All the cute she needs.
This week in Watamote: Tomoko goes to the red-light district. Yes, you heard me right. You wouldn’t think it possible, but Tomoko reaches a new all time low as she ventures into the shady part of town on a quest to improve her conversational skills.
The Quiet Ones
Best emotionless girl ever.
Everyone knows that emotionless girls are irresistably cute, with such classics as Yuki Nagato and Rei Ayanami. So obviously the natural thing to do if you need to gain popularity is become emotionless! Except it doesn’t work that way, as Tomoko quickly realizes. What good is your adorable little poker face if there’s no one around to fawn over it? We viewers may be able to “appreciate” it, but Tomoko’s efforts are an exercise in futility as her classmates remain ever oblivious of her existence. Still, I must say that I enjoyed the momentary deconstruction of the trope for what it was. And then there’s also the part where Tomoko miserably fails even at simply being cool and quiet. You’d think by now she’s realized that she shouldn’t try things she’s not used to. But her loss is our gain, so it’s OK.
They say that desperate times call for desperate measures. And maybe there’s a time and place for this. But Tomoko’s life is neither. That said, clearly Tomoko doesn’t understand this as she has pretty much no composure in facing the situation. She’s been grasping at straws from the very beginning, but this episode is definitely a new low even amongst her previous escapades. We’ve already seen her believing sketchy ads on the internet and conjuring “bright” ideas from eavesdropping on the popular girls. Now, she’s even believing everything she sees on the telly. I would have thought the internet would get her into more trouble than the television, but boy am I mistaken. Because after failing at being an emotionless girl and at having cute pictures, she now resorts to being a cabaret club girl. All because of an interview with the “number one cabaret girl” that she sees on TV.
Lost in Amsterdam
Ok, so the thought behind this new stunt is to improve her conversational skills and thus become motemote.1 But did it never cross her mind that she could simply talk with her friends and family? You know, like maybe try striking a normal conversation with her brother for once that doesn’t involve pissing him off so badly that he gives her the death grip. Heck, even just hanging out with Yuu-chan could probably go a long way considering her friend is essentially the social goal she strives for. Sure, there may be circumstances that get in the way (such as Yuu-chan not being free), but to go straight to being a cabaret girl is quite a jump in logic. Though I suppose by now we realize Tomoko severely lacks in common sense.
In any case, our hapless heroine makes the trip to the ‘ol red-light district and the rest, as they say, is history. A nanpa guy completely ignoring and walking past her, and now Tomoko delusionally believes that every man in the district is out to get a piece of her tight little booty.2 And then a few more guys walk by nonchalantly talking about sexually explicit material and suddenly her bubble bursts and she realizes what exactly she has walked into. Cue a hasty retreat.
Oh Tomoko. When will you learn. Actually, when will I learn. That she’s never going to learn, that is. The brief foray into the red-light district aside, the cherry on the top of this sundae has to be how quickly Tomoko changes from deriding cabaret girls as sluts to being proud of the fact that she’s going to have one on the popular girls once she becomes a sexy cabaret girl. Oh, and there’s also the continued gag with her brother. But now that that has devolved into mere comic violence, it’s not nearly as entertaining as the awkward familial bonds from before.