Romantic Comedy Drama Existential Horror Slice Of Life Light Novel ‘WataDeru’ Gets TV Anime

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It has been announced earlier today that the light novel Ore no Kanojo wa Sabishisa wo Taerareru Tame Jibun no Hinekureta Atama kara Tsukurareta Gensou ni Suginai shi, Kono Joukyou wo Nantoka Shinai to Hateshinai Kurayami no Shinen ni Nomikomareru Kamoshirenai ga, Kanojou ga MECCHA Kawaii Kara maa ii… Kana?, localized as My Girlfriend Is Nothing More Then a Delusion Spawned From My Twisted Mind That Exists Only for the Sake of My Own Loneliness and I Feel as If I Do Not Somehow Remedy the Situation Soon I Fear That the Darkness That Grasps at My Waking Mind Every Moment of Every Day Will, in Some Spare Moment, Drag My Very Soul Into Place From Which It Will Never Escape, but She Is Really Cute I Guess So That Balances Things Out…Maybe?, has officially been green-lit for a TV anime adaptation.

Somehow known as WataDeru for short, the romantic comedy/drama/existential horror/slice of life light novel is centered around the life of its hopeless protagonist, Akira Tenjou.

Akira is a lonely college student with no girlfriend, few hobbies, and nothing to really look forward to in life. In order to make himself feel better about his rather pathetic existence, Akira creates a fictional girlfriend for himself who he then names Sakura, who’s fictional existence was cobbled together from facets of both his favorite anime girls and an actual girl from Akira’s first period history class, on whom he has a massive crush.

Early reports indicate that those who have not read the original light novel series will likely be very confused and blindsided by the plot twist in episode 2 that Sakura is not real, despite the title literally explaining it all. The first episode of WataDeru consists entirely of cutesy interactions between Akira and Sakura, and sets the foundation for later, and increasingly depressing, events in which, as per the novel/anime’s title, Akira’s life begins to unravel as his delusion takes on a life of its own and begins to make him question his sanity. It is in these moments, in which Akira’s fragile fantasy life is intruded upon by reality, anime critics around the internet will be expected to praise WataDeru for its “gritty realism” and “unique style”.

Experts have have predicted that WataDeru will gained moderate popularity after 3 episodes, while being described as “underrated” and “intelligent for its genre” until episode 6, after which it will either jump the shark or switch to fanservice before concluding in an anticlimactic cop-out after 12 episodes. The second season, Ore no Kanojo wa Sabishisa wo Taerareru Tame Jibun no Hinekureta Atama kara Tsukurareta Gensou ni Suginai shi, Kono Joukyou wo Nantoka Shinai to Hateshinai Kurayami no Shinen ni Nomikomareru Kamoshirenai ga, Kanojou ga MECCHA Kawaii Kara maa ii… Kana?? is expected to be announced in 7 to 10 months.

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