Watamote manga

It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! ; WataMote ; Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular, high school girl, who has had 50 years of dating experience, and 100 boys... in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15 year old shut in, who has all of the qualities of a "mojo."However, when school isn't going as she expected, and she isn't as popular as she had thought she was, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations...Spin-offs:> It's Not My Fault That My Friend's Not Popular.( http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/its-not-my-fault-that-my-friends-not-popular-r8377 )> Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! Anthology ( http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/watashi-ga-motenai-no-wa-dou-kangaete-mo-omaera-ga-warui-anthology-r10477 )
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#JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN01

January 21, 2012

  • ISBN-10: 4757539819
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757539815

October 29, 2013

  • ISBN-10: 0316243167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316243162
  • Chapter 1 - Because I'm not popular, I'll try a little makeover
  • Chapter 2 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be a little shy
  • Chapter 3 - Because I'm not popular, I'll see an old friend
  • Chapter 4 - Because I'm not popular, I'll take a little detour
  • Chapter 5 - Because I'm not popular, I'll take shelter
  • Chapter 6 - Because I'm not popular, I'll play video games
  • Chapter 7 - Because I'm not popular, I'll just live my life
  • Chapter 8 - Because I'm not popular, I care about unimportant stuff
  • Chapter 9 - Because I'm not popular, I'll draw a portrait
  • Volume 1 Omake
Volume 1Pages: 159
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Year 1 Saga (Chapter 001-009) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN02

May 22, 2012

  • ISBN-10: 475753597X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757535978

January 21, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 0316322040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322041
  • Chapter 10 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be emotionless
  • Chapter 11 - Because I'm not popular, I'll believe in fortune telling
  • Chapter 12 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go see fireworks
  • Chapter 13 - Because I'm not popular, I'm going to enjoy summer vacation
  • Chapter 14 - Because I'm not popular, I'll try being pretentious
  • Chapter 15 - Because I'm not popular, let's meet again
  • Chapter 16 - Because I'm not popular, I'll make a recovery
  • Chapter 17 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to a handshake session
  • Chapter 18 - Because I'm not popular, summer will end
  • Volume 2 Special Edition
  • Volume 2 Omake
Volume 2Pages: 140
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Year 1 Saga (Chapter 010-018) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN03

December 22, 2012

  • ISBN-10: 4757538189
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757538184

April 22, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 0316322059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322058
  • Chapter 19 - Because I'm not popular, second semester is starting
  • Chapter 20 - Because I'm not popular, I'll make preparations
  • Chapter 21 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be in the culture fest
  • Chapter 22 - Because I'm not popular, I'll take a picture
  • Chapter 23 - Because I'm not popular, the weather's bad
  • Chapter 24 - Because I'm not popular, I'm going to get molested
  • Chapter 25 - Because I'm not popular, I'll nurse the sick
  • Chapter 26 - Because I'm not popular, I'll start my own club
  • Chapter 27 - Because I'm not popular, I'll have a nice dream
  • Volume 3 Omake
Volume 3Pages: 136
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Year 1 Saga (Chapter 019-027) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN04

June 22, 2013

  • ISBN-10: 4757539800
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757539808

July 22, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 0316376744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316376747
  • Chapter 28 - Because I'm not popular, I'll try out the nightlife
  • Chapter 29 - Because I'm not popular, I'll make a cake
  • Chapter 30 - Because I'm not popular, I'll run
  • Chapter 31 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be delusional
  • Chapter 32 - Because I'm not popular, the year's ending
  • Volume 4 Special Edition
  • Chapter 33 - Because I'm not popular, I'll greet the new year
  • Chapter 34 - Because I'm not popular, I'll stand out
  • Chapter 35 - Because I'm not popular, I'll mother my brother
  • Chapter 36 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become an adult
  • Volume 4 Omake
Volume 4Pages: 137
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Year 1 Saga (Chapter 028-036) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN05

September 21, 2013

  • ISBN-10: 4757540647
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757540644

October 28, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 0316336092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316336093
  • Chapter 37 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the graduation ceremony
  • Chapter 38 - Because I'm not popular, I might be mistaken
  • Chapter 39 - Because I'm not popular, I'll introduce myself
  • Chapter 40 - Because I'm not popular, so I'll try to become more appealing
  • Chapter 41 - Because I'm not popular, I'll make a point system
  • Chapter 42 - Because I'm not popular, I'll casually spend my days (As a second year)
  • Chapter 43 - Because I'm not popular, I'll look at nudes
  • Chapter 44 - Because I'm not popular, I'll study for my test
  • Chapter 45 - Because I'm not popular, I'll kill some time
  • Chapter 46 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go meet an old friend
  • TomoMote Chapter 1
  • Volume 5 Omake
Volume 5Pages: 135
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Year 1 Saga (Chapter 037-038), Year 2 Saga (Chapter 039-046) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN06

March 22, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 4757540256
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757540255

January 20, 2015

  • ISBN-10: 0316259411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316259415
  • Chapter 47 - Because I'm not popular, I'll remember my old aquaintance
  • Chapter 48 - Because I'm not popular, I'll fight dirty
  • Chapter 49 - Because I'm not popular, I'll decide where to go
  • Chapter 50 - Because I'm not popular, I'll stay in the classroom until dusk
  • Chapter 51 - Because I'm not popular, I'll swing the other way
  • Chapter 52 - Because I'm not popular, I'll compose something
  • Volume 6 Special Edition
  • Chapter 53 - Because I'm not popular, good things will happen
  • Chapter 54 - Because I'm not popular, I won't change
  • Chapter 55 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the Tanabata festival
  • Volume 6 Omake
Volume 6Pages: 128
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 047-055) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN07

October 22, 2014

  • ISBN-10: 475754121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757541214

May 19, 2015

  • ISBN-10: 0316342017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316342018
  • Chapter 56 - Because I'm not popular, I'll worry about how I smell
  • Chapter 57 - Because I'm not popular, my second summer break begins
  • Chapter 58 - Because I'm not popular, I'll waste my time
  • Chapter 59 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go cheer them on
  • Chapter 60 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become a dog
  • Chapter 61 - Because I'm not popular, I'll scare people
  • Chapter 62 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go home
  • Chapter 63 - Because I'm not popular, I'll try to lengthen my summer break
  • Chapter 64 - Because I'm not popular, the three of us will spend summer break together
  • Chapter 65 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the beach
  • Chapter 66 - Because I'm not popular, I'll try self-hypnosis
  • Volume 7 Omake
Volume 7Pages: 139
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 056-066) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN08

August 22, 2015

  • ISBN-10: 4757547137
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757547131

March 22, 2016

  • ISBN-10: 0316314943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316314947
  • Chapter 67 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become a princess
  • Chapter 68 - Because I'm not popular, I'll spend my second semester lazing about
  • Chapter 69 - Because I'm not popular, I'll decide what group to join
  • Chapter 70 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go shopping alone
  • Chapter 71 - Because I'm not popular, I'll head out
  • Chapter 72 - Because I'm not popular, I'll arrive in Kyoto
  • Chapter 73 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be unprepared
  • Chapter 74 - Because I'm not popular, I'll hang out with my group
  • Chapter 75 - Because I'm not popular, I'll buy a souvenir
  • Chapter 76 - Because I'm not popular, I'll aim for the top
  • Chapter 77 - Because I'm not popular, I'll face my second night of the trip
  • Volume 8 Special Edition
  • Volume 8 Omake
Volume 8Pages: 140
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 67-77), Pre-Kyōto Field Trip Arc (Chapter 69-70), Kyōto Field Trip Arc (71-77) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN09

March 22, 2016

  • ISBN-10: 4757538189
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757538184

November 22, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 0316552739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316552738
  • Chapter 78 - Because I'm not popular, I'll spend the night awake
  • Chapter 79 - Because I'm not popular, I'll while away my free time
  • Chapter 80 - Because I'm not popular, the final night of the field trip has come
  • Chapter 81 - Because I'm not popular, I'll stop by Akihabara for a bit
  • Chapter 82 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go back to my everyday life
  • Chapter 83 - Because I'm not popular, I'll tell lies
  • Chapter 84 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go through a normal Autumn day
  • Chapter 85 - Because I'm not popular, I'll get my head patted
  • Chapter 86 - Because I'm not popular, the athletic meet will start
  • Chapter 87 - Because I'm not popular, I'll take a small break
  • Chapter 88 - Because I'm not popular, I'll lose
  • Volume 9 Special Edition
  • Volume 9 Omake
Volume 9Pages: 144
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 78-88), Kyōto Field Trip Arc (78-81), Post-Kyōto Field Trip Arc (Chapter 82-85), Athletic Meet Arc (Chapter 86-88) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN10

October 22, 2016

  • ISBN-10: 4757538189
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757538184

July 18, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 0316439711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316439718
  • Chapter 89 - Because I'm not popular, I'll forget something
  • Chapter 90 - Because I'm not popular, I'll think about my future
  • Chapter 91 - Because I'm not popular, I'll have a chance encounter
  • Chapter 92 - Because I'm not popular, I'll get caught up in a game
  • Chapter 93 - Because I'm not popular, I'll give presents
  • Chapter 94 - Because I'm not popular, my little brother will play soccer
  • Chapter 95 - Because I'm not popular, I'll greet Fall's end
  • Chapter 96 - Because I'm not popular, I'll study for my test
  • Chapter 97 - Because I'm not popular, I'll eat at the cafeteria
  • Chapter 98 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go home in the winter rain
  • Volume 10 Special Edition
  • Volume 10 Omake
  • Volume 10 Afterword
Volume 10Pages: 144
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 089-098) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN11

March 22, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 4757552777
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757552777

