Archive for the 'watamote' Category

Brickmuppet on WataMote 01

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Excuse me, but what is this:

What I witnessed was twenty three minutes and fifty two seconds of the most depressing, painful and downright mean reliving of high-school hell I’ve ever seen. This was not funny, or insightful…it was just very sad.

I found it so disturbing that I could not sleep last night.

Okay. Sorry to hear about Ken’s lack of sleep. I didn’t want to rush to blogging, but I watched it too and I thought it was pretty kind, for a hikki comedy. One interesting part is, the heroine is intentionally served as a little self-centered bitch, perhaps to prevent her coming over as too sympathetic too soon. Look at the full title: “It’s their fault that I’m not popular.” Same happens in the show, when she barges into her brother’s room.

I looked at a few manga spoilers from down the road, and I’m afraid this is going to be another Hayate. The quality of jokes is acceptable, but where is it all going? Maybe Lucky Star at best, if they decide to make up an ending. In any case, manga is ongoing, but it suddenly sprouted a Railgun-style side story, told from the standpoint of the friend, who was mentioned right at the end of ep.1. Yeah. Expect that one animated too.

UPDATE: Omo comments, and the immediately pertinent part is: “I’m going to say yeah, this reaction is not unusual.”

Bateszi on WataMote

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Bataszi is one of “sophisticated” animebloggers, so inevitably our tastes diverge as he waddles into horror. This time, however:

Of all the new anime that I’ve seen this season, it’s probably WataMote that has left me with the strongest impression, to the point where I went ahead and started reading the manga straight after watching it.

High Five.

In fact, I have read it all and I have all the spoilers up to the ch.44. This, by the way, puts me in a position where I am not commonly found: “poisoned by manga”. I am not a manga man. But now I get to be one those insufferable whiners who complain about adaptation.

Bloggers on WataMote 03

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

They seem to be catching on. Here’s Peter S.:

Tomoko is so miserable at times. But then it occurs to me that the one making her miserable is herself.

And (Gendo)Mike:

What WataMote continually does, with caustic humor, is to drive home the point that ultimately Tomoko is responsible for her predicament.

So, is laughing at this anime like laughing at Darwin Awards?

Watamote begins

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Three episodes in, Watamote is the highlight of the season. If you doubt me, read how Omo parses the reference to Mimi o Sumaseba. But anyhow, I am now certain that Brickmuppet misread it completely. The comedy is deeper and more subtle than most, so it’s quite fine. The only problem is that the protagonist is nasty little bint who needs good paddling, but honestly? Most kids are like that and yet in proper environment they grow into upstanding citizens. So I’m going to let her slide.

Hanners of WataMote 04

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Last Leaf is left for Hanners in WataMote:

Even if it hasn’t frequently been the height of amusement for me, I’ve given WATAMOTE something of a free pass as it seemed to at least have its heart in the right place – however, this week’s episode has me wondering whether I’ve been giving it far too much credit. For all of Tomoko’s maladjusted misadventures, even I have to draw the line at a girl wanting to be molested, and this kind of male gaze fantasy scenario unfortunately serves the purpose of tainting the entire episode with [etc. etc. etc. with no end in sight — Ed].

While I’m secure in the manga-derived knowledge that the worst is yet to come and, but it’s not going to develop on rape fantasies, Watamote really is not “height of amusement” for me either. The biggest failure of the whole thing is that the original manga authors (a typical duo of writer and artist) did not expect it to take off. When it struck a chord with the magazine’s hikki otaku clientele, they had to continue it and they just don’t know what to do with it all. They chose not to send the protag into a highly amusing and profitable self-destructive spiral to the bottom, but set her of a path of extremely slow progress instead (as evidenced by the chapter about her class introduction). The heart is in the right place all right, it’s just a rotten one. Still, we have 44 chapters now, the anime uses up about 3 chapters per episode, which comes right to about 1 cour worth of content. And then what?

In case of Mahoraba is was worth it, but I’m not sure about Watamote.

BTW, someone (Ken?) was asking what’s up with Kuroki-pere, is he around at all? The screencap should answer that.

Gendomike on Watamote 06

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Anime Diet:

It also threatens, as some viewers have already concluded, to become a bit monochromatic and static. There appears to be no narrative arc or much change to Tomoko.

Apparently he didn’t notice that she talked at length to the two shotas, on her own volition, and with much more success than to the two guys who shared the rain shelter? Well, neither did Tomoko herself notice it (because in her mind she’s already cheerful and outgoing). But the progress is amazing nonetheless.

Given the yet upcoming school year introduction arc, I imagine this is the gambit where the manga is being drawn inexplicably: she talks more and more, and before long she’s as normal as you please — except she’s still a ball of resentment, which is what really her problem was to begin with.

WataMote ends

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

In the end, the protagonist is a bad person, and that is a problem that needs to be fixed before the communication and social adjustment.

The few final episodes tried to ground the charge of the nasty after 08 (with Kii-chan, lies about boyfriends and cheating against little kids). The creators leaned heavily on Tomoko’s wholesome fantasies, such as going to an amusement park with friends and having club activities. They omitted the episode of Tomoko sabotaging his younger brother’s school choice, too. But the damage was already done.

Liked: Somewhat
Rewatch: No

P.S. Check out WAH’s review. Leaving aside his self-identification with “us” “`special’ otaku”, he’s got the gist of it.

P.P.S. The parent manga abandoned the development thread and around ch.44 milks the re-union with the “frenemy” from the side manga.

Watamote ch.58

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I don’t want to announce a turnaround, since there were such false flashes before, but Watamote manga suddently took a turn to good in ch.58. It didn’t follow up in ch.59, but there’s a hope. It really depends on what signals the Japanese readers send.

Somewhat unsirprisingly, the catalyst was Komi-chan. She’s simply not as rotten as the main heroine.