Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! 09

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)

Asian parents just don't understand. T_T

Been there, done that…

Tomoko has absolute­ly no moti­va­tion to help around the house. I can com­plete­ly under­stand this — if your life is basi­cal­ly a sack of shit, you just lose inter­est in doing any­thing out of self­less­ness. She, who is def­i­nite­ly suf­fer­ing from depres­sion and is a pos­si­ble can­di­date for social anx­i­ety dis­or­der, prob­a­bly has no idea how much this irks her mother.

Her moth­er, nat­u­ral­ly, prob­a­bly has no clue how much tor­ture and iso­la­tion Tomoko is going through inter­nal­ly, and pos­si­ble men­tal dis­or­ders she may or not have. Sounds typ­i­cal of a teenager/parent rela­tion­ship, sure, but nonethe­less these things are still signs of a emo­tion­al rift, and her moth­er real­ly does noth­ing to under­stand why Tomoko is being such a pain in the ass.

Basically a mini-version of Kyosuke? More like genderbent Kirino.

…con­trast this to Tomok­i’s child­hood joun­r­nal entry of his beloved onee-san, who writes that Tomoko help­ing their moth­er around the house is one of the rea­sons why he loves her.

I see peo­ple draw­ing par­al­lels with Kyosuke in terms of Tomok­i’s appear­ance, voice, sis­con, etc. But I think he’s more sim­i­lar to Kiri­no, gen­der­flipped. He’s grown dis­tant from his old­er sis­ter because she’s no longer the per­son he knew dur­ing his ear­ly child­hood. Take away the unnec­es­sary incest and you get poten­tial for some good devel­op­ment for Tomoko in the future. If Nico Tani­gawa ever plans on mak­ing her life any bet­ter, that is.

Summer was good in its own way

The very last bits of the episode real­ly tugged at me. In the end, Tomoko watch­es the mete­or show­er with not Yuu-chan, or her moth­er, or Tomo­ki. She watch­es it with a cat, that is male (as per her wish on the shoot­ing stars) and appears to take a lik­ing to her. While it may be small, for a few moments, she was­n’t alone. In a way, it was real­ly heartwarming.

2 thoughts on “Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! 09

  1. I’m sur­prised a lot of reac­tions say “I can relate to her so much.” Me, as well. It’s rare that char­ac­ters like this are rep­re­sent­ed! I agree, she’s still 15 and at that age one is pret­ty much self­ish and immune to oth­er’s per­spec­tive (espe­cial­ly her mom’s). I loved this episode, too. Cute and sad.

    1. @Lance: The author does a real­ly good job of por­tray­ing the iso­lat­ed feel­ings and thoughts of a depressed and cyn­i­cal teenag­er (or any­one for that mat­ter). I believe that’s why the comedic “awk­ward” bits gets a large reac­tion from view­ers — it’s easy to imag­ine them­selves in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion if they haven’t been already.

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