A Look at Anti-Watamote Manga "Watashi ga Motete Dousu n da"
"Bessatsu Friend" doubles down on negative girl manga
Shoujo magazine Bessatsu Friend (home of Wallflower) has recently doubled down on manga about friendless, "negative girls." In October, it collected and promoted new series Even Kageno Wants to Enjoy Her Youth, about the class' least popular girl, asked to be the fake girlfriend of the most popular guy so that other girls will stop bothering him, and Yuka Kitagawa's Watashi ga Motete Dousu n da, which has a bit of potentially off-putting solution to the Watamote problem.
Yaoi doujinshi veteran Junko's Watashi ga Motete Dousu n da (Boys, Please Kiss Him Instead of Me) follows Serinuma Kae, a not particularly idealized otaku whose fujoshi tuned mind has her setting up imaginary pairings between her male classmates. One of the male classmates who stars in her BL fantasies treats her fairy considerately, while another is far more abusive, however, in both cases it's more a function of their personalities than it a reaction to her size and proclivities.
Then, Kae's life gets turned around in a sort of make-over premise that will probably either amuse or enrage readers...
While watching/Tweeting about the latest episode of an anime series, her favorite character dies. After cracking her iPhone in shock, she sinks into a deep depression. A week later, when her mother and brother are finally able to throw Kae out of bed, they're shocked to discover that she's thinned down to stunning attractiveness. When she returns to school, she has at least four guys chasing her, at which point her otaku interests begin clashing with her otome social position.
Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.