The Way of the Househusband: Anime Series Review
Starring: Jonah Scott, Laura Post
The Way of the Househusband is streaming now on Netflix!
It’s no secret that I am an ardent lover of the sub-2-hour movie. Also, I’m a bit of a weeb. So, when I heard that Netflix’s adaptation of Kosuke Oono’s manga series The Way of the House Husband was to be comprised of 5 episodes, 20 minutes or so each? Well, I was sat, remote in hand waiting.
Straight off the bat, it’s nice to have an amine series that isn’t a hundred episodes long (and still going). Even nicer is that there is no seriousness or profundity. There’s no “jiggle theory”, aggressive male gaze, and no questionable age ranges (all pretty big asks in anime). Instead, we meet Tatsu (Jonah Scott), a revered and legendary yakuza boss who has retired his former life to become a doting househusband to his wife, Miku (Laura Post) and the best cat ever, Gin. Who knew gang bosses could be so wholesome and cute?
The Immortal Househusband
The Way of the Househusband is so much fun. Each episode takes us on a few misadventures with Tatsu as he goes about his life, trying to balance his past life with his new calling. Everyone wants a Tatsu. He labours over perfecting Miku’s lunch. He is wildly dedicated to keeping the house in order. Best of all, he is adorably close with the local women’s group (think the WI, but in Japan). If you have read the manga, then you’ll know just how funny The Way of the Househusband is, but I did not expect to laugh as much as I did.
The dialogue throughout is stellar. Balancing a hammed-up, high stake, gangland intensity with a dessert cook-off is no easy task. There’s just something special about seeing a heavily tattooed yakuza boss whipping up a last-minute afternoon tea for his in laws. The vast differences are ever-present, Tatsu cuts a looming and imposing figure. Unsurprisingly, this provides him with some issues as he tries to go about his day to day life. No matter, though – as long as he is making his wife happy, Tatsu is just as happy himself.
This is The Way (Of the Househusband)
The main criticism that I have seen online so far for The Way of the Househusband seems to revolve around animation style. Whilst I understand, I don’t agree. The Way of the Househusband uses a clippy, still animation style – imagine colourised manga panels with a dub and occasional lip movement. The transitions are as ridiculous and dramatic as you would reasonably expect, but the scenes themselves a pretty static. I have seen various theories bandies around from budget to bad choices, but honestly? I think it’s great. Anime tends toward the over dramatic (understatement of the century, I know) and I think that in a series as wholesome as this, it’s alright to take a little time to breathe. It’s what Tatsu would want.
Tatsu, Miko, Gin
I, for one, am looking forward to a potential season two of The Way of the House Husband. It’s incredibly refreshing to watch something so genuinely wholesome and funny, that requires nothing of you other than 20 minutes (or even less, for each mini-story). If you don’t like anime, then you’ll like The Way of the Househusband. This series takes all the best bit of anime – the absurdity, the humour, the drama, the colour – and turns it into a little packed lunch. Check it out, I promise it’s worth it. Now to get Heather to watch it…
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