WataMote: Episode 2 – “Since I’m Not Popular, I’ll See My Old Friend”

WataMote ~No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ is an anime about a high school girl named Tomoko Kuroki who wants to be popular but has serious social anxieties.

At the beginning of episode two, Tomoko receives an unexpected phone call from her middle school friend Yu. Yu wants to hang out on Saturday, and Tomoko ends up agreeing. Tomoko decides she’s going to live a fulfilling high school life by Saturday so she can talk about it with Yu.

That week, Tomoko’s class is supposed to do portraits in pair in art class. Tomoko freaks out and ends up going to the nurse’s office instead. On Friday, Tomoko and a boy are summoned to the faculty room. The teacher tells them that both of them missed two art classes and didn’t get the art project done, so they need to stay after school and get it done. The boy gets it done really quickly and leaves. After Tomoko finishes, she looks at what the boy drew, and gets the wrong idea about why he did the drawing the way he did.

When Saturday comes, she’s very surprised when she sees Yu, because she has changed quite a bit. The interactions between the two of them were interesting, but it just wasn’t quite enough to keep me interested in continuing with this series after episode two.

There was only one part of this episode that I truly found to be funny, and that was the scene where there’s a parody of a scene from Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart film.

I will give episode two credit for the fact that overall it was better that episode one. Unfortunately, it just didn’t improve enough for me to make me want to keep following this series every week. I still can’t find Tomoko to be an endearing character; she comes across as a weird character, and not necessarily in a good way.

And with that, I’m giving WataMote ~No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ a one-way ticket to Dropville.

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