That’s Pretty Cool

If you look at the bottom right corner of the manga, in this picture, you can see that it says “海外の2ちゃん的な掲示板で大人気!!”. Which translates to “On a foreign 2chan-like board, this manga has become extremely popular!!” And the ‘foreign 2chan-like board’ in question is indeed our home 4chan.

When I originally typeset chapter 2 on a whim, on /a/, all those months ago I never thought something like this would happen. And you know what? That’s pretty damn cool. Of course this definitely would not be possible without all you guys out there reading it, and subsequently buying it, regardless of if you’re from /a/ or not, be proud of yourselves.

(Image from Akiba Blog.)

Update #1: Holy crap, you guys managed to get it to #1 on CDJapan books!

Update #2: WOW. Over the course of the night it reached #1 overall on CDJapan!

36 thoughts on “That’s Pretty Cool”

  1. My best friend, unfortunately a Redditor, brought up Watamote in conversation awhile back as part of a joke. He said that in one thread, someone claimed that a single person from 4chan had saved the series by buying out all the volumes of the manga. The “punchline” to the joke was that 4chan users were so socially awkward that it was only obvious that they would end up identifying with a main character like Tomoko.

    I’d heard the name of the series before, so I decided to start the anime and quickly fell in love with it. I also decided to check and see how accurate that joke was, not believing that anyone on 4chan could make a difference when it came to Japanese publishing. I was astounded to learn the truth of the matter, and where the joke meant to disparage those anons who supported Watamote, I found the story very sweet and inspiring. On a related note, I always enjoy stories about positive moments of cultural exchange between Japanese and Western markets.

    I have been reading Watamote for the past three weeks, and it has been like viewing a historical archive, each chapter beginning and ending with a WWW bumper and often some encouraging words about the previous volumes sales along with information about the anime when it was announced and started airing.

    Though I more or less shit on my friend’s joke when I told him that I too heavily identified with Tomoko, I don’t feel bad about it. A lot of people are really turned off of the series because it’s too “cringey” but I feel a sense of camaraderie with Tomoko and all the other anons who identify with her as well. I’m also very happy that /a/ (and /v/ too in their “special” way) may have kept Watamote alive.


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