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"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Become an Enigma"
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Season 1, Episode 13
Episode information
Directed by Unknown
Written by Unknown
Original air date October 22, 2014
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"Since I'm Not Popular, I'll Become an Enigma" (モテないし, 謎めいてみる Motenai shi, Nazo Meite Miru?) is an OAD of WataMote. It was released on October 22, 2014 bundled with the special limited first edition of the 7th manga volume.

SynopsisEdit

The OVA opens with a reference to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion 
Tomoko-Gendo

Tomoko Assumes the Gendo Pose

 including Tomoko taking a "Gendo Pose". Tomoko gives scripts to Yū Naruse and her cousin Kiko. Yū's script opens with her declaring that her "clothes are starting to feel tight on my boobs," which expand, causing "Gendo" Tomoko to develop a nosebleed. The scene immediately shifts to two balloons with "smiley" faces, one of which expands as Tomoko's voice-over rants about how she and Yū "were the same size in middle school." Kiko approached Tomoko from behind and asks if, when she becomes Tomoko's age, will her breasts become as big as Yū's. An anime stylized Yū cautions Kiko about the benefits of large breasts. "Gendo" Tomoko wonders if her cautions are a "dig" against her. The scene shows the three around a table in a part-classroom, part Neon Genesis Evangelion background as Tomoko laments that "we still have to go with that dumb crap since a popular character drives disc sales." "Gendo" Tomoko concludes that the only way to insure disc sales "is to keep giving the tards what they want." This means that the characters all must become stale types. While Tomoko's phone show's a message from her mother asking what she wants for dinner, Tomoko concludes that Yū will be "a mean girl who acts like a ditz," Kiko will be "the underaged, loli genius who skipped a bunch of grades," while both will harbor yuri  feelings for her. "That plot element is essential!" Yū asks, "Yuri?" but Tomoko turns to the viewer while responding to Yū that whenever she looks at another girl, Yū must become "jealous and flirty in a way tat gets across to the viewers." Further, Yū must break up with her boyfriend "before the second season starts."

Failure to adhere to such expectations will lead to failure in DVD sales, as the scene transitions to a view of a WataMote announcement burning, then a note book, then "Gendo" Tomoko in Neon Genesis background deciding she needs to create an original gay character for her brother Tomoki.

To the voice over of Kiko declaring "it is over,"
Face Miserable Life

Truth Hurts

Tomoko asks in protest if they can leave "stuff not related to the second season for later?"  Kiko, in a classroom, happily informs Tomoko it is time for her to face her miserable life. Tomoko screams into the stylized opening from the first season.

After the opening, students file out of the classroom. One unnamed bespectacled male character, who at the end of the OVA will finally be named as Aomatsu, reads a book and laments that he cannot help avoiding "noticing how these people are complete ignoramuses." He disappointment with his classmates matches Tomoko's, including that his life is not like various anime. He then sees a vision of a girl standing on the roof, then rushes to the roof. The door to the roof prove surprisingly unlocked. He walks on the roof, finding no one, then notes that the place is "dangerous", "But it's still the standard, enigmatic stage you see in light-novel anime." He reviews the standard "roof scene" in anime in his mind. As he laughs off such fantasies the wind howls and he turns to see a female figure standing near the water tower above him. As the piano solo swells, the female figure tosses away SOMETHING and leaps--with flying doves!--to him, only to hurt her ankle on the landing!

Ignoring his concerns, the girl announces she must keep watch from the roof to prevent "certain terrorist activities." She warns him not to come to the roof: "I can't have ordinary citizens involved." She, gingerly, walks away and a door slams.

The scene shifts to "The Next Day." the unnamed male sits in class, next to the window of course, and daydreams about the girl leaping through the air, with doves of course. He looks at the roof from another school building but sees no one. He walks up the stairs to the roof, thinks he briefly sees the girl standing at the door, then sees no one.

The scene shifts to "The Day After That." Now unnamed male finds the door locked. Then follows "And the Day After That." MALE CHARACTER grouses about his gym teacher making the students run when the teacher "didn't even know what the word 'tumescent' meant in health class." He sees the girl standing on the roof. He later again tries to open the door, succeeds, then enters the roof to hear the girl ask him why he came when she told him not to. Why did he not come the previous days? He confesses that he did not because she told him not to. She wonders why he could not "read between the lines? Are you that mushy?"

She explains how she and others have been trained from a young age to be weapons. This time, she climbs down a ladder rather than jumps. She warns him, again, not to come to the roof: "So you must not come tomorrow. You better not come. I mean it, don't come. No, scratch that." She leaves telling him he now knows a special truth. The wind blows, the piano fades, and he sneezes.

The scene shifts to "The Next Day" with an alarm ringing. The clearly otaku male character lies in bed, reading manga, concludes she really wanted him to come, but he caught a cold. "Today" has him go to school over the protests of his mother. He concludes he will make the "big leap" and leave behind his boring life. Unfortunately, the door to the roof is locked. As he walks the hallway, "Kuroki Tomoko-san of Class 2-1" is called to the staff office over the intercom. 

