After living 50 simulated high school lives and dating over 100 virtual boys, Tomoko Kuroki believes that she is ready to conquer her first year of high school. Little does she know that she is much less prepared than she would like to think. In reality, Tomoko is an introverted and awkward young girl, and she herself is the only one who doesn’t realize it! With the help of her best friend, Yuu Naruse, and the support and love of her brother Tomoki, Tomoko attempts to brave the new world of high school life. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! chronicles the life of a socially awkward and relatively friendless high school otaku as she attempts to overcome her personal barriers in order to live a fulfilling life. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
The series has no definitive ending and it honestly doesn’t solve the problems that plague Tomoko, but that’s ultimately fine because we know about Tomoko’s true strength. Sure she’s weird and almost everything she does makes you wan’t to look away, but she’s also committed. Though she certainly needs to work on her methods, her heart is in the right place most of the time. Think about her comfort zone, being alone with her games and anime, now think about how often she spends outside of it. That’s a pretty impressive feat. When even saying hello is a challenge, it’s amazing to think how much time she spends throwing herself into situations that force a social element. When all’s said and done, be true to yourself and never give up on you desires, although stopping and listening to the advice of others certainly doesn’t hurt. Society isn’t a single player adventure after all.
Anime News Network
Watching WATAMOTE in marathon viewing is not recommended, as for all of its humor, emotional resonance, and general entertainment value, it can be a very difficult series to watch in big chunks. Its content is so insightful about what it means to be socially maladjusted that those who ever stood on the social fringe during their school years may find themselves empathizing with Tomoko to an uncomfortable degree. The series also does occasionally feel like it is just dumping misfortune on Tomoko, but it never goes far enough with this to negate how Tomoko creating her own misfortune makes the series’ title incredibly ironic. Taken in small doses, this can be a quite entertaining and often very funny exploration of social dysfunction.
I’ve never cringed so hard, yet laughed so much at an anime. Tomoko is awesome, and is stuck in her own little world. The awkward situations mixed with her failure to socialize in public leads to one of the best comedy animes ever. I know some won’t be able to stand the cringe humor, but if you like this sort of humor, then you will love Tomoko in Watamote.
CTRL Geek Pod
If you’re new to high school or uni, WataMote will comfort you in so many ways as it reassures the audience that being an extroverted introvert is normal. Just like with Tomoko, we will eventually overcome the obstacles, and find the much-needed acknowledgement and companionship we deserve.
A funny series with a strangely likable anomalous female lead, strong secondary characters and a sympathetic plot; WataMote had the ingredients to make it a solid hit if it were not for the loose ends that were not tied when all was said and done.
Anime UK News
There is never a dull moment in this anime, it is a must watch. I rate this anime 4 out of 5 stars. The anime may be excellent, however, it is definitely not a masterpiece. WataMote is still enjoyable nonetheless.
A Certain Blogging Tobiichi
Watamote! is not even slightly a show that everyone will find enjoyment in. It’s often downbeat or just outright depressing. But that’s the point and the charm as well. It’s a black comedy with a very emotional and serious core. And you know what? It may not be just as good as the manga, but no matter how I look at it, it got damn close.
Casual Anime Fan
Watching Watamote is an interesting experience. There are many times when I’m not sure whether to laugh or feel sorry for the main character. While it can be repetitive, I would recommend this show to people I think would identify with it in some way. It’s not necessary to marathon the show, or even to watch the whole thing, but I think Watamote is worth watching.
Tomoko is that inner voice in all of us that we all have and try to pretend we don’t have. Being able to laugh about her failures might just provide some relief to those of us who are stressed out by similar anxieties and pressures. An easy comedy to watch while you have a meal with family or by yourself. Highly recommended.
This anime includes some hilarious plots and subplots. It is often relatable, and most people will be able to empathize with her. She looks on the internet for ways to become popular, but all of them hilariously backfire and she is left back where she left off. It’s a hilarious anime (yet sometimes inappropriate) that I definitely recommend for those who want to feel better about their own lives.
The Foodie Geek
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But for all the awful, depressing things we see happen to Tomoko, what do we get for it at the end? Nothing but a sad glimpse of a girl desperately clinging to the hope that some day, she might attain a normal person’s happiness. A dream that we all know will never be fulfilled.
The Nihon Review
Watamote is a solid, clever comedy that focuses on a single goal and pounds away at it for 12 episodes. This would probably get boring if it didn’t have such a clear, confident view of its protagonist; as it stands, this is a comedy well worth watching. Well, when you can stand the second-hand embarrassment, anyway.
The problem, though, is that the show is boring. Whenever I started an episode, I never felt any enthusiasm whatsoever. Watching Watamote was a chore. We sat through similarly depressing scenarios week after week, with Tomoko the butt of every joke. There were some jokes, but nothing was all that funny. Just kind of sad. The show quickly became tiresome.
The Online Anime Store
All in all, Watamote was an alright show. Sure, it had some flaws, but don’t get me wrong, there were some good moments in the show too. The character was pretty interesting and there were a few funny moments that made me chuckle. There were also some references to other things that made me laugh when I recognized them. Sometimes it was awkward, sometimes it was slightly painful, sometimes it was funny, but it was never that bad. All in all, it was fairly mediocre. At least there were a good opening and ending, along with clever artwork. I honestly didn’t hate the series; I just couldn’t love it either.
Watamote scores an awkward 6/10 and a very unsure recommendation.
Anyone who has or ever had any difficulty talking to a member of the opposite-sex, looked at the popular kids and wondered why the ‘cool’ kids had so many friends while they did not or even anyone who thought/thinks that life should be like dating sims may connect with Tomoko Kuroki. It is the identifiable nature she has that is both WataMote’s greatest strength and weakness. Some viewers will watch the series and want to root for her and hope that she eventually succeeds in making new friends. Others, however, may find the blunt discussions about the frequently delusional mind of a teenager to hit too close to home and be too confronting, even if they did not experience any of the anxiety that she did or if they only know a friend who had/is having a similar experience.
Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review
Thanks to the ‘I can relate to that’ scenes, Watamote managed to get 5 out of 10. Well, barely passed, that’s all I can say.