A former yakuza boss offers up a lifetime of violence for the comforts of domesticity.
There are few issues on this world funnier than watching an in any other case extraordinarily scary particular person being compelled to do one thing mundane. That’s the precise type of comedy that Netflix’s new slice-of-life anime collection The Means of the Househusband relies on, and it is uproariously humorous each single time.
The Means of the Househusband, based mostly on the manga collection by Kousuke Oono, and starring Kenjiro Tsuda (who additionally voiced the primary character in promotional movies for the manga), is about Tatsu, a.ok.a. the Immortal Dragon, a former yakuza boss with a terrifying fame who has chosen to surrender his lifetime of crime and develop into a stay-at-home husband for his career-oriented spouse Miku. However his expertise with numerous weapons, his fast considering, and his intimidating demeanor all handle to turn out to be useful even in home life. Tatsu, tall with full again tattoos and facial scars, cuts a daunting determine, however cares extra about rigorously getting ready his spouse’s bento lunches and getting good offers on the grocery store than about his former gang colleagues who hold hounding him to return to the fold. Additionally, he wears a bit of apron.
The episodes are brief and lightning-fast, becoming about 5 – 6 mini-stories right into a single installment, often centered on Tatsu going to an aerobics class and scaring everybody together with his rictus smile, or utilizing his expertise with the blade to check out a salesman’s kitchen knives. Within the first episode, he fights off some former rivals with a pair of fuzzy mittens he obtained in a sale, aces a cooking class, after which prepares a comfy celebration for his spouse. Each episode additionally options an interlude with Tatsu and Miku’s cat Gin, who goes on each day walks and will get into hassle with the neighborhood animals.
The Netflix anime, which was directed by Chiaki Kon and produced by animation studio J.C.Workers (Meals Wars!, the tonally related The Disastrous Lifetime of Saiki Okay., One-Punch Man), fairly faithfully adapts the manga’s supply materials (as does the 2020 live-action adaptation), at occasions remaking scenes, such because the one through which Tatsu will get a new apron printed with the characters of his spouse’s favourite anime, nearly frame-by-frame. It is breezy, it is enjoyable, and it will make you want you had a live-in former gangster to cook dinner all of your meals for you.