Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (also known as Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii in Japanese) is a romantic comedy anime television series which is based on a manga series of the same name. Written and illustrated by Fujita, the manga series was first published on April 17, 2014, and new volumes are being published to this day. A few years after the initial publication of the manga series A-1 Pictures announced its plans to adapt the manga series into an anime television series. Subsequently, Season 1 of Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku was released on April 13, 2018. It soon became quite popular among fans of the source material and new viewers alike, and since then, fans have been waiting to hear about a second season. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
Wotakoi Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Wotakoi season 1, consisting of eleven episodes, released on April 13, 2018 and it ran till June 22 of the same year. A bit less than a year later, on original video animation (OVA) special episode, titled Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii: Youth, was released on March 29, 2019, much to the delight of fans.
However, in the time that has elapsed since Season 1 finished airing, A-1 Pictures has not confirmed Season 2, and it remains to be seen whether Season 2 is made at all. That being said, there’s no reason to panic as there’s plenty of time left for a renewal to be announced. Further, the fact that new volumes of the manga series is still being published increases the chance of a second season materializing. Our best guess is that Wotakoi season 2 release date could fall sometime in 2020 or 2021. We’re keeping our ears open for news on Season 2 of the show and we’ll update this section as soon as we hear more.
Wotakoi English Dub:
You can watch ‘Wotakoi’ on Amazon Prime Video with its original Japanese audio and English subtitles.
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As the name of the show suggests, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is a show which revolves around otakus falling in love. For those unaware, otakus typically refer to people who are shut-ins owing to their obsession with pop culture, so much so that they have a nearly non-existent social life. The show focuses on the relationship between Narumi Momose and Hirotaka Nifuji, both of whom are otakus in their own right.
Narumi is shown to be a petite, attractive, and energetic young woman who has a secret obsession over all things manga or anime-related, and has a particular fascination towards the male-male romance genre. Being an otaku, or a fujoshi to be more specific, Narumi does not have great social skills and her awkwardness and weird interests leads her boyfriend to break up with her. Dejected and heartbroken, Narumi also quits her job and joins another company, where she is reunited with her childhood friend Hirotaka Nifuji. Hirotaka is not much different from Narumi, except for the fact that he is an otaku who obsesses over video games.
Although Narumi tries to hide her fujoshi lifestyle from Hirotaka, the latter sees through her pretence when they go out for drinks after work. During the drinking session,Hirotaka advises Narumi to date someone who understands her and is okay with her being a fujoshi. While Narumi is taken by surprise at the unsolicited piece of advice, Hirotaka clears her confusion by telling her that they ought to date. Further, Hirotaka makes a solemn promise to Narumi to be by her side at all times and help her farm rare items in video games like Monster Hunter. Delighted at Hirotaka’s proposal, Narumi readily accepts, and thus the two begin dating. Over the course of the show, the two grow closer, but owing to their awkwardness, Narumi and Hirotaka have a problem maintaining a serious relationship.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku has several characters among whom four characters are central to the show. Below, we’ve provided you with brief backgrounds on each of these main characters.
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Narumi Momose: The main female protagonist of the show, Narumi is a petite and attractive 26-year-old who is obsessed with manga, anime, and videogames. While Narumi loves multiple genres, she is shown to have a particular fondness for male-male romance. Being a fujoshi, Narumi is rather ashamed of her hobbies in public, and as a result, she tries to keep her interests as secret as possible. However, Hirotaka, who is her childhood friend, sees through the pretence and the two eventually start dating.
Hirotaka Nifuji: The main male protagonist of the show, Hirotaka is a 26-year-old who is also an otaku. While Hirotaka enjoys all things manga and anime-related, he is particularly fond of video games and is an absolute sucker for first-person shooter (FPS) games, fighting games, and action games. Being an otaku himself, Hirotaka believes that he and Narumi are perfect matches for each other, and convinces her to start dating him. As the show progresses, Narumi and Hirotaka fall in love with each other but have trouble maintaining a serious relationship owing to their awkwardness with each other and their tendencies to isolate themselves.
Tarou Kabakura: Another main character in the show, Tarou is a 28-year-old who works in the same office as Narumi and Hirotaka. Tarou is attractive and intimidating at the same time, but underneath his mature looks is the fact the he, too, is an otaku who loves everything manga and anime-related. However, Tarou is not as obsessed as the typical otaku and has a life outside his pop culture interests as well.
Hanako Koyanagi: The final main character in the show, Hanako is a 27-year-old beauty who works in the same office as Hirotaka and Narumi. While Hanako, too, has the tendencies of an otaku, her hobbies include drama, stage theatre, manga, and anime. She can often be seen fighting with Tarou, but despite their frequent fights, the two share a cordial relationship.
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