Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku - Recommendations

Alt title: Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

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Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Morioka Moriko (♀) is 30, single, and a NEET. She has dropped out of the real world. Searching for a safe place, the place she ended up... is the online world!! In this online game, Moriko starts a new life as a handsome young man with silky hair named Hayashi. However, she’s an obvious noob and ends up dying numerous times when a lovely girl named “Lily” lends her a helping hand. Meanwhile IRL, she ends up having a shocking encounter with a mysterious handsome salaryman named Sakurai Yuta. After meeting him, the real world starts to change and starts affecting her online world as well?!

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Monqe Monqe says...

In my opoinion both anime revolves around the main trying to hide their true self from those around them. 

Zed Zed says...

Both of them are harmless romcoms about two gamer nerds and the love that sprouts between them.

Rascal Rascal says...

Both Wotakoi and MMO are about a central couple who are both Otaku and about their relationship, as well as have a good supporting cast. They're both pretty good comedically and have some romantic drama. Both are good if you like Otaku culture and Romance.

aeab32 aeab32 says...

Both are slow romace anime that are based around socially awkward people. It also has elements of the gaming culture in it.

Superstars111 Superstars111 says...

Both have a similar feel, in a sense. They revolve around romance between otaku, and feature characters that can sometimes be awkward (in a funny sort of way). They do focus on different stages in the relationship, and therefore go in different directions, but both are of a similar comedic style overall.

dzejlana55 dzejlana55 says...

I watched Recovery of an MMO Junkie before Wotakoi and I liked both of them.

The story of two are totally differente but you can enjoy in both of them if you like this kind of anime.I don't want to give any spoilers but the only connection these two have is that they are about game.Wotakoi is about an otaku and gamer dating and Recovery of an MMO Junkie is about two people meeting in real life and in game at the same time.Both of them are really easy and fluffy watch I really reccomend them  now to relax and just enjoy in anime.

bk202 bk202 says...

Both have otaku love stories, with very similar feel for a similar age range (young office workers)

Kiyoka Kiyoka says...

Both shows are about grown-ups that are anime/game-otaku and often play MMORPGs together. Also, the characters in both anime are awkward when it comes to romance.

Sarabellatrixx Sarabellatrixx says...

Both have similar themes, both have adult-romances, and both are based on otaku culture. The characters in Wotakoi and Recovery of an MMO Junkie are fantastic and loveable. The humour/comedy aspect is golden too, I laughed out loud plenty of times. These 2 are both favourites of mine so I highly recommend both! 

fantaby fantaby says...

Its not your typical high school love story, but more mature comedy where the characters are adults. And characters is interested in the culture of gaming/anime etc. Its fun to watch someone with the same hobby as yourself. Perhaps you can relate. Its a cozy romantic comedy in everyday life. 

SamKermit SamKermit says...

In both animes, both male and female leads are otakus and have a hard time fitting in from this. The times they spend together while not playing a game, they can sometimes end up being seen as acting akward about everything and overthinging everything they do, thus adding a comedic effect to their relationships. As time moves, so do their relationship, on top of that it gets even better since they develope feelings for one another. The male leads are the ones that try to make any move but get really embarassed when they do. Overall, they have similar characters, also both animes have similar relationship progression with the male and female leads. 

snivets snivets says...

If you liked either of these cute romantic comedies about adult otaku, definitely check out the other. There's a lot of similar themes and situations that revolve around budding romance between shy people, games vs. real life, and having a job but also being an otaku.

Oblithian Oblithian says...

Both are about some wholesome nerd love.Recovery of an MMO Junkie is more about the journey to a fateful love (and is better IMO), parts of it take place in a game world so you get som fantasy.Love is Hard for Otaku tells the story of an otaku couple who work in the same office and their relationship growth as they partake in the traditional Otaku activities. (It may not be quite as good, but is still entertaining, and full of references).

Easterbunny Easterbunny says...

I’ve been reading the mangas not watching the animes but they are both romance and if you like that then go for it. Also the latter has cross dressing with in MMORPG gender switch i guess and the other is otakus I recommend both they are both good reads and are adorable but I haven’t gotten far in the RMMOJ one so tell me if either are good anime because I love them as the manga.

Aqu1n0 Aqu1n0 says...

