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Love is Hard for Nerds: Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii at Shinjuku Marui Annex

’Tis the season for discount chocolate! Everyone has their own opinions about Valentine’s Day. Still, one thing is for sure: we can all appreciate some good relatable content. And whether you are in love, out of love, or just looking for a good laugh, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii has got relatable content for days.



What is Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku)?

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku or Wotakoi for short) is a romantic comedy manga and anime about the trials and tribulations of being an otaku in a relationship. Each of the members of the main couples has their own brand of fandom, and the series explores how this affects their relationships with each other, both as couples and as friends.

The series got its start as a webcomic on pixiv. Like many series in recent years, its popularity earned it enough recognition to be published in hard-copy form by Ichijinsha, as well as to receive a popular anime adaptation. From there, its fanbase has only continued to grow to the point that it also received a live-action (musical!) movie adaptation, which is currently in theaters in Japan.



Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Exhibition at the Shinjuku Marui Annex


As many frequent visitors to the Shinjuku area are aware, the Shinjuku Marui Annex is often hosting many anime/manga-related events. In this case, in conjunction with the release of the new movie, the Wotakoi event ran from January 31st to February 18th, and it featured all kinds of fantastic goods, from tin badges to signed posters, and even a raffle of scripts from the anime and the movie!


Also available for purchase were some chocolate biscuits (just in time for the holiday), as well as some drinking glasses featuring silhouettes of the main couples in their iconic cover poses. At the register, fans were also eligible to enter a raffle for goods ranging from postcards to a shikishi signed by Fujita-sensei!


On display were life-sized cutouts of the main couples and all kinds of artwork.



The event featured screenshots of scenes from both the anime and the movie, rough sketches, and character setting images.


Near the register was a screen that displayed Fujita-sensei’s illustration process of the visual especially drawn for this event, from sketch to line-art to full-color.


Of course, the event will never be complete without Fujita-sensei’s original artwork from the comic and as well as many colored illustrations from past events and holidays.



The official English versions of the first three volumes of Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii are available in digital and print by Kodansha Comics, and the anime is available for streaming on Amazon Prime and other services.

If you’re in Japan and have the chance, check out the movie while it’s still in theaters!

You can read Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii in English here: https://kodanshacomics.com/series/wotakoi/


If you are interested in manga and anime events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the one-day Kia Asamiya Museum, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Exhibition!, Tamekou-sensei x GenAi Exhibit in AGF2019, Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work) Exhibition, Animate Girls Festival 2019, JUMP Festa 2019DEVILMAN crybaby SABBATH SHIBUYACheese!’s Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten, Land of the Lustrous Exhibit at Yurakucho Marui, Kizu Natsuki at Manga10Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen and Himouto Umaru-chan Exhibit.


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