Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (First Impressions)


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.

Feeling jealous that they're getting laid? I am too.

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.

Mokocchi mochi

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.

Panic attack? Been there, done that.

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.

hey gaiz i was totally molested yesterday

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.)

It's where people get them Love Dolls, man!

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.

OPWatashi ga Mote­nai no wa dou Kan­gaete­mo Omaera ga Warui! by Kono­mi Suzu­ki and Kiba of Akiba

EDDou Kan­gaete­mo Watashi wa Waruku­nai by Izu­mi Kitta

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