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Post Reply Kotaku columnist calls WataMote "The Most Mean-Spirited Anime I Have Ever Watched"
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Posted 8/22/13 , edited 8/22/13
Tomoko is a bit of a bitch herself. That's all I can say about the subject matter.
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I never take Kotaku's posts seriously anyways but the post gave me some good laughs.
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4Corvus wrote:

Article here: http://bit.ly/13GYFD8

Personally, I think anyone who labels the show as "mean spirited" just doesn't get it. He's right that it's a tragedy, a tragedy that too many of us can relate to.


Its kotaku, kotaku is a website built around nerd baiting. So what do you expect

Nerd baiting: Writing an article specifically contrarian, derogatory, missing the point or down right wrong about an aspect of geek culture. Typically this is done about cideo games but can be extended to anime or even just general news.

Reason they do it is this; Authors on kotaku are paid per view. Nerd baiting is a quick way to get a tonne of views in very quickly because unfortunately large aspects of our culture rise to it and as you've shown people want to share the link and go 'look at how retarded this guy is'. Best thing you can do is never go on that awful website.
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All I have to say is this guy needs to get a grip, Its an anime about a girl who is just UNPOPULAR. Now I think we can all relate in some way to Tomoko's social failings in one way or another. If anything the reason why we laugh is because we can relate.
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mipegg wrote:
Reason they do it is this; Authors on kotaku are paid per view. Nerd baiting is a quick way to get a tonne of views in very quickly because unfortunately large aspects of our culture rise to it and as you've shown people want to share the link and go 'look at how retarded this guy is'. Best thing you can do is never go on that awful website.


So I became an unknowing pawn in their manipulative game of outrage and reel em' in style writing?

I feel so used.

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It's rather normal in comedy genres that they make fun of someone or something. If you are unable to look past it and enjoy it, then it is not for you. Go look for another one, but dont call it mean spirited just because you as a person cant handle it.
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(First and foremost, who cares what Kotaku says, anyway?)

I am socially awkward as hell due to my Aspergers and minor social anxiety, but I still found Watamote hilarious and even relateable. The columnist is missing the point a little, it's supposed to be a cringe comedy, making light of a serious issue.
It's not like the people around Tomoko are making fun of her (in which case, it would be rather mean-spirited).
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I've giggled at it probably, but I've never LOL'd :P
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It's so funny, as this article validates the discussion I started in the Watamote thread itself. Now I know I'm definitely not alone. Some find it funny for all the reasons it's intended to be, but it's not invalid to think this show is insufferable for all the right reasons either.

So of course the lot of you will instantly switch to insulting the writer or questioning the validity of the entire website but at the end of the day, that's just one person who simply disagrees with you, and if there is one, there is a lot more. Get over it.
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Art imitates life....Life imitates art. It's a great show that IS uncomfortable to watch sometimes. At least for me where I see similarities in my own life.
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That guy really doesn't get it. I always saw that Watamote was actually making fun of us (society). When Tomoko tries to become popular through various means, she always ends up looking silly or ridiculous, but how is that different from any of us trying to be "popular"? By trying to join the "in" crowd, she makes the "in" crowd look silly. And, tbh, it really is. Also, Tomoko isn't mentally ill. I hate when MORONS WHO AREN'T EVEN PSYCHOLOGISTS try to diagnose FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.
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I haven't seen too many of that guy's reviews. But I know I haven't agreed with any of them.
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Angerudusto wrote:

That guy really doesn't get it. I always saw that Watamote was actually making fun of us (society). When Tomoko tries to become popular through various means, she always ends up looking silly or ridiculous, but how is that different from any of us trying to be "popular"? By trying to join the "in" crowd, she makes the "in" crowd look silly. And, tbh, it really is. Also, Tomoko isn't mentally ill. I hate when MORONS WHO AREN'T EVEN PSYCHOLOGISTS try to diagnose FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.


You are right, she is actually quite normal. I've seen other people, in real life and on American TV, do stupid stuff like Tomoko does. She is only as mentally ill as any other adolescent person. If you want a mean spirited show, go watch Aku no Hana. Now that show makes me cringe, and from news reports apparently it is a bad influence on children.
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That guy is just stupid. He concluded his article saying Tomoko is mentally ill indicating he does not get the show at all. So stupid.
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zipzo wrote:

It's so funny, as this article validates the discussion I started in the Watamote thread itself. Now I know I'm definitely not alone. Some find it funny for all the reasons it's intended to be, but it's not invalid to think this show is insufferable for all the right reasons either.

So of course the lot of you will instantly switch to insulting the writer or questioning the validity of the entire website but at the end of the day, that's just one person who simply disagrees with you, and if there is one, there is a lot more. Get over it.


I get where you're coming from, though I respectfully disagree (somewhat).

The author wasn't merely expressing an opinion, he was making a commentary on the culture's values. I wouldn't have cared if he said "WataMote's comedy is stale and is just rehashing the same jokes" or "Tomoko is a pitiable character without progression" or "Fans of the show can't see it's faults." Those weren't his points, however. At the end of the day, he was challenging the morality of the fans. He was essentially making them out to be mean-spirited, insensitive, "otaku jocks".

If he simply disagreed with me, then I agree, I would get over it and that would be the end of it. But when someone challenges another person on a moral level, he's just asking to be debated. I don't like the harem gene all that much (there are some series that I like, but many that I don't), yet I don't go around saying "Harem watchers are male chauvinists who objectify women and perpetuate stereotypes that women are one-dimensional characters whose sole purpose in life is to be with a man." There's a difference between acknowledging a difference in opinion and moral claims.
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