1. Adult romance 

2. Main characters are Otaku 

3. No love triangle 

4. Main characters known each other in the past ( kind of ) and reunited  after several years later 

Schuplik Schuplik says...

Both of the anime are about two otakus falling in love. MMO Junkie as the title suggests is just about gaming culture, Wotakoi is a whole otaku package. In both anime the main characters are quite dorky and pure. The stories are lighthearded and cute.

rammyramramram rammyramramram says...

Both are fun romantic comedies about otakus and the unique ways they develop and show affection. Both series do good justice not just to otaku, but to healthy, balanced relationships as well.

Horimiya

Horimiya

Kyouko and Izumi are two classmates who each lead a double life: the popular and talented Kyouko cares for her little brother by herself while her parents are away, and the quiet, bespectacled Izumi hides his many piercings and tattoos at school. After accidentally discovering each other's secrets the pair becomes fast friends, and together, they begin to navigate their new relationship together amongst unknowing peers and love rivals alike.

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Crabbo Crabbo says...

both animes portray relationships in realistic light. there's no unnecessary drama. the partners help each other with emotional or socital struggles. the relationship developments seem very realistic.

XxsakurascarletxX XxsakurascarletxX says...

Both animes are a romantic slice of life that have fairly strong female character roles. Neither of the animes goes too deep with the plot, so if you want an anime to have some comedy, slice of life, romance those animes are for you. 

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evelynannb evelynannb says...

Both give cute and loveable characters that deal with real problems that people encounter in the awkwardness of a new relationship. Their funny, and cute, and romantic. Their the type of shows to leave your heart with a glowy feeling.

I love them with all my heart!

sam9p0 sam9p0 says...

both animes are romance, they really arent similar story wise but I would recommend if you've enjoyed either one.

Kaiten456 Kaiten456 says...

Both are very light-hearted and masterpieces at what they do. Wotakoi focuses more on office romance while Horimiya is more on high school romance. The 2 main female characters are very similar in personality, character and tonality as well. If you want a light hearted romance comedy which doesn't focus to heavily on dramatical plots or over-complex connections, these 2 definetely cut it

Braintrick3 Braintrick3 says...

i would recomend either of these if you liked the other honestly the reason is because they are very dramatic horimiya has some drama in it and same with wotakoi but very little if you like simple nice light romances you would love both of these

hbvb hbvb says...

it has a lot of the same multicharacter chemistry with parallel arches, even though it's in a high school setting

BassLiquor BassLiquor says...

Non-stereotypical Romance animes that actually build on the relationship instead of rely on ROMCOM tropes. 

makotoedamura makotoedamura says...

they both are light hearted comedies. all the funny moments come naturally, i recommend, it's an easy watch

pookiedynamic pookiedynamic says...

Whilst the plot is different between both shows, they are similar in many ways. Both shows have a strong female lead who has a side to her which she prefers to keep private. Both are romantic comedies and are excellently done!

gayspacecadet gayspacecadet says...

both super cute slive of life romance animes with comic relief, slight plot twists, and fuzzy cozy vibes

amoonshadowelf amoonshadowelf says...

they're pretty much gving off the same comforting vibes because you can relate to the characters i guess idk

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Chiyo Sakura, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant... The series is a shojo manga boy comedy which centers around Nozaki, a high school boy that is a popular shojo manga artist, and has a story woven by very individualistic characters.

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captivus captivus says...

Both anime have otaku culture, romance and comedy themes.

Monthly Girls is oriented towards life in school and working part-time while handling romantic and other relationships while Wotakoi has adult characters that are adults, working together, interested in otaku culture and already being in relationships. 

Many details are very different but the feel of both anime is very similar in my opinion.

goodbye0000 goodbye0000 says...

I recommend both of these animes, both are pretty awesome. Love is had for an otaku is still going but it's cute so far and Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun just gives the feels (Nozaki is frustratingly adorable and naive)

Starletka Starletka says...

The animation and humor are similar, as are the characters and the situations they find themselves in. The only major difference is the setting.

Karasune Karasune says...

They center around otaku culture, love, comedy, and lighthearted fun. Both are relaxing and easy to watch, and will most likely put you in a good mood. The characters are cute and likable with big personalities, plus the animation is incredibly similar. The main difference is the age of the characters (high school students in Nozaki, working adults in Wotakoi), but they still share the same comedic energy.

