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 4740247,402 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2492
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #87
Members: 132,824
Favorites: 6,216

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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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Oct 28, 2023
Honestly im just here to say that i really enjoyed this manga, i feel like i appreciated it more since i actually got to read it in physical form, which i havent been able to do with any other manga before. I feel like it made me appreciate the art alot more than just reading it online, and I must say that the art is incredible. All of the illustrations between the ''episodes'' as the author calls them, are really well made and just add to the characters.

This isnt a heavy romance manga. It's more lighthearted, theres no drama and everything goes in the way ...
Sep 18, 2023
Too cute with so many heart fluttering scenarios and such a great read from beginning to end even after watching the anime!

All 3 relationships are so wholesome and at times relatable which make them impossible to love (∩˃ ᵕ ˂∩)♡ they seriously had me squealing and kicking my feet at 1am in the morning

If I could give a 9.5 rating on MAL I would, and the only reason it's not a 10 is because of the chapter layout. It's SOL so the plot jumps around a lot. Some of the storylines get told through separate moments chapters apart. All the stories that happened at the ...
Feb 11, 2024
Mixed Feelings
This manga (and the anime) is a romance that was a nice change of pace from the typical high-school stuff seen. It is one of the first manga I have ever read, and it is nice to look back on what has happened. Honestly, its a very cute and wholesome show with alot of feel good vibes, but it really is style over substance. The main romance with Hirotaka and Narumi seems much more like a friendship, and even the end doesn't feel very genuine. The cast is decent and varied enough, but in my eyes, the romance aspect feels somewhat forced for all the ...

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