Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is a strange anime that I happen to have fallen for. It has this special brand of humor that is completely unique to anime fans and con goers. This is the story about two childhood friends who happen to be otaku in two different ways: the girl is a yaoi fangirl (that’d be a fan of boys in love), the other a game otaku (he plays on his switch during lunch breaks at work).
I was so skeptical of this show at first. If you know me, you know I’m an “otaku” myself. But the best part about this is that it doesn’t treat otaku as dumb or incompetent, when other animes might it for jokes. If I had a problem with the show in that respect, some of the characters actively try to hide that they’re otaku. They try to hide the fact they’re not “normal”. The main female character, Momose (the one with pink hair of course), even has boyfriends break up with her offscreen because she’s an otaku.
As much as I dislike this, it does give it a touch of realism, and it has me rooting for the main and secondary couples. I’ve even suggested this show to some of my male friends and they love it, too.
It’s full of inside jokes for anime fans, con goers, and even people that have friends who are otaku.
While I’d never suggest this as your first anime, I would say you owe it to yourself to give this show a try if you’re in the market for a romance anime and you know that love is, in fact, hard for otaku.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.