Post Reply Watamote (Rating: 7.5/10)
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/25/17
Rating: 7.5/10



Note: All reviews by Blackchain119 are based solely on the anime itself and ignores all related manga; if the story does not hold up in the anime, no matter what length it is, then they failed in their efforts to make an effective, engaging show

Overview:

This anime was unusually hard to judge; there was much controversy over whether or not the anime was making light of serious social problems by making it comical, or if they were making a thoroughly flawed character to make you feel sympathy for all her overly-extreme efforts falling flat from her desperation. In my opinion, I think it was actually more the latter. The moments that are heartwrenching for the main character are made comical to relieve the heavy topic in a matter that makes you feel more positive than negative.

Many comedians regard good comedy as impossible to achieve without someone being in some form of pain; the pain that is displayed here is emotional. The main character is battered in ways that are crippling for her, but she continues to attempt to overcome them with negative means, such as manipulation and deceit. So, the harder she fails, the more you want to laugh at her unrealized resilience and the absurdity of her plans. The viewer might feel profound pity for her, but the fact the ones closest to her still accept her as is helps to relieve tension about her circumstances.

The Good

Main Character: A deeply troubled youth at a turbulent time of any child's life. She struggles with societal expectations, sexual discovery, stereotyped ideals, and personal image with an extreme form of severity that reflects the older audience's memories of the feelings and flawed perspectives of that time in their lives. I find it refreshingly new, fairly under-explored to this extent, and charming in a very bizarre way.

Voice actors: The Japanese voice actors capture the desperate overtones without it seeming forced, and the awed sounds of disbelief at her failures fit perfectly with the character's personality.

Visuals: Bright colouring and gentle shading when displaying the world around her and the 'normal people', but strongly contrasted dark colouring and heavy lining for her heavily jaded persona. Beautifully drawn, and the opening is well known for it's strong imagery and powerful theming. Wonderfully made.

The Bad

Music: The music did not stand out as unique to me, but did not terribly disappoint either. I felt the music as a whole fit decently, but not outstandingly. (This is with the exception of the incredible opening.)

One Dimensional Characters: The main character and her brother are the only particularly unique characters. The characters are the same kinds of characters we have seen thousands of times, but they did not harm the story in any major fashion.

The Ugly

Nothing stood out as terrible to me. It was entertaining as a whole.

Final Impressions

This show was made with love; the character grips you, the misunderstandings are relatable in the embarrassment they provoke of the above-teen audience, and you love to see the character try to be more than she is. I would call this show a great success.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
Nice review. I think you're absolutely right in your initial assessment of the series, and I'm glad that you're seeing the comedy for what it is. Too many people got upset about how Tomoko was portrayed and couldn't look beyond anything other than that, then judged the series forever as something that's "Insensitive," "cringey" and "depressing." I say screw that. The show is hilarious. Tomoko is no saint anyways. She pretty much is asking for it whenever the world serves her a turd sandwich

I am still sad that there probably won't be a season 2. The manga has had some ridiculously good arcs that take place after the anime ends.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
I would have loved a second season too. I enjoyed the hell out of this show, and I would like to see more done by the creators. I always watch the full show before I review anything, and nothing in this show was poorly crafted. Loved it.
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