This workplace romantic-comedy features adult otaku hiding their hobbies from co-workers. However, it also serves as a reunion between main couple Narumi and Hirotaka, who have been apart since middle school.
The series has a dedicated fanbase and fans are super excited about this anime, which will debut in April. Here are some reasons why you should look forward to Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii!
1It Features an Adult Cast
Rom-coms featuring teenagers are a dime a dozen, so it’s refreshing seeing an older cast take the spotlight! An older cast can lead to a more relatable story for mature audiences to connect with and it can highlight the romantic issues adults face.
Main couple Narumi and Hirotaka are down-to-earth geeks trying to adjust to their office jobs. Narumi is a fujoshi and Hirotaka is a gamer, but they do their best to hide their hobbies out of fear of being judged at work.
Being ostracized at work is a real fear, forcing people to hide their true selves from co-workers – some of which you’ll be seeing for years to come!
3Earnest, Otaku-Centric Humor
Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii also knows to keep things light and peppers scenes with loads of humor! The style is similar to Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun in that character interaction and self-awareness drive the jokes instead of mean-spirited attacks towards socially awkward people.
4An Award-Winning Manga
Mangaka Fujita began self-publishing Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii on Pixiv where it found a massive fanbase.
Since it’s 2014 debut, the manga was named the top manga in Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2016, won the 2017 Web Manga General Election, nominated for Best General Manga at the 41st Kodansha Manga Award, and placed ninth in the National Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2017 poll.
4.2 million copies of the manga are also in print.
5Talented Production Staff
Fans can rest easy knowing that a talented production staff is working on the anime adaptation! Yoshimasa Hiraike (Amagami SS / Working!! / Momokuri) is experienced in directing rom-coms that focuses on character interactions instead of obvious punchlines.
A-1 Pictures will be producing the animation, with the quality coming down to the freelancers that they will be able to recruit for the project.
6Fan-Favorite Voice Cast
Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii features a fun mix of established and rising voice talents! The main cast will feature:
- Arisa Date (Suzu Ueshige in Saki – The Nationals) as Narumi Momose.
- Kent Itou (Michio Hazama in The iDOLM@STER SideM) as Hirotaka Nifuji.
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Celty Sturluson in Durarara!!) as Hanako Koyanagi.
- Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata in Gintama) as Tarou Kabakura.
- Aoi Yuuki (Tsuyu Asui in My Hero Academia) as Ko Sakuragi.
- Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaegar in Attack on Titan) as Naoya Nifuji.
Are you excited for Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii?