Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
|Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku|
Cover of the first volume of manga as released in Japan by Ichijinsha, featuring Hirotaka Nifuji and Narumi Momose.
(Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii)
Comic Pool (November 6, 2015 – present)
|Original run||April 17, 2014 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yoshimasa Hiraike|
|Written by||Yoshimasa Hiraike|
|Music by||Akimitsu Honma|
|Licensed by||Amazon Video (streaming)|
|Original network||Fuji TV (noitaminA)|
|Original run||April 13, 2018 – June 22, 2018|
|Episodes||11 + OVA|
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku (ヲタクに恋は難しい Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) is a Japanese webmanga series written and illustrated by Fujita. It was first posted on Pixiv on April 17, 2014. It later began serialization in Comic Pool (a joint web manga publication project by Ichijinsha and Pixiv) on November 6, 2015. Ichijinsha began publishing the manga in print on April 30, 2015 and seven volumes have been published as of March 2019[update]. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from April to June 2018 on the Noitamina programming block.
Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is a game otaku. The two seem perfect for each other, but love is difficult for otaku.
- Narumi Momose (桃瀬成海 Momose Narumi)
- Voiced by: Arisa Date
- Narumi is a fujoshi otaku, who also likes otome games, and idols. She blames being an otaku for difficulties in her life and attempts to keep it a secret, especially at work. She is also the childhood friend and girlfriend of Hirotaka Nifuji.
- Hirotaka Nifuji (二藤宏嵩 Nifuji Hirotaka)
- Voiced by: Kent Itō, Mutsumi Tamura (Young)
- Hirotaka is Narumi Momose's otaku friend and boyfriend, who has been in love with her ever since childhood. Hirotaka is a gamer otaku who spends most of his free time gaming and unlike Narumi, he does not care if everyone knows that he is an otaku. He is also considered to be very attractive by girls, although he doesn't seem to care.
- Hanako Koyanagi (小柳花子 Koyanagi Hanako)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- Hanako is Narumi Momose's senpai at the office, she is secretly a famous cosplayer otaku who usually cosplays as a male character. She also plays games and reads yaoi manga. Hanako is dating Tarou Kabakura.
- Tarō Kabakura (樺倉太郎 Kabakura Tarō)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
- Tarou is Hirotaka Nifuji's coworker at the office and a less intense otaku; he likes heroes and bishojo. Tarou is dating Hanako Koyanagi.
- Naoya Nifuji (二藤尚哉 Nifuji Naoya)
- Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
- Naoya is Hirotaka's cheery younger brother; a university student. Naoya cares very deeply for his brother, and quietly worries about him and his introverted nature. Unlike his brother, Naoya is not an otaku, and is very bad at video games.
- Kō Sakuragi (桜城 光 Sakuragi Kō)
- Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
- Kō is a socially anxious solo gamer from Naoya's university with a habit of saying "I'm sorry". Kō's reclusive nature initially reminds Naoya of his brother and thus decided to become Kō's gamer friend. Unbeknownst to Naoya, Kō is actually a girl.
- Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
Initially, Fujita began posting the manga on Pixiv (a Japanese online community for artists) as a rookie author. Ichijinsha then launched a digital manga magazine with Pixiv titled Comic Pool, and started serializing the manga on a regular basis. The manga was selected for Comic Pool because it was the most popular work on Pixiv. On April 30, 2015 Ichijinsha started the publishing of the manga in print.
The first volume was released on April 30, 2015 and seven volumes have been published as of March 2019[update]. The manga was released in English by Kodansha Comics. Each volume contained 2 volumes of the original release.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||April 30, 2015||ISBN 978-4-75-800846-4||April 17, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236704-4|
|2||March 31, 2016||ISBN 978-4-75-800899-0||April 17, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236704-4|
|3||December 23, 2016||ISBN 978-4-75-800934-8||June 12, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236705-1|
|4||July 26, 2017||ISBN 978-4-75-800951-5||June 12, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236705-1|
|5||February 2, 2018||ISBN 978-4-75-800979-9||November 27, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236706-8|
|6||July 31, 2018||ISBN 978-4-75-800987-4||November 27, 2018||ISBN 978-1-63-236706-8|
|7|| March 29, 2019 (w/BD edition)|
March 29, 2019 (regular ed.)
|ISBN 978-4-75-802020-6 (w/BD ed.) |
ISBN 978-4-75-802019-0 (regular ed.)
