Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku is a Japanese webmanga series written and illustrated by Fujita. It was first posted on Pixiv on April 17, 2014. It began serialization in Comic Pool (a joint web manga publication project by Ichijinsha and Pixiv) on November 6, 2015. Ichijinsha began publishing the manga in print on April 30, 2015 and nine volumes had been published, with over 10 million copies printed (including digital edition) as of August 2020. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from April to June 2018 on the Noitamina programming block.
An anime television series by A-1 Pictures aired from April 13 to June 22, 2018 on Fuji TV. Produced by Aniplex, Fuji Television, Ichijinsha, Dentsu, Christmas Holly and Kanetsu Investment, the series was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike, who also handled series composition. Takahiro Yasuda designed the characters, while Akimitsu Honma composed the music. The opening theme titled “Fiction” by Sumika and the first and second ending themes titled “Kimi no Tonari” and “Ashita mo Mata” (ep 9) respectively were performed by halca. Amazon streamed the series on their Amazon Video service. The series ran for 11 episodes. An OVA entitled “It Appeared Suddenly=Love” was released on March 29, 2019 to coincide with the release of the seventh volume of the manga. A second OVA will be released in February 26, 2021 to coincide with the release of the tenth volume of the manga.
is a fujoshi otaku, who also likes otome games, and idols. She blames being an otaku for difficulties in her life and attempts to keep it a secret, especially at work. She is also the childhood friend and girlfriend of Hirotaka Nifuji.
is Narumi Momose’s otaku friend and boyfriend, who has been in love with her ever since childhood. Hirotaka is a gamer otaku who spends most of his free time gaming and unlike Narumi, he does not care if everyone knows that he is an otaku. He is also considered to be very attractive by the ladies, although he doesn’t seem to care.
is Narumi Momose’s senpai at the office, she is secretly a famous cosplayer otaku who usually cosplays as male characters. She also plays games and reads yaoi manga. Hanako is dating Tarou Kabakura.
is Hirotaka Nifuji’s coworker at the office and a less intense otaku; he likes heroes and bishojo. Tarou is dating Hanako Koyanagi.
is Hirotaka’s cheery younger brother; a university student. Naoya cares very deeply for his brother, and quietly worries about him and his introverted nature. Unlike his brother, Naoya is not an otaku, and is very bad at video games.
is a socially anxious solo gamer from Naoya’s university with a habit of saying “I’m sorry”. Kō’s reclusive nature initially reminds Naoya of his brother and thus decided to become Kō’s gamer friend. Naoya brings her into his group of friends – not realizing she’s not a guy until later.