Love, Manga & Blackmail: A Secret Otaku's Countdown To Romance!

In the realm of teenage love, complications are bound to arise. Especially so, for a secret otaku like Naruse Haruhi! Despite being a popular high school student, leading a very normie-like life, he harbors a deep secret: his unwavering passion for all things otaku. However, when Hayasaka Ichika, a fellow enthusiast, uncovers his hidden obsession, she seizes the opportunity to manipulate him. Blackmailed into a fake relationship, Haruhi must assist Ichika in appeasing her father and potentially escaping an unwanted arranged marriage! Together, they embark on a thrilling three-month journey of deception and pretending. Amidst the whirlwind of their geeky charade, will their initial pretense blossom into something genuine?

[Present-Day - Chance Encounter]

Blackmail awaits… Hop on!

[Present-Day - Chance Encounter]

Blackmail awaits… Hop on!

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Chapter 0: The Secret Otaku
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Chapter 1: The Otaku Is Exposed
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Chapter 2: The Otaku Is Blackmailed
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Chapter 3: Interlude: Seize The Chance
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Chapter 4: The Otaku Attends a Strategy Meeting
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Chapter 5: The Otaku Meets The Family
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Chapter 6: The Otaku Earns Some Points
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Chapter 7: The Otaku Is Booked For Sunday
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Chapter 8: The Otaku In an Anime Convention
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Chapter 9: The Otaku's Ultimate Prize
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Chapter 10: The Otaku Receives a Haunting Message
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Chapter 11: The Otaku Cosplays To Save The World
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Chapter 12: The Otaku and a Certain Spotlight
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Chapter 13: The Otaku is Fun?
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Chapter 14: Interlude: Mask
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Chapter 15: The Otaku Touches Grass
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Chapter 16: The Otaku Reporting For Duty
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Chapter 17: The Otaku Cooking Show
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Chapter 18: The Otaku's Dream Girl
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Chapter 19: Otaku, The Liar
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Chapter 20: Run Otaku Run
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Chapter 21: The Otaku Hero
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Chapter 22: The Otaku Survives The Night
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Chapter 23: Interlude: Maybe Someday
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Chapter 24: The Otaku On Matchday
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Chapter 25: The Otaku Has a Visitor
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Chapter 26: The Otaku Tastes Progress
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Chapter 27: The Otaku and The Nurse
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Chapter 28: The Otaku Can't Sleep
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Chapter 29: The Otaku Prepares For Exams (Kind of)
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Chapter 30: The Otaku And a Kiss
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Chapter 31: The Otaku In a Ceremony
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Chapter 32: The Otaku In The Presence of Champions
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Chapter 33: The Otaku and The Past
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Chapter 34: The Otaku is Free
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Chapter 35: The Otaku Can’t Catch A Break
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Chapter 36: The Otaku Isn’t A Fighter
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Chapter 37: The Otaku And The Magical Touch
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Chapter 38: The Otaku Plays
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Chapter 39: The Otaku Dons The Apron
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Chapter 40: The Otaku Did a Good Job
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Chapter 41: The Otaku Takes The Evening Off
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Chapter 42: Lost In Otaku Translation
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Chapter 43: Rain on The Otaku Parade
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Chapter 44: The Otaku For The Last Time
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Chapter 45: Interlude: Manga Are For Nerds
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Chapter 46: Haruhi Comes Clean
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Chapter 47: Haruhi is Haruhi
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Chapter 48: Epilogue: The Realest Lie
Author
GenreComedyRomanceSchoolSlice of Life
UpdatedJan 11, 2024
Chapters49
Writing StatusFinished
Word Count73,876
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