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This does sound ... pretty remarkable actually. Uncomfortable as hell, but pretty remarkable.
It's really a matter of semantics, but I think that Tomoko is a "Strong Female Character". Sure, she's not strong in any way or form by normal definitions. But the strength of her character comes from how flawed and real she's permitted to be, despite being a female character. She goes well beyond what the stereotype allows in the portrayal of teenage girls (and women in general).
What intrigues me about Tomoko's character isn't just how likeable she is, but how unlikeable she can be at the same time. Sometimes I was actually looking forward to see her fail and fail spectacularly, not out of meanness (I hope) but because her nasty, dorky shortcomings feel so close to home that I like her *because* of them and not in spite of them ... if that makes sense.
The other thing that interested me was Tomoko's definition of herself as "unpopular". Maybe this is a matter of translation, but I don't think she actually is unpopular? As far as we see, no-one actively dislikes her, no-one bullies her or willingly shows even the most casual disrespect for her. Surprisingly, even Yuu-chan seems willing and eager to keep up their friendship although her social life is now so different from Tomoko's - I don't think many teenagers would be mature enough to do that. I guess people like Tomoko tend to perceive their failures as a larger than they actually are, and consequently just dig themselves deeper into their hole.
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