The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) 2021
By now, I think folks seem to have moved past some of the general disappointment surrounding this adaptation of Kousuke Oono’s manga. I can’t compare this with the original but if you’ve never read the manga then the anime might actually be a good introduction? Maybe? I don’t know.
Admittedly, I was expecting something quite different myself but I think that’s because Netflix did an exceptionally poor job of establishing expectations with its promo.
For context, if you haven’t seen The Way of the Househusband then imagine a manga with a little bit of movement, sound and colour and you’ll get a fair idea.
It’s pretty funny too 🙂
Although the bulk of the humour comes from the premise of a former Yakuza bringing his deadpan menace to the domestic world, because each episode is so short, the joke didn’t wear out its welcome for me. (I don’t know if I’d enjoy longer episodes as much, but I am definitely going to watch the next series.)
One highlight for me was Kenjiro Tsuda, one of my fav voice actors, and someone who I think is perfect for Tatsu. Another joy was his wife Miku, who’s probably the standout character from the show’s small recurring cast.
Now, if you’re on the fence about this series because the premise isn’t quite enough or you expect more animation maybe, I don’t know if I can convince you to give it a shot.
But if you also enjoy sight gags, slapstick* and hyperbole (so, the Comedy genre :D) then The Way of the Househusband might still satisfy. It’s also very digestible in terms of length per episode, so if you don’t have a lot of time and feel like something light this could be perfect.
*Perhaps best exemplified by the chapter where Miku’s dad tries to play catch with Tatsu, poor guy