An anime television series by A-1 Pictures aired from April 13 to June 22, 2018 on Fuji TV. The series is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike who also oversee the scripts. Takahiro Yasuda designed the characters, while Akimitsu Honma composed the music. The opening theme titled "Fiction" (フィクション) by Sumika and the first and second ending themes titled "Kimi no Tonari" (キミの隣 lit. "Next to You") and "Ashita mo Mata" (明日もまた) (ep 9) respectively are performed by halca. Amazon streamed the series on their Amazon Video service. The series ran for 11 episodes. An OVA entitled "Youth" was released on March 29, 2019 to coincide with the release of the seventh volume of the manga.
|No.||Title[a]||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Narumi and Hirotaka Meets Again, and..."|
"Narumi to Hirotaka no Saikai. Soshite…" (成海と宏嵩の再会。そして…)
|Daisuke Takashima||Yoshimasa Hiraike||April 13, 2018|
26-year-old Narumi Momose is a die-hard fujoshi otaku who recently switched jobs, in hopes of being able to play off an image of a perfect, beautiful young lady. However, her hopes are crashed when she reunites with her middle school classmate Hirotaka Nifuji, an avid gamer otaku that knows about her secret. Both reconnect over alcohol and Hirotaka promises he won't tell on Narumi's otaku secret, commenting on how love is difficult for people like them because others think they're "abnormal" and "weird".Two weeks later, Narumi while working promises to meet Hirotaka at 6pm for drinks but is unable to finish her work on time so Hirotaka stays behind for her. As they drink, Hirotaka asks Narumi out, offering to help her pass her game levels as a benefit. Excited, Narumi accepts.
|2||"Are We Now Dating?"|
"Koibito? Hajimemashita" (恋人？始めました)
|Matsuo Asami||Yoshimasa Hiraike||April 20, 2018|
|Narumi avoids Hirotaka at work because she is unsure how to interact now that they are in a relationship. Koyanagi and Kabakura step in to address the conflict between Narumi and Hirotaka but end up fighting with each other. Hirotaka reveals that he is romantically interested in Narumi, not just because a relationship with another otaku would be convenient. All four visit a bookstore to purchase manga.|
|3||"Sales Event and Gamers Meetup"|
"Sokubai-kai to Gēmu-kai" (即売会とゲーム会)
|Gō Tobita||Tomoko Shinozuka||April 27, 2018|
|Narumi, Hirotaka, Koyanagi and Kabakura attend a comics expo. Hirotaka helps Narumi with her BL stand while Koyanagi cosplays. Later, Narumi goes to Hirotaka's house to play video games; she is nervous about being alone in his home but soon Koyanagi and Kabakura join them. Narumi reminisces about her childhood with Hirotaka after she and Koyanagi search for any porn hidden in his room.|
|4||"Is Mature Love as Difficult?"|
"Otona no Koi mo Muzukashī?" (オトナの恋も難しい？)
|Satoshi Saga||Seiko Takagi||May 4, 2018|
While on a break, Hirotaka was surprised to see Narumi crying only to find the reason being Sailor Moon. Narumi showed off a picture of her and another girl to Kabakura and Koyanagi. Kabakura ended up praising the other girl and asked Narumi to introduce him sometimes. Turns out, it was Hirotaka. The following day, Koyanagi and Kabakura approached Narumi and Hirotaka steaming with anger. Koyanagi vehemently wanted Kabakura to cosplay as a woman as Hirotaka did, while Kabakura strongly refused. After continuously exchanging angry retorts between one another, Koyanagi praised Narumi and Hirotaka for getting along. Narumi commented how they had different interests which accommodated them well, Hirotaka playing games and her preferring manga and anime. Hirotaka ended up angering Narumi for commenting how she's "beyond saving". Later Kabakura came home to find a whole photo session setup by Koyanagi. Left with no choice, he ended going along Koyanagi's plan. She showed the result to Narumi and Hirotaka, which greatly surprised the couple. It was revealed that he was bribed into agreeing. The exchange being a high quality Yudachi Kai-II figurine.On their break, Hirotaka invited Narumi to go drinking with him, along with Kabakura and Koyanagi. Koyanagi was surprised to see how talkative and expressive Hirotaka is in his mails. While drinking, Koyanagi got drunk fast. They started talking about how Koyanagi and Kabakura started dating. Thy got into worse arguments, stating their types. Koyanagi accidentally revealed her hidden insecurities because Kabakura preferred small and cute girls like Narumi. She confessed to Narumi that Kabakura might have just been settling for her because otakus usually find it hard to be in a stable relationship with non-otakus. It end with a tearful reconciliation between Koyanagi and Kabakura. This line of thinking also bothered Narumi because of her relationship with Hirotaka. Hirotaka implied that he preferred big boobs which annoyed Narumi. He reassured her that he wasn't dating her just because they were both otakus or because it was easy. They started teasing each other and went to the arcades before heading home.
