Kodansha USA Confirms Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Manga Release
posted on by Karen Ressler
Kodansha Comics confirmed with ANN that it plans to release Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii manga under the finalized English title Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. The company will release volumes 1, 2, and 3 in print on April 17, June 12, and October 2, respectively.
Various retailers had incorrectly listed the first volume for all three dates under the tentative title Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!.
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.
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.
The series is inspiring a television animation series that will premiere in April.
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