Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii | Anime Review
Wooooow! Yes, I have finished Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, or “Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku” OR “It’s Difficult to Love an Otaku”. Whatever title you may know this Anime by. As like I do with all the Anime I’ve watched to date, it is time that I give my final take on the Anime.
Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, is classed as a Slice of Life, Comedy, and Romance. But I personally think it leans more heavily on the comedic aspect it brings. The Anime is about four different kinds of Otakus, all of them are adults and all of them are co-workers. Their names were, Nifuji Hirotaka, Momose Marumi, Koyanagi Hanako, and Kabakura Tarou. At first, when I started watching the Anime, I wasn’t too sure how the characters would work together. Each character, in some way, shape or form were opposite of their counterpart but it presented a very interesting dynamic, to say the least. Despite the interesting dynamic, the story itself is quite easy to understand.
The story is about different Otaku personalities learning to co-exist with one another. That is it, that is all. With different personalities at play, you’re bound to have a lot of crazy moments and since this Anime is primarily a comedy, there is a lot of crazy and funny. What really simplifies Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is that the main characters are also couples.
Nifuji Hirotaka, and Momose Marumi are boyfriend and girlfriend, but before they started dating, you find out that they have been friends since middle school. Momose is the otaku who loves Anime and everything to do with it, while Nifuji is the otaku who loves any and all games. Momose is extremely outgoing, clumsy, and gets sidetracked easily while Nifuji is the complete opposite.
Koyanagi Hanako, and Kabakura Tarou are also boyfriend and girlfriend and started dating at the end of high school; a high school they both went to and were captains of their volleyball teams. Koyanagi is the otaku who is really into her yaoi – yaoi all the things. While her counterpart Kabkura is into your normal shoujo Anime and manga but does his best to hide his interests from others. I especially liked this couple the most because I thought they were the funniest. Their dynamic is very interesting and at times crazy, often times throughout the Anime you’ll see these two fighting – it’s very interesting to watch.
At first, I was a little disappointed with the art style and character design of the characters. The first few episodes felt ‘laggy’ and it felt fairly cartoon-esk. There were various inconsistencies in character design and the movement looked like a copy and paste but with walking sound effects in the background to give the impression. It really irked me at first, however, as the Anime progressed the art got better and better. If you were to compare the first few episodes to the last two episodes, it may even seem like a totally different Anime. Although it felt a little rocky at first, it definitely pulled through in the end.
Rolling onto the final piece to the puzzle, the OP and ED. Everyone should know “Fiction (フィクション)” by Sumika by now, especially if you haven’t already seen the Anime. The OP is what sticks out the most and is what many people associate to the Anime. It’s so good, and it so catchy – I can’t really have enough of it. I am pretty sure it was one of the best OP songs of 2018. The OP is, of course, complemented by “Kimi no Tonari (キミの隣)” by halca the ED song. Like the OP the ED is very upbeat and light. What you come to notice when you finish an episode is that it always ends with some light, funny or weird moment (that is what I thought anyway). So I thought the ED song did well to capitalize on that feeling left by the Anime at the end.
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