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Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Anime Reveals Promo Video, Staff

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Wagnaria!!'s Yoshimasa Hiraike directs, writes upcoming romantic comedy

The official website for the television anime adaptation Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Love is Hard for an Otaku) manga revealed a promotional video and staff for the anime on Friday. The video highlights the characters Narumi Momose and Hirotaka Nifuji. (Note: The promotional video linked above is region-locked to Japan.)

Yoshimasa Hiraike (Wagnaria!!, Amagami SS) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Persona 4 the Golden Animation), and he is also in charge of series composition. Takahiro Yasuda (Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai, Folktales from Japan) is designing the characters. Akimitsu Honma (RIN-NE, Ai no Kusabi) is composing the music.

The staff also includes:

The anime will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in April.

The main cast includes:

Arisa Date as Narumi Momose, Kent Itō as Hirotaka Nifuji

Miyuki Sawashiro as Hanako Koyanagi, Tomokazu Sugita as Tarō Kabakura

Aoi Yūki as Kō Sakuragi, Yūki Kaji as Naoya Nifuji

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 will ship the fifth compiled volume on February 2. The manga has more than 4.2 million copies in print. Amazon is listing that Kodansha Comics will release first volume in North America.

The manga was nominated for the 41st Kodansha Manga Awards last 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.

Thanks to Dennis R. for the embedded video.

Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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