Live-Action Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Film's Video Goes Behind the Camera on Musical Numbers
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Toho began streaming a new promotional video for the live-action film of Fujita's Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga on Monday. The video previews the recording of two of the musical numbers for the film, with the songs "Boku ni Nani ga Dekiru no darou" (What Could I Possibly Do?) by Kento Yamazaki, and "Hoshi yo Oshiete" (Tell Me, O Stars) by Mitsuki Takahata.
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.
Mitsuki Takahata (center right in visual below) and Kento Yamazaki (center left) are starring in the film as Narumi and Hirotaka, respectively. Nanao (rightmost) plays Hanako Koyanagi, while Takumi Saitou (leftmost) plays Tarō Kabakura.
Other cast members include Kento Kaku, Tsuyoshi Muro as a bartender, and Jiro Sato. Yumi Wakatsuki will play a "serious fujoshi" character who cosplays as a game character, and Mio Imada will play a stylish colleague of Narumi. Voice actress Maaya Uchida will play herself in the film in an in-movie stage performance.
The film will open on Friday, February 7. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama) is directing the film.
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 eighth volume shipped on December 13. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and released the third omnibus volume in November 2018.
The manga inspired an 11-episode television anime that premiered in April 2018. The anime streamed on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan.