There’s plenty of fun, slice-of-life anime shows out there, which you can find plenty of in my anime reviews. But what about some that have some twisted laughs with this genre? There’s a few of those too, with the latest one headed my way titled Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!: Complete Collection (try saying that three times fast). It takes something we all can relate to in some form of another from our teen years and has some fun with it while also touching on serious moments too.
We enter the life of 15 year-old Tomoko Kuroki, a socially awkward girl that doesn’t know the first thing about interacting with others or making friends. Well she sort of made a friend when she was younger, but to say it didn’t go well is an understatement since she often comes off as a bit blunt and has a bleak outlook on life in general.
Now that she’s starting high school, she decides the best way to improve her social skills and become popular is to play hundreds of hours of romance video games, as they’ll show her how to talk to people, make friends, and even find love, right?
Well she thinks so at least, and it’s going to take her brother as well as her old buddy and even a few new ones to help guide her in the right direction and lessen the pain from her “get popular quick” scheme that lands her in one awkward and bad situation after another. From learning how to date to having disastrous makeovers, each episode will have you laughing and sometimes emotional as you follow Tomoko on her teen journey to being popular.
I had a blast with this series as I couldn’t help but see either myself, some of my friends and family in Tomoko as I watched her try to do things for the first time and usually make a sometimes funny, sometimes sad attempt at it. I had so much fun with her and her misadventures that the series seemed to breeze by rather quickly, well that and there’s only 12 of them and an OVA.
Since this series was released nearly a decade ago, it still looks and sounds great in high-definition on Blu-ray, as the unique artwork and animation come through nicely. It’s a bit light as far as special features go, but there’s the usual clean opening and closing animations for those who enjoy them like I do from time to time.
Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!: Complete Collection is a mostly funny, sometimes touching slice-of-life series that most of us can relate to or easily see other people in Tomoko and the things she goes through. So go ahead and give this anime a go, and find out if it’s our fault Tomoko is not popular.