Risa Hayamizu ...  Tomoko's Mother 10 episodes, 2013
Yukitoshi Kikuchi Yukitoshi Kikuchi ...  Math Teacher / ... 10 episodes, 2013
Syuta Morishima Syuta Morishima ...  Male Student / ... 10 episodes, 2013
Juliet Simmons Juliet Simmons ...  Additional Voices / ... 10 episodes, 2013
Kengo Takanashi Kengo Takanashi ...  Kiyota / ... 9 episodes, 2013
Leraldo Anzaldua ...  Additional Voices / ... 9 episodes, 2013
John Johnston John Johnston ...  Additional Voices / ... 9 episodes, 2013
Yûichi Nakamura ...  Tomoki Kuroki 8 episodes, 2013
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Yuu Naruse 8 episodes, 2013
Yoshihisa Kawahara Yoshihisa Kawahara ...  Homeroom Teacher / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Shuuhei Iwase Shuuhei Iwase ...  Suzuki / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Shelley Calene-Black ...  Mrs. Kuroki / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Johnny DeLaCerda Johnny DeLaCerda ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Houston Hayes Houston Hayes ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Blake Shepard ...  Additional Voices / ... 8 episodes, 2013
Sanae Nakata Sanae Nakata ...  PE Teacher / ... 7 episodes, 2013
Kazutaka Ishii Kazutaka Ishii ...  English Teacher / ... 7 episodes, 2013
Clint Bickham Clint Bickham ...  Suzuki / ... 7 episodes, 2013
Elizabeth Bunch Elizabeth Bunch ...  Additonal Voices / ... 7 episodes, 2013
Lindsay Ehrhardt Lindsay Ehrhardt ...  Additional Voices 7 episodes, 2013
David Wald ...  Additional Voices / ... 7 episodes, 2013
Beth Lazarou Beth Lazarou ...  Gym Teacher / ... 6 episodes, 2013
Carli Mosier Carli Mosier ...  Additional Voices / ... 6 episodes, 2013
Hironori Saitô Hironori Saitô ...  Fukuura-sensei / ... 5 episodes, 2013
Kyle Jones ...  Additional Voices / ... 5 episodes, 2013
Julia Traber Julia Traber ...  Additional Voices 5 episodes, 2013
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Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular female schoolgirl, with 50 years experience in dating and more than 100 boys - but just in the dating video games. In real life is a closed and shy person who comes within the definition of mojyo (a repulsive woman). However, when school is not doing as she expected and is not as popular as she thought it, she decides to look herself in the mirror after a few years of not doing it and realizes something disturbing. Written by Nolberto Roa

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Dou Kangaete mo Watashi wa Warukunai
Lyrics by Aki Hata
Composed by Koshiro Fukumoto
Performed by Izumi Kitta
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Heart-wrenching
5 April 2020 | by ecvoidSee all my reviews

This anime was delightfully bitter. Something I truly never expected to find in this genre of all things.

Let's get the bad out of the way first: the claim that this anime is offensive. That's somewhat true. Sexual assault is trivialised with humour voiced by the female MC. There is also some fan service - a minuscule amount but totally ill-suited for the scenes they're in. Also the show gets very preachy, over using the "woman of loose morals" slur to make a point. This is hypocritical considering we're dealing with the nation that took objectification to an art form.

And now for all the good aspects. Regarding this anime as offensive towards people who suffer from social anxiety is actually a plus in my book. Not because it's actually true but because it proves the show pulled no punches when it came to how it dealt with the subject. The anguish, embarrassment and loneliness the heroine experiences were impactful for me. Tomoko's habit of conceiving plans to quickly rise to popularity at times got her comically humiliated. As a loner myself, this had the effect to thoroughly relate to her. Her witty inner monologue, sprinkled with anime and video game references, presents her as a reclusive nihilist. However she quickly morphs into a shy optimist every time one of her harebrained schemes to get accepted might have a chance to work.

And this is how the show tugged at my heartstrings... Tomoko transitions from resenting the happiness of others to briefly being hopeful for her own happiness and ultimately to deep sorrow, as things don't go her way. Stylised animation and the music score are sometimes used to emphasise these emotions. This unbearable sadness becomes bittersweet in the rare moments when Tomoko skips that whole emotional roller coaster and is sincerely acknowledging her pure need to be desired. When all of these pieces come together they make for one hell of a show.

As a final commendation for this anime all I can say is that I've never felt such a need to give a hug to a fictional character before. It absolutely deserved a more rewarding conclusion!


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