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The Way of the Househusband - Series Review: The Best/Worst Comedy You’ll Ever Watch

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

The infamous Immortal Dragon and his shenanigans are finally given the animated treatment. But like its main character, The Way of the Househusband is mismatched, messy, and hilarious.

Miku accidentally hitting Tatsu in the face with a rolled up newspaper
Yes they are actually in love

The Way of the Househusband is all about Tatsu, a feared member of the Yakuza named the Immortal Dragon. who left a life of violence to live a life of peace. Instead of wielding swords, he wields knives and brooms since he has dedicated his life as a househusband to his beloved Miku, a full-time career woman. The audience gets treated to an adventure of hilarious misadventures. Because no matter how much Tatsu tries, he just can’t seem to shake off his Yakuza tendencies. And it gets him to trouble more than once.

With a simple premise like that, The Way of the Househusband has skyrocketed into fame. An internet darling and a beloved manga, The Way of the Househusband was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated titles to be animated. So when the trailer for the series dropped, everyone was in a rush of excitement to see what madness would appear. But one detail suddenly derailed everyone’s expectations.

Obviously, the biggest point of contention in the entire series is the animation. Or rather, the lack thereof. When the trailer dropped for the show, a lot of people were very confused with the weird style of animation that was shown. Instead of smooth frame-by-frame movement or maybe even 3D, audiences were exposed to a weird stilted style of animation that was closer to an amateur’s attempt at making anime. A lot of people actually called it “Powerpoint”-like in style. This fear that the entire anime was like this is solidified through the 5 episodes that Netflix dropped.

Tatsu blleding from the head, shirtless in his home, while a cockroach rests on his chest
We die like men by cockroach attack

For obvious reasons, having animation compared to Powerpoint slides isn’t the biggest compliment. If anything, it was the biggest reason why a lot of people are angry at the show. It’s hard to enjoy a show when it looks like a lazy rendering of the manga panels. To a lot of people, it made the entire show unbearable. Just a look at the tweets, posts, and forums on the show is already filled with derision and anger at the studio and team for choosing the awkward moving picture style instead of proper animation. Despite the show still using the same scenes, same script, and having the likes of Kenjiro Tsuda, a lot are already calling the show a waste of time. A lot actually complained that it the show was a waste of time and absolutely ruined the manga’s legacy.

If looking at animatics for 16 minutes isn’t your cup of tea, then it’s better to skip The Way of The House Husband. You won’t find enjoyment if the look and animation isn’t to your liking. And since there’s five episodes of this, it will undoubtedly be hell if you can’t handle it. And if the idea of having to slug through bad animation is terrible, let this be the end of the review for you.

Final rating: 3/10