The anime streaming service HiDive has acquired the license to debut the 2013 dark comedy ‘No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular’ also known as ‘WataMote’ in the United States. Directed by Shin Oonuma, the animated series was produced by Silver Link who released twelve episodes and a 2014 OVA for a single season.
HiDive said on their website, “We’ve got some news that’s sure to grab your attention — WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) is arriving on HIDIVE on Sunday, May 13, 2023…” They add that it will feature both the original Japanese audio and the English dub.
The main protagonist Tomoko Kuroki is voiced by Izumi Kitta (Tantei Opera Milky Holmes) in the Japanese version while Monica Rial (The Super Dimension Fortress Macross) takes on the role in the English version.
You can watch the trailer below:
The anime is based on a manga written and illustrated by the creative duo known as Nico Tanigawa. Square Enix has been publishing the series since 2011 while Yen Press publishes it in the United States.
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Fifteen-year-old Tomoko Kuroki believed that she would become popular upon entering high school because she has become well-versed in the world of otome games. In reality, she finds that she has become an unsociable loner, though she still forces herself to try out what she has learned about achieving popularity. As she progresses through high school, Tomoko attempts to improve her social status among her peers.”
Square Enix serializes the manga in the pages of their Gangan Joker magazine. They also published the spin-off series ‘No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault My Friend’s Not Popular.’
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