Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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Synonyms: It's Difficult to Love an Otaku
Japanese: ヲタクに恋は難しい
English: Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 105
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 30, 2015 to Jul 16, 2021
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Themes: Adult Cast Adult Cast, Otaku Culture Otaku Culture, Workplace Workplace
Serialization: Comic POOL
Authors: Fujita (Story & Art)


Score: 8.361 (scored by 4796947,969 users)
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Ranked: #2532
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #87
Members: 133,931
Favorites: 6,243

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Narumi Momose is a petite and cute young woman who loves idols, games, and everything anime or manga-related, especially in the boys' love genre. In other words, she is a closet otaku and more specifically, a fujoshi. After a breakup due to these kind of interests, she quits her job and joins a new company. At her new workplace, the only colleagues who know about her secret are her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji, a blunt gaming otaku; Hanako Koyanagi, a cool and mature-looking beauty; and Tarou Kabakura, an attractive guy with a scary face who always gets into fights with Hanako.

While having drinks to catch up, Hirotaka advises Narumi to date someone who would understand her hobbies. But she is hesitant—otakus are typically perceived as gross, and the only ones who can understand them are otakus themselves. Or could a relationship between two otakus work?

Following the relationship of Narumi and Hirotaka as they begin dating, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is a light-hearted story about those who try to balance work, relationships, and hobbies.

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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is a web manga released on the author's pixiv account from April 17, 2014, to February 24, 2015, and published in print by Ichijinsha as part of volume 1 on April 30, 2015. Official serialization started in Comic POOL on November 6, 2015. The series ranked first in the 2016 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the Female Readers division. It was also nominated for the 41st Kodansha Manga Award in the Best General Manga category.

The series has been published in English as Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku by Kodansha Comics USA as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes from April 17, 2018, to June 14, 2022. It has also been published in French as Otaku Otaku by Kana since April 20, 2018; in German as Keine Cheats für die Liebe by Altraverse since April 26, 2018; in Spanish as Qué difícil es el amor para un otaku by ECC Ediciones since November 27, 2018; in Polish as Wotakoi. Miłość jest trudna dla otaku by Studio JG since May 13, 2019; and in Russian as Так сложно любить отаку by Istari Comics since 2019.

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story : everything is original, I have never come across this type of story before. the comedy stories are funny and there are stories that are not shown in the anime. the romance story is not as much as I thought but it was enough to make my heart tremble, the relationship of each character is romantic & not excessive. the scene is depicted with real.

art : I really like this one more than the others, the art style is very detailed & pleasing to the eye. I really like the colored pages because it makes my eyes comfortable and looks pretty.

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