English Translation of Lyrics
I’M TELLING YOU
Another typical day begins
I catch everyone’s eyes only too easily
I have some good days because I’m small
I know I’m right
What I felt back then will change sometime, you say?
I hate it when you label me
I don’t even want to be like you
So just ignore us
And try to live on your own
That day when someone was kind to me
(I tell them to get lost)
Get out! Get out! I point at the door
An age without dreams has opened my eyes
Will I ever be popular?
The world won’t allow that
Even if you’re popular, you must struggle
There’s more work to be done
All resistance is futile
Cheer up! Cheer up!
Get popular! Get popular!
Let’s meet in a future where everything’s changed
No matter how I look at it, it’s your fault that I’m not popular
Shy, Awkward Girl x100
“Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!” (No Matter How I Look at It, It’s Your Fault I’m Not Popular!), or “WataMote” for short, is a wild card title to me for this anime season. Though it falls under the “high school” category of Japanese anime, its main protagonist is certainly someone special.
Synopsis: Tomoko Kuroki is about as socially dysfunctional as it is possible for a first year high school girl to be. We start the story when she realizes she has attended high school for three months without even talking to anyone at all. Not all is lost, however, since she is irrepressibly optimistic about her chances to turn it around and live a fulfilling high school life.
Basically, Tomoko is a REALLY shy girl and extremely socially strange. And this is coming from someone like me who knows a thing or two about being socially strange. If you have grown weary of high school anime plots with seemingly perfect characters, “WataMote” is quite the viewing experience for the novelty alone.
Tomoko, bless her heart, is a special gal because she lives in her own world. Social interactions are monumental feats in her eyes, and she interprets everything differently compared to how a “normal” person would for simple situations (e.g. saying, “See you later” to someone). Perhaps I can just relate to Tomoko to some degree, but I find this anime very fascinating.
SHY PEOPLE, UNITE! (Quietly).