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Chapter 155
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Volume NumberVolume 16
Chapter TitleBecause I'm not popular, I'll worry.
PublishedApril 25, 2019
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私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!

Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

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

Synopsis

The cover depicts the classroom with Tomoko entering class and looking at Yuri who looks back at her. Yoshinori Kiyota is at the doorway behind her with Uchi peeking in behind him. Asuka Katō sits at her desk turned to listen to Akane Okada chat to her and Kaho who stands next to Katō's desk. Meanwhile at the black board, Kakkun has Mike pinned against it while the Girl with Short Hair takes their picture.

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Ogino hands Tomoko her midterm grades then calls up a Kotomi Komiyama. The side narration asks, "How did they tests go. . . ." Tomoko inspects her grades and takes her seat deeming them "So-so (まあまあ・māmā)." A smiling Katō returns to her seat next to Tomoko with her grades. Katō asks her how she did, and Tomoko responds that she did "so-so" then asks her how she did. Katō responds that she also did "so-so" then, to Tomoko's surprise, hands her her results and invites her to look. Tomoko thanks her and offers her own. Tomoko thinks, "what about Katō-san's grades," noting that she suspected that Katō excels at everything. As Katō sits calmly waiting bathed in anime sparkles and flowers, Tomoko continues to muse that it will not be bad if Katō is off by 2 standard deviations, but since Katō did gain acceptance to their high school, she doubts it.

Surprised, Tomoko muses that with her results, even without studying, Katō could enter a number of professions. She imagines Katō as a "Cabaret Girl (キャバ嬢・kyaba)," a "beautifully framed city councilwoman (美人枠の市議会議員・bijinwaku no shigikaigiin)," and a "CyberAgent employee (サイバー●ージェントみたいな所の社員・saibā●gent mitaina tokoro no shain)," with the "A" censored in the original. Tomoko first feels delighted that her score in Modern Literature is better than Katō's only to see that she achieved a perfect 100 in English. Tomoko only scored a 65.

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Words censored in the Japanese.

Sitting, sweating, and sulking as Katō views her scores, Tomoko grouses that Katō's results are expected for high school girl who uses the English-based names rather than the Japanese for "penis" and "vagina." Katō politely notes that Tomoko did not do well in English; Tomoko sheepishly replies that it is not her specialty. Katō continues that since English scores have a strong bearing on whether or not she will be accepted by AoGaku, she had better study it. She then declares that they will study after school to Tomoko's surprise but acceptance.

Hina is surprised when Tomoko wishes to see her results. While Yuri observes them from the desk next to Hina, Hina protests that she does not want to show Tomoko since they are not that good. Tomoko smiles and muses that since Hina does not want to reveal her results, her brain must "also be pink." Hina continues to protest that she feels Tomoko is making fun of her, but she relents. To Tomoko's inner shock, she finds that Hina did slightly better than her overall. Hina remarks that Tomoko is not very good at subjects besides Japanese.

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"Tomoko . . . show!"

"Tomoko!" Yuri calls to her holding and lightly waving her results, "show me!" To her similar sweating and silent shock, Tomoko realizes that Yuri did about the same as her but scored higher in ethics despite the fact that Yuri has "0 sense" regarding ethics! With a pleasant look, Yuri remarks that it appears they will not be accepted with these results. Inwardly, Tomoko rages on why she looks so happy about that." Yuri offers to help Tomoko study, but Tomoko responds that she thinks Yuri "sucks (下手・heta)" at teaching. Yuri protests that she does not "suck!"

Later, Katō brings Kaho with her to meet Tomoko. They along with Yuri and Hina study together.

At home that night, Tomoko tries to review Katō's English vocabulary cards, particularly "motherhood" and "suicide." She recalls Katō lending the set to her after their study session with the promise that if she memorizes them and the grammar she should be able to raise her grades. When Tomoko asks her if she is sure about letting her borrow them, Katō admits that she has already memorized them though still reviews them periodically. Katō advises her to pronounced the words out loud as she tries to memorize them, since it will be easier for her "eyes, ears, and mouth" to remember them. Tomoko imagines Katō saying "Penis," "Johnson," "Dick," and "Vagina" out loud as she reviews her cards.

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Katō: "Let's go to Aogaku together!"
Tomoko: "Y-yes."

Katō promises to lend her another set when she is finished memorizing the first. She declares that once Tomoko memorizes about 3,000 words she should get a good understanding to Tomoko's further shock. Katō smiles as she places her left hand to her cheek as anime lights dance about her and proclaims, "Let's got to AoGaku together!" With her eyes swimming, Tomoko stammers "Y-yes."

