Key points for Manga Recommendation – WotaKoi:
- Wotakoi revolves around the charming relationships of two couples, exploring the dynamics of otaku love and friendship, making it a delightful and heartwarming read.
- The characters, including the introverted protagonists Narumi and Hirotaka, undergo significant development, offering relatability and depth to their personalities, enhancing the overall reading experience.
- With only 105 chapters compiled into 11 volumes, Wotakoi is a relatively short series, making it an accessible and enjoyable option for those seeking a quick and satisfying rom-com manga fix.
So I’ve been a little frustrated with stuff. Really frustrated. let’s just say. And I needed a break. I need something to make me smile and forget about all the BS that was on my mind. So of course, I look for a comedy manga. Better yet, this manga happens to be one of the best rom-com mangas of all time. WotaKoi or Love is Hard for an Otaku is amazing. If you find yourself in a mental state like me, pick up this manga. It will not fail to make smile and feel all warm inside. This manga is relationship goals, in my opinion.
So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series! This week we will be talking about Wotakoi. One of the best rom-coms out there and something you should not miss. So let’s just get right into it!
Wotakoi or Love is Hard for a Otaku is written and illustrated by Fujita. It was serialized in the Comic POOL magazine from April 2015 to July 2021. It is pretty short consisting of only 105 chapters compiled into 11 volumes. There is also an anime adaptation of the series by A1 Pictures that came out in 2018. And as you may have guessed, it does not cover the whole manga. Still, the anime is pretty good as well so you can definitely check that out as well if you want.
Not much to say in terms of the plot. Our MC, Narumi is a huge Otaku (or weeb) and has trouble finding someone to date because of her interests. After a breakup, she leaves her job and joins a new one. Only to find out that her childhood friend, Hirotaka also works there. As you might have guessed, eventually things start to work out between Narumi and Hirotaka as they share common interests. The plot basically revolves around their daily lives along with their seniors, Koyanagi and Kabakura.
Like all rom-coms, the main selling points of the plot are the characters and character dynamics. The plot is there to set up and facilitate these dynamics and it does a good enough job at it. A slice-of-life/romance anime doesn’t really need a deeper plot than that. So let’s move on to
Our 4 main characters are 2 couples, Hirotaka and Narumi, and their seniors, Koyanagi and Kabakura. These relationships start right in front of us for the duration of the manga. While Kabakura and Koyanagi did have something before, they officially start going out in the duration of the plot. So we get to see all these guys grow closer eventually. I love the dynamic between Hirotaka and Narumi, as I said, that is a relationship goal.
Another fact I like about their relationship is that they’re both technically introverts so their conversations are awkward at times but they’re really fun regardless. Kabakura and Koyanagi are in many ways opposite of Narumi and Hirotaka so that adds even more to their dynamics with each other. All 4 characters get a good amount of character development throughout the series as well.
So fun fact, this manga was first published on the Pixiv account of the author. I am not sure if it is there anymore though. But, the art is pretty good. I love the character design, the art style fits the tone of the series as well. So no complaints here.
Here’s why you should read Wotakoi:
- Finished serialization and rather short
- Amazing characters
- Great dynamics
- Cute and wholesome
That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!
Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!