No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

Alt title: Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!

Vol: 24+; Ch: 220+
2011 - ?
3.951 out of 5 from 1,092 votes
Rank #5,442
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

Tomoko Kuroki is eager to begin her new, glamorous, and romantic high school life where she’ll surely become popular and have all the guys vying for her affections. Her plan is sure to succeed, having prepared vigorously by already dating 100 guys... who happen to be video game characters! But when months pass and she can’t seem to get anyone’s attention, let alone talk to them due to her crippling social anxiety, Tomoko’s grandiose dreams turn to shambles! Will she ever be able to have a normal school life?

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It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular! Author(s): Tanigawa Nico Genre(s): Slice of Life, Shonen Status: Ongoing Other Work from Author: Choko! / Chokko! Based on: 10 Chapters from 25. Type: Web-Manga Story: Tomoko Kuroki is a young girl awaiting her high school life. With a lot of romantic expierence and more than one hundred male admirers this is going of a good start, isn't it? Though this might've been interesting to read, she's a total Neet without any expierence in social life and not knowing the reason why. She never had a real converrsation, aside from her brother but that was years ago and even then they were only playing games. The Reason why i gave the Story 6/10 is quite simple, it's sad and funny at the same time with Tomoko trying to find out the reason why she is so unpopular. It shows that you have to start to look at yourself trying to find your mistakes and maybe the people around you aren't at fault. Art: The Art is quite fine with the focus relying on Tomoko. Other People look just fine with semi less details then Tomoko. You can see her empty eyes, lines under her eyes as well as different face expressions are quite well drawn.  Characters: Aside from Tomoko there is no real depth in characters. But from my view this is actually a good thing to do, because she is practically alone and a shut in. Letting her being in the focus of all, her trying to find reasoning why she is ugly or unpopular gives her depth and a lot of character. You kinda get the feeling of pitying her most of the time. -------------------------------------------------------- This isn't all too good of an review from my perspective. Since english is my second language and this was my first ever Manga review i've written to this date. I'm looking forward to people criticzing and maybe helping me a bit. Aside from that, i'm feeling rather down after reading this manga.. it's just so sad .. i don't know.


So, ill get right into the review. Reading this manga is definetely a rollercoaster, it has funny chapters, sad chapters, times where I want to punch the main character through the screen. The story revolves around the main characters severe social anxiety, which I have experienced especially when I was her age (still suffering from it now but less severe). The story does seem to go quite deep, but those themes are concealed with humour. As you read through the chapters, you feel as if youre close to Tomoko, going on this journey as she gets older. You experience second hand embarrassment from all the goofy shit she does, ( dont get me started on the second hand embarrassment I felt from reading this manga).... Art: The art is not the best, it doesn't have mind blowing, beautiful pages like some do (ill admit it), but I do feel like it certainly suits the mangas tone, being a slice of life type of story. Character design wise, this manga has unique characters, Tomoko especially, with her dark undereyes, and spikey black hair, even though she doesnt require a complex character design with flashing colours, she is noticable and unique, which I like. The art just goes with the flow, if you know what I mean! Characters: I'd DEFINITELY say Tomoko is the first (main) character with realistic social anxiety, it definitely made me relate to her in SOME aspects. However, I just want to know why they made her soooo weird when it comes to her relationship with her brother, like 'let me see your dick' WHAT? I get you dont receive male attention Tomoko but that... is indeed strange.  Sometimes I think, what is the purpose of this manga? Does it show that you cant 'wait' for people to make friends with you, and you have to make the first move, otherwise you will be stuck in a constant cycle of depression and anxiety? Did the mangaka experience this first hand??? Tbh, thinking about it, some people do experience this real life, including Tomokos embarassing moments. Well anyways, It's a good read so far, I recommend it i guess/

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