The Way of the Househusband is one of my favorite manga series. Ever since I started playing Yakuza 0, my interest in the yakuza culture sky-rocketed. And finding The Way of the Househusband, a manga about an ex-yakuza becoming a househusband, only contributed to me wishing to learn even more about it.
But if you don’t know why you should even pick up this manga, stick around and find out why you should read The Way of the Househusband.
The Way of the Househusband is a manga about an ex-yakuza who becomes a househusband. Even this short summarization tells you enough about the kind of things this manga tackles. Tatsu, the main character of this series, tries to navigate his new life while still being influenced by his old one.
You might think that this could be a bloody yakuza story. Or that it has a lot of action scenes and fights. And while that is technically correct, you would still get surprised. The Way of the Househusband is not really about the fight, as it is about the househusband part.
Most of the comedy of this series comes from Tatsu dealing with things the way he did in the yakuza. He treats his chores the way he did missions back in the day. Thus, cooking is always done perfectly. Tatsu always tries to do his job honorably, even if it’s something as mundane as doing groceries or taking stains out of clothes.
The art is nothing short of impressive. Everything from the appetizing food to the characters is drawn masterfully. One of the first panels is Tatsu’s back tattoo which, to this day, I think it’s probably one of my favorite manga panels ever.
But the cute animals have to be the best part in the manga, visually speaking. Tatsu’s cat, Gin, is delightful in every panel she appears.
The overall message
Sure, this manga is mostly fun and games. But what I found amazing is that The Way of the Househusband is acknowledging something that we are still struggling to accept: that housework and taking care of the household is indeed something difficult and challenging. And seeing Tatsu treating it so seriously, even if it has a comedic effect, is refreshing. No one in the manga ever tries to put Tatsu down or doubt his masculinity because he’s the one taking care of the house while his wife is the breadwinner.
Maybe it’s a small thing, but seeing a manga that portrays such a tough and manly man doing activities that are considered traditionally feminine is really refreshing and fun.
In conclusion, I would advise you to give it a read, since, at the moment of writing this article, there are 71 really short-length chapters out. We have more articles on manga, so don’t hesitate to check them out!