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fantaby fantaby says...

its lighthearted comedy, and the otaku culture is well explored here too. i really recommend this if you loved wotakoi. 

Kifinosi Kifinosi says...

Both lead pairs honestly remind me of each other, and both shows are very enjoyable romance anime that deserve more episodes.

Kittyna Kittyna says...

Animation, comedy and also characters are a lot similiar, especially these two main MC, its like adult version of them in different art style.

clowntowncrossing clowntowncrossing says...

The character dynamics in these shows are very similar? Nozaki is very similar to Hirotaka, and Kabakura is very similar to Hori.

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

What happens when a science-inclined girl and boy who are deeply passionate about research fall in love? An intelligent woman named Himuro Ayame who is a science graduate student at Saitama University happens to ask fellow science grad student Yukimura Shinya out. Of course, there’s no logical reason for this love! But as a science and engineering major, not being able to logically prove love would mean that those feelings aren’t real, and they’d fail as a science student. With that in mind, the two drag everyone else in the lab into trying various experiments to prove love actually exists.

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Hayane Hayane says...

Both romcom happen outside high school so, older characters either adults working in the office (Wotakoi) or graduate students (Rikei). Both involve obsessions with certain things, Wotakoi with games and Rikei with science. Both go through slice of life kind of episodes, however, Rikei uses University Research theme while Wotakoi uses games/anime references. Both male characters are lone types who only care for their obsession kinda. 

laohuhiazi laohuhiazi says...

its a lot like Wotakoi: loe is hard for Otaku since it's about two adults who are obsessed with science. Science fell in love, so I tried to prove it has a cute and adorable vibe to it, unlike Wokatoi has a more adult humor to it. They both have characters that have a hard time expressing themselves but in Science fell in love, so I tried to prove it, they try to use manga/ anime references as experiments. I highly recommend it since it's so cute and adorable watching every episode with a chuckle. 

yumilk yumilk says...

Both are based on adults, athough they are pretty different, the audience will be the same. In Wotakoi childhood otaku friends start dating, In Science fell in love, (people who have met before but are oblivious it was eachother) fall in love. I prefered Wotakoi though, watched it twice, and I dropped Science fell in love by episode 9.

HoneyBeara HoneyBeara says...

Both are romcoms that are in adult settings. They both also have mc that are bad at communicating/understanding what they feel

ecobaddie ecobaddie says...

Both center around lovable but awkward couples in their adulthood- for Wotakoi most of the humor is otaku related, in Science fell in love a lot of the humor is based on the ridiculous applications of science in the relationship (although there is an otaku supporting character as well). Both have predictable romance moments, I found Science fell in love to be a little more cliche but if you enjoy slow-burn rom-coms it's an easy and enjoyable watch!

Beth0410 Beth0410 says...

Both with adult couples who does not really know much about relationship while trying to think logically or obessessed with games.

pandalove2482 pandalove2482 says...

Both about a couple who seems well together at first glance but they don't really know why they are good together yet and the show is about figuring that out.

Kiss Him, Not Me

Kiss Him, Not Me

Kae Serinuma is what you'd call a "fujoshi." When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn't exciting to her at all — she'd rather see them date each other!

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Starletka Starletka says...

While the setting and main plots differ, there's a lot of similarities when it comes to the otaku/fujoshi side of the respective stories. And when the female characters discuss their favourite characters and pairings, you feel a sense of deja vu.

Amalya Amalya says...

Both Anime are about a Fujoshi main protagonist trying to hide their hobby but fail and try to survive their daily life at school/work. Its both with a lot of RomCom and totally worth a try if you loved one of the series <3

ShiroHatake ShiroHatake says...

Both shows focus on characters that are hyper fans of a facet of otaku culture. Both have characters that are BL fans. Both are comedic romance stories. 

ayyysh ayyysh says...

They both have otaku/fujoshi main characters who are just trying to live thier lives. They're both fun plots with cute and wonderful main characters, lots of jokes and laughs and great subplots and supporting characters

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying

I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying

Kaoru is an OL you can find anywhere, serious and works diligently, but her husband is a super otaku and more-or-less a NEET. She is caught up in one of her husband's whims one day or the subject of his concerns another, but the two are so close that it's embarrassing to even watch them!

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Decuplets Decuplets says...

