“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 an otaku.” -Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (manga)
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is a romantic comedy that you can’t get tired of. While the there’s no build up to the relationship between Nifuji and Narumi, it’s the relationship itself that makes the show entertaining. Learning more about each other, hanging out with their co-workers, playing games together, going to conventions, etc. While the story is pretty straightforward, the jewel of the show is all about the character and their growth and interactions with each other.
Artwork & Animation:
Before I begin, can we take a moment to appreciate the cutest opening that the world has ever seen? I mean, did you watch the opening sequence?! The dance is the purest thing this earth has ever seen! I’m going to include a video here. (for you heathens that skip the openings.)
ANY WAY, the art is pretty straightforward and simple there are only a handful of places that they go so it’s hard to get wild art out of that. The character design is wonderful and I love that attention to detail. Such as the guys will have sharper line work especially around their eyes and their hands, whereas the girls will be the opposite very eloquent and smooth. The fact that I can tell a charter by their hand shape alone should tell you enough about the designs.
Typically, RomCom’s tends to focus on characters that are in high school, but Wotakoi breaks that cliché and makes the setting in a working environment. It’s a fresh breath of air seeing older characters falling in love and just because their older doesn’t make it any less entertaining. These characters are as wild and funny as any other romantic comedy character. But what sets them apart is the phase in a relationship that they go through in the anime. Nifuji and Narumi start dating in the first episode so the rest of the show them learning and getting comfortable with each other and, trust me, it’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Kabakura and Koyanagi, on the other hand, have been in a relationship for a while and are comfortable enough with each other to constantly get into petty arguments.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The opening theme…need I say more? But jokes aside the entire soundtrack brings back that classic romantic comedy sounds with fun uses of upbeat drums and synth trumpet leads.
NEED SEASON 2 NOW.
Overall: Score 10
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is a fresh new look at the romantic comedy featuring office workers rather than high schoolers, but the catch is that the main cast are all otakus! What makes this show so great is that it’s so darn relatable! Pair that with a fun 90s romantic comedy soundtrack, solid art and character designs, and finally characters are both simple yet multilayered and you have yourself an anime masterpiece! Don’t let this anime slip by!
Best Girl: Koyanagi Hanako
While I love Narumi and her crazy otaku ways, the cool and collected Koyanagi took the throne for this one! Her habit of using Kabakura’s weakness (anime merchandise) to make him do things (ex. crossdress) has to be downright the funniest and evilest thing I have ever witnessed. That and her presence as an older sister type of character make her seem dependable, even if she is a little mischievous.