Narumi is an office lady who happens to be an otaku. After breaking up with her boyfriend who works in same office, Narumi chose to apply to work at another office so that she can move on  from her past. In her new workplace, she met Hirotaka, her childhood friend who is also an otaku. Can the relationship between two otakus lasts long?


Dany Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)

Nowadays, it appears easy to find people who exhibits otaku-ish interests anywhere. Those people are probably very passionate about their interests and devote plenty of their time for them. However, a hobby is only a portion of people’s life, after all, and there are times when it is necessary to interact with other people, like in aa norma daily life.

Shown as part of Fuji TV’s noitaminA slot, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku tells the daily lives of some otaku who happen to work in the same place. It is a quite refreshing approach to the often bad stereotype otaku are portrayed with. The otaku in Wotakoi acts like real humans, struggling with life, earning money for living, socialising, but still making time for their hobby. For many otaku, especially for those who already has a job, it is easy to relate with the otaku characters in this anime.

Visually, Wotakoi is not really that special. However, this anime can show the other side of otaku that interesting to follow. There are some references from other anime, manga, or game that will probably make audience interested. This anime is recommended for them who looking for a romance comedy anime about otaku who still try to living their daily life while devoting to their hobbies.

Facts and Figures

Alternative Title Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Source material Manga by Fujita
Casts Aoi Yuki as Ko Sakuragi
Arisa Date as Narumi Momose
Kent Ito as Hirotaka Nifuji
Miyuki Sawashiro as Hanako Koyanagi
Tomokazu Sugita as Taro Kabakura
Yuuki Kaji as Naoya Nifuji
Director Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!)
Scenario Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!)
Character Design Takahiro Yasuda (Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baa)
Opening Song “Fiction” by sumica
Ending Song “Kimi no Tonari” by halca
Studio A-1 Pictures
Official Site
Broadcast Date 12 April 2018 (1555 GMT, 2255 WIT) , 13 April 2018 (0055 JST)

Screenshots and Trailer

© Fujita . Ichijinsha/ “Wotakoi” Production Committee
© Fujita . Ichijinsha/ “Wotakoi” Production Committee
© Fujita . Ichijinsha/ “Wotakoi” Production Committee
© Fujita . Ichijinsha/ “Wotakoi” Production Committee
© Fujita . Ichijinsha/ “Wotakoi” Production Committee

The Indonesian Anime Times

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