|5||"Introducing Naoya and Gamers Meetup (Part II)"|
"Naoya Tōjō to Gēmu-kai Pātsu Ⅱ" (尚哉登場とゲーム会PartⅡ)
|Jin Iwatsuki||Tomoko Shinozuka||May 11, 2018|
Narumi headed of to a cafe alone. The barrista asked her if she were "Narumi-chan". Narumi recognized him as "Nao-chan", and started catching up during his break. Koyanagi and Kabakura seeing this, assumed that the barrista was a former boyfriend of Narumi. Being curious about the unnatural closeness between Narumi and Nao, as well as being worried about Hirotaka seeing them together, he debated about whether calling him to the cafe with Koyanagi. All of a sudden, Hirotaka arrived with a cup of brewed coffee. As it turns out, Koyanagi already told him to come. Hirotaka noticed the person with Narumi. Kabakura, still thinking he was a former boyfriend, loudly call Hirotaka to stop him from making a scene. Bothe Hirotaka and Nao responded to the name "Nifuji". Narumi introduce him as Nifuji Naoya, Hirotaka's brother who was younger by 7 years.Nao asked to sleepover Hirotaka's place to which he reluctantly agreed to.Narumi, Koyanagi, and Kabakura agreed to hang out at Hirotaka's place. While talking about games, they realized that Nao was a non-otaku and started to be careful about talking around him. Narumi proposed to play a game focused on team play. She forced the Nifuji brothers into a team, with Hirotaka constantly refusing due to Nao's inexperience and lack of player skills. Nao ended up self destructing, which made thing easier for a Hirotaka as a solo player. Hirotaka fell asleep on the couch after playing games. Nao offered to walk Narumi to the station. Kabakura decided against it due to his suspicions with the unnatural closeness between the two. Getting the idea, Nao thought that Narumi and Kabakura were dating which greatly embarrassed Kabakura. Koyanagi settled the misunderstanding by kissing him, then told Nao that Narumi and Hirotaka were dating. Nao started crying, saying that he was glad because he was worried that Hirotaka may end up alone because of his personality. He hoped that Narumi would stay by his brother side, being his only friend. Kabakura was touch by the Nao's incredible sincerity towards his brother. While leaving, he advised Hirotaka to take better care of his younger brother.
"Yūutsuna Kurisumasu" (憂鬱なクリスマス)
|Kazuomi Koga||Seiko Takagi||May 18, 2018|
|7||"Online Gaming and Their Respective Nights"|
"Netoge to, Sorezore no Yoru" (ネトゲと、それぞれの夜)
|Daisuke Takashima||Seiko Takagi||May 25, 2018|
|8||"Weakness is Thunder and Years of Insecurity"|
"Nigatena kaminari to, Ki ni naru otoshigoro" (苦手な雷と、気になるお年頃)
|Matsuo Asami||Tomoko Shinozuka||June 1, 2018|
|9||"Go Out on a Date with Me!"|
"Dēto e ikou yo!" (デートへ行こうよ！)
|Jin Iwatsuki||Yoshimasa Hiraike||June 8, 2018|
|10||"Introducing Kou-kun and Online Gaming Revenge"|
"Kō-kun Tōjō to Netoge Ribenji" (光くん登場とネトゲリベンジ)
|Seiko Takagi||June 15, 2018|
Nao meets a customer at his part-time job playing games which reminded him of his brother. The following day, he sees her at the university cafeteria. He patiently waited for him to finish playing, before introducing himself. He finds out that his name is Sakuragi Kou, but doesn't realize that Kou is, in fact, a girl. He invites her to play with him, but due to his lack of experience in gaming, Nao reaches out to Narumi and her friends for helpl. While battling to clear quests, they got overpowered by monsters. They asked for help from Hirotaka, when a mysterious character saved them with a single blast then mass-healed everyone. Hirotaka came into the game only to find the game cleared. Only Nao knew that it was Kou who saved them. Hirotaka broke his glasses, which raised difficulties in doing his job. Since he was absurdly near-sighted, Narumi couldn't help but worry about him. His female co-workers, seeing a new side of him, became conscious of Hirotaka which made Narumi distracted and jealous. Kabakura sent them off early to get new glasses for Hirotaka and for Narumi to regain her concentration.Later on, Nao and Kou started playing multi-player games together. Nao starts of in beginner level quests with Kou advising and aiding him. Someone strated calling him, which drew him away from the game. Out of curiosity, Hirotaka used Nao's account to play. Kou playing solo got shocked when Nao's avatar suddenly showed out of nowhere. She was surprised to see the skill only to find out the it was Nao's brother playing. They decided to continue playing together.
|11||"Love is Hard for Otaku"|
"Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashī" (ヲタクに恋は難しい)
|Daisuke Takashima||Tomoko Shinozuka||June 22, 2018|
On July 26, 2018, a video promoting the sixth volume of the manga also revealed that a live-action movie adaptation was in production.
On September 18, 2018, the cast for a live-action movie was revealed, it will star Mitsuki Takahata and Kento Yamazaki as double lead to play Narumi and Hirotaka, distributed by Toho and will be released in Japanese theaters in 2020.
- All English titles are taken from Amazon Video.
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