These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular
This leads to the discussion about how Tomoko remains a jerkass, but being worse off in high school may make readers overlook her less savory traits. In the main series, she still has the same jerkish tendencies but she's depicted more pitifully. At present, her only friend attends a different school while she's making no new friends on her own, and she's also a massive Butt Monkey, whereas in the prequel, Tomoko is less pitiful since she regularly hangs out with her only friend and Komiyama, and isn't as much of a Butt Monkey. The main manga also mainly shows Tomoko's point of view while the prequel mainly shows what other people think of her.
To what extent is Tomoko's situation really her fault, and to what extent is it under her control? Does she have some Ambiguous Disorder or is it more self-fulfilling?
Tomoko's classmates typically don't bully or mock her, but they don't take much notice of her either. Though whenever they talk to her, they treat her normally. Even considering Tomoko's own issues, are her classmates more nice or indifferent people?
Did Komiyama really want to reconcile with Tomoko for her sake or did she just want to get close to her crush Tomoki? Or both? Was Tomoko ironically on the right track when she accused her of only craving his cock? On one hand, Komiyama only responded to Tomoko's own overtures of friendship when she found out Tomoki attended their school too. On the other hand, she honestly admitted to Tomoko that she didn't like her back then, and said she hoped they could get along now.
Americans Love Tomoko: The manga has rapidly gained a fanbase outside of Japan via 4chan's /a/ — mainly out of empathy. It also has a fanbase on /v/ as well, despite their irrational hatred of anything that can be somehow traced back to Japan. The cover of the first volume even acknowledges the foreign fanbase.
This has also become a Colbert Bump - a significant number of people have bought copies of the tankōbon (despite not knowing the language) simply to support the authors, which in itself has drawn even more attention to the manga.
Additionally, considering her desire to get laid, what methods would she resort to, considering this?
Fridge Logic: One of the bigger western gripes with the plot is the overall lack of input from Tomoko's parents, or adults in general, to get her help with her glaring antisocial tendencies. In context, this isn't that surprising: Japan's take on social therapy/counselling is nowhere near as common or acknowledged as the West's.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The manga club guy comments that he draws the same type of face for background characters because it is the easiest for him to draw. Later, Nico Tanigawa would publish Number Girl, a 4-Koma about... clones.
Pokémon X and Y reintroduces the Hex Maniac trainer class that has exploded in popularity possibly due to her resemblance to Tomoko ironically.
Hollywood Homely: Tomoko, though less so than most examples, especially by anime standards. For an anti-social shut-in, she actually looks the part, with dull, baggy eyes and regularly making some rather unflattering facial expressions.
The ending of the first chapter of the spin-off series reveals that Tomoko's lust for Yuu dates back to the very day the two met. In the second chapter she gets jealous when Yuu reveals that she befriended Kotomi while Tomoko was staying home sick.
That same chapter also has a present-day Tomoko wondering if she can get away with groping Yuu while riding behind her on a bike. While drooling.
Chapter 7 of the spin-off. Now it is a les perverts triangle.
In the volume 4 omake, Tomoko channels her Yuu-lust into an otome heroine who looks like her.
Chapter 51 is all about Tomoko mistaking kindness from girls as lesbianism, something she seems fine with. She also reveals that she is constantly harassing Yuu, but that's just normal.
The Author Avatars of Nico Tanigawa as little mammals in omakes, the avatar of the female artist in particular. When foreign fans sent them pictures of their penises, she claimed never to have seen one before. She was also bothered by the male writer perving over Tomoko's voice actress recording her lines, and by the conditions of workers in the animation studio.
More Popular Spin-off: It's Your Fault My Friend's Not Popular featuring Yuu began running in January 2013. While it's not clear yet whether it'll sell more copies than the original, it is running in Monthly Joker instead of Gangan Online.
Squick: Tomoko sure is bent on getting her little brother to be attracted to her. Though when he gets up close to her during such a moment (just to show her out) she freaks out a bit.
The Woobie: Tomoko, pretty much. You just have to feel sorry for a girl who just has no idea how to talk to people without making herself look like a total dork.
Jerkass Woobie: She can also be unsympathetic at times, which shows how she's self-defeating. The fact that she apparently can't read other people's basic emotions, to the point where she interprets an innocent crush as perverse lust (see her incident with Komiyama), makes it easy for her to be extremely cruel and rude to other people, but also a very sad individual to behold.
As of chapter 47 Komiyama is The Woobie as well, what with her being twice humiliated in front of her crush by Tomoko.
alternative title(s): Its Not My Fault Im Not Popular