Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku or Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii is an anime series released in 2018 as a manga adaptation in the romantic comedy genre. The anime was adapted to TV from a web manga series written and illustrated by Fujita. It was made by A-1 Picturesthat we know with the Kaguya-sama: Love is war, and Yoshimasa Hiraike directed the anime. The series was originally broadcast in Japan by Fuji TV from April 13, 2018 to June 22, 2018. With the broadcast rights of Amazon video and broadcasting with English, it increased its popularity worldwide. Also, A-1 Pictures pleased its fans with an OVA episode on March 29, 2019, after the first season of 11 episodes. Another good news is that a new OVA episode will meet fans on February 26, 2021† On the other hand, fans are eager for a second season, so the show has been renewed for a second season†
What is the storyline of the anime?
Momose is an office worker at her new workplace. But she has a secret that she wants to keep from everyone. She is an otaku (this is the term for addicts, e.g. anime or game addicts). She doesn’t want her secret out, because being an otaku in Japan is really nothing to brag about, and no one would take you seriously. That’s because Momose is afraid of this, so in her new workplace she doesn’t tell anyone she’s an otaku. But luckily, things change when she sees an old otaku friend in the same company. She first had to tell Hanako, her director, and then Kabakura, the director of her old friend Hirotaka, that she is an otaku. Although Momose is shy at first, she is very happy to find out that Hanako and Kabakura are also otakus, and our perfect quartet has been formed.
Anime isn’t just about being an otaku or not. In the first season, we witnessed these four love lives and the series contains many romantic elements. What she has in common is that they are otaku. But they are all a different otaku. For example, Hirotaka is a game addict, Hanako is a cosplay addict, and Momose and Kabakura are more anime and manga otaku.
You immediately notice the quality of the cleverly prepared scenes and lines in the anime. If you are a strong anime viewer or a gamer, you will find a lot of yourself. It’s also nice that the production did not hesitate to refer to different games, anime and manga. For example, you can see our characters watching an anime that you probably know or have seen before, while reading the manga.
Will there be a second season of Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku?
A-1 Pictures, Amazon or any other related company doesn’t have it yet renewed the series for a second season† Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku is one of the favorite anime of 2018 and the viewership waiting for the second season is quite high due to its release on Amazon Videos† Animations can sometimes take years to refresh. Many reasons, such as financial calculations and adequacy of the source material, can delay the approval of the new season of anime. Since there is no official statement yet, we will evaluate the possibilities of the new season based on these key factors.
Manga status of the anime?
The anime series is based on: manga like most anime, and the main source material is manga. The original Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, written by Fujita, was initially distributed by Pixiv and later became popular in Comic Pool. In 2016, in the WEB manga general election, it took 1st in the women’s edition and 1st in the general category. The manga has cumulative sales of over 10 million copies.
The manga series published by Ichijinsha aired in 2014 and currently consists of 9 parts. The manga series isn’t finished yet, which is good news for the anime. The anime series covers the first 4 parts of the manga in the first season. 5 volumes of stock material remain for a new season. When we evaluate the second season of the anime in terms of stock material adequacy, we see no problem. It will be processed from the 5th part of the manga in the possible second season.
Popularity and sales of discs (DVD & BluRay) of the anime
Disc sales are very important for an anime to be approved for a second season. Like all TV productions, anime is a for-profit series and they need to earn a good income from selling discs. For an anime to be profitable enough to be approved for the new season, an average of 4,000 copies must be sold. However, Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku sold 2,800 units in its first season and failed to hit its target. In terms of disc sales, a second season seems difficult.
However, the overall popularity rating of the series is 91.4%. This score shows how popular the anime is on social media, views and Google searches. 71,700 fans follow the animes official Twitter page† Although there was a failure based on the disc sales in the first season, the chances of the second season are high as Amazon owns the broadcast rights and good views.
Other productions and OVA episodes
Another factor that increases the chances of the anime’s second season are additional productions or mobile games. While Wotakoi doesn’t have a smartphone game, it does have OVA episodes and a live-action movie. These additional productions show that the producers want to keep this brand on the agenda and still want to see it profitable. From this point of view we can say that the possibilities of the second season have increased.
- OVA Episode – March 29, 2019
- Live Action Movie – February 7, 2020
- OVA Episode – February 26, 2021
When is the second season release date?
There is no renewal so far, but we’ve made detailed speculations for you above. As a result, we think there will be a new season with an 80% chance. Except for the disc sales, all other evaluation results keep the chances of the second season high. It’s not clear yet if A-1 Pictures will show in the second season, and the creator of the latest OVA episode, Lapin Track, may also be the creator of the second season. If the series is renewed for a second season, it may appear on screen in early 2022, given the production period. Until then, check out other beloved romantic comedy anime like TONIKAWAand Hello Score Girl†