Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku – Review
Saturday is the perfect time to wander through the stacks (that’s librarian-speak for “bookshelves”) and talk about books and the people who write them. Pull up a comfy chair and settle in, because today I want to chat about a manga series that has been driving me crazy with how good it is: Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku written and illustrated by Fujita.
If you’re a romance novel reader who’s been interested in manga, but not sure where to start, Wotakoi is the perfect introduction to the medium. The characters are almost painfully relatable to anyone who operates outside of societies set “norms” (and to be honest, who doesn’t these days?) and the relationships built within it’s pages are swoon worthy while being incredible realistic. I have never rooted for so many different kinds of coupes to get together as I have while reading Wotakoi.
The art is fantastic, and any otaku terms you may be unfamiliar with are defined in the books’ notes (which are extensive and extremely helpful!). I truly think manga may represent some of the best romance writing that is happening in the world at this moment — I know that sounds superlative, but I stand by it! If you’re looking for romance storylines that will grab you from word one, that will get your heart racing and your eyes watering with sweet, sweet tears, I don’t think you can do better than some romcom manga.
If you’re interested in getting a taste of a novel that is full of love, in all its sadness and beauty and joy, then look no further: Hungry is the Night is now available for preorder on all major ebook platforms! Visit the link here to order your copy in advance and, if you send a copy of your receipt to email@example.com, I will send you back an exclusive excerpt of the book! Three full chapters of romance goodness for you to enjoy!