Watamote 08 + 09 — Expectations

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I wonder if Tomoko’s problem is one of expectations. She has this idealistic vision of the way things will turn out, and immediately gives up when her vision isn’t matched.

Take her job baking cakes. She has this ridiculous dream that her co-worker will be this gorgeous young man who will lick icing off her cheek. Then when her hopes are dashed, she immediately gives up.

Or consider how she deals with her cousin. She has this plan to trick her into thinking she has a boyfriend and is a cool high schooler. The plan completely falls apart, but she refuses to change her expectations, leading to an easily foreseen disaster.

Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we want. But we have to learn to accept the world as it is…

Further Thoughts

While these two episodes weren’t all that funny and didn’t change the formula too much, I did enjoy them much more than the recent episodes. This is mainly due to the sheer audacity of the situation, particularly in episode 8. I mean, now Tomoko is even being pitied by little girls.

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Why does Tomoko want to become a bitch? I assume this has a different connotation in Japanese than in English. Anyone have any insight on this?

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This girl is insane…

14 thoughts on “Watamote 08 + 09 — Expectations

    1. Ah. Still doesn’t seem like something you’d aspire to be, but… makes a bit more sense than wanting to be a bitch, at least in Tomoko’s case.

      1. I guess that’s just how Tomoko calls any girl who’s got a modicum of sexual life. The problem here is that she’s discharging her frustration for her own situation by pretending there’s a moral distinction to be done – she despises what she can’t be (a “bitch”), yet she desperately tries to become one herself. By berating her own target beforehand she spares herself the full weight of the potential failure.

        Honestly, Watamote feels like a series written by someone who’s been like Tomoko for people who’s been like Tomoko. The amount of thoughts and behaviours I recognize myself into is frightening. It’s also very self-deprecating – doesn’t sugarcoat it, and straight out tells what is WRONG with people who’s in this situation, and why and how we all were a bit assholes when we behaved that way, yet has understanding for the feelings of loneliness that underlay the whole problem. Honestly, I can see how who’s not been part of this specific “crowd” would find some things a bit baffling. It’s like a long, convoluted and rather masochistic in-joke.

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