Returning to the present nighttime, a fidgetting Tomoko thinks that her high school entrance exams were so much easier since "they matched up with my level back then."

In class the following day, Katō asks her to study after school together again. Tomoko agrees, and later she walks with Katō and Kaho. She looks out the hallway window to see Yoshida outside walking with Anna Haruna and Rena. She muses that it must be nice to play around rather than attend college.

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She sits studying with Katō and Kaho until Fūka Sasaki approaches with her friend with short, blond hair. Fūka greets "Asuka" and asks if she and her friend may join them since there are no open areas. As Tomoko watches and sweats, Katō agrees. After they sit, with Fūka sitting across from Katō, Fūka asks her if she is applying to Aogaku since she will be. A sweating Tomoko tries to concentrate as the girls talk around her. Fūka's friend asks Kaho what her college choice is, and Kaho replies that she is going for Chiba West. The friend jokingly asks if her brain is that good, which a laughing Kaho asks if her brain is "not bad?" Tomoko nervously notes that since Yuri, Nemo, and "Crazy Lesbo (ガチレさん・Gachire-san)" are absent, she is "completely on the away team."

Fūka notes that Tomoko is in Katō's class and pleasantly asks for her name. Tomoko stammers "K-Kuroki." Fūka happily reveals her last name as "Sasaki" (佐々木) and greets her formally. Tomoko returns the greeting, and Fūka's friend introduces herself as "Miho Narita."

Katō asks Tomoko if she used her flash cards. Tomoko replies that she did, and Katō encourages her by promising to lend her her next set once she memorizes the first, and she should do so in time if she memorizes twenty words a day.

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Not Shown: Moral Philosophy revision.

After some time, Tomoko inwardly feels exhausted. She notices that it was easier to study with  and "Kotomisomething," particularly when it came to moments of sexually harassing Yū as she imagines her head resting against Yū's breast as she tries to write on a board.

"I want to touch breasts," Tomoko remarks.

"Kuroki-san?" Katō asks as Tomoko realizes that she thought out loud.

Stunned, Tomoko tries to explain that she has a friend she use to study with who would let her touch her breasts during breaks. She became tired studying, "so I just remembered it!"
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Not Shown: Effective Study Habits

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"So During Break Do You Want to Touch?"
WataMote Wiki stresses that Katō refers to her flash cards . . . probably.

Smiling and unphased, Katō asks if this was the "sexual harrassment" of friends she had mentioned before. When Tomoko responds that it is, Kato smiles and responds, "So during break, do you want to touch them?"

An intrigued Miho, a stunned Fūka, and a surprised Kaho stare at her. Inwardly, Fūka screams, "Kuroki-san is strange, but Asuka?!" Stammering, Tomoko demurs, and Katō laughs, which calms Fūka into thinking Katō's offer was some sort of "joke," but she recalls that Katō never makes such jokes. Nevertheless, Katō stands and invites Tomoko: "let's go out for a bit!" Inwardly, Fūka screams "Asuka?!!"

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"You are Welcome!" - WataMote Wiki

In the hallway, a sweaty Tomoko holds her skirt and stands in front of a still smiling Katō. Katō tells Tomoko that she can do to her what she always does to her friends. She explains after Tomoko's shocked "Eh!?" that she never had the opportunity to play like girls, and she wants to give it a try. Tomoko thinks that her sexual harrassment is nothing like that. She inwardly protests that it is like what is seen in "City Hunter (シティ●ンター・shitī ●ntā)" with just carefree harrassment without consequences.

"Besides," Katō continues as she places her left hand on her own left breast as anime sparkles surround her, "Kuroki-san seems tired from your studies, right?" and offers to help her in any way she can. Screaming to herself, Tomoko protests, "no, that breast is pretty heavy!" She inwardly concludes that she cannot just grope Katō and stop: "This is one of those things where I have to take responsibility, right?!"

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Not Shown: Studying

Miho, Fūka, and Kaho stare wordlessly as Tomoko sheepishly sits with still pleasantly smiling Katō. All three of them inwardly wonder if Tomoko actually fondled Katō.

Tomoko later walks outside alone and recalls the smiling Katō remarking as she leaves with Kaho: "You're heading the other way? Very well, see you tomorrow Kuroki-san!" Tomoko thinks that if Katō is going to make a "sad face" perhaps she should have followed her.

