WataMote / It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular

WataMote / It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular

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Added Feb 02, 2012 at 04:58PM EST by Alokp.

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It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular (Japanese: 私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!, Watashi ga Mote Nai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!) is a manga series by Niko Tanigawa and published online at Square Enix’s website.[5]. The series became popular on 4chan‘s /a/ board because of the “similarities” between the main character of the series and /a/’s users.


The main character of the series is a high school girl named Kuroki Tomoko. She is self-defined as a “mojo” who is a creepy woman who’s never had any contact with the opposite sex. She is extremely socially awkward to the point where it’s difficult for her to communicate with all but a few people.

The series consists of Tomoko doing various things to try to become more social and popular, with these attempts usually blowing up in her face in embarrassing ways.


The manga was first posted on 4chan’s /a/ board on August 23rd, 2011. It received positive attention as “/a/ transformed into a little girl” and continued to grow in popularity from there.[6]

Though originally the series became popular on /a/, it also gained the attention of /v/ when users began re-posting the series. Tomoko gained the nickname of Spaghetti-tan on /v/ as a reference to Spaghetti Stories, but that nickname is hated on /a/. She is typically referred to as Popular-tan or Popular on /a/.

Due to the exaggerated emotions Tomoko expresses in the series, reaction images from the manga have become quite popular.

Tomoko is actually not the first character of her type to become popular on /a/. At one point there was a popular hentai series, Midori no Ruupe, that featured a socially introverted girl. However, that series is remembered rather bitterly due to the terrible fate of the main heroine.


This series has become popular because of the amount of self-deprecating humor which many users on 4chan, particularly /a/ and /v/, feel like they can relate to.

Though the series was not that popular among Japanese fans, popularity from overseas fans was high enough to where all the volumes sold out in Japan.[1] 4chan also created a collective Twitter account for the series.[3] This may change, however, as second volume of the series ranked at number 10 in the Japanese Comic Rating chart on Anime News Network with 66,976 sales. [7]

In the latest volume release, the line “海外の2ちゃん的な掲示板で大人気!!”, literally “A hit on the overseas version of 2Channel!!” (in reference to 4chan) was used to pitch the series. [1]


On January 20, 2012, it was announced that an anime series based on the manga was currently in development.

There was plenty of speculation that a Gangan announcement countdown would result in news of an anime adaptation of Nico Tanigawa’s web manga Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui! aka Watamote or It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular! Looks like anime watchers will in fact soon be able to enjoy the queasiness of following Kuroki Tomoko’s misadventures, with an early confirmation of anime plans.[8]

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