Good afternoon, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far. I thought it would be fun to spend a little time focusing on manga this week. I’ve chosen a couple of series that I will be reviewing throughout the week, the first of which is The Way of the Househusband, by Kousuke Oono.
The Way of the Househusband is a highly entertaining manga about a former yakuza member named Tatsu, who has left behind his former way of life to become a househusband. The manga is presented in vignettes that focus on different aspects of Tatsu’s day, including: grocery shopping, cleaning, taking cooking classes, participating in aerobic and yoga classes at the fitness center, shopping at bargain sales, and (of course) running into people who used to know him as “the Immortal Dragon.”
I really enjoyed The Way of the Househusband because it is based on such an interesting premise. Tatsu is a very entertaining character to follow, because while he has made the transition to being a househusband (and takes his job very seriously), some of his actions show that old habits are very difficult to break. I ended up doing a lot of laughing as I read this series.
The art in these books is outstanding and extremely detailed, and includes a nice blend of action/fight scenes and domestic sequences. I actually have a really hard time classifying this series as either a shōnen or shōjo manga, because it includes a lot of elements that I think will appeal to readers regardless of gender. The description on the back of each book actually refers to the series as a “cozy yakuza comedy,” and I think that’s a great way to describe it.
The first three volumes of the series are currently available in English, with the fourth due to be released on September 15th.
If you’re looking for a great manga to read this summer, I highly recommend picking up The Way of the Househusband.