My God! Look at all those papers strewn on the floor!
Last time I berated Watamote for being the boring same old every time. Now this episode proves me wrong by being my new favorite of the entire series to date hands down.
So what’s so special about this episode? Technically speaking, there’s no new development with regards to Tomoko. She’s still the same awkward girl standing in the corner who nobody notices. But here’s the thing. Someone is actually nice to her! Oh wait, that’s not new either. But wait, it’s different this time, I swear! Unlike those few guys who have been kind on the occassion or Yuu-chan who we pretty much take for granted by now, this episode introduces someone who actually watches over Tomoko during the course of the cultural fair. Introducing herself as the chair of the cultural fair committee, the nameless guardian angel proceeds to melt our hearts with her genuine concern for Tomoko as the episode progresses. Despite their rather shocking first meeting (involving a very bloodied Tomoko), she takes the time to learn Tomoko’s name and class and watches out for our troubled heroine before and during the cultural fair.
In the stairwell, at the school gate, even visiting Tomoko’s class, Angel-san makes a point of treating the missfit with kindness and care in the most natural manner imaginable. Really, I have a feeling she is exactly the kind of friend that Tomoko needs. If only the bumbling girl could just stop choking during their interactions and strike up a conversation. As much fun as it is to hang out with and sexually harrass Yuu-chan, Tomoko really needs more than one friend in her life. Especially considering we’re talking about her entire life so far. And while Yuu-chan is certainly plenty nice, she pales in comparison to Angel-san’s gentle overwatch. We’re talking about a girl who sees Tomoko feeling down and alone, then proceeds to don a sweaty mascot costume, offer the poor girl a balloon, and top it off with a surprise hug. That’s just so ridiculously sweet words can’t even remotely justly describe it.
But that’s enough of my gushing about this perfect angel. Now that Watamote has absolutely wow’d me with this episode, the only logical question to ask is if the finale can continue on this positive trend and end the show on a good note. I don’t ask for a reformation of Tomoko’s character. That’s just beating the dead horse that will never come alive again. But if the show can deliver an experience as heart-warming as this penultimate episode, I am willing to overlook its more boring and repetitive aspects. I was convinced that there is no way for Watamote to keep moving with its insistence on keeping Tomoko constant, but clearly that’s not the only thing that can be done to bring about a satisfying experience. So who knows? Perhaps the finale will also be able to bring back my early enthusiasm for this show.