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Posted 8/22/13
I an see why somebody would call the show mean spirited but isn't all comedy? Comedy is funny because it is suffering that we can somewhat relate to. Comedy is always at somebody's expense from slapstick to political and satire.
Posted 8/22/13
I don't expect much Kotaku, or any other Gawker owned sight for that matter. Watamote mean spirited? Aside form clearly not getting this is the Gawker rag that devoted an entire article to cruely mocking the participants of a brony convention cause they found a video of it online.
http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/why-kotakus-nerd-shaming-article-made-me-uncomfortable
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Posted 8/22/13
I find harem animes more "mean spirited" than Watamote could ever be, poor guys with constant blue balls, what could be more mean spirited.
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Posted 8/22/13
Why did that guy say Keima was unsocialable and the show is about him becoming socialable, because that is not the same harem show I have been watching. Along with everyone else this isn't a documentary about a real person and their problems it is an anime.
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Posted 8/22/13
Lol what a terrible article.

Anyway, the only part of the show that made me actually sad, was probably the end of the last episode released, when she was lighting the fireworks off alone. Since that sad piano music came on, it seemed to me as if the scene was actually meant to be sad, and therefore I kind of was.

Otherwise, I really do love the show.
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Posted 8/22/13 , edited 8/22/13
I can't relate to the MC at all. it's mean spirited in my opinion. sucks to suck.



...sounds like you haven't seen many Harem Anime.


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holy shit! just read the sad comments on the link from the OP. I had to stop reading.
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Posted 8/23/13
There once was a comic strip, ran daily for over 50 years, spawned several feature films. it is considered an Iconic piece of American Culture. It was about a clinically depressed 1st grade boy featuring all the things that went wrong in his life.

I guess Charles Shults was "Mean Spirited"

I find it odd that I don't see M.D. or P.H.D. after the authors name yet he feels free to render a diagnosis of a complex mental disorder like SAD on Tomoko.

You know though, I heard the same criticisms of "Welcome to the NHK."

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Posted 8/23/13
If the author thinks Watamote is mean-spirited then don't even read penuts. Tomoko is a wonderfully awkward character, she's different from most of the anime girls who are unusually beautiful and always surrounded by friends.
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Posted 8/24/13
I don't know if this is the actual intent, but I interpreted the show and all of her misfortune as a critique/satire of society (especially Japanese, and especially Japanese anime/manga culture). She doesn't fit in because society sucks and her hobbies sometimes reinforce harmful/unrealistic expectations (girls must be pretty, boyfriends complete women, fat people are slobs, etc). I don't feel like I am laughing at HER so much as laughing at the absurdities and cruelties in society. I also feel that I can relate to the character sometimes in her awkwardness and functional introvertedness.
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Posted 8/24/13
NO... i can see myself in this anime...... When i finish highschool and im so ready and up for UNi life.. im always thinking about parties and having lots of friends but it turned out the same with Tomoko..... which is a bit sad but watching this i can see now why because im just tryig too hard and being myself... so this anime is not that mean spirited :3
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Posted 8/24/13 , edited 8/24/13
I can understand the point, and my brother refuses to watch Big Bang Theory for similar reasons. Personally, I've never found this show funny since all it does is shove a hot iron into my traumas. It's more of a horror show for me, and I keep coming back every week like a masochist to revisit past traumas.
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Posted 8/24/13 , edited 8/24/13
I just want to say that where talking about a comedic anime. We are suppose to laugh, although sometimes I really feel sorry for Tomoko she always tries to harder to achieve her goal. I laugh more at the ways she try to become popular because most aren't very good. To state it differently, I'm laughing at her stupidity and usually I laugh when anyone acts or does something stupid as long as they don't have a mental disorder, which Tomoko doesn't. But even if I did, its an anime. Its not like I'm running around laughing at these type of people in real life. Actually, I became good friends with someone who was a little socially awkward when I was younger. As long as you don't laugh at real people for reasons that can't be helped, such as a disorder, I see no harm in laughing at an anime.
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Posted 8/24/13
Yet no one bats an eye at a little known comic/children's cartoon called Peanuts. Charlie Brown was socially awkward, unpopular, and failed at literally everything.



That article in my opinion brings up a few good points, but all I can go off of is how I feel watching the show. I have anxiety issues, but I don't feel like the show is picking on me, or the disorder. Most times I cringe at her situations, or feel embarrassed for her. I find Tomoko a likable character, and can connect with her on some points. Especially when I was in middle and high school. I don't find the show to be bullying anyone, it just shows the life of a girl who is unpopular and the weird shit she gets into. But I don't see anything wrong with someone being turned off by the show.
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Posted 8/24/13
laughing at ones misfortunes is one thing, but laughing at social anxiety etc is another thing
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Posted 8/24/13
What is so mean-spirited about this anime? I have social anxiety disorder and I find this anime very significant. The author needs to watch the rest of the anime before posting a blog about it and calling it ‘mean-spirited.’
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