The scene shifts to "Three Years Later" where the male character muses that he tried going to the roof top many times only to find the door locked. He climbs the stairs one more time, a flash of a dove, then he stands before the as he appeared as a student three years previously. The scene shifts back to him in present time attempting to open the door to the roof. He stops, wonders what he is doing, then leaves. He passes a door way from which emerges a shy Tomoko carrying papers. He bumps into her then walks away. 

The scene shifts with the standard Tomoko theme music as Tomoko excitedly thinks the door to the roof should be open. It is not. She recalls her time in middle school with  and Kotomi.
Tomoko-Kotomi-Yū

Tomoko and Kotomi reflected in Yū's glasses

This is the first time Kotomi appears in the anime, and her and Tomoko's rivalry for the attention of Yū is evident. A bored middle-school Tomoko walks the corridor lamenting that her life in not like an anime in a direct parallel to the previous scene with the unnamed male character. A passing gym teacher drops his keys to the roof. Tomoko enters the roof excited to have the entire area for herself. Rather than doves, she is surrounded by pigeons, one of which coos that she is an "idiot."

She relaxes expecting "zombies or terrorists" to come and attack her. Her fantasies are disturbed by a boy, the unnamed male character, entering the roof. She fantasizes how this is a common event that joins male and female characters in anime as the organ music swells. She stands before him similar to the previous scene though inwardly regretting that she stood up without thinking. Noticing he is the same age as her brother, she attempts a grand entrance leap--with pigeons--only to violently twist her ankle on the landing. She fights to maintain her composure despite the pain.

She then repeats, in her normal voice as if reading from a cue card, her claims seen in the previous scenes. She dramatically hobbles away only to roll around on the floor in the building over the pain in her ankle!

At home, her mother asks her to go to the store for soy sauce, only to be shocked at Tomoko's obvious pain from her now wrapped ankle. She asks Tomoki  to go instead, and a relieved Tomoko asks him to also bring her ice cream. Tomoki inwardly remembers that she "walked fine" a few minutes previously. Tomoko inwardly gloats.

The next day, in school, Tomoko figures the boy bought her stories. Yū notes her excitement while Kotomi glowers. The scene shifts to Tomoko lying on the roof wondering what new anime-based story she should spin for him next time. However, as the previous scenes explained, he does not return. "The Next Day" shifts to her standing, alone, on the roof. This is repeated to her tearful lament until he does appear and Tomoko acts the scene from her perspective, including wisely using the ladder.
The Real Cool Tomoko

Tomoko as Anime Heroine from her perspective.

She speaks her lines as the timid halting self-conscious Tomoko rather than the secure anime heroine previously. This time, the unnamed male wonders why she says, "scratch that."

"The Next Day" she carries a pellet gun hoping to convince him of her story. He, of course, does not appear. Instead, the gym teacher appears noticing that the door is open and loudly demanding whoever is there to appear. Thinking no one is there, he leaves locking the door, leaving Tomoko trapped. She panics, setting off alarms, that no one hears, as she imagines being found as a corpse later. The scene shifts to night with the gym teacher chewing her out. He lets her go home, but states they will discuss the matter in the "Staff Room" the following morning.

The scene shifts to present time with Tomoko lamenting that she never met the unnamed boy again. Meanwhile, the boy walking to school muses that he tried to enter the roof many times only to find the door locked. He bumps into Tomoki. He recalls they attended the same middle school then dismisses the time as "one big embarrassment. Tomoki smiles then startles to see his sister entering an office. He then addresses the boy as Aomatsu. Panicked at seeing his sister, Tomoki encourages him to run with him to make class. As Aomatsu starts to follow, Tomoko backs out of the office carrying papers. They bump into one another, he bows in apology, and neither recognizes the other. Tomoko thinks that if the two did reunite and talked about it, she would be more embarrassed then when Yū reminded her of Tomoko's "former dream job."

Adapted fromEdit

This episode is adapted from chapters ?

ReferbacksEdit

References to previous episodes.

TriviaEdit

  • Aomatsu thus far does not appear in the manga.
  • Tomoko's "dream job" was to become an arms merchant.

CharactersEdit

Tomoko Kuroki

Yū Naruse

Kiko

Kotomi Komiyama

Mrs. Kuroki

Tomoki Kuroki

Aomatsu

Cultural ReferencesEdit

The OVA opens with many references to Neon Genesis Evangelion. The roof scenes contain references to High School of the Dead.

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

Memorable MomentsEdit

QuotesEdit

  • "Kī-chan, large breasts are not as good as you think."--Yū Naruse
  • "Those anime-watching tards absolutely hate a character that has a boyfriend."--Tomoko Kuroki
  • "Uh, well . . . I thought I heard your ankle snap."--GUY
  • "Indeed, I really need an MH11 class sniper rifle."--Tomoko Kuroki

NavigationEdit

Story Navigation
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