Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Shounen
Full Name: No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!
Original Name: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
15-year-old Tomoko Kuroki is a budding hikikomori—a shut-in who spends her time playing dating sims and watching anime. But even a lifetime of experience wooing virtual boys can’t prepare her for the greatest challenge of all: high school.
Everyday life is a terrifying journey for Tomoko, fraught with hidden judgments and secret surprises. Her anxiety makes social interaction nigh impossible, but she’s determined to figure it out. Will she make friends? Become popular? Maybe even meet a real-life cute guy? Find out in WataMote!
The main character. Tomoko is often depicted as a desperate, lonely, and deranged girl who is characterized by her social anxiety, vivid facial expressions, and bags under her eyes. She has a grim outlook on life, as most of her thoughts involve insulting others or herself. She spends most of her days playing otome games and browsing the web.
Tomoko’s gloomy younger brother. He is often annoyed by her odd behavior, and sometimes gets into fights with her. Because he has friends and is a talented soccer player, Tomoko occasionally intrudes upon his room for advice.
Yuu is Tomoko’s best and possibly only friend. Initially a dorky-looking girl, she enters high school with newfound blonde hair and large breasts (much to Tomoko’s jealousy). Despite her radical makeover and having a boyfriend, she still regards Tomoko as her best friend. She is the star of the 4-panel spin-off manga.
Tomoko’s little cousin who has just entered middle school. Initially looking up to Tomoko as a big sister, she later begins to pity her after she realizes she lies just to impress her.
Tomoko and Tomoki’s mother, who is concerned about her daughter’s well-being.
The student council president at Tomoko’s school, who has shown the most amount of affection towards her.
Tomoko and Yū’s classmate in middle school, who first appears in the spin-off manga. She and Tomoko outright dislike one another, and get along only when Yū is around. She has a crush on Tomoki, but his relation to Tomoko more or less defeated her feelings.
Tomoko’s classmate who has a scary appearance and is often referred to as a delinquent by her. She often acts violent towards Tomoko when she goes too far, but also likes cute things.
Tomoko’s classmate who is often seen with Yoshida and is quite polite.
Tomoko’s classmate who becomes increasingly conscious of Tomoko’s behavior.
A girl in Tomoko’s school who is in love with Tomoki, but constantly has her reputation bashed by Tomoko
Ogino is eccentric Tomoko’s home room teacher that encourages her to make friends. Much to her chagrin.