Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Live-Action Film Casts Mitsuki Takahata, Kento Yamazaki
posted on by Karen Ressler
The staff of the live-action film adaptation of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga announced that Mitsuki Takahata (Napping Princess' Kokone Morikawa) and Kento Yamazaki (live-action Death Note series' L) are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. The film will mark the two actors' first time as costars.
Filming will take place between October and November, and the film will open in 2019. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama) is directing the film.
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. The manga's sixth volume will ship on July 31, and the manga had 7 million copies in print (including digital sales) prior to this. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and released second omnibus volume on June 12.
The manga inspired an 11-episode television anime adaptation that premiered on April 12. The anime streamed on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan.