I love a good romantic comedy, especially one with otaku culture elements. There’s nothing better. Wotakoi: Love is Difficult for Otakusucceeds in fusing these two disparate elements. I loved it because it had great references and relatable characters who made me laugh and cry at the same time because of their relationship issues.
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In order to date and work normally, Narumi Momose must hide the fact that she is a fujoshi otaku. The story follows her efforts. As she settles into her new job, she runs into Hirotaka Nifuji, a childhood friend and fellow otaku who is now a coworker and who nearly exposes her secret. Even though Nifuji thinks they should start dating, Narumi is always in otaku mode when she is around him, so will their relationship work?
If you enjoyed Wotakoi and want to see more like it, MANGA. TOKYO has compiled a list of 10 anime that share many similarities with Wotakoi’s awesomeness. Let’s get this party started!
1. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
10 Episodes in the Fall of 2017
Both shows are about working adult otakus falling in love, even if this story focuses more on gamers. A 30-year-old woman named Moriko Morioka finds herself unemployed for the first time in her life, and she quickly loses herself in online video games to occupy her time. When she arrives, she transforms into Hayashi, a handsome young man. She begins a new life there. After that, she meets the sweet and helpful Lily, who helps her learn the game. Sakurai Yuta happens to be a mysterious handsome salaryman who she meets in real life. But this isn’t just another awkward meeting with a stranger.
There is a recurring theme of juggling real life obligations with otaku hobbies in both of these comedies. The adorable couples have a lot in common.
2. 3D Kanojo: Real Girl
12 Episodes in the Spring of 2018
A loud and outgoing pink-haired female and a quiet and introverted dark blue-haired male wearing glasses star in the two shows, which have nearly identical characters in terms of appearance and personality. Hikari Tsutsui is a shy high school student who prefers to stay away from the spotlight. In the end, he’s stuck cleaning the school pool with popular promiscuous girl Igarashi Iroha, whom he despises. To her credit, she treats him with respect and won’t back down when he faces ridicule. Whether or not Iroha becomes his girlfriend is something that he must decide.
A high school setting gives 3D Kanojo a shoujo vibe rather than the workplace setting of Wotakoi, which gives everything a more josei vibe. This series’ otaku status is shared by only one of the main characters, a boy.
3. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
12 Episodes in the Summer of 2014
Otaku culture, romance, levity, and good times are all present in this film. Seeing either of these will likely put you in a good mood because they are both soothing and easy to follow. Besides the characters’ ages (high schoolers as opposed to adults in the working world), the humor and personalities of both groups are strikingly similar.
There is a high school girl named Chiyo Sakura who is madly in love with the mangaka who also happens to be her classmate, Umetarou Nozaki. While trying to tell him how she feels, she is mistaken for a fan and is forced to work as his manga assistant. Despite this, she tries her best to assist Nozaki with his manga in the hopes that he will become aware of her presence in his heart.
4. Servant x Service
13 Episodes in the Summer of 2013
Another romantic comedy set in an office setting that features amusing and outgoing young adults. Yamagami As a result of her resentment toward the lax civil servant who granted her parents’ request for a name change, Lucy is a young woman who works as a civil servant. There she begins to work under Ichimiya Taishi, a man who has no idea how to advise his team, along with the flirtatious slacker Hasebe and the shy newcomer Saya. Every day, we see how they deal with the rules of the law, paperwork, citizen complaints and office romance.
Neither Narumi nor Lucy lack in any way in terms of vigor, loudness, or good times, and the couples in both shows are downright hilarious and adorable. If you enjoyed Wotakoi’s office romance, you’ll enjoy Servant x Service.
5. Kiss Him, Not Me
Season 12 (Fall 2016)
Lots of references to other anime and video games, a strong female protagonist who is also a fujoshi, and lots of laughs. Both shows have female secondary characters who enjoy dressing up in costume. When Kae Serinuma sees two boys getting along, she likes to indulge in irrational and irrational fantasies. She’s shocked and loses a lot of weight after her favorite character dies. She is surprised when four of the hottest guys in her school approach her about going out, but she is not overjoyed about it because she prefers to see them go out with each other rather than individually..