19 December 2017

  • ISBN-10: 0316414123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316414128
  • Chapter 99 - Because I'm not popular, I'll hang out with a friend of a friend
  • Chapter 100 - Because I'm not popular, I won't change
  • Chapter 101 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be able to convey my feelings
  • Chapter 102 - Because I'm not popular, I'll reminisce about winter break
  • Chapter 103 - Because I'm not popular, I'll Dream My First Dream of the New Year
  • Chapter 104 - Because I'm not popular, Kii-chan is abnormal
  • Chapter 105 - Because I'm not popular, I'll give thanks
  • Chapter 106 - Because I'm not popular, I'll enjoy my final winter in high school
  • Chapter 107 - Because I'm not popular, I'll attract attention
  • Chapter 108 - Because I'm not popular, my brother will be
  • Chapter 109 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to school when it's snowing
  • Volume 11 Special Edition
Volume 11Pages: 144
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 099-109) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN12

February 22, 2018

  • ISBN-10: 4757556241
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757556249
November 13, 2018
  • ISBN-10: 1975328175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975328177
  • Chapter 110 - Because I'm not popular, I'll cheer on the entrance examinees
  • Chapter 111 - Because I'm not popular, I'll imagine my new game+
  • Chapter 112 - Because I'm not popular, I'll enjoy Valentine's day (Part 1)
  • Chapter 113 - Because I'm not popular, I'll enjoy Valentine's day (Part 2)
  • Chapter 114 - Because I'm not popular, I'll enjoy Valentine's day (Part 3)
  • Chapter 115 - Because I'm not popular, I'll attend my 2nd graduation ceremony (Part 1)
  • Chapter 115.5 - Because I'm not popular, I'll attend my 2nd graduation ceremony (Part 2)
  • Chapter 116 - Because I'm not popular, I'll attend my 2nd graduation ceremony (Side story)
  • Chapter 117 - Because I'm not popular, I'll greet the end of my second year
  • Chapter 118 - Because I'm not popular, I'll get full of myself
  • Chapter 119 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the party
  • Chapter 120 - Because I'm not popular, I'll attend the party
  • Chapter 121 - Because I'm not popular, I'll spend time with my dad
  • Chapter 122 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become a third year
Volume 12Pages: 141
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Year 2 Saga (Chapter 110-121), Year 3 Saga (Chapter 122) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN13

July 21, 2018

  • ISBN-10: 4757557779
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757557772

March 26, 2019

  • ISBN-10: 197530344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975303440
  • Chapter 123 - Because I'm not popular, I'll invite my brother to 3-5
  • Chapter 124 - Because I'm not popular, I'll watch my friends meet
  • Chapter 125 - Because I'm not popular, I'll start my field trip
  • Chapter 126 - Because I'm not popular, I'll Get A Nickname
  • Chapter 127 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Get Into It
  • Chapter 128 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Look Around
  • Chapter 129 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Tell You
  • Chapter 130 - Because I'm Not Popular, the Field Trip will End
  • Chapter 130.5 - Because I'm Not Popular, the Field Trip will End (Part 2)
  • Chapter 131 - Because I'm Not Popular, The Trip's Not Over Until You're Home
  • Chapter 132 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Have a Senior-Junior relationship
  • Chapter 133 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Connect
  • Volume 13 Omake
Volume 13Pages: 138
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 123-133) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN14

January 22, 2019

  • ISBN-10: 4757559763
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757559769

September 17, 2019

  • ISBN-10: 1975331826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975331825
  • Chapter 134Because I'm Not Popular, the People Around Me are Noisy
  • Chapter 135Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Copy Anime
  • Chapter 136 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll recommend manga
  • Chapter 137 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Prepare for Golden Week
  • Chapter 138 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Visit a University
  • Chapter 139 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Think About Why I'm Going to College
  • Chapter 140 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Participate in Open Campus
  • Chapter 141 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Go to High School with Kii-chan
  • Chapter 142 - Because I'm Not Popular, Kii-chan's Course is Also Determined.
  • Volume 14 Omake
Volume 14Pages: 150
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 134-142) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN15

May 11, 2019

  • ISBN-10: 4757561199
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757561199

January 28, 2020

  • ISBN-10: 1975332970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975332976
  • Chapter 143 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Study with Three People
  • Chapter 144 - Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Call You by Your First Name
  • Volume 15 Special Edition - Book☆Walker Special Edition
  • Chapter 145 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go through a normal day of third year.
  • Chapter 146 - Because I'm not popular, until the rain stops. . . .
  • Chapter 147 - Because I'm not popular, I'll wander around alone.
  • Chapter 148 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be brief.
  • Chapter 149 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become a Senpai
  • Chapter 150 - Because I'm not popular, I'll offer laurels
  • Volume 15 Omake 
Volume 15Pages: 142
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 143-150) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN16

November 12, 2019

  • ISBN-10: 4757563787
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757563780

July 21, 2020

  • ISBN-10: 1975313771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975313777
  • Chapter 151 - Because I'm not popular, I'll win.
  • Chapter 152 - Because I'm not popular, I'm with (᛫_᛫)
  • Chapter 153 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be in the second round of the ball tournament.
  • Chapter 154 - Because I'm not popular, the ball tournament will end.
  • Chapter 155 - Because I'm not popular, I'll worry.
  • Chapter 156 - Because I'm not popular, I'll become a rumor.
  • Chapter 157 - Because I'm not popular, I'm suspended.
  • Chapter 158 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be suspended.
  • Chapter 159  - Because I'm not popular, I'm still in suspension.
  • Chapter 160 - Because I'm not popular, it's the last day of suspension.
  • Volume 16 Omake
Volume 16Pages: 148

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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 151-160) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN17

March 12, 2020

  • ISBN-10: 4757565534
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757565531

November 17, 2020

  • ISBN-10: 1975317890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975317898
  • Chapter 161 - Because I'm not popular, I'll return to usual.
  • Chapter 162 - Because I'm not popular, I'll wish.
  • Chapter 163 - Because I'm not popular, Summer!
  • Chapter 164 - Because I'm not popular, I'll work hard during Summer Vacation!
  • Chapter 165 - Because I'm not popular, my last high school vacation starts after today.
  • Chapter 166 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go cheer again.
  • Chapter 167 - Because I'm not popular, I can't waste time.
  • Chapter 168 - Because I'm not popular, there's a gathering in my little brother's room.
  • Volume 17 Omake
Volume 17Pages: 150
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 161-168) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN18

July 10, 2020

  • ISBN-10: 4757566654
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757566651


  • ISBN-10: TBA
  • ISBN-13: TBA
  • Chapter 169 - Because I'm not popular, my brother's sexual inclination.
  • Chapter 169.5 - Because I'm not popular, Come On Summer Vacation!
  • Chapter 170 - Because I'm not popular, I'll dye.
  • Chapter 171 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to study camp.
  • Chapter 172 - Because I'm not popular, it's the first night of Summer Camp.
  • Chapter 173 - Because I'm not popular, let's check in on the others.
  • Chapter 174 - Because I'm not popular, training camp days.
  • Chapter 174.5 - Tanigawa Nico Catches a Cold
  • Chapter 175.1 - Because I'm not popular, Study Camp Ends: Prequel
  • Chapter 175.2 - Special Chapter
  • Chapter 175.3 - Because I'm not popular, Summer Camp ends: Sequel
  • Chapter 176 - Because I'm not popular, I'll be live.
  • Volume 18 Omake
Volume 18Pages: 150
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 169-178), Summer Study Camp Arc (Chapter 171-175) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN19February 12, 2021
  • ISBN-10: 4757570910
  • ISBN-13: 978-4757570917


  • ISBN-10: TBA
  • ISBN-13: TBA
  • Chapter 177.1 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the first Comi (Part One).
  • Chapter 177.2 - Because I'm not popular, I'll go to the first Comi (Part Two).
  • Chapter 178 - Because I'm not popular, I'll stay overnight and watch anime.
  • Chapter 179 - Because I'm not popular, I'll dub
  • Chapter 180 - Because I'm not popular, I'll drink.
  • Chapter 181 - Because I'm not popular, I'll drive.
  • Chapter 182 - Because I'm not popular, summer fruit and the sea.
  • Chapter 183 - Because I'm not popular, a typhoon is coming (Part One).
  • Chapter 183.5 - Because I'm not popular, a typhoon is coming (Part Two).
  • Chapter 184-1 - Because I'm not popular, school begins (Part One)
  • Chapter 184-2 - Because I'm not popular, school begins (Part Two)
  • Omake
Volume 19Pages: 146
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 177-185), Comiket Arc (Chapter 177.1-177.2) #JapaneseEnglishRelease DateISBNRelease DateISBN20


  • ISBN-10: TBA
  • ISBN-13: TBA


  • ISBN-10: TBA
  • ISBN-13: TBA

6-2r 1

Volume 20Pages: TBA
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Year 3 Saga (Chapter 186-1-TBA), Minami's Perspective (Chapter 187-191)
Sours: https://watamote.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_WataMote_Volumes
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Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

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English: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

Synonyms: WataMote, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!, It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!

Japanese: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!



Volumes: Unknown

Chapters: Unknown

Status: Publishing

Published: Aug 4, 2011 to ?

Genre:Comedy Comedy

Theme:School School

Serialization:Gangan Online

Authors:Tanigawa, Nico (Story & Art)


Score:7.741(scored by 1630816,308 users)

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Popularity: #245

Members: 46,693

Favorites: 2,899

External Links

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No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

Japanese manga and anime series

"WataMote" redirects here. For the 2013 manga series by Junko, see Kiss Him, Not Me.


