3 weeks have passed and Watamote continues to follow this repetitive, yet painful formula. On a dramatic standpoint, these 3 episodes have some of the best moments in the series thus far. On the other hand, that drama isn’t pretty in the slightest, and it makes Tomoko go from sympathetic to straight-up spiteful.
Out of all the episodes we’ve seen, these 3 ep seem to highlight Tomoko’s pathetic nature to an almost hateful level. From lying to her younger cousin Ki about having a sex-crazed boyfriend to blaming Tomoki for his level of responsibility(thus making her look lazy), Tomoko continues to make herself look like a deceitful, desperate rat who’ll do anything to make sure what happens isn’t her fault. Not to mention her creepy moments that go a bit too far(dubbing her own voice into a hentai game?).
If anything, the people around Tomoko are ones that deserve our praise. The boy who kindly lent her an umbrella during the rainy episode is confronted by Ki in suspicions of cheating, yet holds his tongue when Tomoko apologizes for a misunderstanding she started in the first place. Ki sees her image of her cousin crumble, yet still looks at her with pity since she’s doing this out of desperation.
Even Tomoko’s mom takes responsibility for her daughter’s irresponsibility when she probably has every right to give up on her. And as for Tomoki, we see multiple flashbacks that go back to a time where he didn’t treat his sister so harshly. In fact, he looked up to her as a kind, caring and sociable girl. So to see how he reacts to her now is both unwarranted, yet perfectly understandable.
Having said that though, the comedy does improve in quality compared to last time. Parodies return once again in the form of a Yugioh-style cheat draw and motherly rage summoning the God Warriors of Naussicca.There’s even a blatant reference to Evangelion when Tomoko hears Yuu-chan cancel the movie meet-up she promised.
But as much as I rag on about Tomoko’s idiotic nature, occasionally she displays genuine moments of sadness that stick with me regardless of her personality. The moment when she cries over her lonely summer, keeps her tears restrained when sitting alone outside for the fireworks, or even explodes at her mother for extending her work list aren’t overexaggerated or exploitave like the rest of the show. These few moments are as effective as any kyoani series can pull off.
I guess my issue with the series as a whole(especially now) is how its exploitave nature has gotten more prevalent as the show goes on. While it’s got the guts to show you such painfully awkward situations, it’s not trying to actually help solve these issues. And like I said before, this time there’s tons of moments where Tomoko doesn’t even try, so the pity I had for her when she at least gave effort dissapeared. There’s only 3 episodes left, so let’s hope she at least tries to get things right.