A story about love and friendship of an Anime, Manga, and Game Otaku. Wotakoi is real. The best thing about this Manga is that it’s so close to real life. The Manga is still ongoing, the Anime is completed with 11 Episodes and an OVA (Crossing my fingers for more episodes), and they even released a live-action musical last February 2020. With the popularity of this Anime, I guess many of my generation can relate to the story.
The protagonists are young working professionals. Apart from their office life, they spend their free time reading manga, watching Anime, or playing games, which pretty much sums up my life. Together, the four characters, they hang out to drink, eat, talk about Manga, Anime, and also play Multiplayer games. They usually only hang out together because they share the same interest as an otaku. Their other co-workers seem unaware of their shared bond and it’s not known in their office that they are couples too.
Before proceeding, let us define the word Otaku first. Otaku refers to a nerd or an enthusiast. A person can be an otaku for anything (sports, movies, games, cars, etc.) but it’s usually understood as Anime and Manga fan to the Non-Japanese.
Our main protagonists are Hirotaka Nifuji and Narumi Momose. Hirotaka is a gaming otaku. He can go on days without eating just to finish the game. See how extreme an otaku can be. Narumi is a fujoshi, it refers to a female who likes manga depicting male homosexual love. Yes, she likes the homo stuff. I was surprised this was a thing in Japan. But Narumi is a Closet Fujoshi, kind of like me, Closet Weeb.
Hirotaka and Narumi are childhood friends, and Hirotaka has been in love with Narumi ever since Elementary. Hirotaka never reveals it, but it is shown as the story progresses. They start dating at the beginning of the Manga. Narumi, at first, only believed that Hirotaka asked her out for convenience because they were both Otakus. But Hirotaka slowly reveals to Narumi that he really likes her and loves seeing her happy. The story revolves on the progression of their bond from friends to lovers.
Then the two main supporting characters Hanako Koyanagi and Taruo Kabakura. Koyanagi is Narumi’s closest friend in the office. She is a cosplayer and also a Fujoshi like Narumi. Kabakura is a casual otaku who enjoys Bishouju anime and manga. He doesn’t always show his hardcore love for the Manga and Anime unless if he is alone or with Koyanagi. I really love this couple. They have been dating since High School and the OVA of the Anime was about their love story.
Lastly, we have the supporting characters Naoya Nifuji and Kou Sakuragi. Naoya or Nao is the younger brother of Hirotaka. He is the only non-otaku among the six characters, but he starts to get into gaming because of Kou. Kou is a girl, who looks like a boy because of her style. She is very introverted and apologetic so she doesn’t correct people. She is an otaku gamer like Hirotaka, and Nao was drawn to her because of this. But Nao learns that there is more to Kou. I’m really looking forward to the development of their relationship. Nao mistakes Kou for a boy but eventually finds out, and they become closer friends after that.
The Manga is a romantic comedy and it’s really light-hearted and enjoyable. It’s breath of fresh air from the other Manga and Anime I have been watching that have gone overboard on the action and violence. The events happening are a slice of reality. I mean, The love confession scenes of Hirotaka x Narumi and Kabakura x Hanako are not farfetched. It was awkward and relatable. I don’t know if younger readers will enjoy this Manga, but if you’re looking for a good love story and comedy then please do give this Manga a shot.
Lastly, I also want to mention their opening song for the anime. It’s really catchy. Here’s a link to a video from Youtube for the full OP song. I hope you enjoy it too.
Thank you for reading! I just wanted to introduce this Manga to you, if you haven’t heard of it. Click this link for the Manga. I really love Otaku Ni Koi Wa Muzukashii!