The Way of the Househusband / Gokushufudou
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Action, Slice of Life, Retired Yakuza
First Aired: Spring 2021, 5 episodes
Summary: Tatsu, known in some circles as the “Immortal Dragon”, is a retired Yakuza boss that spends his time as a househusband, tending to the everyday needs of his wife and home. Unfortunately for him, the rivals of his past life hold grudges that will not soon be forgotten. Tatsu cannot even go grocery shopping without being recognized by rival gang members, hoping to settle a score. On the flip side, Tatsu is able to utilize the talents gained as a Yakuza to benefit his new profession.
The Way of the Househusband provides an over-the-top Slice of Life comedy where exaggeration runs rampant. Everything Tatsu does is extreme, even a calming yoga class. The side characters, like the rival Yakuza and police officers that remember Tatsu as “Immortal Dragon” provide additional humor as they attempt unsuccessfully to exact revenge on the Dragon. Tatsu and his wife Miku are fun to watch, especially when we get a peek into his past life.
You might enjoy this if: You appreciate an exaggerated comedy where everything is “Extra”. You also might enjoy the episodic nature of the anime if you want to stop for a quick laugh and move on.
You might not like it if: Non-standard anime art styles distract you. This series has been described as a “moving manga”, which can be off-putting to some viewers.
Note to the Viewer: The anime is directed by Chiaki Kon, who has been working in anime since 1998 when she worked in Production Advancement for the anime Neo Ranga.
The Way of the Househusband Official Netflix Trailer
AMV – Me and My Husband by Pacific Huricane