The Way of the Househusband is an anime series based on the manga series by the same name written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono. The Netflix adaptation was produced by J.C.Staff.
There’s something hilarious about watching a tough, tattoo-covered guy with scars on his face wear a cute apron and prepare bento boxes. It’s cute, it’s funny and it’s very easy to watch; and that is exactly what The Way of the Househusband is.
The series, consisting of 5 episodes of about 15 minutes each, is a breeze to watch especially because the protagonist, Tatsu, is scary as he is funny and makes for solid entertainment.
Tatsu was the Immortal Dragon and is an ex-yakuza boss. People trembled at his name and it’s evident how much of an impact he had in the underworld when we see people from his past life try to get him back to his old ways. However, Tatsu is a changed man and after his marriage to his wife Miku, he has elected to be a stay-at-home husband.
As he repeats often, being a househusband is no easy task. He must see to it that everything is perfect and must meet all the needs of his wife. Between taking care of his family and looking very scary, The Way of the Househusband offers a funny slice-of-life series that is a delight to watch. It consists of two or three mini-episodes in one single episode and that means you won’t have much time to go too deep into anything.
The themes are funny enough for people to laugh along and Tatsu trying to not be intimidating, wearing an apron that has his wife’s favourite characters on them, and trying out a yoga/aerobics class is absolutely hilarious. The aerobics class episode is probably my favourite and the way the former crime lord busts some moves is entertainment at its peak. Oh, and he gets really annoyed when he can’t get a hold of the good deals at the supermarket.
It’s a good thing that the series did not dwell too long on anything lest it became too dragged out. The runtime is good enough to watch quickly and be amused. Things get over before you even realise it and that’s probably one of the charms of the series. The way Tatsu uses his killer talents to overcome the most mundane things in life is absolutely hilarious.
As far as the animation is concerned, The Way of the Househusband doesn’t really ace that department much. It’s kinda choppy and looks odd sometimes, but on a personal note, it’s not something that pulled me out of the experience. If anything, Tatsu’s scary smile and attempt at being “homely” won it for me.
Summing up: The Way of the Househusband
The Way of the Househusband is a TV series that is lightning fast and has enough elements to keep your eyes on the screen. It’s funny, absurd and very watchable and keeps you entertained throughout its very short runtime.
The Way of the Househusband is streaming on Netflix.
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