Cover of first volume, featuring Tomoko Kuroki

Written byNico Tanigawa
Published bySquare Enix
English publisher
MagazineGangan Online
Original runAugust 4, 2011 – present
Volumes20 (List of volumes)
Written byNico Tanigawa
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineGangan Joker
Original runJanuary 22, 2013 – July 22, 2015
Directed byShin Oonuma
Produced by
  • Makoto Itō
  • Manami Watanabe
  • Hayato Kaneko
  • Masatoshi Ishizuka
  • Toshiaki Tanaka
  • Atsushi Aitani
  • Nobue Osamu
  • Kaho Yamada
Written byTakao Yoshioka
Music bySadesper Record
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, AT-X
Original run July 8, 2013 – September 23, 2013
Episodes12 + OVA[3](List of episodes)
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No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! (Japanese: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!, Hepburn: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!), commonly referred to as WataMote (わたモテ), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by two people under the pseudonym Nico Tanigawa. It began serialization on Square Enix's Gangan Online service from August 4, 2011 and is published by Yen Press in North America. A 4-panel spin-off manga was serialized in Gangan Joker between January 2013 and July 2015. An anime television adaptation by Silver Link aired in Japan between July and September 2013.


15-year-old Tomoko Kuroki believed that she would become popular upon entering high school because she has become well-versed in the world of otome games. In reality, she finds that she has become an unsociable loner, though she still forces herself to try out what she has learned about achieving popularity. As she progresses through high school, Tomoko attempts to improve her social status among her peers.


Main character[edit]

Tomoko Kuroki (黒木 智子, Kuroki Tomoko)
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta[4] (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)[5]
Tomoko is often depicted as a desperate, lonely, and deranged girl who is characterized by her social anxiety, vivid facial expressions, and bags under her eyes. She has a grim outlook on life, as most of her thoughts involve insulting others or herself. She spends most of her days playing otome games and browsing the web. In her third year of high school, she decides that she wants to be a novelist. Thus, she aims to get into the Literature Department of Aoyama Gakuen University (青山学園大学, Aoyama gakuen daigaku), influencing her friends to also aim for the same university.

Family members[edit]

Tomoki Kuroki (黒木 智貴, Kuroki Tomoki)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura,[4] Akiko Seri (young) (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
Tomoko's gloomy younger brother. One year younger than Tomoko. He is often annoyed by her odd behavior, and sometimes gets into fights with her. Because he has friends and is a talented soccer player, Tomoko occasionally intrudes upon his room for advice.
Tomoko's mother (智子の母親, Tomoko no Hahaoya)
Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Tomoko and Tomoki's mother, who is often concerned about her daughter's well-being.
Tomoko's father (智子の父親, Tomoko no Chichioya)
Voiced by: Ryō Iwasaki (Japanese)
Tomoko and Tomoki's father, who is a salaryman. They live in Inage Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. He is kindhearted towards his family.
Kiko Satozaki (里崎 希心, Satozaki Kiko) /Kii (きーちゃん, Kī-chan)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
Tomoko's little cousin who is three years younger than her. Initially looking up to Tomoko as a big sister, she later begins to pity her after she realizes she lies just to impress her. She is described by Tomoko as a "psychopath".
Kii's mother (きーちゃんの母親, Kī-chan no Hahaoya)
Voiced by: Aki Kaneda (Japanese)
Kiko's mother. They live in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Supporting characters[edit]

Junior high school[edit]

Yuu Naruse (成瀬 優, Naruse Yū)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[4] (Japanese); Emily Neves (English)
Yū is Tomoko's best friend since second year of junior high school. Initially a dorky-looking girl, she enters Makuharihongo High School (幕張本郷高等学校, Makuharihongō kōtōgaggō) with newfound blonde hair and large breasts (much to Tomoko's jealousy). Despite her radical makeover and having a boyfriend, with whom she later breaks up, she still regards Tomoko as her best friend. She is the star of the 4-panel spin-off manga. She later befriends Tomoko's classmates and schoolmates during a summer study camp in their third year.
Kotomi Komiyama (小宮山 琴美, Komiyama Kotomi)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese)
Tomoko and Yuu's classmate in second year of junior high school, who first appears in the spin-off manga and is later revealed to be attending Tomoko's high school. She and Tomoko outright dislike one another, only pretending to get along when Yuu is around. She has a disturbing crush on Tomoki and is obsessed with the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team. Tomoko's classmate in third year of high school.
Kawamoto (川本, Kawamoto)
Tomoko, Yuu and Kotomi's classmate in second year of junior high school.

High school[edit]

The member of Harajuku Education Academy Makuhari Shuei High School (原宿教育学園幕張秀英高等学校, Harajuku kyōiku gakuen Makuhari shūei kōtōgaggō). The characters are categorized based on the year in which they first appeared in the manga, not on the year they became Tomoko's classmate.

First year[edit]
Hina Nemoto (根元 陽菜, Nemoto Hina)
Voiced by: Yūko Kurose (Japanese)
Tomoko's classmate from first year to third year and friend who secretly wants to become a voice actress. Initially considered part of the popular crowd, she becomes more open with her true otaku nature after Tomoko learns of her dream. Tomoko discovers that she is actually innocent with regards to matters of sexuality despite teasing Akane about it. Hina and Yuri have a friendly rivalry, with each competing to outdo the other in getting closer to Tomoko. She aspires to enroll at Morinaga University (森永大学, Morinaga daigaku).
Akane Okada (岡田 茜, Okada Akane)
Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese)
Hina's best friend who has a distinguished hairstyle. Tomoko's classmate from first year to third year. She initially had reservations about Hina's aspirations to become a voice actress, but quickly accepts it, thanks to Tomoko's indirect help.
Ōmatsu (大松, Ōmatsu)
Voiced by: Kanami Satō (Japanese)
Hina and Akane's friend. Tomoko's classmate in first year.
Oka (岡, Oka)
Tomoko's classmate in first year and third year.
Yoshinori Kiyota (清田 良典, Kiyota Yoshinori)
Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi (Japanese)
Tomoko's classmate from first year to third year of high school. He has spiky hair and wears spectacles. Usually seen chatting with Akane and Hina, he is also polite towards Tomoko, displaying a genuine interest in making friends with her.
Suzuki (鈴木, Suzuki)
Voiced by: Shūhei Iwase (Japanese)
Kiyota's friend. Tomoko's classmate in first year and third year.
Wada (和田, Wada)
Kiyota and Suzuki's friend. Tomoko's classmate in first year and third year.
Hatsushiba (初芝, Hatsushiba)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)
Tomoko's classmate in her third year who is in the Manga Research Society. He and Tomoko met when they were asked to draw each other for an art assignment during their first year. It is revealed that he often has difficulty drawing faces of female characters, often assigning the stock "emoji" face to them. However, as the series progresses, he improves to the extent that he drew the cover of the doujinshi of his club during Summer Comiket.
Second year[edit]
Yuri Tamura (田村 ゆり, Tamura Yuri)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year and friend who is often seen with Yoshida and Mako. Often silent and gloomy, she gets upset whenever Tomoko gets along with other people. Tomoko believes that she is a covert pervert, based on how Yuri was interested in reading an ecchi manga on a platform which was introduced to her by Tomoko. She is also shown to be very strong.
Mako Tanaka (田中 真子, Tanaka Mako)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year and friend who is also Yuri's best friend. She is generally kind-hearted, though a misunderstanding causes Tomoko to believe she's a lesbian. She aspires to enroll at Chiba-Nishi University (千葉西大学, Chiba-nishi daigaku).
Masaki Yoshida (吉田 茉咲, Yoshida Masaki)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year and friend who has a scary appearance and is often referred to as a delinquent by Tomoko. She often acts violently towards Tomoko when she goes too far, but also likes cute things.
Emiri Uchi (内 笑美莉, Uchi Emiri)
Tomoko's classmate in second year, nicknamed Ucchi (うっちー, Utchī) by her friends, who becomes increasingly conscious of Tomoko's behavior and eventually develops an obsession with her. She is often noted for having an expression like an emoji and for appearing out of nowhere.
Asuka Katou (加藤 明日香, Katō Asuka)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year and friend. She is a stylish gyaru who is kind towards Tomoko, who admires her as a motherly figure. She aspires to enroll at Aoyama Gakuen University.
Kaho Kusunoki (楠 夏帆, Kusunoki Kaho)
Asuka's friend who has dark hair and freckles. Tomoko's classmate in second year.
Koharu Minami (南 小陽, Minami Koharu)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year. A girl with a fanged appearance who is friends with Mako and often speaks badly of Tomoko. She has an uneasy friendship with Shiki after a falling-out with Sachi and her clique.
Mima (美馬, Mima)
One of Koharu's friends, nicknamed Sachi (サチ, Sachi) by her friends, Tomoko's classmate in second year. She seems to have an interest in Tomoki.
Kayo (かよ, Kayo)
One of Emiri's friends who has black hair. Tomoko's classmate in second year.
Miyazaki (宮崎, Miyazaki)
One of Emiri's friends who has front bangs and long hair worn in a ponytail. Tomoko's classmate in second year.
Nagi (凪, Nagi)
One of Emiri's friends who wears glasses. Tomoko's classmate in second year.
Kaede (楓, Kaede)
One of Emiri's friends who has long braids. Tomoko's classmate in second year.
Natsu (なつ, Natsu)
One of Emiri's friends who has short hair. Tomoko's classmate in second year. She has a boyfriend named Kazuki.
Mike (三家, Mike)
Tomoko's classmate from second year to third year. She is not good at cooking.
Tsugu (つぐ, Tsugu)
One of Mike's friends. Tomoko's class president in second year.
Kakinuma (柿沼, Kakinuma)
Tomoko's classmate in second year. One of the otaku trio.
Hikari Itou (伊藤 光, Itō Hikari)
Kotomi's best friend, who is often bewildered by her creepier moments. She is good at observing other people. Tomoko's classmate in third year.
Anna (杏奈, Anna)
One of Masaki's friends in her "delinquent" clique. She quickly befriends Tomoko in their third year after an unfortunate accident involving Masaki and an alleged dog "Maro". She is harsh and aloof.
Rena (麗奈, Rena)
One of Masaki's friends. Her eyes seem to be perpetually obscured by shadow.
Shiki Futaki (二木 四季, Futaki Shiki)
Nicknamed "Emoji Mk.II" by Tomoko, she is Tomoko's classmate and friend during their third year. Shiki dreams to be a professional gamer and a streamer.
Fuuka Sasaki (佐々木 風夏, Sasaki Fūka)
One of Asuka's friends in another class. She has a strange curiosity with Asuka and Tomoko's interactions with one another, bordering on obsession. Tomoko nicknames her "Sleazy Maiden" and "Gorilla" because of her rather intrusive questions. Fuuka often attempts to one up on Tomoko by showing off her shallow knowledge of sex, which backfires dues to her inexperience. As a result, she is the subject of many rumors circulated around the school and is labeled an "idiot" by Miho.
Miho Narita (成田 美保, Narita Miho)
Asuka and Fuuka's friend. She is a cheerful and playful girl who likes teasing Fuuka and Tomoko.
Third year[edit]
Kai (快, Kai)
Mike's boyfriend. Tomoko's classmate in third year. Mika calls him Kakkun (かっくん, Kakkun).
Nori (ノリ, Nori)
One of Koharu's friends.
Maki (マキ, Maki)
One of Koharu's friends.
Tomoko's senpai[edit]
Megumi Imae (今江 恵美, Imae Megumi)
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
The kind-hearted former student council president at Tomoko's school, who has shown the most amount of affection towards Tomoko. She is now a freshman at Aoyama Gakuen University. She is the owner of the dog "Maro" (マロ, Maro).
Tomoko's kōhai[edit]
Akari Iguchi (井口 朱里, Iguchi Akari)
Voiced by: Unknown[6] (Japanese)
A girl in Tomoko's school who is in love with Tomoki, but constantly has her reputation bashed by Tomoko.
Sayaka (紗弥加, Sayaka)
Voiced by: Unknown[6] (Japanese)
Akari's best friend whose attempts at pairing Akari up with Tomoki prove to do more harm than good. She likes Nakamura, her classmate and a member of the soccer club.
Nakamura (中村, Nakamura)
Voiced by: Shūta Morishima (Japanese)
Tomoki's friend.
Aomatsu (青松, Aomatsu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese)
Tomoki's friend. OVA original character.
Shizuku Hirasawa (平沢 雫, Hirasawa Shizuku)
A first-year student in Tomoko's third year who admires Tomoko for helping her pass her entrance exams. She has trouble making female friends because her female classmates envy her popularity with boys.
Tomoko's homeroom teacher (智子の担任教師, Tomoko no tan'nin kyōshi)
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese)
Tomoko's homeroom teacher of the first year. He is an English teacher.
Ogino (荻野, Ogino)
Voiced by: Sanae Nakata (Japanese)
Tomoko's eccentric homeroom teacher who often encourages her to make friends, much to her chagrin.
Fukuura (福浦, Fukuura)
Voiced by: Hironori Saitō (Japanese)
Art teacher.
Math teacher (数学教師, Sūgaku kyōshi)
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese)
He is a Japanese language teacher in anime. Tomoko forgot her textbook and was yelled at by him.
Kawagoe (川越, Kawagoe)
Japanese history teacher in Tomoko's third year.
Headteacher (校長先生, Kōchō sensei)
He is the principal of Tomoko's high school.


