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Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii – 10

「光くん登場とネトゲリベンジ」 (Kou-kun Toujou to Netoge Ribenji)
“Introducing Kou-kun and Online Gaming Revenge”

Nao-chan is too pure for this world!

Hello, one and all! As a special punishment treat this week, your Wotakoi needs will be met by me, Stilts-sama, because Takkun is off working or something. Which means I get to prattle on about adorable nerds, and I couldn’t be happier with the episode I was gifted. Or any Wotakoi episode, really. It’s gold all the way down so far.

This week focused mostly on the introduction of Sakuragi Kou (Yuuki Aoi), a shy gamer who Nao meets one day. Who is, unbeknownst to Nao, a girl! Not that that’ll stop Narumi and Hanako from yaoi shipping them, if the past is any indication.

As far as Kou-kun, so far their relationship is what it seems: Nao decided to befriend him her, and she has next to no defenses against a loveable idiot like Nao. Fair ’nuff. That’s in the early stages of any development, though, so there’s not much else to say. What really caught my eye this week was the subtle changes in Narumi’s behavior.

Of the two, Narumi has the most room to grow in their relationship. She’s comfortable with Hirotaka, so comfortable that there’s none of that delightful tension that adds unique spice to a young couple’s life. They really do act like just friends most of the time, and that’s good! A couple ought to be best friends first and foremost. But she’s only slowly catching up to some of the more girlfriend/boyfriend aspects of the relationship with Hirotaka. Such as when she pouted when he didn’t show up to play the game with them, and then was awfully happy when he finally did. Or when she reacted oddly to the idea of other women finding Hirotaka attractive, almost like she was panicking. Or when she started to admit that maybe he was a little hot, just maybe—even as she still tried to deny it. She’s slowly inching toward a more well-rounded relationship with Hirotaka, and it’s a good time watching them bumble their way forward. Adding on some Nao-chan fun was just icing on the cake. I don’t think I could eat another bite!

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June 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm
  • June 16, 2018 at 1:38 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Even Hanako openly admitted that Hirotaka has gotten hotter, lol.

    We need more jelly Narumi.

    • June 17, 2018 at 11:05 pmStilts

      Hana-chan been saying he’s hot from the beginning!

  • June 16, 2018 at 1:40 amHenrietta Brix

    Kou os a girl? Seriously? Kou’s too bishie to be a girl!

  • June 16, 2018 at 3:42 amOne Pinch Man

    The “Kashima” of this anime finally makes her debut! But too bad she won’t appear again since next week is the last episode :(

  • June 16, 2018 at 1:44 pmGars

    Stilts, you are quite right about this series being gold so far, I still can’t belive I skipped it as “uninteresting” when reading the seasons pre-view. Yet the RC posts about it got me curious and once I started watching I was hooked despite the quality issues with the art & animation that turn up from time to time. The writing and the acting was simply so good.
    Now it is the one series I won’t miss even though the spare time I can invest in anime is currently in short supply.

  • June 16, 2018 at 2:21 pmTarage

    Kou is the best! Aoi Yuki forever!

  • June 16, 2018 at 9:48 pmsouma

  • June 17, 2018 at 2:20 pmGoukaRyuu

    Why are tomboys such a gift from God?