5 Anime That Are Similar To WataMote

This is for all WataMote fans out there, who are still waiting for that second season and need some good alternatives to the weird and insanely funny adventures of Tomoko. So, here are 5 anime that are pretty similar to WataMote.

About WataMote

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2013 – Sep 2013
  • Genres: Comedy, Slice-Of-Life, School
  • Studio: Silver Link.

Synopsis:

Tomoko isn’t your average middle school student. Along with her best friend Yuu-chan, they’re both the unpopular introverts no one wants to be friends with. But that all is supposed to change now: starting her first high school year, Tomoko has given herself the mission to become popular and overcome her social anxiety! Sadly, though, it doesn’t quite work out as planned. She is still the same shut-in otaku with no social life outside the internet as she was before – even Yuu-chan is now what one would call a “popular girl”. But the year just begun: follow Tomoko on her journey of finding friends in the most hilarious way possible!

#1 Lucky Star

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2007 – Sep 2007
  • Genres: Comedy, School, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation

The story follows…well, to be pretty honest, there isn’t really a story. But the anime in general shows Izumi Konata and her school friends Hiiragi Kagami, Hiiragi Tsukasa and Takara Miyuki living their daily lives and talking about a bunch of random stuff in a funny and entertaining way. And they literally talk about anything you could imagine four school girls not usually talking about.

Similarities:

+ Similarities between the main characters (both shut-in otakus)

+ Same comedy/slice-of-life setting (mainly at the characters’ homes or at school)

+ Lots of parodies and references

#2 Himouto! Umaru-chan

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 2015 – Sep 2015
  • Genres: Comedy, School, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: Doga Kobo

This show follows the seemingly perfect high school student Umaru Doma. Not only is she is kind, friendly and polite to everyone she runs into, but her grades in school are also excellent. Everybody admires her intelligence and popularity – but they don’t know everything about her, they don’t know what’s behind this mask of perfection.

Because behind that mask we find the complete opposite of what she is in public: a lazy, selfish and messy otaku, who does nothing but sleep, eat junk food or play games. She leaves all the cleaning and cooking to her older brother, Taihei Doma.

Similarities:

+ Similarity between the main characters (both shut-in otakus, who act completely different in public than they do at home)

+ Same comedy/slice-of-life setting (mainly at the characters’ homes or at school)

+ Similarity between the relationships with their brothers (lots of arguments)

#3 NHK ni Youkoso

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: JUL 2006 – DEC 2006
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance
  • Studio: Gonzo

The anime revolves around Tatsuhiro Satou, a 22-year-old guy who dropped out of college and became a NEET with little to no social life. As time goes by, he starts becoming superstitious and believing in many conspiracy theories. But there’s one that concerns him the most: he believes that there is a secret organization called the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK), which tries to spread the hikikomori culture. And they should also be the reason for his current failures in life. And so he made it his mission to escape this evil organization while being forced to confront his greatest fear, which is social interaction.

Similarities:

+ Both main characters are extremely antisocial and have to deal with social isolation

+ Dark humor and funny/embarrassing situations

+ Development in social interactions (the interactions get more as time progresses)

#4 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 2013 – Jun 2013
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: Brain’s Base

Being a narcissistic and apathetic high school student, Hachiman Hikigaya is forced to join a Volunteer Service Club, which should help students achieve their goals. He meets the only other club member, Yukino Yukinoshita, and starts his journey to help people, which really isn’t his thing, and also meets many other interesting faces!

Similarities:

+ Main characters have similar character traits (pessimistic, introverted etc.)

+ Comedy/slice-of-life aspects remain

+ Sarcastic (and a bit dark) humor

#5 OreImo

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: OCT 2010 – DEC 2010
  • Genres: Comedy, Slice-Of-Life
  • Studio: AIC Build

Kirino Kousaka is as perfect as you can imagine. Amazing looks, flawless grades and just an overall very likable personality. And on top of that she works as a professional model in her free time with her best friend Ayase Aragaki. Everything in her life seems to be perfect – but there is one secret she’s been hiding from everyone, even her family. You should know that her BFF Ayase despises everything that has to do with the otaku lifestyle. But what she doesn’t know, is that after a long day of school and work, Kirino comes home and watches anime or even plays erotic games. And when her brother finds out about this, her reputation starts being on the line…

Similarities:

+ Main characters have similar interests (shut-in otakus)

+ They appear totally different outside than they do when they’re alone

+ Comedy/Slice-Of-Life aspects remain

Which anime do you think is most similar to WataMote?

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