Jun Ishimine (伊志嶺 潤, Ishimine Jun)
Voiced by: Kohsuke Toriumi (Japanese)
A voice actor. Tomoko is his fan.
Kosaka (小坂, Kosaka)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (Japanese)
A boy who bought an umbrella for Tomoko.
Hitomi (仁美, Hitomi)
Hina's voice actor school classmate.



Written by two people under the pseudonym Nico Tanigawa, WataMote began serialization on Square Enix's Gangan Online service from August 4, 2011.[7] The first tankōbon volume was released on January 21, 2012, with 20 volumes and an official fan book released as of September 21, 2013, ISBN 978-4-7575-3999-0.[8][9][10] An anthology was released on June 22, 2013, ISBN 978-4-7575-3981-5.[11] The second volume, released on May 22, 2012, ranked #10 in the Oricon charts in its opening week.[12] As of July 2013, the series has printed over 1.5 million copies.[13] The manga gained popularity overseas after fan translations of the series were posted on the English speaking imageboard4chan, the Western equivalent of Japan's Futaba Channel.[14]Yen Press has licensed the manga in North America and the UK and began releasing the series from October 29, 2013.[2][15] A spin-off 4-panel manga series, Watashi no Tomodachi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui. (私の友達がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い。, lit. No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault My Friend's Not Popular.), known as TomoMote (トモモテ) for short, ran in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine between January 22, 2013 and July 22, 2015,[16] was released on August 22, 2015, ISBN 978-4-7575-4714-8.[17] A novel anthology written by Nico Tanigawa, Masaki Tsuji, Yugo Aosaki, Sako Aizawa and Van Madoy was released on November 15, 2019, ISBN 978-4-06-517231-5.[18]

In the Yen Press English version, individual chapters are called "Fails" and are preceded with the title "I'm Not Popular, So".[19]

