|No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!|
Cover of first volume published by Square Enix featuring the protagonist, Tomoko
(Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!)
|Genre||Comedy, cringe comedy, slice of life|
|Written by||Nico Tanigawa|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Magazine||GanGan Comics Online|
|Original run||August 4, 2011 – present|
|Watashi no Tomodachi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui.|
|Written by||Nico Tanigawa|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||January 22, 2013 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shin Ōnuma|
|Written by||Takao Yoshioka|
|Music by||Sadesper Record|
|Network||TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, AT-X|
|Original run||July 8, 2013 – September 23, 2013|
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 (ワタモテ?), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nico Tanigawa. It began serialization on Square Enix's Gangan Comics Online service from August 4, 2011 and is published by Yen Press in North America. A 4-panel spin-off manga began serialization in Gangan Joker from January 22, 2013. A television anime adaptation by Silver Link aired in Japan between July and September 2013. The anime adaptation received critical acclaim, particularly for the portrayal of the main character, but was also controversial in its treatment of social anxiety.
Fifteen-year-old Tomoko Kuroki believed that she would become popular upon entering high school because she had become well-versed in the world of otome games. In reality, she finds that she has become an unsociable loner and she is forced to take a long hard look at herself for the first time in years. The story follows Tomoko as she attempts to improve her social status as she progresses through high school.
- Tomoko Kuroki (黒木 智子 Kuroki Tomoko?)
- Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- The main character. 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.
- Tomoki Kuroki (黒木 智貴 Kuroki Tomoki?)
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); David Matranga (English)
- Tomoko's gloomy younger brother. 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.
- Yuu Naruse (成瀬 優 Naruse Yū?)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Emily Neves (English)
- Yuu is Tomoko's best and possibly only friend. Initially a dorky-looking girl, she enters high school with newfound blonde hair and large breasts (much to Tomoko's jealousy). Despite her radical makeover and having a boyfriend, she still regards Tomoko as her best friend. She is the star of the 4-panel spin-off manga.
- Kii (きーちゃん Kī-chan?)
- Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
- Tomoko's little cousin who has just entered middle school. Initially looking up to Tomoko as a big sister, she later begins to pity her after she realizes she lies just to impress her.
- 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 concerned about her daughter's well-being.
- Megumi Imae (今江 恵美 Imae Megumi?)
- Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese); Juliet Simmons (English)
- The student council president at Tomoko's school, who has shown the most amount of affection towards her.
- Kotomi Komiyama (小宮山 琴美 Komiyama Kotomi?)
- Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese)
- Tomoko and Yū's classmate in middle school, who first appears in the spin-off manga. She and Tomoko outright dislike one another, and get along only when Yū is around. She has a crush on Tomoki, but his relation to Tomoko more or less defeated her feelings.
- Yoshida (吉田?)
- Tomoko's classmate who has a scary appearance and is often referred to as a delinquent by her. She often acts violent towards Tomoko when she goes too far, but also likes cute things.
- Yuri Tamura (田村 ゆり Tamura Yuri?)
- Tomoko's classmate who is often seen with Yoshida and is quite polite.
- Ucchi (うっちー Utchī?)
- Tomoko's classmate who becomes increasingly conscious of Tomoko's behavior.
- Akari Iguchi (井口朱里 Iguchi Akari?)
- A girl in Tomoko's school who is in love with Tomoki, but constantly has her reputation bashed by Tomoko.
- Ogino (荻野 Ogino?)
Ogino is eccentric Tomoko's home room teacher that encourages her to make friends. Much to her chagrin.
Written by Nico Tanigawa, WataMote began serialization on Square Enix's Gangan Comics Online service from August 4, 2011. The first tankōbon volume was released on January 21, 2012, with 5 volumes and an official fan book released as of September 21, 2013. An anthology was released on June 22, 2013. The second volume, released on May 22, 2012, ranked #10 in the Oricon charts in its opening week. As of July 2013, the series has printed over 1.5 million copies. The manga gained popularity overseas after fan translations of the series were posted on the English speaking imageboard 4chan, the Western equivalent of Japan's Futaba Channel. Yen Press has licensed the manga in North America and the UK and began releasing the series from October 29, 2013. 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, launched in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine on January 22, 2013.
In the Yen Press English version, individual chapters are called "Fails" and are preceded with the title "I'm Not Popular, So".
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||January 21, 2012||ISBN 978-4757534803||October 29, 2013||ISBN 978-0316243162|
|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||ISBN 978-4757535978||January 21, 2014||ISBN 978-0316322041|
|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, 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||ISBN 978-4757538184||April 22, 2014||ISBN 978-0316322058|
|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||ISBN 978-4757539808||July 22, 2014||ISBN 978-0316376747|
|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||ISBN 978-4757540644||October 28, 2014||ISBN 978-0316336093|
|6||March 22, 2014||ISBN 978-4757540255||January 20, 2015||ISBN 978-0316259415|
|7||October 22, 2014||ISBN 978-4757541214||May 19, 2015||ISBN 978-0316342018|
|8||August 22, 2015||ISBN 978-4757547131||March 22, 2016||ISBN 978-0316314947|
|9||March 22, 2016||ISBN 978-4757549111||November 22, 2016||ISBN 978-0316552738|
A television anime adaptation of the manga by Silver Link aired in Japan between July 8 and September 23, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. The series is directed by Shin Oonuma and written by Takao Yoshioka, with character design by Hideki Furukawa. An original video animation episode was released with the seventh manga volume on October 22, 2014. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America and released it on Blu-ray and DVD on August 26, 2014.
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. 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. It charted at #79 in Japan. 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 and µ.
|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)
|July 8, 2013|
|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)
|July 15, 2013|
|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)
|July 22, 2013|
|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 come 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)
|July 29, 2013|
|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)
|August 5, 2013|
|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)
|August 12, 2013|
|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)
|August 19, 2013|
|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)
|August 26, 2013|
|Tomoko grows anxious when she learns her cousin, Kī, is coming over, feeling she needs to look like a 'slut' 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)
|September 2, 2013|
|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)
|September 9, 2013|
|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)
|September 16, 2013|
|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)
|September 23, 2013|
|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)
|October 22, 2014|
|The original video animation episode opens with a fourth wall breaking sequence in which Tomoko is commanding Yū and Kī how to act in order to raise the ratings of the anime to which Kī responds that the "good times" are over. After the title sequence, a story about a "mysterious girl" (Tomoko) and her meetings with Aomatsu (Tomoki's friend) in middle school's roof is told from two perspectives. First from the perspective of Aomatsu, then Tomoko.|
WataMote has been the subject of much discussion and debate, 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, with much praise directed towards the main character Tomoko along with 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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