A complete slice of life with heart throbbing moments and a hefty amount of otaku jokes. 

Wotakoi does focus more on relationships between otakus, and Danna ga Nani is more of the relationship between an incredibly tolerant "normie" and an otaku. 

OldDad OldDad says...

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying are, on the surface, extremely different anime, as Wotakoi is a long format sit-com romance, while I Can't Understand is a short format gag comedy.

However, both series are, at their core, situational sketch comedies.  Both pull comic situations from conflicts caused by interesting character traits and otaku lifestyles impacting serious, caring relationships.  

Most importantly, both shows treat relationships as valuable, show relationships growing as characters mature, show patience, and consciously forgive each other. 

By this careful portrayal of flawed people growing together through dedicated effort and mutual care, both series maintain positive, reasuring atmospheres, in which we can be relaxed as we laugh in comfort, without cynicism. 

If you got into I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying for the gags and the warmth of the characters, and you would like to see something like it in a longer format, give Wotakoi a shot.  

Oblithian Oblithian says...

I can't understand what my Husband is saying is a heartwarming comedy serial about the trials of a married couple (the husband is an Otaku, the wife is a regular successful woman... who is also an unhinged alcoholic). They are roughly 10min long.Love is Hard for Otaku, shares the subjects of love and nerdiness. But is more of a story rather than short sketches strung together.

Jaimefm Jaimefm says...

If you enjoyed one you will probably enjoy the other.  They are both very cute and kind of leave you wanting more. Wotakoi deals with the relationship between two otaku while I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is a relationship between an otaku and a “normal” woman. They’re both funny and focus on interpersonal relationships. 

Real Girl

Real Girl

Hikari Tsutsui is a high school boy who is satisfied with the virtual girls he encounters in anime and games. He does not have many friends and he lives in his own world. One day, when he is stuck on pool cleaning duty, he is approached by Iroha, a "real girl" who is showy and popular with boys.

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NeNekoChan NeNekoChan says...

i think it is similar in terms that it also revolves around gamers and even the  woman love interest looks similar to the one in wotakoi : love is hard for otaku please note that this recomendation is based off my own personal opinion

Rascal Rascal says...

Both anime are about otaku and have romance, comedic reactions, and character-driven drama. They both have situations that an Otaku can relate to, so perfect if you're into both that and romance anime.

Tsuredure Children

Tsuredure Children

To those of you out there who never could say "I love you" — This story is about ordinary highschoolers and how love makes them fired up, shaken, laugh, cry, and hurt. Whether things go well or not, this story of adolescence and romance will show you how they spend their precious youth. Every character is the main character here, and you're sure to find one you can sympathize with. 

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EarthernCreature EarthernCreature says...

They both show the development of the couples' relationships and the daily life and struggle that goes on during the relationship. They also both have the easy, slice of life feeling that goes on in romantic comedies.

Erolius Erolius says...

Both introduce the fun idea of more than one couple trying to make things worse. Both are great either way, and so if romance comedies are for you, then these two are a hot pick!

Aggretsuko (2016)

Aggretsuko (2016)

Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company's accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her superiors and co-workers. She doesn't talk back to them, but she still has to let off steam, so she ends up going to karaoke by herself and singing death metal.

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Clotilde Clotilde says...

Both shows are about the office life. Aggretsuko is more slice of life (ish) and has an animal protagonist. While Wotakoi is focused on the life of an otaku in the work space. 

Bobthehun Bobthehun says...

Both are office slice of life and both are fun and cute. Aggretsuko is also more of a reflection on the little things that make life hard. While love is hard is more romantic 

Working!!

Working!!

Self-professed lover of all things small and cute, Souta Takanashi finds himself dragooned into working at the Wagnaria family restaurant by the diminutive and vivacious Poplar Taneshima. Though the pay is reasonable and the clientele polite, the high school student is often at his wits' end when dealing with the quirky staff. If the indifferent and street-tough manager, katana-carrying floor chief, and terminally weak Poplar weren't enough, Souta frequently fears for his life, as every encounter with the violently androphobic Inami ends in injury. How long can he survive before the combined stress and harm do him in?

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captivus captivus says...

Both anime are set in a workplace environment.

Both have romance and comedy as main themes of the series.

There's a good chance that if you like one of them you'll like the other.