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The Way of the Househusband Season 2 Review – Another Very Funny Collection of Shorts

January 1, 2023

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This review of Netflix animated series The Way of the Househusband Season 2 contains no spoilers.

Little has changed in the world of The Way of the Husband at Home. Adapted from Kousuke Oono’s manga seriesthe netflix anime was a surprisingly funny and clever subversion of a lot of well-worn tropes when it debuted his first season in 2021. The second batch of episodes of this season was released later, but the official second season officially started on January 1, 2023like a New Year’s treat cleaning up the palette that’s every bit as funny and weird as the first go-around.

The Way of the Househusband Season 2 Plot Review and Summary

But, as mentioned, not much has changed. The art and animation still have the same still style designed to evoke manga panels; it’s less fluid than most anime fans are used to, and I can see why people don’t like it, but it works here. The episodes — there are five so far, but if the first season’s release cadence is anything, there could be five more on the way — are still split into several smaller mini-arcs, each lasting a few minutes. And the humor is still the same, based on the juxtaposition of the seriousness of a Yakuza hitman with the mundaneness of various household chores and everyday situations.

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This, if you’re unfamiliar, is the hook. Tatsu is a notorious former gangster nicknamed “The Immortal Dragon” who gave up a life of crime for housekeeping, but he treats everything from cooking and cleaning to haiku and camping with the same ultra-masculine intensity and no frills. You’d think that basically a joke repeated in several – the fifth episode hits the ninetieth vignette – segments would wear out, and yet, somehow, The Way of the Husband at Home is as funny when it ends as it was when it started.

As with the first season, the stories are fairly contained, revolving almost entirely around the same cast of characters – Tatsu, his wife Miku, and his apprentice Masa, although there are recurring characters, such as Tatsu’s rival Tora, which functions as a (very) light villain, to give the whole thing a bit more continuity. Each vignette revolves around a very simple premise: Miku has a whole bunch of pastries to eat, Tatsu and Tora fight over the efficiency of camping kitchen equipment, etc., etc. Some highlights include Tatsu trying to become a member of a women’s club, a haiku poetry battle – “Well, at least it’s moonlit”, is how Tatsu’s poem about a raid is described — and Tatsu trying to teach Miku how to play golf in a way that won’t get her killed by a Yakuza boss who needs to win but can’t know he’s allowed to.

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Is The Way of the Househusband season 2 any good?

There’s not a lot of continuity here. Each episode is a set of smaller arcs that are mostly unrelated, but the same characters appear, and a few recurring gags – like frequent references to “Policure,” a riff on the mid-20s Magic Girl anime. 2000. Pretty Cureor Pre-cooking – helps in the feeling of cohesion. It shouldn’t be quite as funny as it sounds, but here we are. With the new era officially upon us, The Way of the Husband at Home Season 2 is a proudly bizarre and surprisingly entertaining way to kick it off.

What did you think of Season 2 of The Way of the Househusband? Comments below.

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Further reading:

  • Will there be more episodes of The Way of the Husband at Home Season 2?

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