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Netflix announced that part 2 of the first season of the Netflix original anime The Way of the Househusband is in production. Photo: Bustle

The Way of the Househusband is a Netflix Original comedy anime series and adaptation of the Japanese manga series Gokushufudō by author Kousuke Oono. The production team behind the anime is J.C. Staff who have previously animated other Netflix Originals such as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2, Back Street Girls, and Hi-Score Girl.

In the criminal underworld, Tatsu was once a legendary member of the Yazuka, who once defeated a rival gang single-handedly while only equipped with a lead pipe. The “Immortal Tatsu” strikes fear into the hearts and minds of police officers and criminals alike. Soon after disappearing, Tatsu resurfaces, now trying to make an honest living as a house husband to his wife Miku. Becoming a househusband poses a new challenge for Tatsu as he must contend with kitchen mishaps and dreaded supermarket sales, according to What's on Netflix.

The Way of the House Husband Part 2: Netflix Renewal Status

The Way of the House Husband has been an immediate hit on Netflix, already making it into dozens of top ten lists on Netflix in different countries around the world. Arguably, the quality of the animation or lack thereof of the anime is what may have lead many to watch the series for themselves.

Putting aside the popularity of the anime, the first part only debuted with five episodes, which is an unusual amount for most anime. So the announcement that part 2 is on the way doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

Does the story need a part 2?

Thankfully with an anime like The Way of the Househusband, each episode is relatively self-contained and focuses on the antics of Tatsu since his retirement as a Yakuza boss and his new life as a househusband.

The Way Of The Househusband Part 2: Release Date

Many may have missed it, but Netflix Japan has already announced on their Twitter handle. The Way Of The Househusband will be officially getting a season 2. The dates are still yet to be announced, but we can expect another short season anytime next year. It is also likely that it will be produced by the same studio that is J.C Staff, said Otakukart.

The Way of the Househusband part 2: Cast members returning

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Photo: Siliconera

We can expect to see the following cast members to return to reprise their roles in part 2 of The Way of the House Husband:

Kenjirou Tsuda – Tatsu

Shizuka Itou – Miku

Kazuyuki Okitsu – Masa

Atsuko Tanaka – Hibari Torii

Mao Ichimichi – Gin

Yoshimasa Hosoya – Torajirou

The Way Of The Househusband: Plot

Tatsu, an ex-Yakuza boss, was a feared gangster in his time. Known and feared as the Immortal Dragon, Tatsu has been behind many dangerous criminal activities in his past. However, life takes a massive turn for him when he meets Miku. Tatsu and Miku soon get married, and since Miku is an innocent and hardworking career woman, Tatsu has to comply. He leaves behind his career as a mafia boss and, as the title suggests, becomes a househusband.

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Photo: GamerBraves

The series focuses on the various aspects of being a househusband. Tatsu goes shopping and bumps into his former associates; he turns around in the street to find someone staring at him because of his appearance. Every interaction between Tatsu and other people is funny. He used to be incredibly scary, and now, he would rather spend time cooking a delicious meal for Miku to eat when she returns from work.

Tatsu is unmistakably the heart of the show. He sports sunglasses most of the time and has the signature Yakuza mafia tattoos etched all over his body. Moreover, he has a long scar that goes from his forehead to his cheek. His demeanor has barely changed, and yet, his day-to-day activities could not be farther apart from his former life and self. With the perfect blend of scary and comic, Tatsu makes the perfect character for a slice-of-life comedy anime like The Way Of The Househusband. Not to mention his soft change in personality whenever Miku is around is just adorable to look at. All these points really make the series completely worth watching.

Story So Far

The Way Of The Househusband revolves around Tatsu and his daily life as a househusband. And so, the episodes carry a different story every time. The series is small, with usually 17-minute episodes. And the first season only has five episodes to boast on Netflix. The series has Tatsu going through several hurdles, whether it’s trying to impress Miku’s dad with his game of catch or running into an associate who now drives a crepe truck. The last episode we saw was the fifth one, where Tatsu runs into a deceased Yakuza boss’s wife. Later on, we see him celebrate his own birthday.

Can we expect to see Part 3 of The Way of the House Husband?

It must also be noted that the anime has only covered roughly 26 chapters of the manga, and at the time of writing there is currently 69 chapters in total. This means we could easily see a part 3 on Netflix, and potentially a part 4.

The Way of the Househusband Season 1 was developed by Studio J.C.Staff and Netflix and premiered April 8, 2021. While the season only has five episodes, each is broken into six smaller vignettes that explore a different aspect of Tatsu’s homemaking. (While this may not appeal to viewers looking for a more streamlined narrative, it does reinforce how each chore feels like its own individual adventure or struggle.)

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