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'The Way of the Househusband' anime gets live-action 'extra' short series starring Kenjiro Tsuda

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: July 30, 2021 at 7:29 PM PHT (GMT+8)

Gokufūdō Live-Action 'Extra' Short Series | ©NETFLIX

An 'extra' to the hit comedy anime series "The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō)" based on Kousuke Oono’s manga of the same title is being produced by Netflix as announced by the video streaming-giant on Friday. The new project titled "Gokufūdō (The Way of the Household Tools)" will be in a form of a live-action short series consisting of five 4-minute episodes and will globally premiere exclusively on Netflix on August 29.

Kenjiro Tsuda, who voiced the role of Tatsu in the anime series and played the same role on the previous live-action series, is starring the short series as himself.

Gokufūdō Live-Action 'Extra' Short Series | PHOTO COURTESY: NETFLIX

The Way of the Househusband follows Tatsu, an infamous and feared yakuza boss nicknamed "the Immortal Dragon", who retires from crime to become a househusband so that he can support his kyariaūman wife, Miku. The episodic series depicts a variety of comedic scenarios, typically wherein Tatsu's banal domestic work as a househusband is juxtaposed against his intimidating personality and appearance, and his frequent run-ins with former yakuza associates and rivals.

The anime adaptation of the manga was announced on October 27 during the Netflix Anime Festival 2020. The first part of the anime has premiered on Netflix on April 8 and is still available for streaming worldwide. Netflix has released 5 episodes for the first season and is available in Japanese, English and Spanish audio, with English Spanish, Chinese and Japanese subtitles.

A second part of the anime series was also announced, but no other information was revealed as of writing. The Netflix original anime series is produced and animated by animation studio J.C. Staff with Chiaki Kon serving as the director and Susumu Yamakawa as the script writer.

A live-action television drama adaptation of the series of the same title premiered last year by Nippon TV.

The series is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono of the same title which was published in the online manga magazine Kurage Bunch since 2018. The series was received positively by critics making the series won several awards including the "Best Overall Series" and "Best Comedy Series" award at the Pixiv Comic Ranking held in 2018, and "Best Humor Publication" at the recently-concluded Eisner Awards 2020. The series was also placed as a runner-up in the Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards last 2018 as the "Best Web Manga Series".


Source: Netflix, Comic Natalie


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