No.Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 21, 2012[20]978-4-757-53480-3October 29, 2013[21]978-0-31-624316-2
  1. I'll try a little makeover.
  2. I'll be shy.
  3. I'll see an old friend.
  4. I'll take a little detour.
  5. I'll take shelter.
  1. I'll play video games.
  2. I'll just live my life.
  3. I'll focus on the unseen.
  4. I'll draw a portrait.
Tomoko Kuroki is a "mojyo", a girl who has no experience with boys. She starts high school but after two months, has not made any friends or met any boys. She gives herself a makeover in hair, glasses, and facial expression. Later, she tries to socialize with her younger brother. She meets with her friend Yuu-chan, a middle school classmate who has since become very good looking. While her classmates go for karaoke, Tomoko visits a bookstore instead, but then encounters the classmates at a fast food place afterwards. While it rains, she gets stuck at a rest stop with some boys. After overhearing that girls who have had sex generate more hormones to look better, she plays more otome games at home. Tomoko feels a bit sick at school. She and Yuu shop for panties. She and a boy have to draw each other for a make-up art assignment.
2 May 22, 2012[22]978-4-757-53597-8January 21, 2014[19]978-0-31-632204-1
  1. I'll be expressionless.
  2. I'll trust my fortune a bit.
  3. I'll go see the fireworks.
  4. I'll revel in the summer break.
  5. I'll be a show-off.
  1. I'll have a reunion.
  2. I'll redeem myself.
  3. I'll go to a meet and greet.
  4. Summer is ending.
Tomoko tries to go the whole day without showing expression. She suffers a string of bad luck. At the end of the first term, she tries to find someone to watch fireworks. She spends a week of summer break doing practically nothing. She tries to look mature when her younger cousin Kii visits, and pretends to be in a relationship with a guy she meets at the library. Kii observes Tomoko at a candy store where the latter plays collectible card games. At a meet and greet, she has the voice actor from one of her otome games record an embarrassing line for her. During the Cygnids meteor shower,[23] she struggles to find a boy to share the experience. In the special chapter, Tomoko goes shopping and wins a massage wand.
3 December 22, 2012[24]978-4-757-53818-4April 22, 2014[25]978-0-31-632205-8
  1. Second term is starting.
  2. I'll make preparations.
  3. I'll be in the culture fest.
  4. I'll get my picture taken.
  5. The weather's lousy.
  1. I'll get groped.
  2. I'll nurse the sick.
  3. I'll start my own club.
  4. I'll have a nice dream.
Tomoko's class changes seating, but Tomoko does not make new friends and hides in a group of desks during lunch. In prepping for the school's culture festival, she tries to fit in by taking on miscellaneous jobs. During the festival, she meets up with her friend Yuu. She tries a purikura photo booth. She has a rainy bad hair day and looks for her umbrella. She is bothered that she is not attractive enough to be groped on a train but then it happens. Following an accident in P.E., Tomoko returns home where she nurses her brother who has a cold in order to try to catch it. She tries to start a school club. In order to experience lewd dreams, she tries sleeping on her stomach.
4 June 22, 2013[26]978-4-757-53980-8July 22, 2014[27]978-0-31-637674-7
  1. I'll try out the nightlife
  2. I'll make a cake.
  3. I'll run.
  4. I'll be delusional.
  5. The year's ending.
  1. I'll greet the New Year.
  2. I'll stand out.
  3. I'll mother my brother.
  4. I'll become an adult.
Tomoko reconsiders working as a cabaret girl after visiting the red light district. She tries for a job making cakes, only to end up with a not-so-glamorous factory job. On the school run, she needs to go to the bathroom. She is embarrassed when Yuu reminds her of her delusional career plans from middle school. She is surprised finding her brother's affectionate essay from elementary school. She is invited to a Christmas party, but wanders off to spend time alone. On a New Year's shrine visit with Kii, she is embarrassed by Kii's maturity. When a cockroach enters the class, she kills it hoping to be praised as a hero, only to leave a less than desirable impression on her classmates. She forgets to mail Tomoki's high school application and tries to get his forgiveness. On her birthday, she catches up with Yuu over coffee.
5 September 21, 2013[28]978-4-757-54064-4October 28, 2014[29]978-0-31-633609-3
  1. I'll attend graduation.
  2. I'll be misunderstood.
  3. I'll introduce myself.
  4. I'll build up my appeal.
  5. I'll use a point system.
  1. I'll just live my life (second year).
  2. I'll develop an interest in nudity.
  3. I'll study for exams.
  4. I'll kill time.
  5. I'll run into an old acquaintance.
6 March 22, 2014[30][31]978-4-757-54025-5
978-4-7575-4024-8 (special edition)
January 20, 2015[32]978-0-31-625941-5
  1. I'll remember an old acquaintance.
  2. I'll fight low-key.
  3. I'll decide where to go.
  4. I'll hang out by myself in a twilit classroom.
  5. I'll take notice of the same sex.
  1. I'll write a song.
  2. Something good will happen.
  3. I'll won't change.
  4. It's Tanabata.
7 October 22, 2014[33][34]978-4-757-54121-4
978-4-7575-4122-1 (special edition)
May 19, 2015[35]978-0-31-634201-8
  1. I'll worry about B.O.
  2. I'll start my second summer break.
  3. I'll waste time.
  4. I'll cheer them on.
  5. I'll become a dog.
  6. I'll terrorize
  1. I'll go back home.
  2. I want to prolong summer break.
  3. I'll do summer break in a trio.
  4. I'll go to the beach.
  5. I'll use the power of suggestion.
8 August 22, 2015[36]978-4-757-54713-1March 22, 2016[37]978-0-31-631494-7
  1. I'll become a princess.
  2. I'll idle through second term.
  3. I'll pick my group.
  4. I'll go shopping by myself.
  5. I'll depart.
  6. I'll arrive in Kyoto.
  1. I won't groom.
  2. I'll do a group activity.
  3. I'll buy souvenirs.
  4. I'll aim for the top.
  5. I'll embrace the second night.
9 March 22, 2016[38]978-4-757-54911-1November 22, 2016[39]978-0-31-655273-8
  1. I'll have a sleepless night.
  2. I'll do whatever i want.
  3. It's the last night of the class trip.
  4. I'll drop by Akihabara.
  5. I'll return to normal life.
  6. I'll tell a lie.
  1. A certain day in autumn.
  2. I'll get a pat on the head.
  3. The sports festival goes underway.
  4. I'll have a sports fest palate cleanser.
  5. I'll lose.
10 October 22, 2016[40]978-4-757-55125-1July 18, 2017[41]978-0-31-643971-8
  1. I'll forget something.
  2. I'll think about the future.
  3. I'll have a chance encounter.
  4. I'll suddenly get dragged into a game.
  5. I'll give someone a present.
  1. My little brother plays soccer.
  2. It's the end of autumn.
  3. I'll study for exams.
  4. I'll eat in the cafeteria.
  5. It's a winter rain.
11 March 22, 2017[42]978-4-757-55277-7December 19, 2017[43]978-0-31-641412-8
  1. I'm a friend of a friend.
  2. I won't change?
  3. I can get my feelings across.
  4. One winter break...
  5. I'll have the year's first dream.
  6. Kii-chan is not normal.
  1. I'll give in return.
  2. It's the last winter.
  3. I attract concern.
  4. Little bro has something on his mind.
  5. I'm at school on a snowy day.
12 February 22, 2018[44]978-4-757-55624-9November 13, 2018[45]978-1-97-532817-7
  1. I'll cheer on the examinees.
  2. I'll picture my New Game+.
  3. I'll enjoy Valentine's Day. part 1
  4. I'll enjoy Valentine's Day. part 2
  5. I'll enjoy Valentine's Day. part 3
  6. I'll attend my second graduation ceremony.
  7. I'll attend my second graduation ceremony. side story
  1. I'll greet the end of the second year.
  2. I'll get cocky.
  3. I'll go to a party.
  4. I'll attend the party.
  5. I'll hang out with Dad.
  6. I'll begin my third year.
13 July 21, 2018[46]978-4-757-55777-2March 26, 2019[47]978-1-975-30344-0
  1. Little Bro comes by class 3-5.
  2. There are friendships.
  3. The field trip begins.
  4. I'll get called by a nickname.
  5. I'll join in.
  1. I'll make the rounds.
  2. I'll explain.
  3. The field trip ends.
  4. We're field tripping all the way home.
  5. I'm a senpai with a kouhai
14 January 22, 2019[48]978-4-7575-5976-9October 15, 2019[49]978-1-9753-3182-5
  1. I'll make connections.
  2. People around me are Rowdy.
  3. I'll try on a mask (character).
  4. I'll recommend a manga.
  5. Golden Week is coming.
  1. I'll go to college.
  2. It's the reason im going to college.
  3. I'll take part in an open campus.
  4. I'll take Kii-chan to high school.
  5. I'll decide Kii-chans career path.
15 May 11, 2019[50]978-4-7575-5976-9January 28, 2020[51]978-1-9753-3297-6
  1. We'll study as a trio.
  2. We'll call each other by name.
  1. One day in third year...
  2. Until the rain stops...
  1. I'll take a detour on my own.
  2. I'll shorten it.
  3. I'll be a senpai.
  4. I'll bestow laurels.
16 November 12, 2019[52]978-4-7575-6378-0July 21, 2020[53]978-1-9753-1377-7
  1. I'll Triumph.
  2. It's me and (・_・).
  3. It's the second class matchup.
  4. I'll end the class matchups.
  5. I'll Fondle.
  1. I'll get talked about.
  2. They hear I'm suspended.
  3. I'm suspended.
  4. I'm still suspended.
17 March 12, 2020[54]978-4-7575-6553-1December 15, 2020[55]978-1-9753-1790-4
  1. It's my last day of suspension.
  2. Things are back to normal.
  3. I'll make a wish.
  4. It's summer.
  5. I'll work hard over summer break.
  1. My last summer break of high school begins.
  2. I'll go cheer them on again.
  3. I won't waste my time.
  4. We'll meet up at my little brother's room.
18 July 10, 2020[56][57]978-4-7575-6665-1
978-4-7575-6666-8 (special edition)
July 13, 2021[58]978-1-9753-2460-5
19 February 12, 2021[59]978-4-7575-7091-7
20 September 10, 2021[60]978-4-7575-7232-4


An anime television adaptation of the manga was announced to have been greenlit in an advertising for the third manga volume on December 20, 2012.[61] The television series was produced by Silver Link and aired in Japan between July 8 and September 23, 2013, while Crunchyroll simulcast the series for North America.[62][63] The series is directed by Shin Oonuma and written by Takao Yoshioka, with character design by Hideki Furukawa.[64] An original video animation episode was released with the seventh manga volume on October 22, 2014.[65]Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America and released it on Blu-ray and DVD on August 26, 2014.[66]

The opening theme is "Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!" (私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!, "No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!") by Konomi Suzuki and Kiba of Akiba, which reached #43 on the Japan Hot 100.[67] The main ending theme, featured in all but four episodes, is "Dō Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai" (どう考えても私は悪くない, "No Matter How I Look At It, It's Not My Fault") by Izumi Kitta.[68] It charted at #79 in Japan.[67] The ending themes for episodes two and five are "Musō Renka" (夢想恋歌, Dream Love Song) and "Yoru no Tobari yo Sayōnara" (夜のとばりよ さようなら, Farewell, Veil of Darkness) respectively, both performed by Velvet.Kodhy. The ending theme for episode six is "Natsu Matsuri" (夏祭り, Summer Festival) by Utsu-P & Toka Minatsuki, featuring vocals by Hatsune Miku (a cover of the original 1990 hit song by Jitterin' Jinn). The ending theme for episode eleven in "Sokora no Chaku-Gurumi no Fūsen to Watashi" (そこらの着ぐるみの風船と私, Me and the Balloon I Got from the Costumed Person) by Velvet.Kodhy, Velvet.Kodhy, µ and µ (Velvet.kodhyとVelvet.kodhyとμとμ).

