I’m Not Popular, So I Tried Writing a Small Review
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Nov. 27th –
Hello again, my Giga-Friends! I hope you are doing well on this Monday! I also hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well! To those of you who spent the day working, I appreciate greatly what you do, I’ve been there myself. Let the record show I hate your job and I hope you get a better one soon!
As most of you know today is Cyber Monday and, I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time committing to my purchases. I’ve been meaning to get a new computer for some time now and I see MOST of the parts on sale today . . . but it’s added up to quite a bit. Might just have to bite the bullet though, before my HDD fails on me again. . . That was a nightmare. Anyway, I’ve been looking to buy some more nerd stuff like anime and manga, and this is perfect excuse/opportunity to grab some swag. RightStuf and Funimation are pretty great at slashing their prices if you’re ever interested, by the way. Try not to spend TOO much though. Unless you’re going to get me a present. Then I encourage going all out.
Also, if you’re in the mood for gaming, checking Steam might be a good/bad idea depending on how big your wishlist is, and how good at restraining yourself you are. Hell, I’ve already purchased garbage Neptunia games (that I love for myself), and games for friends as well. Luckily for me, it has only cost me about $40 so far! Go Steam!
NOW ON TO ANIME!
The show itself centers on a first-year High schooler, Kuroki Tomoko, who has crippling social anxiety. Her anxieties are offset by her internal monologuing and ridiculous fantasies about how she can become more popular or how it would be if she took on some kind of anime-specific stereotype. Though every episode has its share of laughs, it also leaves off on a terribly realistic note that reminds us that life isn’t quite as easy as our imagination leads us to believe. What I really loved about the anime was its use of lighting effects, specifically around Tomoko, to denote her current feelings or emotions, and even to highlight specific things in the scene. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anime use lighting quite as effectively as this show has, and it really lets us know how Tomoko is feeling, despite her rambling about how she hates popular kids.
I really enjoyed the show, despite the stake left in my heart after the final episode. While I bandage this particular wound, I can take solace in the fact that there’s an OVA I’ve yet to watch, and pray that it gives Tomoko the little happiness she deserves. It’s a very tongue-and-cheek approach to social anxieties and reminds me to pay attention to the people around me, even if they are a little weird. However, again, don’t look to the show for some kind of social commentary, that’s rarely a good idea with anime. It is out and outs a comedy/slice of life, so just enjoy yourself and the big hole in your heart you’ll have after finishing this show. Painfully hilarious, this is one cringe comedy I do recommend.
Anyway, that’s it for me today, Giga-Friends. I hope you have a wonderful day and an even better week! -J.R