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Review – Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

A lot of shows are ending at this point and I must say, we’ve been spoiled with some pretty good titles – one of which would be Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. The series is a rather different approach to the rom-com genre with the office setting and it has been a blast watching it.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku was a romance-comedy anime series that aired from last April up to June 2018. It was an adaptation of a webmanga series authored by Fujita and was published on Pixiv and later on, got serialized on Comic Pool. The show was worked on by A-1 Pictures known for other popular shows like Sword Art OnlineYour Lie in April and many others.

The plot summary goes like this:

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 a nerd.

(from the manga)

The show’s plot is fairly simple: two adult otakus, Narumi and Hirotaka, are dating and the results are hilarious. Every episode is a new thing for these two characters to deal with, occasionally with the help of the other otaku couple, Koyanagi and Kabakura. I think the show has received positive reception mainly because it’s a fresh take on the whole romance genre.

For years, the formula has always included the classic high school setting and all the other tropes that make the whole idea of romance within an anime seem particularly annoying. Like, you could pull out other romance anime classics like ClannadToradora and if compared to Wotakoi, there is a stark difference especially to where the plot revolves and how characters interact.

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You don’t have two characters who are immature and reckless in their decisions. Well, indeed, this is basically the entertainment where most romance anime revolve around – the idea of different characters struggling to dealing with their emotions and it just becomes this huge cluster of mess that’s just painful to watch.

Although, there were other good shows set in high school like the recent Tsuredure Children but there’s definitely something better with Wotakoi and its office romance setting.

In Wotakoi’s office setting, there’s little trouble and the problems are much more wholesome, mature compared to a romance set in a high school. Even if there were conflicts presented in the show, I believe the way it is handled is very mature and calm. As the story progresses, you really get to appreciate and just adore each character within this series.

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All have their own thoughts in regards to their hobbies, decisions and just life in general. I think we should have more shows like Wotakoi where the problems are much more grounded and relatable. Not some free-for-all battle royale on who gets senpai first or how couples easily sink due to simple misunderstanding and the like.

The animation, on the other hand, is adequate for a show that’s more light and easy-going like Wotakoi. Gotta admire how the style just compliments and adapts to the atmosphere of the show. There’s nothing to jaw-dropping or annoying to mention here.

For the soundtrack, I must say that I absolutely adore the opening theme, as well as its visually appealing animation sequence. If you’ve seen the opening, I think a lot of the audience would have tried to do the hand signs and actions being used in one significant portion of the animation sequence. The song is absolutely addicting and even I have it downloaded on my smartphone so I can just listen to it, over and over again.

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All-in-all, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is a show that really puts a smile on your face. The comedy is consistent, it’s always fresh and never fails to get you laughing or grinning.

I highly recommend this show as a break for all of the serious titles that have come out this season.


How about you? What did you think of Wotakoi? Can you share some great romance shows you’ve seen?

Thanks for reading!

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