Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
–Mark Twain – Following the Equator
No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular (Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) (Crunchyroll) is brilliantly written and nicely animated, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will enjoy it. If your memories of high school involve being shy and socially awkward and not really fitting in then it may make you laugh. Unless of course those memories are still too painful to think about. At best, even if you laugh it will also make you wince.
In a typical anime Tomoko would have been shanghaied into a club in the first episode and forced to do scary things that would eventually give her new-found confidence and fond memories. Watamote, to its credit, has carefully avoided any such facile anime solutions. In fact Tomoko invariably makes things worse for herself when she tries to act like an anime character.
Thus it’s not surprising that the series ended with no resolution to Tomoko’s problems. Perhaps she has become a little less deluded. Or maybe she has just added on another layer of self-deception.
All that I can say is that this is the only TV show that ever made me really worry about a cartoon character. That surely says something about the level of craftsmanship involved.
(See also my original post from the beginning of the season.)