July 11, 2013

WATAMOTE

I was told that this is a comedy.

What I witnessed was twenty three minutes and fifty two seconds of the most depressing, painful and downright mean reliving of high-school hell I've ever seen. This was not funny, or insightful...it was just very sad.

Tomoko Kuroki is a painfully shy high school freshman who has terrible anxiety about speaking to people and yet longs for friendship. She tries changing her appearance, with disastrous results, she's called ugly when she's not ignored and even her own brother doesn't particularly want to talk to her. She descends in to bitterness and despair.



...at which point I started wondering "Well then. Where's the punch line?"

Thus far there isn't one. There is just the festering emotional pain of a broken, wretchedly lonely girl as she shuffles down the narrowing corridors of her sanity.

I found it so disturbing that I could not sleep last night.

I don't think I'll be following this, but I may watch episode 2 to see if the writers deign to provide any glimmer of hope for this poor girl.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:42 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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I didn't even watch it. 

About a month ago, I saw it on Nere's Summer Season preview, and thought the art very interesting.

So, I went and read the manga.  All of them.  Thinking:  it has to get better... it has too!

Guess what?

Kudos to the writer, though:  he's found a whole new form of 'horrid' I'd never known.

Posted by: Tiberius at Thu Jul 11 15:47:56 2013 (97M8h)

2 I thought you might be going crazy and misreading the series, but then I'm an old man who watches Japanese cartoons for little girls, so perhaps my judgement is a bit off. But indeed, the first episode could be read in different ways, you don't even need to go as far as SDB goes for Bottle Fairy. The next episode will hopefuly make it clearer if the creators are setting the heroine for a win in the struggle, or as a punching bag for lame jokes. Or, you could just read the parent manga.

BTW, did you remark on amazing similarity between the siblings? SAME EYES. Same names, too.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Jul 11 17:55:17 2013 (RqRa5)

3 Oh god, good job, my friend. I was reading the manga to see if she's getting her just deserts, and now I have all the soilers. Which I'm not telling you, of course. But now it's morning of Friday.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Jul 12 10:43:35 2013 (RqRa5)

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