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"At the end of May, just when it felt like spring was beginning to wane... an angel flew down to me!"
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Miyako Hoshino is a college student whose extreme shyness has turned her into a shut-in. Her life changes forever when her fifth-grader sister Hinata takes her best friend Hana Shirosaki to visit and Miyako is suddenly hit with a funny, squirmy feeling in her chest that she's never felt before. Although Hana is initially off-put by Miyako's affection, the sweets that Miyako makes are enough to keep her coming back and wearing the cosplay outfits that Miyako hand-makes, and the two find themselves growing closer.

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me (or Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!) started off as a four-panel yuri manga written by Nanatsu Mukunoki and can be read as part of Comic Yuri Hime. It received an anime adaptation in January 2019. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, which can be viewed here for audiences worldwide except Asia.

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The manga provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Hana initially considers Miyako this, and is generally creeped out by Miyako's obsession with photographing her, but as the series goes on she starts accepting her and gets closer to her.
    • Miyako has her own in the form of Koko, a classmate of hers back in high school who now stalks her.
  • Acting for Two: In an In-Universe example, Noa plays the baker Kalmia, the angel queen Calm and Daisy's grandaughter Mari in the Culture Festival's play.
  • Big Sister Worship: Hinata absolutely adores her older sister despite Miyako being a shut-in with no friends.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The play that the girls put on ends with Anemone becoming a human only to find that Daisy had already grown old and died in her absence. However, Anemone and Daisy's granddaughter Mari fall in love, and when they die of old age they're reunited with Daisy as angels.
  • Butt-Monkey: Miyako is the butt of many of the jokes, from her little sister's (unintentional) physical abuse to her mom taking the french toast she spent all night preparing.
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  • Cassandra Truth: At the beginning of episode 6, Hana, Hinata, and Noa ask Miyako where she was going, but they don't believe her when she says she's going to her university to turn in an assignment. When they ask again and she she once again says she's going to class, all three are shocked, as they thought she was a shut-in NEET. Naturally they decide to follow her to her college.
  • Closet Otaku: Miyako designs nice cosplay outfits, but is too embarrassed to be seen by anyone wearing them.
  • Cringe Comedy: Miyako's complete helplessness in social situations is the basis for much of the show's comedy.
  • Crush Blush: There are multiple instances of this with Noa towards Hinata and Miyako towards Hana, but in chapter 40 of the manga Hana blushes when a made-up Miyako smiles at her; she notices it but doesn't understand why.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Noa does this towards a dog in episode 8. In the same episode, Matsumoto's younger sister also subjects Hinata, Noa, and Hana to this when she gives a adorable "thank you" to Miyako.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Miyako's obsession with Hana. When she dressed the latter up in a gothic lolita outfit, she started tried taking pictures of her... from below. Hana is understandably creeped out by the weird camera angle shot Miyako was trying for. This is toned down considerably after the first few episodes although it still pops up from time to time.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Both the opening and ending songs are sung by the VAs of Hinata, Hana, Noa, Kanon and Koyori, singing as Wataten☆Five.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Hinata and Hana display these when Miyako gets a little too creepy around them, such as when she shows up outside Hinata's room wearing shades and a surgical mask, while breathing heavily, in order to avoid talking to Hana face to face. Hinata headbutts her, then screams for her sister, not realizing she just attacked Miyako.
  • Fantasy Sequence: The entire culture festival play in Episode 12 is shown as an actual fantasy story instead of children putting on a musical.
  • Flash Step: Two overly eager clothing store employees do this to Miyako in episode 8 when she establishes eye contact with them. One of them later does it with Noa, who handles the situation much better than Miyako did.
  • Genki Girl: Hinata is a rather sporadic fifth grader. Her introduction has her excitedly jumping up and landing on top Miyako while she was sleeping. She then immediately leaves for school afterwards.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Noa invokes this in Episode 10 when she brings a horror movie for everyone to watch, saying that being scared by a horror movie is a great opportunity for a girl to show off her cuteness. She then uses a scary scene as an opportunity to cling onto Hinata while not looking very scared at all.
  • Hikikomori: Miyako often spends her time indoors, although she does occasionally show up at her college.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are no named male characters, and even the number of male background characters can be counted on one hand. Although Hinata mentions her dad in an early chapter, he never appears.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When Hinata sees Miyako interacting with Yuu in episode 8, she wonders if Miyako created a secret little sister behind her back. She then wonders if Noa and Hana are also secret little sisters, before concluding that she was now Yuu's big sister. When Koko, Yuu's real older sister, shows up and hears that she's now also Hinata's big sister, she is delighted at somehow becoming related to Miyako thanks to all the confusion from Hinata's thought processes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mya-nee is Hinata's name for Miyako, and she uses it so much that it's spread to her entire class. Even her teacher lets it slip at one point!
  • Interspecies Romance: The play the girls put on for the culture festival involves a romance between Anemone, an angel, and Daisy, a human.
  • Loophole Abuse: Miyako's mother gives her some money to go buy clothes with at a local mall. However, she's scared off by two employees who were all too eager to help her. She then decides to buy some fabric instead, with the intention of sewing her own clothing. Unfortunately for her, this only makes her mother angry once she and Hinata return home.
  • Love at First Sight: Miyako is smitten by Hana the moment Hinata brought her home. Judging by how unfamiliar Miyako is with the "squirming, funny" feeling in her chest, it's likely her First Love too.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: The reason why Daisy ultimately rejects Anemone's love. Sure enough, in the time it took for Anemone to become a human and return to Daisy's bakery, Daisy had already grown old and died.
  • Musical Episode: The majority of Episode 12 is devoted to the girls' play, which turns into this.
  • No Social Skills: Miyako is very shy and rarely goes outside. Hana only "befriends" her out of pity after Hinata tells her that she has no friends.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Noa and Hana enter Miyako's room in episode 6, and sees Koko lying down in front of them, with Hinata holding a bat over her. They initially assume Hinata beat up Koko with said bat, but in reality Koko just accidentally tripped on the bat.
  • Product Placement: One scene in the manga shows Miyako reading Yuri Hime.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Kanon and Koyori have been at each others' sides since they were born, and its clear that their mutual affection runs very deep (with Kanon being the only one willing to rely on the utterly hopeless Koyori). When Noa asks Koyori if her and Kanon are more like sisters than friends, Koyori responds by saying that Kanon is more than a sister or a friend, although she doesn't really understand what that means yet.
  • Sick Episode: The first half of Episode 7 features Hinata coming down with a fever and Miyako taking care of her.
  • Supreme Chef: Miyako's sweets are so good that Hana is willing to tolerate cosplaying in order to eat them, and even considers them better than the sweets that popular bakeries make. Miyako is also implied to be a great chef in general besides making sweets.
  • Those Two Girls: Whenever the girls go on an outing, Kanon and Koyori are often seen on their own date in the background.
  • Through His Stomach: Miyako "tames" Hana by giving her sweets. Though somewhat disgusted by Miyako's behaviors, the sweets are so good she's willing to put up with wearing cosplay outfits Miyako made.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Kanon and to a lesser extent Noa are much more mature than their friends. This is lampshaded in Chapter 45, when the girls get split up at a Christmas event. Noa and Kanon decide to wait underneath a huge tree and try to call the other girls' phones; their panel is labeled "How adults deal with things." Hinata and Koyori, meanwhile, panic and immediately conclude that Noa and Kanon were kidnapped; their panel is labeled "How children react."
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