"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll See My Old Friend"
Episode 2
Season 1, Episode 2
Episode information
Directed by Masato Jinbo
Written by Sawako Hirabayashi
Original air date July 15, 2013
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"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll See My Old Friend" (モテないし、昔の友達に会う Motenai shi, Mukashi no Tomodachi ni Au?) is the second episode of the anime series WataMote. The episode was written by Sawako Hirabayashi and directed by Masato Jinbo. It was broadcast in Japan on July 15, 2013.

In this episode, Tomoko Kuroki tries to complete her art assignment with a partner after school hours, due to her skipping art class. Afterwards, she devotes a Sunday meeting her old friend Yuu Naruse, voiced by Kana Hanazawa (Emily Neves for the English dub), who has changed a lot since they last saw each other.


WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ - Episode 2 - Since I'm Not Popular, I'll See My Old Friend23:52

WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ - Episode 2 - Since I'm Not Popular, I'll See My Old Friend

Tomoko gets a call from her old friend, Yuu Naruse, suggesting that they should meet that next Sunday. Tomoko agrees and decides to have twice as much for breakfast, thinking it will make her be energetic. She starts planning to brag about her high school life to Naruse.

Tomoko pukes on the way to school because she had been forced to run after she ate breakfast. Due to this incident, she feels starved during first period. She wonders how people would react if she started eating her lunch early. She imagines herself mimicking a cute anime character that loves to eat and people complimenting her. However, everyone just ignores her.

Afterwards, Tomoko sets off to the art room for her art class. On the way there she overhears her classmates mentioning that this particular art class involves being in pairs. She begins thinking no one will pair up with her and intends to skip the class and goes to the nurse office. Whilst lying down, she sees a guy sleeping on the bed beside her and begins to panic about being raped.

Four days later, she writes a list of things that she will brag about to Yuu. She starts to imagine sexual scenes. During school she is asked to go to the faculty office. At the faculty office, her art teacher asks her and an obese boy why they were absent during art class. The teacher then says that they will have to do the art assignment after school. On way back to class, Tomoko starts to imagine what would happen if she was dating the boy, and accidentally follows him to his class. After school, she goes to the art room to do her portrait assignment with the boy. The boy arrives, intent on getting this done fast, he draws as fast as possible and leaves the room. Due to this, Tomoko did not get a proper look at the boy and finishes the drawing just from her memory. When picking up the boy's drawing, she peeks at it and is impressed by the boy's drawing skills. She requests a copy of the sketch when handing the portraits to her teacher.

The next day, she meets up with Yuu. Her old friend seems surprisingly different compared to when she was in middle school. Later, Tomoko discovers that her friend's interests and personality has not changed and Tomoko is greatly pleased by this. After a day of hanging out with her friend, Naruse reveals that she was depressed about fighting with her boyfriend and that Tomoko had gave her confidence.

Adapted fromEdit

This episode is adapted from chapters 3, 7, and 9.

Where these chapters were previously unrelated in the manga due its episodic nature, in the anime Tomoko makes a list of things to tell Naruse (they meetup in chapter 3), which includes events from chapters 7 and 9, even though chronologically in the manga these occur later.



Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Pop'n Music
  • Yandere Heaven

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

Memorable MomentsEdit


  • "I-Is this... Am I sleeping with a guy?!" - Tomoko Kuroki
  • "Excuse me, I'd like a mocha frappuccino." - Yuu Naruse
    "Fellapputio?! What is that, a dirty joke?!" - Tomoko Kuroki



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