It's been a while since I've done an Ani-TAY review, with a few in the pipeline, but I present to you guys, Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!) or Watamote for short.
Watamote is a 12 episode anime about a freshman high school girl, Tomoko, who is an introvert and has social anxiety. The anime follows her first year of high school and her internal struggle to overcome her fears in talking to other.
Let's start with the animation, it's standard and nothing particularly unique about the artstyle. However, where the animation does stand out is when Tomoko has her freak outs and her awkward facial expressions which I quite enjoy watching. The bags under her brother, and her eyes freaks me out a bit. *shivers*
Characters - For most of the show, it focuses primary on Tomoko since she is a loner and invisible to many with the exceptions of her family, her middle school friend and later an upperclassmen. So, while you don't really see Tomoko develop, you do see her doing her best to overcome her inability to socialize.
As for the story, I can relate. I am not as introverted as Tomoko but Watamote is meant to be a comedy, so many of the things are exaggerated but I can sympathize with her. She does many things to try and be normal but often comes out as creepy and awkward while remaining invisible to all her peers on a day to day basis.
Yup, that's pretty much like me when I talk to someone who I think is cute/hot. An awkward smile and completely fluster. And compliments, they really make me nervous, even when it does make me happy.
As for never really having anyone to hug (I pretty much never hugged anyone/was given a hug, maybe as a kid and have long forgotten because it was that long ago, until high school), boy, felt like I was really missing out on life when getting a hug from a friend.
Receiving that hug in high school did in fact feel as magical as this. Life changing.
So overall, it's a nice anime and being that I can totally relate to her on many aspect, I could help but cringe because it reminds me of me. Like her, it makes me nervous when I have to reflect on myself. However, the best take-away from this anime, is to don't give up even if the whole damn world don't make sense because loneliness makes less sense (except those time when you just can't deal with the world, ugh).