Because it takes place in high school, Kiss Him, Not Me will appeal more to those who enjoyed Wotakoi’s fangirling between Narumi and Hanako and the shoujo reverse harem.
There are 12 episodes in the 2017 summer season.
Wotakoi focuses on mature romance, but the characters also have a strong affinity for video games throughout the story. Gamers!, with all of the misunderstandings and relationship snafus, as well as the characters’ constant involvement with video games, will appeal to fans of nerdiness and high-quality comedy.
Amano Keita is a recluse who spends his free time gaming on his computer. Tendo Karen, the prettiest girl in school, discovers his passion for video games one day and decides to bring him into the Gamers Club for a year of gaming instruction. At that point, an unexpected aspect of gaming emerges that contrasts sharply with the one he is used to and enjoys.
7. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
13 Episodes in the Fall of 2014
This anime has a lot of cuteness to it. Kaoru and Hajime’s relationship is endearing and endearing. As a result, Kaoru’s husband Hajime is a hardcore otaku (borderline NEET) who lives alone at home and earns a living from his blog. Kaoru is a conscientious office lady who takes her job very seriously. Despite the fact that they are an unlikely couple, they are deeply in love and aren’t afraid of the ups and downs that married life brings them on a daily basis.
Similar themes run through both shows, which explore relationships in a lighthearted manner while also depicting the growth of characters from otakus to budding young professionals.
8. And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?
There will be twelve episodes in the spring of 2016.
To be clear, this is not Wotakoi. If you enjoy stories about cute and comical relationships with an emphasis on video games, then you will enjoy this one a lot. His confession to a girl online turned out to be a lie, and the experience left him traumatized, and from then on he refused to put his trust in any female players online. His surprise comes when an actual girl, Ako Tamaki, who appears to be a beautiful loner and has trouble telling the difference between the real world and the virtual one, confesses to him online. Hideki discovered that Ako was also his schoolmate when the guild of which they are both members decided to hold an offline meeting.
There are also a slew of amusing nods to otaku and gaming cultures throughout the film.
9. Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko)
Spring 2016: 100 Mini-Episodes | 10 Continuity-Based Netflix Episodes
This anime series is pure gold, and I couldn’t resist including it on the list for lack of a better option. Don’t be put off by the show’s 100 episodes; each lasts 1 minute and is well worth your time. Netflix has also made the shorts into ten 15-minute episodes with a more cohesive plot if you prefer a more traditional anime experience.
25-year-old red panda Retsuko works in the accounting department of a company in Japan. It doesn’t matter how much overtime she works or how difficult the tasks become, she always treats everyone with kindness and respect. She can only let her hair down by singing death metal karaoke to herself. The show is as absurd as it sounds, and fans of Wotakoi will recognize the show’s unique brand of offbeat humor immediately. Both programs are centered on the working environment and the interactions between coworkers.
10. Ore Monogatari!!
24 Episodes in the Spring of 2015
Another rom-com that avoids melodrama and instead emphasizes the importance of fostering strong interpersonal relationships and friendships. This isn’t your typical high school freshman, Takeo Gouda. Although he is tall and well-built, he hides a kind and compassionate nature beneath his intimidating exterior. Despite the fact that his male classmates admire him for his courage and strength, his characteristics and appearance don’t do him any favors when it comes to finding a partner. Though his feelings for Rinko Yamato grow over time, his love life finally takes off after he saves her from being molested.
Otaku culture and gaming are not mentioned at all, but this is an unusual love story that deals with a variety of relationship issues while keeping things light and amusing.
11. Otaku love is so relatable
I liked Wotakoi because it’s a sweet story about an adult romance without the usual romance clichés, and because it’s so goddamn #relatable, which is hard to come by in the romantic comedy genre as a whole. Wotakoi, in my opinion, is the best anime at fusing otaku culture with romantic intrigue. From the very first episode, I was captivated by the show’s excellent animation style and thoughtful references. Also, can I just say that the opening scene is absolutely phenomenal? I’ll remember that couple dance for the rest of my life.