She sees Anna, Rena, and Yoshida sitting outside the SEGA arcade. She inwardly thinks that it must be "nice" to play at an arcade. Anna recognizes and greets her, and then asks her what she has been doing at this late time. Tomoko responds that she has been studying at school to Anna's surprise. Rena remarks that they should go home as well, and Anna agrees. Calling her "Reina," Yoshida tells her to lend her her bike and confirms that she has two helmets. When Rena asks about herself, Yoshida tells her she can take the bus, and she will later treat her to a meal.

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Easy Rider Tomoko
A girl went looking for Japan and couldn't find it anywhere

Tomoko sits on the back of Rena's scooter. Yoshida tells her to hold on, but then reminds her that if she grabs her breasts she will kill her. Tomoko stammers that she understands. As they ride, and are bathed in anime streams of light, Tomoko is stunned at how fast they are going. Tomoko calls out to Yoshida who cannot hear her. Screaming, she asks Yoshida what her future plans are. When Yoshida responds that she does not have any, Tomoko responds "I see (そっか・sokka)." Yoshida demands to know what she means, and Tomoko stammers that she is just kind of relieved. "You making fun of me?!" Yoshida demands.

When they arrive at Tomoko's home, Tomoko tells her they have arrived, then has to scream for Yoshida to stop. When Yoshida slams on the breaks, Tomoko grabs Yoshida's breasts hard, and Yoshida brings her elbow down on Tomoko's helmeted head.

Rubbing her head after taking off the helmet, Tomoko laughs and admits it hurt. Yoshida demands to know why she is laughing since it makes her feel uncomfortable. Tomoko stammers that she just felt nostalgic. She then thanks Yoshida for bringing her home then, as thanks, offers to let her "f●ck (フ●ック) my brother." Yoshida first asks if she is "stupid," then remarks, "you have a brother?" To herself, Tomoko recalls that Yoshida does not know this.

After Yoshida drives off, Tomoko looks up at the sky. She thinks that she has a lot of things that she has not decided upon yet; however, she wants to touch Yū's breasts, Yoshida's felt good, and she really wanted to touch Katō's as well.

Characters

In order of appearance:

Referbacks and Forwards

  • "A Rose, by Any Other Name": Tomoko noticed Katō's use of words for genitalia such as in Chapter 145. Interestingly, while the katakana is censored in the Japanese, the actual English is not.
  • AoGaku (青学): an abbreviation for Aoyama Gakuin University (青山学院大学・Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku) which Tomoko and Katō visited in Chapter 140.
  • Think Pink!: if we needed any further evidence that Tomoko was not talking about Hina's panties. This is missed in the World Three Fanilation.
  • Sexual Harrassment: Tomoko confessed it to Katō during their visit to AoGaku in Chapter 140.
  • Anatomical Study: The flashback matched when Tomoko studied with Yū and Kotomi in Chapter 143 save for Tomoko resting her head against Yū.
  • "When I Think of You, Katō, I Touch Myself": Whether or not Tomoko fondled Katō will bother Fūka. 

Cultural References

  • "Wall Pound " (壁ドン・kabe don): this is what Kakkun is doing to Mike as required by any self-respecting manga or anime male! Her expression and the Girl with Short Hair happily photographing it suggests they all understand the meaning.
  • CyberAgent
  • City Hunter (シティーハンター): a classic manga and anime series where the main character gets whacked by a hammer from another character when he tries anything perverted.

Trivia

  • Translation: the World Three Fanilation of もむ as "grope" in the title page appears unjustified. Tomoko is worried. In general, this issue is rather "loose" and WataMote Wiki will follow its own translation.
  • A Morning Fragrance, by Any Other Name: Fūka addresses Katō as "Asuka" without an honorific.
  • "A Girl has Another Name:" In this chapter, Yoshida pronounces Rena's name as "Reina." "Rei" is a valid pronunciation of the first kanji of her presumably first name. Anna also previously pronounced her name "Reina" which suggests that is her actual name and "Rena" is a nickname.
  • "She has Huge . . . Tracts of Land!": Tomoko uses the term oppai (おっぱい) made famous by the evening wear of a guy with only one punch and an elven companion of another slighlty berserk character which is often translated as "boobs." Yoshida uses the more polite mune (胸). When Tomoko squeezes them, they make the sound "Ba-" (ばっ).
  • "YoshidaReina's a Sweet Ride!" WataMote Wiki apologizes to Yoshida and Rena-san for that pun; however, Twitter user カジノand a respondant ドクターラプストレンジargue that it is a Honda Tact . See comments for nice "fan art" with comparison to the Honda Tact. WataMote Wiki deems it inappropriate to observe that Yoshida is comfortable riding Rena's. . . .
  • "Hold You in His Arms Yeah You Can Feel His Disease": Tomoko's offer to Yoshida is the Japanese hiragana pronunciation of the Middle English verb weirdly censored (フ●ック) in the original combined with the conjugation of する (suru) "to do" to give フ●ックして (fu●kkushite). The Japanese censorship is odd because it cannot remove a single vowel, like with "f●ck," and "フ●ク" would still be "fuku." There is no actual character obscured as a search for "フック," which WataMote Wiki does not recommend, demonstrates.

