Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Volume 6
It’s half the size, as the other English volumes each had two books’ worth of content, and this is just one. But there are color pages and an adorable flashback to the lead couple’s first meeting as school kids and character pinups and an afterword where the author, Fujita, has a few thoughts on the characters’ futures.
I didn’t care for the gaming chapter, as it’s about a murder horror game. But I enjoyed the young couple being shyly embarrassed together about their feelings and the flashback to the lead couple’s history.
The core of the book, though, tackles Narumi dealing with the question of whether to come out as an otaku to workplace friends. It leads to a serious fight with Hirotaka, but ultimately, it sheds new light on the depth of their feelings for each other. It’s romantic and emotional and meaningful.
The part that will stick with me is when Narumi realizes that what it means to be an otaku has changed, that “otaku culture today is a mainstay that supports our nation.” Her friends, and their faith in her, gave her the strength to own her interests. As an adult fan (of so many things), I really liked this ending.