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Post Reply Kotaku columnist calls WataMote "The Most Mean-Spirited Anime I Have Ever Watched"
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Posted 8/24/13 , edited 8/24/13
There's no shortage of Professional Bloviators ranting about other peoples' work and why they consider it somehow dangerous for it to exist on this earth because it fails to reinforce their narrow world-view of what is "correct thinking." If you want Watamote Hate Literature, you can find that in spades. Here's one of my favorites, critiquing the manga:

http://ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/manga-mondays-its-not-my-fault-that-im-not-popular/

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Posted 8/27/13
It's comic, it's tragic and I look forward to every Monday evening at 10PM when it comes on. Best anime of the summer season!
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Posted 9/8/13 , edited 9/8/13

xxJing wrote:


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.


well I know what I'm watching :DDDDDDDDD
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Posted 4/8/14 , edited 4/8/14
I personally liked Watamote, although all throughout the anime I was pissed off. The reason? Because I hated seeing Tomoko in pain. I loved Tomoko as a character and I laughed when she laughed, got angry when she got angry, and when she cried i may have shed a tear. Watamote isn't to be looked at as a cruel representation about a miserable girl with social anxiety, its about a girls hard struggle through high school and learning what it is to be accepted as a person in whole. There are times when she's abandoned (a.k.a her old friend Yu) and other times when she's confused (when she tries to accomplish social tasks all on her own like ordering coffee and or McDonalds). But she still tried. What I absolutely despised was her middle school bff Yu-chan. Yu after 1 year of being an outcast and being socially awkward just like Tomoko, changes her appearance to look like the run-of-the-mill skanks of the 21'st century. Not only did her boobs grow 3 sizes in under 8 months, but she now has a sense of fashion and is obsessed with cats and hanging out with "her girls". She still remembers all the good times with Tomoko, but doesn't feel for her, and or understand that she's still in incredulous pain. She blows her off all nonchalant and still can;t hear her voice or understand that she's lonely, especially the ending where Tomoko runs home in sheer embarassment and Yu stops to pick up a stray fucking cat, A STRAY FUCKING CAT GUYS. what a true friend Yu really is. Now I also understand this is based off the authors autobiography which makes it twice as sad. I really hope we get a second season cause i hope things go for the better with Tomoko (a.k.a the author lol)!
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Posted 4/8/14
The show has black comedy. Not my style.
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It kinda is, kinda isn't. For me, I laugh at her misfortune like hell. But I do so while thinking how similar we are, so it's more like I am laughing at myself.
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Posted 4/9/14 , edited 4/9/14
Typical click-bait article from kotaku, just ignore them
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Posted 4/9/14
I never thought it was mean spirited. I thought it was sad and a bit hard to watch at times (especially since I can relate), but never really mean spirited.
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Posted 4/9/14 , edited 4/9/14
Watamote has a tendency to place the viewer on Tomoko's shoes. In other words, we laughed at her failures because it reflects our own failures, we cringed at her antics and misadventures because we saw our own past actions from her. In other words, Watamote is just a simple reminder that we are capable of change if we willing to and not a mean of sating our sadistic pleasure.

That Kotaku columnist said something with a grain of truth in it but most of the article's content is just plain old sensationalism.
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Posted 4/9/14
I agree that most of the humor comes from self deprecation. It's funny because we can relate to it, in a "now I can look back and laugh" kind of way. The humor isn't necessarily derived from Tomoko's failures, but in the way her machinations end up twisting around to becoming something more or completely different than she expected. Tomoko's misadventures are a rube goldberg machine of social awkwardness, and it's amazing to see them unfold.

And honestly, the author missed why some of the jokes were supposed to be funny, imo.



Once, she forgets her textbook and is too afraid to borrow one from another student (as she has literally no friends or acquaintances in school) and is then bitched out by the teacher until she cries.P

Because emotional abuse by a teacher is “funny.”


This is literally only funny because of how the teacher's scolding worked as a punchline. The overly dramatic "Stealth Tomoko" bit sets up nervous tension and for a bit, you think she's going to make it through. It's funny because it subverts the viewers expectations, not because the teacher is a jerk.
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Posted 4/9/14 , edited 4/9/14
You're meant to get enjoyment out of her misery and how pathetic she is, but from what I understand the author of Watamote is basically her, so yeah..

Anyway, I think it can be perceived as mean, but I don't think it was meant to be that way. If you can relate (and even I did at certain points) I would be a little concerned cause Tomoko does express serious social anxiety signs among other things, but erm.

That author of that article has shit taste anyway. He didn't like Space Dandy, but loved Sakura Trick and SAO was the 'smartest' anime he's ever seen. Eck.
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Charizam wrote:
...and SAO was the 'smartest' anime he's ever seen.

I...I'm going to go cry in a corner now...
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Posted 4/9/14
Kotaku is pretty much a laughingstock excuse for a website these days, so I just laughed like a madman when I saw the article and promptly Alt + F4'd.
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weirdmoviefan wrote:

Kotaku is pretty much a laughingstock excuse for a website these days.


Really all that needs to be said regarding anything involving Kotaku. Nobody should be taking opinions from Kotaku seriously. That site is nothing but a bunch of clickbait for the most part.

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Posted 4/9/14
The main character is like super bitchy. She's like the internet. Anything the popular people do is something she hates and loathes purely on principal. It's a fucking comedy though and hard to mistake it as being serious. I'm too lazy to read the article but I'm sure it's probably pretty jokingly called "mean spirited" and this thread is mostly just people overreacting to a quote purposely taken out of context in order to cause a stir.
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