I, Otaku: Struggle in Akihabara (壮太君のアキハバラ奮闘記 Sōta-kun no Akihabara Funtōki?, lit. Chronicles of Sōta-kun's Struggle in Akihabara) is a Japanese manga series written by Japanese author Jirō Suzuki. The manga is serialized in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy. It has been licensed by Los Angeles-based company Seven Seas Entertainment for distribution in the English language.
Script error The story follows the seemingly normal high school student Sota, who is in fact a closet Otaku obsessed with Papico, a fictional anime character created for the manga. He is more or less able to keep his obsession a secret until he meets and then is forever harangued and followed by Mano Takuro, the crazed owner of an anime collectible shop in Akihabara. Mano attempts to change Sota's life for (as far as he's concerned) the better, by trying to bribe Sota into dumping his girlfriend Eri, a lowly "3-dimensional"and not a perfect 2D character like Sota's beloved Pico. Kenji finds a fellow Papico maniac and dubious ally in his school friend Kenji, who has a passing penchant for cosplaying in Papico's frock.
Script error Its a comical look into the world of Otakus, teenagers, and shop owners who are just "creepy."
- A popular, 18 year-old outgoing high school student who is a closet otaku because of a traumatizing experience when he was younger. He has an obession with the anime "Papico" (a fictional anime within the I Otaku universe) which he attempts to maintain a secret from everyone. He is going out with Eri another high school student who is trying to understand his obessive hobby.
- She is Sota's girlfriend. She has been Sota's girlfriend for over a year now, yet until a recent event at the Otakudo shop does she finally learn of Souta's obession with Papico. She tries to cope with Sota and finds herself drawn into this new side of Souta. She is stalked by her underclassman Maniaku Nia, a lolita lesbian.
- Sota's best friend. He is also a closet Otaku who has only recently revealed his obession with Papico with Sota recently. He is more obessed with Papico then Sota is, as he is always wearing his premade Papiko cosplay outfit underneath his street clothes.
- The eccentric store owner of Otakudo. He creates a lot of problems for Souta trying to make Sota reveal his otaku obession. It seems he has great connections for he always seems to have what Souta is looking for. He is a rival of Doujin, manager of MangaCave.
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