Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku [FIRST IMPRESSION]

A friend with the same hobby with us is one of the dreams of everyone both at a company, school, campus, anywhere. When you have the same hobby, you could discuss a lot about your favorite things to your friends in an endless way. But, what about a couple? When you are looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend with the same hobby, that is certainly a contrary case, maybe. “Wotakoi” comes with a variety of cultures related to otaku from anywhere, whether man or woman. When you see one of your co-workers playing a video game where that is your favorite video games, a trigger comes out. Some people are embarrassed to introduce their hobbies which society think is irrelevant. However, one species with the same hobbies is one of the anime which comes with its romance element.

This is a story about Narumi Momose and Hirotaka Nifuji casually working at the same company. They also both have the same hobby as some of them have a uniqueness. Momose who is the doujinshi writer as a yaoi fangirl and Hirotaka who doesn’t care about her and prefers his video games. Since Momose once had a boyfriend but was decided because she already knew her hobby, she only relied on Hirotaka who didn’t really care. Because of this relationship, Hirotaka and Momose tried to “date” just for a substantial reason related to video games and otaku.

Although a concept like this actually has become one of the main topics in various anime, “Wotakoi” used an adult character which is adults or teenagers are the targets. The relationship between these two main characters is actually pretty interesting since they have the same hobby. After “dating,” they actually don’t date in other reasons. Nothing but because of video games which didn’t bring up any feelings for both. In the season, there was kind of anime that took the same concept. One of them was “3D Kanojo: Real Girl.” From the previous seasons, it had some who took almost the same concept such as “Gamers!” and “Recovery of an MMO Junkie.”

This is a rom-com with various awkward moments in each episode. With rom-com anime in general, there is nothing unique besides the development of those two main characters. In addition to the two main characters, there are Tarou and Hanako who also have the same hobby which isn’t much different from the otaku culture. Hanako who likes to be a cosplayer and Tarou with his fantasy world. I’m also surprised whether when it comes to the reference from the video games or anime is just a trend in the modern anime. Although that was unique, some of these references are also interesting if you can notice one by one like the one I was surprised is the death sound effect from “Castlevania” for NES. Some of the references are also very obvious such as “Monster Hunter Freedom,” “Masamune-kun’s Revenge,” “Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Mario Kart Wii,” and etc. A lot of references has become one of the main interesting for now and “Wotakoi” is a general recommendation for a romance and comedy anime.


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