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.
Is stomping on roaches really *that* weird?
I’m honestly quite impressed. Tomoko’s gone through some changes since this series started. It isn’t a big leap like in other shows such as Hanasaku Iroha, which was also a slice-of-life — here, the change is subtle, yet brilliant. This is best shown in the somewhat Book Ends scene at the end of the cour — in contrast to the very first scene of the series, where she looks at the webpage detailing the definition of an “Unpopular Girl” and goes absolutely bonkers about it, here she just laughs off the very same webpage and says “it doesn’t matter”.
Her problem still remains, but her outlook is definitely modified. It seems to me that it signifies that her chin is being held a bit higher than it was during the series start. It’s not drastic, but it’s a start.
I love it how human Tomoko’s character was throughout the show. She has many glaring negative aspects to go along with her good, but I can never bring myself to hate her because I’d feel nonhuman. Even if you don’t relate to her problem, anyone with half a heart and awareness of reality would sympathize with her character. People like Tomoko exist in real life — shy and full of anxiety — and people just write it off as something that be easily grown out of.
The truth is, it’s not always the case. Things like anxiety and shyness can be serious issues, and people in real life suffer from the same issues as Tomoko. It’s easy to tell someone to “have more confidence”, but do you really think it’s so easy? Pfft. Easy or you, maybe. That ignorant and “high and mighty” mindset is what causes this sort of isolation.
…THAT IS “PANTSU”.
Even when some of her actions and decisions were indeed very stupid, they just made me feel even more sorry for her. I’m proud that in the last few episodes, she’s been making a bit of a better effort in some areas even though she’s still been rather unsuccessful. It’s hard to see her fail, but it’s nice that she’s making a solid attempt, especially that pantsu incident near the end of this episode (everything needs to be awkward for this poor girl). Whether she considers it a failure or not, I think gaining the friendly attention of Imae-san is an accomplishment within itself. There’s a ray of hope in everything.
With that, I’ll say, I’ll look forward to the anime continuing in the near future. For now, I’ll switch back to the manga so I can continue to enjoy this awesome series — at least until the OVA is released next year. It’s a very unique series that everyone needs to see in just about any form, pronto.
“It doesn’t matter.”