There has been some hubbub about this series, and while it wasn’t on my radar, I couldn’t help but check it out, and I am glad I did, because I binged the whole thing in one sitting. So after the cut, let’s take a dive into the anime series: The Way of the Househusband!
The animation, or lack thereof really fucking sucks. It’s a big disappointment, especially for a series that is as beloved as this. No one wanted it, no one wished for it, and it a bummer. The show is barely fucking animated, and frankly I’ve seen better work in hentai by Queen Bee than this.
That being said, I fucking loved this show. I couldn’t put it down.
The reason, perhaps the only reason, is because the comedy in this show is 100% rock solid. Starring Tatsu, a former Yakuza once known as the immortal dragon, we follow this once legendary gangster as he faces his ultimate challenge yet: being a loyal and supportive house-husband to his career wife. Instead of crime, it’s about getting the cleaning done. Instead of drug deals, it’s remember to get a points card, and instead of loyalty to the boss, it’s singing happy birthday to the beloved wife. All the while, old friends, onlookers and former rivals have over the top reactions to seeing this hardened thug battle his way through the shopping lines.
The comedy is what makes or breaks Househusband, and not only does it work, it is so damn effective that it actually is able to paper over the cracks and flaws in the lack of animation. I don’t know how many times I found myself laughing at the antics of Tatsu and co. The short length of the episodes means that the jokes, which might have gone stale in a full length feature, never lose their shine, and as Househusband really only has one card to play, it might not have worked, but fuck does it play it well.
And to be honest, after awhile, I forgot about the lack of animation and just got lost in the world, the characters and again, that damn fine comedy. Tatsu is a riot and it was great to see a story where a man is dutiful and supporting spouse without being preachy or trying to push a message. It just lays out its world and expects the viewer to jump along with the ride. It doesn’t need to explain itself, or try to justify its existence, you just enjoy the laughter.
The Way of the Househusband may be the only anime that can be as successful as it has been with the animation it is got. Other series would have been dead on arrival had they done this, but somehow this anime can pull it off. That is a very impressive achievement, and one I don’t think we will see again soon. This was a great comedy series, full stop, and one that you can pick up and put down easily. If the animation (or lack thereof) has turned out off, I suggest you put those feelings aside and give this show a shot. You might just find yourself falling in love with this stay at home hubby.