Wotakoi – Love is Hard for Otaku 1 Fujita | Review


Published on Feb 17, 2020


Narumi Momose on the job never leaves exude passion that cleverly hides behind his image of office lady: the girl is a fan of boys’ love, a passion of which you are ashamed, and of which, in fact, has never made a sharer in neither his family nor his friends, except one, Hirotaka Nifuji, he also salaryman, but with a passion for otaku's different: Hirotaka is in fact a big fan of videogames, but not very much loves the company of people.

The two protagonists with a double life otaku often kept hidden to avoid hassles and prejudices. But sharing a soul 100% nerd will be the easiest way to find love?

We'll find out soon, because when the secret identity by nerd of Narumi threatens to be exposed in the workplace, the girl devises a plan... Here, however, the counter-proposal of Hirotaka: and if they are coming out with?

Maybe it is necessary a premise: being a otaku in Japan is not exactly the first thing to confess to those who do not know, given the negative connotation of the term since a very long time it has taken to describe a situation of detachment from the social context (if you've seen Neon Genesis Evangelion, and have not protested for the final chosen by the Year, you know what I'm talking about).

The plot of this manga is a phenomenon born of the online obviously, it is based on this situation of embarrassment that involves the poor Narumi, an otaku at 360°, ranging between cosplay and manga is a mangaka in the grass herself); and the dialogues that can not be laced with references to the various passions otaku, with sentences that maybe will sound very familiar, even to those of local (“Ultimately escapes as a mythical Pokémon”, “I understand... you mean I have to feed the level of intimacy with a private event...typical move from the dating sim!”).

Of course, given the context, there are also references to TV programmes and other products typical of the japanese and that we do not know; but fear not! A glossary at the end of the volume will instruct you and you will become otaku still better than you are already.

As you can understand, Fujita has tried to faithfully reproduce the way of thinking is often one-way that some otaku show; and this gave us realistic characters, that we share the passions, but that often surprise us with their actions, with the important of the rest to the japanese model, despite the boards bio that seem like those of a handbook of games...).

But the characters are not realistic only from the point of view of otaku, but also for their behaviors, certain over-the-top, but still understandable in the context of work and friendship in which everyone can (a special mention to their friends and senpai, Taro and Hanako).

This realism, however, has a price: there will be sudden turns in the plot, but, as in life, develops slowly, without perhaps realising it. So we will see Hirotaka make small gestures that seem to say little, but actually shows his feelings towards her friend, who is trying to support, even in his passions.

If the dialogues evoke the video games and the manga world, also the plates of the comics are no less important: some pages will remind you of the control systems of the most typical JRPGS, with their shifts, and the choice of actions, others recall the moves of the games with the cards of Yu-Gi-Oh!

In addition, some of the scenes themselves are quotations from the learned of some genera: for example, you will see a kabe-don between Hirotaka and Taro. The expression, as you know, indicates a situation typical of the stories of a romantic theme in which a character puts their backs to the wall the object of his love to seduce him, creating a situation of forced proximity, which is at the same time a demonstration of a stereotype of strength and virility; an expedient chart that in yaoi there is waste.

In short, if you are passionate, you will not escape the references charts that were inserted in the volume, which, however, aside from the glossary mentioned above (that will also explain the meaning behind the cover), contains no additional extra material.

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