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The official website for the live-action film of Fujita’s Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii) manga began showcasing the official trailer for the film on Monday. In the trailer, it reveals and previews the musical scores by Evangelion and Shin Godzilla composer Shiro Sagisu. The trailer also reveals that Yumi Wakatsuki will play a “serious fujoshi” character who cosplays as a game character, and Mio Imada will play a stylish colleague of Narumi.

Love is Hard for Otaku Geek Impulse

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga’s story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.

The film will open on February 7, 2020. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama) is directing the film. Fujita launched the manga on the image-sharing website pixiv in 2014. In November 2015, the manga moved to Ichijinsha’s Comic POOL digital manga magazine. The manga’s seventh volume shipped on March 29. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and released the third omnibus volume in November 2018.

If you say “Please do this” to Mitsuru Takahata, everything will come back with a fastball. A long time ago, I had been a musical “fanatic” since there was no word like “Otaku”. So, with professionals like Mitsuki, I really feel the happiness of having a musical that I love so much. It was also my own potential to make my music correspond to her wonderful performance. It was a very rewarding job, and it was a job for the composer. Kento Yamazaki absorbed music on the spot as the sponge absorbs water. This was the first time I met a male vocalist who was able to see such progress. It is a tremendous talent. The recording was a short period of time, but the evolution he achieved has undoubtedly raised his potential as a musical actor to another dimension. I admire him from the bottom of my heart! I think my song is my child, so I feel like having my daughter married to Yuichi Fukuda’s house (laughs). In the summer of 2018, when I first heard about this movie from the first-time director, music began to sound in my head and never stopped. First of all, it is natural that “singing as it is!” Is the essence of the musical. It should be the biggest attraction of this work that I was able to record with all the performers happily at any time.

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Sources: website, Comic Natalie, Twitter

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