Source: Web manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Premiered: Spring 2018
When this released it felt like every otaku could relax and laugh and feel at home, This wonderful anime was a wonderful addition to the spring collection of 2018.
I give you Wataku: love is hard for Otaku
Having slept through all four of her alarms, the energetic Narumi Momose finds herself running late for her first day of work at a new office. As she races to catch her train, she makes a promise to herself that none of her coworkers will find out about her dark secret: that she is an otaku and a fujoshi. Her plan goes instantly awry, though, when she runs into Hirotaka Nifuji, an old friend from middle school. Although she tries to keep her secret by inviting him out for drinks after work, her cover is blown when he casually asks her whether or not she will be attending the upcoming Summer Comiket. Luckily for her, the only witnesses—Hanako Koyanagi and Tarou Kabakura—are otaku as well.
Later that night, the pair go out for drinks so that they can catch up after all the years apart. After Narumi complains about her previous boyfriend breaking up with her because he refused to date a fujoshi, Hirotaka suggests that she try dating a fellow otaku, specifically himself. He makes a solemn promise to always be there for her, to support her, and to help her farm for rare drops in Monster Hunter. Blown away by the proposal, Narumi agrees immediately. Thus the two otaku start dating, and their adorably awkward romance begins.
[Written by MAL Rewrite]
The story follows Narumi Momose as she transfers to a new company after spliting with her ex after he found out she was an Otaku she vows that no one will find out her true nature ever again.
On her very first day at her new company she walks by two men only to relaize one of them was an old friend from childhood Hirotaka Nifuji, before she can get away after asking out for drinks later that evening to stop him from letting anybody know what she is, Hirotaka asks her if she will attending comiket and she freaks out.
Later that night they both meet up in the bar to play on their game consoles, Since Nifuji knows Narumi so well, Narumi begins to tell him her story and if he told anybody she would out him as a Game otaku which he admits he doesnt hide.
I would think if they hadnt seen each other since middle school they would have more to say about their lives but no, she starts tell him she will never date again, Hirotaka asks Narumi why doesnt she just date an Otaku then she wouldnt have to hide herself but she refuses, he starts describing himself she just simply raises his glasses to look at him and goes “Nope, still not my type” this had me in stiches.
When they start to talk about something else Narumi asks about the coworkers that she met earlier that day thinking Koyanagi was an otaku and asking who Kabakura was, Hirotaka shuts her down telling her Kabakura has a girlfriend and Narumi simply asks “why does love have to be so hard”
But what surprises everyone that she finally excepts his offer to start dating.
It’s unclear how many days go by after each episode, but Narumi becomes friends with Koyanagi after finding out she’s a cosplay nerd and her favourite cosplay nerd and asks for her help as she feels shy after she started dating Hirotaka, her childhood friend, and starts avoiding him, with help from Koyanagi and another coworker Kabakura who happens to be Koyanagi’s boyfriend and Hirotaka’s friend(also another closet Otaku) but instead of helping they both end up fighting (which is basically what their relationship is based on).
Narumi even though had been avoiding him because she doesn’t know how to act around him , Hirotaka notices Narumi, that freaks her out and ends up running away but it caught by him, Hirotaka apologises for frightening her, her tells her that he is actually romantically interested in her and not just dating her because it’s easy, and they all decide to go for drinks after work . At the end, the four visit a bookstore, and end up departing for their own homes right after to read manga and play games instead of drinking.
Most of the episodes are the four going along with their lives, Narumi and Hirotaka are trying to figure out the whole dating thing and Koyanagi and Kabukura end up fighting as usual.
What makes this anime so relatable is that there are issues that us, Otaku’s, go through every day, challenges wether, it is disagreements or just trying to figure things out.
This small 11 episode anime is a good watch.
What I absolutely love about this anime is its perfectly small cast of only 5-6 people and it still makes a great anime with It.
Narumi is an image aware person who keeps up appearances at work by concealing from others, including her family, the fact that she is an otaku. Her colleagues with whom she works are the only ones who know this side of her.