Production credits[edit]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a]Directed and storyboarded by Written by Original airdate
1"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Change My Image a Bit"
"Motenai shi, Chotto Imechen suru wa" (モテないし、ちょっとイメチェンするわ)
Shin OonumaTakao YoshiokaJuly 8, 2013 (2013-07-08)
Tomoko Kuroki believes she'd be popular upon entering high school, having spent countless hours playing otome games. However, two months has passed since she started high school and she hasn't so much as made a single friend, let alone get a boyfriend. After taking a good look in the mirror, she realizes she is not the popular girl she thought herself to be. Wanting to change, Tomoko comes to her brother, Tomoki, to try to learn how to have a conversation with a guy, which he does not appreciate one bit. The next day, Tomoko tries doing some 'high school girl' activities such as reading in a book shop and eating at a burger joint, though it does little to raise her esteem.
2"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll See My Old Friend"
"Motenai shi, Mukashi no Tomodachi ni Au" (モテないし、昔の友達に会う)
Masato JinboSawako HirabayashiJuly 15, 2013 (2013-07-15)
Tomoko receives a call from her old middle school friend, Yū Naruse, asking to meet up with her, though she becomes nervous about meeting her due to her uneventful high school life. Whilst trying to improve herself before her meeting, she ends up spending an annoyingly brief time with another boy in the art room due to skipping classes, though feels touched by the portrait he drew of her. On the day of the meeting, Tomoko is surprised to find that Yū's appearance has changed a lot since she last saw her, but feels relieved that she is still the same on the inside. After spending the day playing at the arcades, Tomoko feels encouraged by Yū to keep doing her best, only to become depressed again after hearing she has a boyfriend.
3"Since I'm Not Popular, the Weather's Bad"
"Motenai shi, Akutenkō" (モテないし、悪天候)
Jin TamamuraAyumi SekineJuly 22, 2013 (2013-07-22)
On a rainy day, Tomoko gets an earful from her teacher and a passerby and her umbrella breaks, forcing her to take shelter. As two other boys take shelter as well, she awkwardly attempts to make conversation with them. After being sent home early the next day after being hit by a basketball, Tomoko decides to tease Tomoki who is sick with a cold (caused by Tomoko herself), later becoming depressed when his female classmates came to deliver his homework.
4"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Have a Good Dream"
"Motenai shi, Chotto Ii Yume Miru wa" (モテないし、ちょっといい夢見るわ)
Yoshinobu TokumotoTakayo IkamiJuly 29, 2013 (2013-07-29)
Tomoko tries to follow a guide to have an erotic dream, but only winds up having nightmares. Later, she end up being consistently stuck on a train, where she fears she is being molested only to find that she had just gotten snagged on another girl's naginata equipment. Afterwards, Tomoko asks Yū to help her shop for some underwear, though she later ends up embarrassing herself by mistaking her newly bought panties as a handkerchief. She soon feels better after winning a massager from a raffle ticket which came from a BL game.
5"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Boost My Skills"
"Motenai shi, Sukiru Appu shitemiru" (モテないし、スキルアップしてみる)
Directed by: Yasuo Iwamoto
Storyboarded by: Masayoshi Nishida
Takayo IkamiAugust 5, 2013 (2013-08-05)
Tomoko attempts to become popular by playing as a cool, silent character, but this does not play out how she would have hoped. Later, she tries to get some photo stickers taken of her, though is less than pleased with the results. The next day, Tomoko contemplates taking up a job as a cabaret girl and decides to practise lighting cigarettes and mixing drinks. However, she becomes less eager when she travels to the red light district the following night.
6"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Go See the Fireworks"
"Motenai shi, Hanabi ni Iku" (モテないし、花火に行く)
Tomoka NagaokaAyumi SekineAugust 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
After noticing she looks somewhat cuter following a night of playing otome games, Tomoko believes she can grow even more cute by constantly playing games about sex, though unbeknownst to her, she is just getting greasier from not washing. Later, after spraying herself with soda, she believes she is getting looks from other boys, when really they are just noticing the ants crawling over her body as a result. The next day, Tomoko tries to find some people to go watch the fireworks with, to no avail. As Tomoko decides to go alone to an abandoned rooftop to watch the fireworks, she is joined by a pair of schoolboys and ends up watching a very different kind of 'fireworks' with them.
7"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Enjoy Summer Vacation"
"Motenai shi, Natsuyasumi o Makitsu suru" (モテないし、夏休みを満喫する)
Junya KoshibaAyumi SekineAugust 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
After spending several days doing nothing but playing games, reading manga and browsing the internet, Tomoko comes to the realization that she is wasting her summer vacation. To alleviate this, Tomoko buys a webcam in the hopes of becoming an internet personality, only to back out under the pressure. Later, she discovers she has a ticket enabling her to meet an otome game voice actor and request a line from him. After spending the whole night looking up what to make him say, she ends up cracking under pressure when she finally meets him and winds up giving a weird jumbled request. She attempts to remix it with her own voice to form a dubious dialogue, which her mother ends up listening to.
8"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Put on Airs"
"Motenai shi, Mie o Haru" (モテないし、見栄をはる)
Jin TamamuraSawako HirabayashiAugust 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)
Tomoko grows anxious when she learns her cousin, Kī, is coming over, feeling she needs to look like a 'bitch' in order to back up the tall tales she had previously told her. She attempts to cover her body with vacuum cleaner hickeys, only to be scolded by her mother. While taking Kī to the library, Tomoko meets Kousaka, one of the boys she met while sheltering from the rain the other day, who Kī assumes to be Tomoko's boyfriend. The next day, they see him with another girl, prompting Kī to confront him, bringing Tomoko's bluff to light. With Kī's impression of her waning, Tomoko attempts to restore her faith by showing off her prowess in a children's card game. After noticing that Tomoko is nothing but a cheater, Kī starts to get a feeling of pity towards her.
9"Since I'm Not Popular, Summer Will End"
"Motenai shi, Natsu ga Owaru" (モテないし、夏が終わる)
Yoshinobu TokumotoTakayo IkamiSeptember 2, 2013 (2013-09-02)
After Tomoko visits a fancy café where Yū is helping out, she decides to take up a job making cakes in the hopes of also becoming trendy, only for it to turn out to be a not-so-glamorous factory job. Later, Tomoko's mother forces her to do some cleaning, where she finds an essay written years ago by Tomoki about how he used to admire his big sister. Afterwards, dejected, Tomoko goes to watch a meteor shower, later kept company by a stray cat.
10"Since I'm Not Popular, Second Term Is Starting"
"Motenai shi, Ni-gakki ga Hajimaru" (モテないし、二学期が始まる)
Directed by: Yoshinobu Tokumoto
Storyboarded by: Masayoshi Nishida
Takao YoshiokaSeptember 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
The second school term begins and Tomoko is still as unpopular as ever, made worse when she is relocated into the center of the class. She manages to find herself a secret spot amongst a pile of unused desks where she can eat and play games in private during lunch breaks, but it is inevitably cleaned up. As the school prepares for a culture festival, Tomoko contemplates starting her own club, but it is ultimately denied due to it being too vague.
11"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Participate in the Culture Festival"
"Motenai shi, Bunkasai ni Sankasuru" (モテないし、文化祭に参加する)
Tomoka NagaokaTakao YoshiokaSeptember 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)
Whilst trying to get involved with her class for the culture festival preparations, Tomoko cuts her hand but is helped out by the kind festival committee president, Megumi Imae. During the festival, Tomoko has little reason to enjoy herself, but nonetheless receives encouragement from Megumi. The next day, Tomoko is visited by Yū, hoping to get an intimate hug from her but nonetheless appreciating the time spent with her. Noticing Tomoko feeling downhearted after Yū leaves, Megumi borrows a mascot costume in order to give Tomoko a comforting hug.
12"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Think About the Future"
"Motenai shi, Shōrai o Kangaeru" (モテないし、将来を考える)
Shin OonumaTakao YoshiokaSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
As Tomoko reflects on her uneventful past and thinks about her future, she views Megumi as the kind of student she should aim to become. When a cockroach roams about the class, Tomoko kills it hoping to be praised as a hero, only to leave a less than desirable impression on her classmates. Later that day, Tomoko tries to initiate a conversation with Megumi, but runs off after a blustery wind ruins the mood, not staying to hear Megumi's words of praise about her. The episode ends with Tomoko reading the mojo definition from the first episode and laughing, saying that none of it matters, as she has apparently learned to be happy on her own terms rather than on society's.
OVA"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Become an Enigma"
"Motenai shi, Nazomeitemiru" (モテないし、謎めいてみる)
Yoshinobu TokumotoTakao YoshiokaOctober 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)
Tomoko discusses with Yuu and Kii on how to make Watamote's second season a success, only to be informed that it's highly unlikely. During middle school, a boy named Aomatsu had an encounter with a mysterious girl on the school rooftop. However, this is revealed to simply be Tomoko playing around.


WataMote has been the subject of much discussion and debate,[75] particularly in its treatment of social anxiety and the main character Tomoko. Many have debated if the series is a comedy or a study of neurosis with many varying opinions on whether the subject matter is supposed to be humorous or not. Still, the anime adaptation has been highly praised by most websites,[76][77][78] particularly for its main character Tomoko, and Izumi Kitta's portrayal of her. Among the most praised aspects of the series, the opening title sequence has received unanimous praise for its opening song, visuals, and how well it represents Tomoko's loneliness, frustration, and intense social anxiety.[75]

Kotaku contributor and anime critic Richard Eisenbeis gave the series an extremely negative review, describing the show as being the "most mean-spirited" anime that he had ever viewed as a critic and fan. He criticized the show's main source of humor, the protagonist's social anxiety disorder, as being low-brow and demeaning to the mentally ill.[79]

On the other hand, AnimeNewsNetwork's review compared the series to other well-known series dealing with subject of social misfits, such as Welcome to the NHK and Genshiken. Furthermore, Tomoko is portrayed as a completely anti-moe character, since she is angry and vengeful, instead of a typical cheery moe girl who just happens to be socially clumsy. The review praises the series for being insightful and straightforward in its treatment of social maladjustment.[80]



No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! manga volumes by Nico Tanigawa. Original Japanese version published by Square Enix. English version published by Yen Press.
  1. Vol. 1 (ch. 1–9): 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 1. January 2012. ISBN 978-4757534803. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 1. October 2013. ISBN 978-0316243162
  2. Vol. 2 (ch. 10–18): 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 2. May 2012. ISBN 978-4757535978. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 2. January 2014. ISBN 978-0316322041
  3. Vol. 3 (ch. 19–27): 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 3. December 2012. ISBN 978-4757538184. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 3. April 2014. ISBN 978-0316322058
  4.  私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 4. June 2013. ISBN 978-4757539808. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 4. July 2014. ISBN 978-0316376747
  5.  私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 5. September 2013. ISBN 978-4757540644. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 5. October 2014. ISBN 978-0316336093
  6.  私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 6. March 2014. ISBN 978-4757540255. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 6. January 2015. ISBN 978-0316259415
  7.  私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! 7. October 2014. ISBN 978-4757541214. (in Japanese) and No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! 7. May 2015. ISBN 978-0316342018
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English: WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular!

Synonyms: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!, It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!, WataMote

Japanese: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!



Episodes: 12

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Jul 9, 2013 to Sep 24, 2013

Premiered:Summer 2013

Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:05 (JST)

Producers:TV Tokyo, Media Factory, MediaNet, AT-X, DAX Production, Sony Music Communications, Bushiroad, Good Smile Company, NichiNare

Licensors:Sentai Filmworks


Source: Web manga

Genres:ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life


Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score:7.011(scored by 285902285,902 users)

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After living 50 simulated high school lives and dating over 100 virtual boys, Tomoko Kuroki believes that she is ready to conquer her first year of high school. Little does she know that she is much less prepared than she would like to think. In reality, Tomoko is an introverted and awkward young girl, and she herself is the only one who doesn't realize it! With the help of her best friend, Yuu Naruse, and the support and love of her brother Tomoki, Tomoko attempts to brave the new world of high school life.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! chronicles the life of a socially awkward and relatively friendless high school otaku as she attempts to overcome her personal barriers in order to live a fulfilling life.

