WATAMOTE “SANCTUARY” OWLS BLOG TOUR

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Wow, it’s my second Owls blog tour. This month’s theme is Sanctuary and we are interpreting it through different anime.

Sanctuary – a sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home.” For this topic, we will be discussing various locations and settings within certain anime series.

I guess when I think of sanctuary its a place where you feel comfortable with yourself. Where you can be yourself and not put up a front. Just like the anime I will interpret for this topic Called Watamote.

Watamote also known as “No Matter How I Look at it, It’s You Guys Fault I’m not Popular” follows a girl named Tomoko Kuroki. She is 15 and about to enter high school. She was never popular growing up. Now that she will be entering high school, she decides to change her social status and try to become popular. You watch her many awkward encounters with people and her anti social ways.

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TOMOKO KUROKI

Tomoko is a 15 year girl who is a loner and spends her whole days playing Otome Games and browsing the web. She has social anxiety and many of her encounters with people are very awkward. She is about to enter high school and decides she will change her unpopular status to being popular.

TOMOKO’S EMBARRASSING MOMENTS

Tomoko suffers from social anxiety. She can not speak to anyone without freaking out. We see her at Wcdonald (Fake McDonald) ordering food. The clerk takes her order and Tomoko could barely speak. The clerk couldn’t hear and asked her to repeat her reject and Tomoko freaks out.

One embarrassing moment Tomoko had was when she lost her underwear and didn’t know where it was placed. She was in class thinking about where should could have lost it. She realizes it’s super hot in the classroom and takes a cloth to wipe her face and to fan herself. A male student comes to her and realizes she is actually fanning her underwear around and they both freak out.

One day Tomoko was home and she was playing one of her Otome games and her mom walks in. Tomoko has the volume so loud on her headphones that her mother can hear the conversation with the male lovers from the game seducing Tomoko. Talk about embarrassing. 😂😂

One of the saddest and yet funniest scene is when she tried to dress up and look sexy and cute. It pretty much failed because she looked so bad. Even her brother didn’t speak to her when he saw her in public. 😂😢

Throughout this series it was back to back awkward and embarrassing moments for Tomoko. Talk about bad luck for one person.

TOMOKO’S SANCTUARY #1

The only times you will see Tomoko be comfortable and be herself is when she is speaking with her brother Tomoki. He is her sanctuary.

TOMOKI KUROKI

Tomoki is Tomoko’s younger brother. Unlike his sister, he has friends, is popular and a talented soccer player. He gets annoyed with his sister because she is always in his room asking for advice or just rambling. You usually see them two getting into fights.

As much as Tomoki gets annoyed with his sister, he would still be there for her to vent and release all her tension. She would blab about nonsense majority of the time and he would look at his sister like she is crazy, But you actually get to see Tomoko comfortably speaking with no problems. She knew she can speak with her brother and not be scared. Her anxiety never kicks in.

These times when she is being annoying to her brother when he wants to be left alone is when you see her at her best.

There are some people in life that are more comfortable speaking to certain people. Many people do not know how to interact with others. They are either too worried what others may think, too worried of trying to be something they don’t want to be. There are so many factors played into this. Tomoko like many others have someone or someones that they can have a really comfortable conversation with then with others.

I had a guy in my class that passed out once when a girl spoke to him. He always freaked out when any girl spoke to him. He could barely ever look me in my eyes when I spoke to him. I’ve known him for a year now and he still can not feel comfortable. But when I see him talking to the guys in my Japanese school he is very comfortable and very open. But hey it happens.

TOMOKO’S SANCTUARY #2

When she is playing her Otome games this was her Sanctuary because she can escape the crazy world she was scared to face.

OTOME GAMES

Otome games are usually geared toward females players. The goal of the game is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player and the many male characters in the game.

She played these games everyday. This was another sanctuary for Tomoko. She couldn’t talk to boys in real life so she took to the games to feel like she was in a real relationship. These games made her feel like she was actually speaking with real guys. She felt special when the characters spoke to her. She just felt wanted.

I met a girl at Comic Com who had on an awesome Ciel Cosplay (Black Butler) I went over to tell her how awesome her costume was but all she did was look at me like she saw a ghost. She was with her sister and the sister said sorry she is a weirdo.

Many people in life teens, young adults and older adults can find their sanctuary in Anime, Manga, books, gaming, tv shows or series and movies. It is something that can take them away from the real world they do not like to face and be in a place they feel most comfortable.

Then what doesn’t help is when you have others teasing these socially awkward people. Some people just need to be more caring and understand that not everyone can handle society the same way. Some just rather not deal with society and escape to something that can make them happy and comfortable.

All I can say is Tomoko is a great character that was written for many. As I said before there are so many people in real life that is like her. She had her sanctuary which was her brother and the Otome games. I know my sanctuary is hmmm I have so many but my main ones are my home, anime and partying. Hahah

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed.

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If you will like to know more about the Owls and how you can join, please click link below. 😀

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Also, don’t forget to check out the other March blog Tours.

Takuto
https://animecafehost.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/evangelions-misato-provides-a-home-for-the-lonely-owls-sanctuary/

Rai https://raianimeblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/chuunibyou-a-disease-or-sanctuary-owls-march-blog-tour/

Anime review girl https://animereviewergirl.com/2017/03/01/sanctuary-according-to-ouran-high-school-host-club/

 

Matt in a hat https://matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/owls-blog-tour-sword-art-online-finding-sanctuary-in-gaming/

Lita Kino
https://litakinoanimecorner.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/kenshins-divided-conviction-march-owls-blog-tour/

Nice job breaking it, Hero
https://bakphoontyphoon.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/owls-blog-tour-were-all-on-the-same-team-finding-sanctuary-on-the-volleyball-court/

Arria
Sanctuary in ONE PIECE: Status VS. Nakama (OWLS Blog Tour)

Crimson
Here is the future schedule for March

March 20th Lyn
March 22nd Eren
March 24th Hazelyn
March 25th Two Happy Cats
March 27th Nick
March 29th Katrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 thoughts on “WATAMOTE “SANCTUARY” OWLS BLOG TOUR

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  3. pokeninja90

    This looks like it’s going to be another series that I have to add to my watch list! You did a great job with this post, I can relate to this post so much!! When I was younger, I used anime in much the same way Tomoko used her otome games to cope with the world. Whenever I’d have a bad day at school or I disagreed with my parents, anime was my way of de-stressing! Awesome post!!

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  4. katrinasade

    Right on! I need to finish this series but I love how you used this series. I 100% agree social anxiety and any sort of social awkwardness should be meet with much more understanding than it currently is. Great post!

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  5. Arria Cross

    Nice post, Stephanie. I haven’t watched Watamote yet, but it does sound interesting. It’s also interesting how you explained that otome games can be provide a feeling of sanctuary. I’ve been resisting playing them because I KNOW that I’ll get addicted, but I think it’s similar to us anime fans. Anime is our sanctuary. Good job. Cheers!

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  8. LitaKino

    Awesome post Steph 😊😆loved it I have not seen this anime myself but you expressed very well Tomokos anti socialness. She reminds me a lot of myself when I avoid going to functions of where there are people I don’t know I do it all the time now lol

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  11. Rai

    I’ve been wanting to watch this anime for a while, and this has inspired me to watch it sooner rather than later. Tomoko’s obsession with otome games is similar to my post about chuunibyou. She is getting lost in her own world. I also really liked when you spoke about her brother. I agree that you can find sanctuary in certain people. I am a very nervous and shy person, but that always fades away when I am with my fiance.

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