(by Hirotaka) describes Narumi as someone who often observes other people, is considerate, and makes sure they have fun.
She also loves romantic dramas and believes that finding a boyfriend who she can share a deep connection with is important. She tends to act before thinking.
Whenever he is gaming, Hirotaka is shown to be an extremely competitive and serious guy, believing that he excels in sports. Similarly, he seems to be an effective person. In the first episode he waits for Narumi Momose to finish her assigned work, commenting that he is able to finish his work earlier than Narumi despite given two times more paperwork.
He’s not really interested in holding a picture. Generally, he is not afraid that anyone will learn that, unlike his girlfriend and senpai, he is an otaku.
He has no problem with socializing with strangers, but because of a lack of interest in others, he keeps to himself. He does not, therefore, have many friends.
He smokes and he’s got a high tolerance for alcohol
Hirotaka likes voluptuous women, as Narumi frequently commented on, ironic seeing as his girlfriend is not curvaceous at all. Hirotaka is bothered by spotting Narumi with an unknown friend in a flashback chapter, and seeing his pierced ears, Hirotaka decides to pierce his own (although he immediately regrets it). He is not an emotional person, so his indirect confession to Narumi is considered to be a major breakthrough in his normally stoic nature when the pair finally get together. His text messages are packed with emoticons even though he is not expressive in person.
And from an episode we learn that Hirotaka is definitely good-looking when he breaks his glasses and has to go without them for a day.
Hanako is frequently viewed by her male co-workers as a competent, strict and hard-working woman who is often admired. She is short-tempered, panicky and very attracted to perverted jokes, according to her boyfriend. According to him as well, she is also easily affected by others.
She is also considered by Narumi Momose to be a very cool lady.
Hanako may often become jealous of Tarō Kabakura’s waifus and typically gets upset when he mentions his fatherly love for Narumi. Hanako is also aware of the fact that she is and has grown accustomed to being different from his kind. She also worries about their constant fighting and that he’s going get tired of her.
She is still very excited about cosplaying and generally finds it linked to buying magazines. Her cosplays are usually of bishounen characters, so she will make a great man, according to her boyfriend and Hirotaka Nifuji.
It could be likely that, because of her not being an otaku way back in high school, she was just inspired by Kabakura to watch anime.
Taro is a sincere individual and a casual otaku who loves bishoujo anime, and his work is also seen to be very critical. Compared with his colleagues, he is confident. He also cares for Naurmi like she’s his daughter, as when he thinks she’s being hit on by Nayoa is tries to interfere and keep him away from her.
People also say that it’s easy to work out his tastes. Despite this, Kabakura is sometime feared by his scary complexion.
When fighting with his girlfriend Hanako, he nearly almost always says the wrong things to make her mad, but even with all of this they have been dating since he was 18, which 10 years is a long time.
Naoya has a cheerful personality who is often portrayed as a cat due to his cat-like smile, He works at a cafe where he first meets Narumi again after a long time, at the end of the episode he gets confused when Kabakura refuses him to walk Narumi home after telling the youngest Nifuji brother that she has a girlfriend, he ultimately thinks they’re dating, Koyanagi proves him wrong and kisses Kabakura there and then, Koyanagi says she’s dating Hirotaka he’s embarrassed.
He’s very bad at playing games, unlike the other characters, he is the non otaku unlike his brother, he asks for help from college student Kyo Sakuragi, not realising she’s a girl.
He also wears glasses but because he wears contacts he doesnt need them.
The Character I relate to the most
The character I relate to the most has definitely got to be Narumi!
I relate to her so much, despite my love for anime, I am very discreet about it and I won’t tell anyone unless they like it too.
She’s very considerate and very much keeps to herself and that is what it feels like to be me.
The best couple award
The best couple award has to go to Kabakura and Koyanagi
These guys have been together for a little over 10 years, they wear matching necklaces most people don’t know about them being together and during a drinking party with some colleagues younger than them, when they started talking about her and he imediatly shut them down with a scary stare
They have been dating since high school, and they can never remember who asked first, and they actually got into a fight because of it, despite this they pretty much are together and very cute when they want to be.