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WataMote Chapter 192-1
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Information
Volume Number Volume 20
Chapter Title Because I'm not popular, every day before the Cultural Festival (Part One)
Published May 19, 2021
Previous Chapter Chapter 191
Next Chapter Chapter 192-2

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

This first-part chapter is returns to Tomoko's perspective and is broken into titled parts. The cover depicts a first-year Tomoko alone amongst the collection of desks and chairs, thinking as she holds her pen. The Baseball Team Manager walks with two anonymously drawn boys. She suggests to one that his hair has grown long. The narration reads, "Writing diligently in a quiet place."

Anything's Fine (なんでもいい・nan demo ī)

Tomoko walks with Yuri with the narration, "the day after the movie presentation." They are startled to see Masaki. Yuri calls out to "Yoshida-san," and Masaki returns the greeting. She stands in front of a number vending machines holding a drink can. She asks them what they are doing. Tomoko replies that they are looking for Shiki while thinking of movie ideas as they walk. Yuri asks Masaki where the "other two people" are, and Masaki replies that they did not show up, and she suspects they are skipping.

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As Masaki and Yuri watch, Tomoko buys a drink, then crouches down on the sidewalk with it. Masaki quietly joins her, then Yuri, somewhat sheepishly, crouches down as well. As people pass by, Yuri asks Tomoko what, to which Tomoko replies that the chance to hang out like this would be impossible without "Yoshida-san." Masaki asks why, but Tomoko ignores her question and rhetorically asks her if she does not drink nor smoke. "That's right," she quickly confirms. Tomoko asks her if she ever thought about drinking or smoking; Masaki curtly denies it. Tomoko muses that when she saw college girls smoking during their college visit, she had the image of her smoking with "Yoshida-san and Yuri-chan." When Yuri asks why her as well, with a depiction, Tomoko explains that Yuri is the one she can most imagine becoming a smoker: "You seem like the type who'd live alone and smoke on the terrace."

She ignores Yuri's question as to why to continue to ask if once they are all twenty years old, could they all get together and smoke. In Tomoko's imagination, she and Yuri light their cigarettes off of Masaki's. Masaki asks her why she wants to smoke so badly. She suggests that if they just waited until they become twenty just to get together and smoke would be pretty lame. Tomoko happily replies that rather than being kids who smoke on a whim, being ladies who start smoking in their twenties will make them feel more like outlaws (アウトロー・autorō).

Yuri remarks that if Masaki says it is okay, she can start today. Chibi Masaki asks her why she is into this all of a sudden. Chibi Tomoko suggests that they could go on a school trip where they drink and smoke while watching a pornographic film they have not seen before over a depiction of this imagination. Chibi Masaki angrily asks why they would do that. Back in reality, Tomoko tells Masaki that the three of them have not been together recently, and she wanted to do something together. Masaki asks if there is anything wrong with them just sitting and chatting. Chibi Tomoko and Yuri sheepishly reply that there is not.

Tomoko continues that she now understands why "delinquents (ヤンキー・yankī)" hang out at convenience stores. When Masaki reacts with an "Aaaa?" Tomoko explains that there are more food and drink available than at a café, and there is alcohol and tobacco as well.

Yuri declares that she will also buy drinks.

Inattention (油断・yudan)

"Was it something about Sachi replacing me as the Official Future Serial Killer?"

Tomoko asks if Yuri and Hina know that boys call their "thing (アレ・are)" "son/little boy (息子・musuko)." Yuri denies that she does. Tomoko continues that while she has not heard it in real life, she has seen in manga and anime that protagonists call it "son/little boy (ムスコ・musuko)" and "my son (マイサン・mai san)." She declares that they sound stupid, and girls would not do it. She then suggests, as she imagines Yuri holding her lower belly, that if "Yuri-chan" declared that her "little girl/daughter (娘・musume)" is having a "rebellious period (反抗期・hankōki),"[1] they would question her sanity.

Hina suddenly brightly declares "my daughter!" which causes shock and fear in the Chibi Tomoko and Yuri.[2] She laughs as she explains that she was speaking like "Katō-san" while Tomoko and Yuri look in fear as a shadowy figure appears at the edge of the panel. Sweating, Tomoko inwardly swears while admitting that it was kind of funny.

The shadowy figure calls out "Nemoto-san."

Asuka sidles up to the shocked and bleached Hina and asks her what she said that was like her.


Senpai (先輩)

Shizuku sits on her usual bench around the tree outside talking to an unnamed friend on her phone. She explains that she is having lunch with her senpai today. The friend responds that she knows which is why she called her. She says that there is something she wishes to ask her. Shizuku agrees, but in animesque light, Tomoko arrives and apologizes for being late. Chibi Tomoko asks her if she was talking to her boyfriend, but Shizuku states that it was a friend from another school. Tomoko asks her if the first years have decided what to do for the school festival. Shizuku replies that they are suppose to decide during their home room period, but she admits that she really is not in the loop. Tomoko admits that she was as well. She explains that since she was a loner in her first year, the festival started and ended on its own. With a recollection of her walking down a hallway past the then unidentified Uchi, she admits that she did not do anything to prepare for it, so she spent her time wandering around the school. With a recollection of Megumi dressed as a mascot offering a balloon, Tomoko explains that she did receive some attention from a friend from another high school and the former student council president.

