Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Manga Gets TV Anime on Noitamina (Updated)
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A video screened on the ALTA Vision big screen in Shinjuku in Tokyo on Thursday announced that Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga is getting a television anime series. A-1 Pictures is producing the anime, and the series will air on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block.
The anime will star:
- Arisa Date as Narumi Momose
- Kent Itō as Hirotaka Nifuji
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Hanako Koyanagi
- Tomokazu Sugita as Tarō Kabakura
- Yuuki Kaji as Naoya Nifuji
Date and Itō are reprising their roles from previous promotional videos for the manga.
Ichijinsha had hinted earlier this month that the manga would have a "major announcement" on Thursday.
The manga's story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.
Fujita launched the manga on the image sharing website pixiv in 2014. In November 2015, the manga moved to Ichijinsha's Comic POOL digital manga magazine. Ichijinsha published the manga's third volume last December. The fourth volume will ship on July 26. The manga has 4.2 million copies in print.
The manga was nominated for the 41st Kodansha Manga Awards this year. Japanese bookstore employees ranked the manga #9 in their recommended manga list of 2017. The manga also ranked #1 in the 2016 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook for female readers.
Update: Added announcement video.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
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