Watamote Episode #05 Anime Review

Tomoko’s attempts to become popular are certainly comical as we’ve seen her go about her first three months of school, but at the same time we haven’t really seen her do all that much to integrate with other students. More often than not, she’s just off to the side, grinding her teeth and looking spooky and unnatural in a lot of ways with her expressions and style of low speech. To be expected, she’s more and more off to the side as time goes on and it becomes a system of reinforcement as it progresses. What makes the show work though, even as it does this, is that it’s not forcing other awkward friendships of similar people like her into her life. She’s just continually self-ostracized as time goes on, and that’s fairly rare in the anime world.




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