Wotakoi: Love is Hard For an Otaku Live-Action Movie Gets a Special Showing in the US

Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) is hosting an online showing of the live action movie of Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku for a limited time. JICC is based in the Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C. The movie will be live beginning on September 16th at 7 pm est, until September 19th. Once you begin, you will have 24 hours to finish watching the movie. This is only available to the United States. Pre-ordering is available now.

The 2020 movie is based on a manga series of the same name. It has 11 volumes and ran from April 2015 to July 2021. The series originally began as a web manga on the author’s pixiv account. Pixiv is an online Japanese community website for artists. In 2018, there was an anime adaption with 11 episodes, including a 2019 OVA with 3 episodes.

Here is the trailer for the live action movie:

Here is the summary of the live action 2020 movie:
At her new company, Momose Narumi (Takahata Mitsuki), a 26-year-old office clerk, is reunited with her childhood friend Nifuji Hirotaka (Yamazaki Kento). Hirotaka is a good-looking and competent businessman, but he is actually a severe game otaku. On the other hand, Narumi is a closeted otaku (who likes anime, manga, and novels). Narumi, who more than anything fears being exposed as an otaku, hides her true nature. Hirotaka, a fellow otaku, is the only person she can be herself with.

After work, they often go out drinking and have lively discussions on otaku topics. Narumi laments to Hirotaka that she is a poor judge of character and always falls for the wrong guy. Hirotaka responds, “Maybe you’d be comfortable with an otaku boyfriend.” He suggests that they start seeing each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. Narumi agrees. They look forward to being a happy otaku couple, but their romance runs into unexpected walls and challenges!

The movie will be shown in Japanese original language with English subtitles. To sign up to participate in this event, click here.
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Sarah Leone

An independent artist who loves to mix things up between traditional and digital art. She has a love for all things anime, animation, and manga. Oh, and cats. Can't forget the cats.

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