Well it’s all over now. After 12 long, grueling episodes, Tomoko’s journey at long last comes to an end. And even though many tears have been shed, she has nothing to show for it.
Basically What Happens
Why does she look cuter when she’s crying? Something must be wrong with me.
Before you guys throw a fit, no, Tomoko’s story hasn’t really come to an end. She’s still got 2 years ahead of her to change her life (not that it’ll happen), but you’ll have to go to the manga for that. Anyway, back to the anime. Basically this episode has all the hallmarks of the Watamote formula. Tomoko realizes how pathetic her life is and comes up with some stupid idea to turn it around. Then she puts it into practice only to fail epically and become emotionally crushed. You know, the usual. So lets skip that boring stuff and get to the good stuff. After her heart-warming appearance last episode, Angel-san graces us with her presence yet again. We learn that her name is Imae, and this episode further confirms her status as best girl in the show. Not only is she kind and compassionate, she’s also smart and responsible and looked up to by pretty much the entire school.
Return of the best girl.
I mentioned last time that it would be just perfect if Tomoko were to befriend this perfect girl, and we’re pretty much teased with the idea here. The previously stated generic Watamote shenanigans this episode revolve around Tomoko trying to be like Imae, but that’s not important. After she fails, the pathetic heroine finally realizes that maybe she can just directly ask the master for advice. So she does. Except she is intercepted by an untimely breeze which reveals Imae’s panties for a parting fanservice shot. And then Tomoko runs away flustered and loses her chance at possibly gaining a new shoulder to lean on. Oh, and I should again add that Imae would probably be a better friend than Yuu-chan. Even though the latter cares for Tomoko as a long-standing friend, she’s always preoccupied by other things, which this episode brutally exemplifies when she is distracted by a cat and forgets about the wailing Tomoko who makes a beeline for her bed.
Even though this is the finale, I’ll have to make this a short post yet again. There’s really not much to talk about at this point since Watamote unfortunately remains the same by and large. It’s been a great run and I have to say that I certainly still enjoy the show more than I dislike it. I might have sounded rather negative about it as of late, but let us not discount that it has managed to hold my attention for so long using only one trick over and over again. Being able to pull that off probably means they’re doing something right. And to be fair, Watamote is also very capable of drawing us into Tomoko’s life. When a character-driven show gets the audience invested in and sympathetic to the main character, it’s doing its job properly. So I can say with utmost confidence that Watamote is without a doubt one of the better works this season, and something that everyone should watch if they are able to stomach the pain it inflicts upon its heroine.