Memorable Moments

  • "Every Breath You Take": Uchi at least resumes watching Tomoko enter class.
  • A Girl has a Name: Fūka reveals her last name as "Sasaki" while her friend reveals her name as "Miho Narita."
  • "Oh No, I've been Thinking Outloud Again!": at least she did not say she wanted to lick any of the other girls' eyelids, Kotomi.
  • "Consider the Lilies of the Field": Now that the shrieking sound from WataMote Fandom reacting to this chapter has died down, a few observations:
    • Katō appears to indicate that fondling and other things Tomoko described as "sexual harassment" is something that "girls" normally do.
    • Katō does not appear to care that her friends know she is interested in such things. This would appear to include gossip.
    • Take Responsibility: In Japanese this term refers to a man "taking responsibility" for making a woman pregnant. It has become a classic joke used in all media where a woman will playfully suggest that a man has done something to make her pregnant. Depending on the intent and context, the joke teases him that he is now in a serious relationship he did not expect all the way to the suggestion that he start to take the relationship seriously. Tomoko appears to think the latter meaning in that, in her mind, if she fondled someone as "heavy" as Katō, she would have to "take responsibility" as in accept that they are in a serious relationship and possibly go further physically which, it appears, Tomoko does not want to do.
    • "Play with Me Like Your French Girls, Tomoko": how "far" does Katō "want to go?" When Katō learned from Tomoko that she "sexually harasses" her friends, did Katō become intrigued? Is this something she has always wanted from Tomoko, or is she taking the opportunity to explore with Tomoko? Is Katō just that much more mature that she sees such play as simply natural rather than "perverted?" Or is Katō a lesbian who believes Tomoko is a lesbian given the gossip that can travel in a high school? WataMote Wiki is delighted to report that the answers to all of these questions will be in Chapter 378! Stay tuned!
    • Katō's Reaction: as typical with the series, the viewer does not see Tomoko's final refusal, nor do we see Katō's reaction, nor do we see her inner thoughts. Nevertheless, unlike at AoGaku when Katō thought Tomoko rejected her as a friend, Katō returns to study with a smile and happily wishes her an "until tomorrow" salutation when they do not go home together. This suggests that whatever conversation they had, it did not ruin their relationship in Katō's mind. It will be contained in an Omake for Volume 37! Stay tuned!
    • Tomoko's Innocence: Tomoko seems to think that if she did fondle Katō, Katō would expect more from her. Perhaps she is correct, or perhaps, like her, Katō is curious.
    • At the danger of over-interpreting a single panel, Miho seems intrigued by the idea of Katō wanting to explore with a girl, while both Fūka and Kaho appear shocked. None of them outwardly object; however, any conversation between Kaho and Katō during their walk home together on the matter is not shown.
  • Take My Brother . . . Please!: ever thinking that relationships are sexually based, Tomoko jokes with Yoshida. It appears that Tomoko would be comfortable with Yoshida dating her brother, and, given her view of relationships, having a sexual relationship with him. However, WataMote Wiki reminds that one of Tomoko's objections to Kotomi dating Tomoki was her imaging becoming her sister-in-law! Tomoko has not, yet, imagined her brother marrying a "delinquent!"

Quotes

  • "I didn't think anyone outside of pornstars could use those words naturally!" – Tomoko commenting upon Katō expertise in English
  • "She scored higher than me in Moral Philosophy, even though she has 0 sense when it comes to morals!" – Tomoko commenting on Yuri's grades.
  • "Hey, let's go out!" – Asuka Katō to Tomoko
  • "A-As thanks, you can come inside and f●ck my brother!" – Tomoko to Yoshida

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