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Episode 1 was previewed at a screening in Akihabara Gamers, Tokyo on June 29, 2013. Regular broadcasting began on July 9, 2013.

WataMote was licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America and MVM Films in the United Kingdom. It was simulcast by Crunchyroll during its original run.

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There is a scene in Watamote where the main character, Tomoko, experiences what she believes to be public molestation. She panics, unable to even breathe or call for help. The train suddenly stops, and the passengers begin to take their leave. Tomoko then realizes that the object pressing against her is simply a bamboo sword belonging to the girl behind her. After much public embarrassment, she finally breaks free, and moves on to yet another miserable day of her life.

To say that Watamote is an uncomfortable anime would be an understatement. Every minute involves Tomoko failing at something in the most awkward way imaginable, to the point where you can't help but pity the poor girl. It's not even amusing. It's just depressing.

Tomoko is a high school girl that simply wants to be liked by her peers. She wants to be seen as attractive by the opposite sex. She is so lonely and socially inept that even hearing a "goodbye" from a classmate is seen as a massive success. Her younger brother doesn't care about her problems, her parents think she's a pathetic pervert, and her only friend (who she rarely even sees) is oblivious to Tomoko's blatant emotional issues. She is alone with nobody to help.

Does she bring some of these problems upon herself? Maybe. Does she try too hard to be somebody that she's not? Definitely. But who can blame her? The only time she had anything even remotely resembling a normal life was when she was a toddler. Of course she's angry. Of course she's fed-up with her lifestyle.

Unlike the source material which presents itself entirely as a gag manga, the anime teases us with signs that Tomoko might actually be changing for the better. But nothing ever does change. She squanders all her opportunities, leaving both her and the audience with a bitter sense of hopelessness. What's the point in enduring so many embarrassing scenes when there is no payoff at the end? Are we meant to be masochists?

The humor of Watamote is akin to kicking a kitten, and worse - a kitten that you sympathize with. It's a punchline where there is no punchline. The goal is make us laugh at somebody in a pitiable situation, to feel happy that our lives are not quite as bad as Tomoko's. Is that comedy? Is that entertainment? For others, perhaps, but all it did for me was bring back awful memories and remind me of everything wrong with teenagers. Some scenes were so uncomfortable that I had to take a break or avert my eyes for a few moments. That's not what a comedy is supposed to do.

Some of the jokes can be quite funny, though. If you've ever listened to porn or something equally embarrassing on your computer, only to realize that the headphones weren't actually plugged in, well, Watamote will remind you of such times. The best moments are when the humor is restrained and situational. The dialogue between Tomoko and her brother is also well-written and reminiscent of most actual brother-sister relationships; I just wish that there was more of him.

It's also very easy to relate to Tomoko's situation if you've ever dealt with social anxiety. Sure, her feelings are blatantly exaggerated for comedic effect, but the way people act around her is very much real. Teenagers love to gossip. They love to ignore and exclude anybody that isn't a part of their group. Watamote hits this fact home, reminding us just how idealized high school life is in anime. It is the opposite of escapism.

As for the art and animation quality, Watamote is an above-average anime. Each scene is made even more depressing by the dark, often blue-and-grey color scheme. The animation is consistent (though there isn't much of it) and, for once, a shut-in character does not look like a supermodel. Tomoko looks disheveled, tired, and unclean. As she should. The animators don't even hold back on making some scenes look utterly repulsive (including a failed experiment with make-up, and a colony of ants making their home in Tomoko's hair... ugh). There's definitely some talent here, and it shows.

The sound is more of a mixed bag. Kitta Izumi does a fantastic job of voicing Tomoko's character, but the background music is barely noticeable and the opening is some mixture of awful screamo and generic J-Pop. It's a cacophony that I never wanted to sit through more than once (although I'm sure that I'm in the minority). At least the ending sequence sounds more in line with the tone of the series: delightfully disgusting, and cute all the same.

If nothing else, Watamote should be commended for daring to be different. This is not your ordinary anime. If it was an ordinary anime, Tomoko would be male and she would have a harem in love with her for some inexplicable reason. There is none of that. Watamote wastes no time on romanticizing the high school life, and instead portrays it for what is in reality. Few anime out there have had the courage to do the same.

But for all the awful, depressing things we see happen to Tomoko, what do we get for it at the end? Nothing but a sad glimpse of a girl desperately clinging to the hope that some day, she might attain a normal person's happiness. A dream that we all know will never be fulfilled.


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WATAMOTE -No matter how I look at it, It's you guys fault I'm not popular- is a comedy aimed straight at dysfunctional geeks, or former dysfunctional geeks, who can laugh at their own faults and take them with a grain of salt. Its gallows humor centers around a socially inept mess of a protagonist who goes through life repeating the cycle of self-embarrassment and loneliness while learning nothing from it, and garnished with anime and pop culture references and parodies. It's a show that hits painfully close to home for anyone who has social anxieties, yet playful enough that it remains morbidly funny rather than becoming straight-up depressing, most of the time at least. It's also pretty blunt about who's really at fault for all the main character's problems.

Our social misfit of a protagonist is Tomoko, an unkempt antisocial teenager entering her first year of high school. Despite having difficulty with talking to the opposite sex and having hardly any friends in middle school, Tomoko convinces herself that she will become instantly popular after her high school debut. It goes without saying that this isn't the case. Instead, she ends up brooding, having odd fantasies, and lamenting the fact she isn't popular. She spends her days fading into the scenery and going unnoticed by her fellow students, except for her occasional bouts of awkwardness; her days off school are usually spent cooped up in her room. Still, she's determined to gain popularity among her peers, even if she has absolutely no clue how to go about accomplishing that goal. Cringe inducing awkwardness and hilarity ensue.

Majority of the show's humor comes from Tomoko's breathtaking ineptness. Not only does she have trouble talking to people, she has no sense of how to handle social situations at all. On top of that, she's also pessimistic and has a really dirty mind. Consequently, she constantly misinterprets even the simplest of interactions and blows them out of proportion; sometimes putting a sexual twist on them. A single kind gesture from a boy sends her into hilariously ludicrous fantasies of that boy having having a crush on her and becoming her boyfriend, even if there isn't a single indignation that he is actually interested in her. She comes up with half-baked ideas how to get noticed by her classmates which either go unnoticed or cause her embarrassment, even as she has overblown daydreams of becoming the most popular girl in class. She even botches an attempt to impress her visiting younger cousin, who had actually admired Tomoko until this particular visit. It would be depressing (actually, it still sort of is) if it wasn't for how clearly deluded Tomoko is (she takes social ques from anime), and the show's unhinged presentation of her delusional fantasies and social ineptitude.

The irony in this is, despite coming up with harebrained ideas to get her classmates' attentions, Tomoko rarely tries to interact with them normally. Instead of actually attempting to get acquainted with her fellow students, she just mopes around and daydreams about having friends. Of course, this is partly due to shyness, but Tomoko actively avoids interacting with people. She's also jealous, and even a bit spiteful, towards people more popular than her. Tomoko's loneliness is something she brings upon herself, if even just partly. Of course, she's unaware of this; propelling the show's morbid laughs as she runs around in circles.

Now, you may have noticed Tomoko is the only character I've mentioned so far. This is because she is very much the essence of the show; she is horribly pathetic and self-centered and incredibly counter-productive, yet somehow surprisingly sympathetic. Her desire to become popular, warped as it is, comes from a genuine place. Beneath her unkempt appearance and unsocial demeanor, she's a confused teenager looking for someone to connect with. As funny as her misfortunes can be, and they can be pretty damn hilarious, there's an underline melancholy to them. This resonate strong for anyone who has had crippling social anxieties like Tomoko. What makes WATAMOTE a breath of fresh air is that it is able to spin these negative feelings into something fun to watch. The show's manic energy and countless silly references to other anime (K-ON, Fist of the North Star, and Another just to name a few), which usually take form in Tomoko's delusions, keep the humor from being overwhelmingly bleak... most of the time, at least.

The other characters in the show have significantly less attention, which isn't surprising given the nature of the show, but add extra flavor to the show as they interact with Tomoko. In complete opposition to Tomoko's high school experience, her best friend from middle school Yuu (her only friend, really) has made a full transformation from quiet shy girl to a trendy, fashionable girl. Unlike our protagonist, she's friendly and sociable and actually pretty sweet; even with her new found popularity she makes time for her unsociable middle-school friend whenever she can. It's rather funny to see the striking contrast of the separate paths the two took after middle school. There's also Tomoko's younger brother, who always seems to be at the butt of Tomoko's shenanigans at home. Their vague animosity towards each other mirrors that of an actual sibling relationship, something that is oddly rare in anime. Late in the series, there's also a character that gives Tomoko a much needed hug.

Director Shin Oonuma has a very busy visual style, constantly throwing colorful and weird imagery into scenes; a habit that has been unnecessary in some of his previous works. This fits WATAMOTE like a glove, however. Tomoko has a very skewed outlook on life and an equally as overactive imagination; Oonuma's manic direction does wonders to illustrate this. Sometimes this comes in little touches like many of the characters having minimal detail in their designs, or Tomoko slowly becoming transparent and fading into the background. Other times it takes form in delirious spectacles, such as any of Tomoko's ludicrous fantasies. Also adding the unhinged visual design is the oddly angled lighting and color schemes and visual windows into Tomoko's thoughts. Tomoko's character design itself is cute in a dirty abandoned puppy kind of way; giving her some major icon power. You get the feeling that she would look pretty good if she actually took care of herself.

