OP: 「フィクション」 (Fikushon) by sumika
「成海と宏崇の再会。そして…」 (Narumi to Hirotaka no Saikai. Soshite…)
“Narumi and Hirotaka’s Reunion, And…”
God this show has such a cute opening sequence.
If you didn’t already know, I had high expectations for this show after previewing it for our Spring 2018 Preview. Expectations so high that you could say that I was setting myself up for failure since there’s no possible way an adaptation can perfectly capture the essence of the material it’s drawing from. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
From a top down look, you have your typical “romance” comedy here. There’s a main cast of characters, they all have their various reasons for being close (physically) to one another, and they all have some kind of weird trait that makes them a little different than the typical human being. However, there’s more than enough shows like that out there and instead I want to focus on the parts that (at least for me) make me want to shout out to the world that they should watch this show.
First off, our main characters are all older and don’t have to deal with the struggles of being in school or living with parents. As working members of society they have a totally different set of problems to deal with and in-turn worry about different types of things (like interpersonal relationships at work). Second, everyone seems to be a freaking weeb (or Otaku) and it’s great. As someone who can literally see himself in Hirotaka and all my of friends as either Narumi, Tarou, or Hanako, there’s something special when the story of a show feels almost too close to real life. Third and most importantly, I love how the adaptation of this show isn’t changing the pacing of things and got the ball rolling with Hirotaka and Narumi just as quickly as it happened in the manga. Because if there’s one thing that drives me up the walls with romances, it’s that the story will move at an abnormally slow pace or throw some real awkward scenarios at us to prevent the main couple from developing a meaningful relationship. A problem that Wotaku definitely doesn’t have.
So, when you take all those points above and mix them all together, you end up with a show like Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii. A show that understands clearly what it’s trying to do and isn’t afraid to utilize its strengths when it comes to understanding and showing the audience exactly what they want. And while it remains to be seen whether or not this show will be able to consistently put out content as good as this first episode, I think today is a clear indication that its totally capable of doing so and can only get better from here.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys later. See you!
ED: 「キミの隣」 (Kimi no Tonari) by halca