Also know as Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! episode 3
That show progresses. It doesn’t just chew on the same joke over and over. And what is interesting, the show doesn’t try to find new jokes either. If anything, I would say Watamote becomes more serious, ever so slightly with each episode.
Yes, I’m sure. Here is what I mean. In the first episode we just saw the idea, a girl who is kind of not all well. In the next episode they tried to show how her interaction with people go, but they didn’t insist on the topic, so you may not even notice that it is there. But in the 3rd episode they are hitting this hard. The whole episode is just about how Tomoko interacts with people. And, as you know, she is terrible at it. And here is a question. Why is she terrible at it? Well, we are starting to get answers.
Tomoko was scolded twice during the first half of the episode and her reaction was that she got angry. Later in the episode, when her brother got sick and she thought that he fakes the illness she got angry too. There are quite a lot of such small moments on the anime, but what they are trying to show us is that Tomoko lacks the desire for introspection. Maybe just a little. And she is a little selfish. And a little envious. That is not that bad, but it is there.
Later in the episode she was stuck with two guys under a cover, while it was raining. The guys were both nice and polite. One of them tried to start a conversation, but that didn’t go anywhere, cause Tomoko wasn’t able to talk very well, being kinda awkward. From the very start Tomoko wished they weren’t there, she was suffering through the whole thing, up to the point that she was ready to cry. And it ended up with those guys going out to buy umbrellas and they got her one too. So you see, you can’t say that all the people ignore her or not nice to her. But she herself creates the problem.
Well, you may not believe me, so here is another example. When she gets home she takes a bath. Some time after her brother gets home, soaked and cold and he needs to dry himself up. Tomoko might have vacated the bathroom, cause she was practically finished and was drying her hair, but she didn’t care to do so. As a result her brother got ill the next morning.
But still, it doesn’t mean that you should not like her. I like her. But it is much more interesting when you see her real self. This anime is developing into a show about one-sided hedgehog’s dilemma, with Tomoko being the only one with the spines.
But this show is still a comedy, so don’t let me scare you out of it. Till the next time, see you (^_^)/
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