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Shout Out: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular
No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!

The manga

  • Tomoko has a Tiger & Bunny poster in her room.
  • In Chapter 1 she plays Duel Love on the DS.
  • In chapter 2 Tomoko name-drops Gantz. Later in that chapter she is wearing a t-shirt that appears to feature Socially Awkward Penguin.
  • In chapter 2, when the inside of Tomoki's room is shown, a Wayne Rooney jersey can be seen hanging on the wall. On multiple occasions in later chapters, there is also a poster of Andres Iniesta.
  • In the chapter where she first hangs out with Yuu, Tomoko decides to play Pop N Music and Quiz Magic Academy.
  • The anime she inserts herself into in her fantasies in chapter 9 seems to be Fate/Zero. In fact, she most likely imagines herself as the character Kotomine Kirei.
  • Later on in Chapter 9, she imagines the fat kid and herself as Seiji and Shizuku from Whisper of the Heart.
  • Chapter 10 has an anime that looks a lot like Haruhi Suzumiya.
    • Also she's holding Pocky between her fingers in a Wolverine fashion.
  • In Chapter 13 she is briefly seen playing Soul Hackers and fighting one of the Bonus Bosses.
  • In chapter 15 what appears to be a Persona 4 poster can be seen in her room.
  • Chapter 19, she name-drops Battle Royale. She even references the Weapon of Choice for one of the major characters (a sickle).
  • In Chapter 20 she thinks about joining the Light Music Club even though she can't play any instrument. While considering it, she imagines herself on stage in a bunny suit like Haruhi Suzumiya. But even she realizes how stupid the idea is.
  • In Chapter 23, she attempts to go Stealth Moko, complete with shadowy aura. It doesn't work.
  • Chapter 25 contains a Kuroko No Basuke reference while Tomoko is playing gym.
  • In Chapter 26, the Ao Oni can be seen on Tomoko's computer.
  • In Chapter 27, she name drops the S.O.S. Brigade and the Neighbors Club while thinking about starting a club.
  • In Chapter 28 Tomoko imagines herself becoming "that white kid" from AKIRA.
  • In Chapter 31, Tomoko's goal in life is based upon Jormungand. The chapter also shouts out to Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!.
  • Chapter 32: "Untan! Untan!"
  • Chapter 32.5: Tomoko can be seen playing Persona 3 and trying to mimic Mitsuru's hairstyle.
  • Chapter 34: Tomoko imagines herself as Misaki Mei.
  • In chapter 36 Tomoko reads Norwegian Wood and claims that her switching from reading manga to this is a sign of her maturity. She doesn't understand much of it though.
  • In chapter 39 Tomoko manages to guess Nemoto's surname because she remembered that "it was Nemo-something".
  • In chapter 56 Tomoko watches My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. This is also a shout-out to Kitta Izumi who played Tomoko in the anime and also dubs the voice of Rainbow Dash in Japan. Later in that chapter, while playing basketball during her P.E. class Tomoko tries (and fails) to pull off Ignite Pass Kai.
  • In chapter 57, Kotomi considers cosplaying as Shimakaze from Kantai Collection.
  • In one What If? omake Tomoko is shown reading Tonari no Kaibutsu kun. She then breaks the fourth wall to comment that her life would be much more fun if the author of that manga were also the author of her story.
  • Tomoko imitates the sword techniques from Rurouni Kenshin and Shigurui and sends her umbrella flying into a river.

The anime

  • In the first episode of the anime, when Tomoko enters her brother's room, he's reading a volume of Arachnid.
    • Also instead of Wii U, her brother has a PS3 and Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven. Episode 5 reveals that it's renamed "Winners Eleven".
    • One T-shirt of hers has "Spark" written in the Star Wars font.
    • The scene where Tomoko searches the Internet for the information on how to make herself prettier parodies Light Yagami's killing spree from the first episode of the Death Note anime (and she begins her search at Gaagle).
    • When Tomoko goes to the book store, the manga she picks out is Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku, which also happens to be published in [GanGan] Online and got an anime adaptation in the same season as Wata Mote.
  • Tomoko visits WcDonalds and SterTully Coffee during the series.
  • One of the games Tomoko plays at the beginning of the episode appears to be Kiniro No Corda, looking at that Yunoki CG.
  • In episode 3, many of Tomoko's fantasies take place in the world of Animal Crossing.
  • When delving into one of her erotic fantasies in episode two, Tomoko finds herself curled and severely wounded inside a crater much like Yamcha's death in one of the early episodes of Dragon Ball Z. The pose is back for episode 5.
  • Tomoko has volumes of Akame ga Kiru! and Barakamon in her room during episode 2. Later on a copy of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun pops up.note 
    • She also has a Diabolik Lovers poster in her room.
  • The cover for Tomoko's Yandere Boys CD looks an awful lot like the cover for the first Yandere Heaven CD.
  • Tomoko and Yuu are playing a light gun game reminiscent of House of the Dead at the arcade. The answer to the question posed to the other arcade game Tomoko is playing is most likely "Seicross".
  • During gym class, Tomoko imagines herself as a Motoko Kusanagi Expy, a la Ghost in the Shell.
  • In one of her signature bad moods, Tomoko thinks to herself that she'll play a game on her 3DS and chop down other peoples' peach trees.
  • The BL game Tomoko buys in episode 5 is based upon Hadaka Shitsuji, a visual novel in which the good endings are achieved through being absolutely cruel to your butlers—often by raping them.
  • In episode 6, the cover of the game she's playing at the beginning (Planetary Prince Gachi Love 8108%) resembles Uta No Prince Sama (whose anime adaptation is called Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000%).
  • In episode 7, Tomoko visits Hera Hera Douga, MyTube, and Yahuq!, and buys a webcam off Konozama.
  • Episode 8's card game is Magic: The Gathering.
  • In Episode 9, when Yuu-chan calls her, the logo on Tomoko's phone is eerily similar to SEELE's logo...
  • Episode 10: Tomoko mentions how before joining school she dreamt of meeting Kazehaya-kun. In her delusion about the Everyday Club, the girl looks like a brown-haired Rikka, and the club distribution looks very similar to the one of the SOS Brigade.
  • Episode 11: Tomoko imagines what it would be like if she joined the light music club. In the first Imagine Spot, she's a Playboy Bunny Haruhi and in the second a mixture of Azusa's appearance and Yui's music ability (or lack thereof). In addition, the anime that Yuu and Tomoko are discussing is most likely Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
  • In episode 12, after Tomoko secretly records her classmates, she finds out they're not talking about her at all. She then wonders if her classmates deliberately ignore her, and imagines herself as Mei Misaki from Another.

No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault That My Friend's Not Popular!
  • Chapter 1: Tomoko tries to convince Yuu that her nickname is Kuroneko.
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