The music is on the zany side. It's reminiscent the usual light music used in high school comedy anime, but with a distinct oddness to it that works well with the visual design. The real attention catcher, however, are the show's opening and ending themes. The show has several different ending themes; all of which are both fun to listen to, and a little crazy. The main ending theme is preformed by Tomoko's seiyuu, Izumi Kitta (who does an incredibly job in the role), and fits the character perfectly. The opening theme is a blast of hard-rocking energy that is accompanied by visuals that encapsulate the show's themes and change slightly as the show continues. It is easily one of the best anime openers in recent memory.

WATAMOTE doesn't live to the likes of Welcome to the NHK or The Tatami Galaxy, which feature similarly dissatisfied protagonists, because Tomoko ultimately doesn't grow or develop much at all by the end. The show itself says that "her story doesn't really matter". However, perhaps because of this irreverence, the show is gigantically entertaining. While social anxieties are certainly a serious issue, there is something refreshing about having a show that centers around them not take itself seriously. The show isn't trivializing such anxieties or even making fun of them. It's simply inviting the viewers to laugh them off.


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Before you decide to watch this show, make sure you do the following:

First, lock your windows, close the blinds, and make sure you're in an isolated location (preferably soundproof). Also, have plenty of supply of water ready. Oh and don't forget some cough medicine. Now you're probably asking yourself, “why??” The answer is simple:

You're going to be laughing so damn hard in this series like you've never ever before.

Watamote, aka No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys’ Fault I'm Not Popular!, is an animated series based off the manga of the same name written by Tanigawa Nico. The series chronicles the life of an antisocial girl named Tomoko Kuroki. It depicts the every day life of this young girl as she finally becomes a high school student. The problem? She is literally an otaku with no social experience with no real friends, much less a boyfriend. Well, now that might be something that not any of us wants to be in the shoes of but for Tomoko, it's what she has to go through every single day of her life.

For Tomoko, she is what represents the antithesis of a high school girl. While most girls in high school already have friends and are looking forward to the dating cycle, Tomoko is still in the baby stage of her making a real friend. (a boyfriend would obviously be better but I think that might be out of her league for now) Tomoko has always being a shy girl throughout her childhood and has a problem of getting along with others socially. In fact, her social skills are so below average that through flashbacks, we see she has only made three actual “conversations” with her peers. But hey, it's high school so the opportunity to shine is now right? WRONG. For Tomoko, it doesn't seem like much has progressed. She is still stuck as an antisocial girl with zero experience in socializing. She often has thoughts in her head too that are filled with delusions about others. For instance, she often fantasizes what it would be like if she really was popular. These delusions expands on her being the queen, majesty, or some sort of celebrity in her own mind. Other times, she pictures herself in a world of her own where she is the ruler and the subjects are those 'popular kids'. Unfortunately, she often mixes the wrong way between her fictions and reality. These usually result in consequences...mostly getting herself embarrassed or humiliated.

What impresses me most about her character is that Tomoko is very relatable. In fact, most of her life situations can be traced to our own childhoods. In fact, some of you reading this might be one of those folks who were once antisocial yourself. There's a line though between being antisocial or just a nutcase. In Watamote, Tomoko takes it to the extremes through her behavior. She has a love for BL games, often gets ideas from the manga/anime she is in love with, and always seems to say or do the wrong things at the wrong time. (mostly anyways) Furthermore, Tomoko seems to have a perverted mind as well as she fantasizes about genders of both sexes. In particular, her 'friend' Yui is a target of those perverted thoughts as she plays strange imaginations in her head.

The series follows a slice of life format so don't expect any form of arc going on. What you should expect though is Tomoko's progression as she tries to climb out of her shell in terms of being the antisocial kid. She doesn't have any real friend and seems like High School isn't getting any better. In fact, her vow to become more popular is played as parodies with each of her attempts. These usually are plans played in her head that often doesn't seem to go the way she wants to. Tomoko's reliance on the knowledge she gets from anime, manga, and in the otome game world doesn't help her at all. Although it's played as a parody most of the time, there are moments where we may also feel sorry for her. Why? Perhaps it's because we might have been in the same situation before. In fact, there is probably one moment in life where you feel like you just can't succeed in something no matter how hard you try. In the end, you realize it might all be pointless. For Tomoko Kuroki, it's something she has dealt with many times in her life. “What's the point?”

Tomoko's relation with her family is surprisingly quite realistic; at least at first glance. She has caring parents whom often cares for her daughter despite them not knowing of her way of life. Tomoko's younger brother Tomoki Kuroki is also portrayed as being just what a younger brother might be like in the real world – impatient, reserved, and often brutally honest. Throughout the series, we clearly see that the two of them behaves like siblings because of the way the argue. Some of these are based off of normal norms while other times are related to almost no reason. Regardless, it's realistic in my point of view because siblings always gets into fights no matter what. In fact, if you had a sibling, wasn't there at least one time where the two of you disagreed over something? (even if it's completely pointless?)

On the other hand, we later meet another character who served as an 'old friend' of Tomoko. Unlike Tomoko though, she significantly changed not only physically but also in terms of her personality. She represents what Tomoko is not – pretty, cheerful, and sociable. It's sad to see Tomoko being compared to such a person throughout the series because the gap in their differences. Furthermore, she seems to have accomplished a goal in her life that has been an obstacle that Tomoko tried to overcome all this time. Sometimes, you just have to feel sorry for her.

The idea and originality of Watamote isn't as fresh as some people might think though. Recent series such as My Romantic Comedy SNAFU also depicts a young boy with delusions and being antisoical while being acquittance with a beauty. Other series such as Welcome to the NHK and The World God Only Knows also depicts the otaku culture with an antisocial character and being unpopular with their peers. The highlight to Watamote though is that Tomoko is an extreme case but also struggles to overcome her obstacles in a more humorous way. The way Tomoko is portrayed often shows that she is stuck in a labyrinth of her own problems. There seems to be no way out for her because of various reasons. These reasons are often humorous but if we take them to the real life world, it can be a serious problem. Regardless, I find Watamote and its portrayal of Tomoko's character to be very entertaining to watch.

The comedy of the series are also the highlights. There are references being made to pop culture as well as other popular anime/manga series. Sometimes though, I feel like the show is trying a bit hard or more repetitive than it should be. Tomoko's quest to become more popular in high school might also frustrate viewers especially those who wants her to succeed. Then finally, Watamote might also be a painful watch especially for those who has truly been in Tomoko's shoes before. It makes some of us look back and tell ourselves, “wow, I think I've been there before..just look at me now”.

Watamote's artwork overall is painted with a simple style. Tomoko's character is probably the most noticeable. The way she looks isn't what some people might call 'attractive'. Rather, she is designed in the way an antisocial kid might be like. Her long hair, bagged eyes, and way she dresses shows that she isn't the typical valley girl. In fact, she doesn't use makeup or spent hours doing her hair in the morning. Silver Link adapts the manga well for the visuals just the way it ought to be – straight forward and simple.

As for soundtrack goes, Watamote's OP song, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui by Konomi Suzuki n' Kiba of Akiba is extremely noticeable with its combination of rock and metal cords. Along with the strange appeal to her character, the song depicts Tomoko as a kid who doesn't fit with the popular crowds. The OST of the show is pleasant and often times plays noticeable tones of its soundtrack during certain scenes. These usually include moments when Tomoko gets caught up in awkward moments. The ED contains several different styles but all of them are portrayed as humorous and awkward. Finally, I would like to give praise to Tomoko's VA Kitta Izumi for her role in this series. Her voice as Tomoko truly shows that she is antisocial girl with no social skills and troubling delusions.

Ultimately, this show is one hell of a fun ride. I forgot the amount of times I had to screenshot those hilarious moments involving Tomoko. It brings about the humor of what an antisocial girl might be like in the case of Tomoko. Although the series does take it a bit to the extreme at times, I find it funny to watch because it pokes fun at the idea. In fact, the idea of being antisocial is often portrayed as a serious consequence. And indeed it is but in Watamote, the show gives off more of a humorous experience in the eyes and shoes of Tomoko. It's not a good thing to be antisocial or delusional but this show portrays it in such a way that you can't sometimes help but laugh. (at least I did) I hope you get a good laugh from this series as well. High school experiences might not be something we all enjoyed in our lives but it's certainly an important part of our memories. For Tomoko, that might not be appealing but this series sure was.


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What happened? Watamote was a series about this socially retarded girl who came across with some social situations and acted retarded. Then what happened? This same thing over and over. Social situation, then retardation. This happened few times, then few times again and in the end few times happened few times too many, and that is what happened.

Main points where this anime fails are pacing, character development and plot. 1-cour series can achieve a lot, but Watamote didn't even try to get anywhere. Many criticize Slice of Life series for being pointless, even state that Slice of Life is meant to be pointless, but in Watamote's case, it's mainly just waste of potential. Watamote had the key elements to be the NHK with OreImo funfun, but someone thought it would be cool to start repeating the same stone age joke till nausea, and it sure was. (Stone age and nausea, not funfun).

The characters are meeting my picture of laziness. Kuroko is pathetic, a no-life loser and more importantly, a characters which is easy to develop in whatever direction. ... NOPE. Let's have a character who is the same person always, and an annoying one too! This formula works in fighting tournament shonen, but not here. Never here. Her brother reminds me of an alpaca. Always that stupid fucking face. By alpaca I mean that one guy from Twilight. There is other character too, but they won't matter, except that one senpai girl from the last episodes. She is interesting, why won't they make an anime about her instead of this little fucker?

When it comes to the animation and art, Watamote does a good job not being like all the other recent school series, so it passes. If we ignore the glorious op, the music is forgettable. Same thing with voice acting when ignoring her (you know, her) squeaking voices. Nothing impressive nor disappointing in the production, just the typical neutral nothing.


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