Komi-san wa Comyushou desu

Title:Komi-san wa Comyushou desu
Komi Can't Communicate
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Notables: Animation - OLM
Hirohito Tadano is an average, not particularly courageous guy whose strategy after gaining admission to the prestigious Itan Private High School is to avoid drawing attention to himself. That will not be easy, since he has been seated alongside the elegant, beautiful, highly admired Shoko Komi, which makes his classmates jealous of him and resentful. But he finds that Komi-san has a secret: while she looks calm and collected, she actually suffers from extreme social phobia to the extent that she is virtually incapable of engaging in conversation with anyone.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4405#628]
(One-and-a-half episodes watched):

This show was soon reminding me of others that I vaguely remembered from the past. A girl who is the epitome of beauty and elegance, a guy who attracts extreme spite from his classmates despite not having done anything wrong--I've seen it before. In fact, the revelation that Komi has misread her relationship with her peers so badly that she thinks they hate her (they actually idolize her)--reminded me of a particular show whose title I forgot long ago. Komi's instant transformation from demure girl to wide-eyed idiot is only funny once, if that. Somehow she is able to look idyllic even when actually feeling hyper anxious. Tadano aptly realizes what's going on when he gets her to communicate (in writing) with him, and vows to help her solve her problem. After seeming pretty goofy and shallow early on, the tone got sort of touching towards the end. As usual, I hope there will be a plot of sorts to this, since I want to see Komi overcome her problem and the comedy alone is inadequate (sometimes painfully inadequate). A narrator acknowledges that social phobia is involved here and calls for mercy upon its victims. How a girl with such a crippling case of it got accepted into a fancy school (or even applied for that matter) remains unexplained. Another thing which didn't make a whole lot of sense was the revelation that the system of granting admissions to Itan via 'interviews' rather than tests had resulted in the accumulation of 'freaks, weirdos, loners and eccentrics' there. Something tells me that psychology isn't being taken very seriously here. The VA who plays Komi must have a very easy job, since she has barely said a word so far! But I felt sorry for Komi and hoped things will work out OK for her, so I started watching episode two. However, while doing so I quickly got the message that this show is so divorced from reality that Komi's struggle can't be taken seriously. For all the comments made by narrators, her actual behavior has virtually nothing to do with social phobia or any other emotional disorder. Perhaps the basic problem is that social phobia is a serious problem that can't (or at least shouldn't) just be passed off as a joke. Especially not a joke which isn't funny.

Last updated Monday, November 01 2021. Created Sunday, October 24 2021.

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