Watamote is like someone followed me around for the last 10 or 15 years and made an anime about it. I am the embodiment of “nightmare mode”.
From reading people’s reactions, they find her social anxiety or hikikomori tendencies quirky and funny and ‘awkward’, shrieking gleefully about second-hand embarrassment.
But for me, someone who is all but housebound because of a quite debilitating social anxiety disorder, the first episode was pretty fucking heavy and made me cry. It’s not that cute or funny when you’re living with it, or living with someone with it.
The subsequent episodes are lighter and funny, but still a bit painful to watch because it’s basically showing people with social anxiety disorder a mirror. That’s not a bad thing, of course. I’m a bit excited to see something representing it so truthfully, and it is funny and I’m enjoying it. But it brings everything to the forefront of your mind as you watch it.