Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 5, by Kousuke Oono

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In this volume, we are treated to:

  • Tatsu having an epic rap battle
  • A Halloween costume contest
  • Battles getting his money’s worth out of a buffet
  • Goes to a sake tasting
  • Attends a baking class for Valentine’s Day

And some other assorted adventures I won’t spoil because it’s just fun to go along with the ride. And indeed, this series is still fun but like with Komi Can’t Communicate; I find myself longing for an overarching story to pull everything together. This is fun and all but I need more. 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 4 by Kōsuke Ôno

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In this volume, Tatsu:

  • Goes to buy a fish and a cat steals it
  • Meets a neighbor for a BBQ
  • Helps out a friend with his food truck
  • Takes a trip to the dollar store
  • Reads to children at a storytime
  • Plays volleyball at the beach
  • Helps a kid with his summer school work
  • Hangs out with other housewives

And we get a couple side stories about his wife, Miku, and a cute cat story.

I know I keep saying this but the fact everything is played so straight and with such intensity with these otherwise mundane tasks is just gold. This series never fails to put a smile on my face; especially after reading a Junji Ito collection. Tatsu is just so passionate and well-meaning, I have no problem just watching him shop in a dollar store. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 3 by Kōsuke Ôno

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In this volume, The Immortal Dragon treats a roach as a hitman, plays Santa for some kids, pampers his wife with a fancy dinner, helps out as a waiter, comes upon a mafia widow at a grocery store, helps his wife get a photo with her favorite cartoon character, and even his old boss drops by to try and convince him to come back into the fold.

The fact all this is played completely straight is what makes this comedy work. He absolutely treats that roach as an enemy to be hunted down. It’s amazing. It’s just so pure and fun, I love reading these and can’t wait for each new volume. I even enjoyed the little side stories at the end; one set in high school and another involving an adorable cat. I do wonder however how long this can really go? I don’t see this series taking a sudden dark turn and it won’t take long to run out of these scenarios. But, I’m enjoying it for now! 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 2 by Kōsuke Ôno

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Our favorite house husband, Tatsu, wants to get fit! After driving his wife crazy in the house with a hula-hoop, she suggests a fitness class. He also gets really into growing his own herbs and frequents a tag sale.

This manga is just good fun. I get that people may not like this because it’s so silly but the silliness is why I keep coming back and why I love it. Tatsu’s mobster looks are almost like “resting bitch face” making all of his unintentional shinanigans hilarious to me. All I need is more if Tatsu’s backstory and this will all be perfect! 4.5 out of 5.

Lenni Reviews: “The Way of the Househusband” Vol. 1 by Kōsuke Ôno

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The infamous yakuza, The Immortal Dragon, has retired and has settled with his designer wife into the life of a house husband. Or, perhaps settled isn’t the right word as he goes about his day performing mundane tasks with the same intensity as is former yakuza duties.

It’s funny and adorable how deep down, this man is The Immortal Dragon but focuses all that energy on his wife and home. He’s clearly embraced his new life in his own way and loves his wife. It’s just delightful and I can’t wait for more! 4 out of 5.

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