I was forced, coerced and otherwise blackmailed into watching this Anime by a certain female who shall remain nameless. The ways in which a woman can “persuade” you to watch something (or do something for that matter) are endless it would seem. It is article worthy in itself. That, however, is another story entirely. For now let’s stick to Watamote.
Watamote is the second Anime that I have ever really sat down and watched an episode from start to finish (the other being Attack on Titan). It’s a show about your not so untypical teenage girl trying to be popular in highschool. Sounds ever so interesting right? I mean who would want to watch that right? This guy would (insert Le Dueche gesture). Let me tell you why:
Simply put, this is the entire reason I watch this show. The main character, Tomoko, is just a walking Manga train wreck (and I mean that in a good way). She obsesses about every minute detail of her life to the extreme. The show is actually a parody on the life of a teenage girl, blowing every last thing out of proportion in such a way that you stare at the screen blankly and think “Oh my fucking god!”. And yet somehow you just can’t stop watching and laughing. Imagine watching your little sister, when you were a kid, on coke, getting ready for her first day of high school or her first date (yes i said coke, not a typ0) Also, imagine she can pull off really amazing facial expressions. This will give you some idea of what watching the show is like.
The story is pretty typical. Girl just finishes Middle School, gets ready for High School, and wants to be popular (expects to be even). Tomoko constantly obsesses and plots ways to become popular down to the last detail; including what she will wear, how she will act (sometimes even taking on different personas), and how she will get people to notice her. The problem is, she is a social reject, aka, a spaz (I know, that takes you way back). Each episode essentially follows her latest attempt at becoming accepted and watching it fail (she’s the Manga version of Wile E Coyote). You’d be amazed, just when you think, “How can it get any worse?”….it does…
This is actually one of the stronger points of the show. Something that Manga and Anime seem to excel at, in my limited experience, is capturing emotion. Watamote does this perfectly. Because the show is based on overemphasizing and exaggerating every last detail, this is the only art style that can truly depict Tomoko’s feelings in such a way that it’s funny. It’s not funny to see somebody upset, or so one would think right? WRONG. Poor Tomoko (laughs hard). I don’t have a lot of Anime to compare art against, sadly, but I would say this…they manage to make a teenage girl going to High School worth watching…and it isn’t because the story is amazing.
While this wouldn’t have been the show that I “picked” to watch, it’s one that I would recommend to anyone who simply likes comedy. It’s a show you can just plop down on your couch and watch an episode and laugh and feel better about your life while you eat a meal or something (I do this all the time). While there are many moments that are just so fucking awkward it’s hard to watch, you end up laughing about them so hard (at some point). Often I would find myself recalling a scene and laughing hours later. Shows are like 20 minutes long, so even if you are still skeptical that this show isn’t manly enough for you (and it isn’t, trust me), you don’t have much to lose by seeing if you like it. Just don’t tell anyone you watch it…
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