After a pause in the conversation, Tomoko asks her if, since she has nothing to do, would she help her. Initially surprised, she excitedly asks if Tomoko is working on a movie. Tomoko replies that she is but has not decided on anything yet. Tomoko then asks her why she does not propose her own idea. Chibi Shizuka stammers as Chibi Tomoko asks her if there is nothing that she wants to do. Shizuka remarks that Tomoko did a maid café during her first year. Tomoko corrects her that if she means her, she means her class. Shizuka admits that she would like to wear a maid outfit. Tomoko suggests that the idea in and of itself is too weak, and she needs to appeal to the boys and girls in her class. Tomoko suggests that most high school boys are idiots, so if she throws in words like "erotic," "dirty jokes," and "flesh,"[3] they will like it. She then insists that most high school girls are idiots, and they will support it if she throws in "Korea," "trend" (流行・ryūkō), and "spicy" (激辛・gekikara).

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In her classroom as her unseen teacher asks for the ideas, Shizuka blushes as she writes. Her list WataMote Wiki cannot do justice in description. Unseen students criticize it, first thinking it comes from a guy, but then noting that the handwriting suggests it comes from a girl. One complains that the description is too long. However the unseen classmates immediately warm up to accept it.

Stunned, Shizuku declares her senpai "amazing!"




Characters

In order of appearance:

Referbacks

  • "Let's Put on a Show!": Tomoko practiced her presentation to suggest making a movie, then presented, in Chapters 186-1 and 186-2 respectively.
  • "Cigarettes and Alcohol!": Tomoko tried one of her father's cigarettes in Chapter 82, then tried to impress Yuri and Yoshida with her smoking. While she has not yet been depicted drinking alcohol, she did fantasize about it in Chapter 180, as well as practice becoming a hostess in CHAPTER, recreated in EPISODE.
  • An Emoji has a Backside: [Stop that. – Ed.] the recreation of the cover of Chapter 20 suggests that this is indeed Emiri, as well as Yuri, from behind.
  • "I had this image of smoking with Yoshida-san and Yuri-chan": During her visit to Morinaga University in Chapter 139, Tomoko saw some students smoking from distance, and she had a fantasy of herself smoking with Yuri and Masaki.
  • "How about we go on a school trip where we eat, drink and smoke while watching a porno movie we haven't seen before?": In the second night of Kyoto trip in Chapter 82, Tomoko tried to create a similar experience with Yuri and Masaki, but it was unsuccessful.
  • "Gloomy Memories from an Impromptu Girl": Tomoko telling Shizuku about her experiences from school festival in Chapter 20.

Cultural References

  • Daigoro: some links to explain the drink.
  • "Thank You for Smoking": a critical link that contends that smoking laws are laws no one enforces or cares about; however, this is just one example where a public underaged figure has had to publicly apologize.
  • "My Son with Whom I am Well Pleased!": the euphemism is recognized in dictionaries.

Trivia

Memorable Moments

  • Willing Yuri: Yuri demonstrates a willingness to join in with Tomoko and Masaki.
  • Girl Talk: and WataMote Wiki will leave it at that!
  • "Because the victory in one class is not enough": After commenting Shizuku about how the former school president gave attention to her during the school festival in first year, Tomoko by willingly way helps Shizuku to get her regarding class vote for her proposal to the event of current festival. Tomoko gives Shizuku a very peculiar advice which consisted in very specific terms to appeal to both the male and female collective, and after Shizuku uses all of them at the face value in her note, it strangely works doing her proposal outvoted the others; and with this doing that Tomoko's word swayed other class out from hers.

Quotes

  • "My little girl is having a rebellious period today." – Yuri Tamura imagined
  • "You're the most I can most imagine becoming a smoker, Yuri-chan. You seem like the type who'd live alone and smoke on the terrace" – Tomoko Kuroki
  • "Once we're all 20, how about the three of us get together and smoke" – Tomoko to Yuri and Masaki
  • "Rather than being kids smoking on a whim, being ladies who start smoking in their twenties would make us feel more like outlaws" – Tomoko to Masaki
  • "In that case, how about we go on a school trip where we eat, drink and smoke while watching a porno movie we haven't seen before?" – Tomoko to Yuri and Masaki
  • "Y'know how boys call their thing their "little boy"" – Tomoko to Yuri and Hina
  • "Well, I haven'd really heard it in the real life, But I've seen manga and anime protagonists call it "my little boy" or "my son"" – Tomoko to Yuri and Hina
  • "What did you say that was like me?"" – Asuka to Hina
  • "I think I want to wear a maid outfit too." – Shizuku Hirasawa
  • "Most of high school boys are idiots, so they'll like if you throw in worlds like "erotic", "dirty jokes" or flesh into the mix... and high school girls are idiots too, so she'll latch on if you add stuff like "Korea", "craze" or "ultra spicy"..." – Tomoko to Shizuku
  • "Senpai's amazing!!" – Shizuku about Tomoko

Gallery

References

  1. While not clear on the scans available, the furigana to that kanji appears to be ヒイリ/ピイリ (hiri/piri), which probably refers to "period" as if that clarification was necessary.
  2. While it may not seem clear in the panel, from the subsequent panels Hina imitates Asuka which leads to Yuri and Tomoko's reaction. The furigana over the kanji for "daughter (娘)" indicates that Hina actually says "my daughter (マイダアータ・mai daāta)."
  3. Tomoko uses エロ (ero) for "erotic," 下ネタ (shimoneta) for "dirty jokes," and 肉 (niku), literally "meat," for "flesh."

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