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Manga / Gokushufudou

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Immortal Tatsu. A Yakuza so infamous that his mere name or appearance puts fear in the most hardened cops or criminals. He disappeared, only to be seen again as... a House Husband?

Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband follows the Immortal Tatsu, a dyed-in-the-wool badass yakuza thug, adapting to the married lifestyle with a career woman working as a designer. Hilarity Ensues.

The manga is serialized in the Kurage Bunch publication. Viz Media has licensed the manga in the United States, and released an official translation in September 2019 under the title The Way of The Househusband.


Gokushufudou shows examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Tatsu is affectionately called Tatchan/Tacchan, translated as Tatty, by his wife Miku.
  • Big "NO!": Miku when Tatsu considers buying a lame pickup truck.
  • Comically Serious: Most of the comedy derives from Tatsu doing everyday things while sporting his yakuza swagger.
    Tatsu: Hey! C'mon! Pull yourself together, PoliCure blue ranger!!
  • Comically Small Bribe: Tatsu gives a coupon to a police officer so he can go after his wife who forgot her lunch.
  • Cooking Duel: The chapter where Tatsu and Tora get into one to settle their unfinished business, the winner being whoever gets more likes on Instantgram. Despite their affinity for food preparation and artsy photography skills, the only one who gets even a single like is Tatsu, and even then it's just his wife who liked it.
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  • Creepy Good: Tatsu gave up his life as Yakuza but he still has the mannerisms and fashion sense of one, suggesting corporal punishments like yubitsumenote  when he makes a mistake, and burying a broken doll in the garden as if it were a body he needed to dispose of. He is also a bit too chatty about his past experiences.
    Yoga instructor: What does this pose remind you of?
    Tatsu: It's the "after the boss smacks you around with the flat edge of the blade to teach you some manners" pose.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Defied; no one wants to follow Tatsu's idea of punishment for his mistakes.
    • When Tatsu realizes he accidentally bought his wife a box set of an anime that she already had, he tries to commit Yubitsume, only for her to stop him by clotheslining him.
    • When Tatsu accidentally walks in the women's locker room he hits himself and prepares himself to a painful execution for his mistake, but the women just call him a silly-billy and comment to themselves that yoga suits him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When a yakuza (who has a grudge against Tatsu) tries to attack him with a gun, Tatsu swaps said gun with mittens. The yakuza is then suddenly thrown into a flashback of his mom buying him mittens when he was a kid.
    Mom: We are so poor, so this is all I can really buy you, I'm sorry.
    Present day Yakuza:... I miss you, mom!
  • Face of a Thug: Tatsu looks scary enough that his every attempt to appear friendly makes normal civilians' blood run cold.
  • Food Porn: Whenever Tatsu cooks (which is pretty much every second chapter), it results in this.
  • Happily Married: Although they might not be officially married, Tatsu and Miku love each other despite their different lifestyles.
  • House Husband: Tatsu takes care of house duties while Miku works as a designer. Tatsu takes his role very, very seriously.
  • Like a Son to Me: Tatsu's father-in-law really wants to treat him as such since he never had a son. It's hard given he doesn't have much in common with Tatsu.
  • Low Count Gag: Immortal Tatsu and a rival Yakuza decide to settle their differences in a duel. A Cooking Duel, specifically, with the winner decided by how many people like the Instagram photos of their food. Tatsu wins... with a single Like, from his wife.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: While playing catch with his father-in-law, Tatsu threw the ball so hard the other man flew back several meters and crashed into a tree. Despite bleeding from a head injury, the man's only response was to compliment his throw.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Most of the humor derives from Immortal Tatsu approaching mundane things like "trying out a new kitchen appliance" and "shopping with the wife" like he's still a hardcore Yakuza enforcer on the prowl. He can even make a cooking contest feel like a duel to the death.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened that caused Tatsu to retire from the Yakuza. What little we know hints that, whatever happened, it most likely ended with him being badly injured, and that Miku came across him right afterwards.
  • Police Brutality: Nagai's partner suggests that instead of arresting Tatsu for apparently growing drugs they should just beat the shit out of him. His face when he says it unnerves Nagai.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Downplayed. Tatsu likes housekeeping and being a house husband, but his approach is more like cleaning a crime scene or completing missions for the clan. His apron is the only thing that can pass as cute.
  • Reality Ensues: While chatting with his middle-aged housewife friends at the gym, Tatsu accidentally follows them into the women's changing rooms. Rather than enter Pervert Revenge Mode, they all understand it was an accident and wave off his apologies.
  • Red Baron:
    • Immortal Tatsu — he got this nickname after busting ten rival yakuza's heads with a pipe in their headquarters.
    • There's also Bareknuckle Tora.
  • Retired Badass:
    • Tatsu himself. Most of the comedy is derived from him leaving the lifestyle but not the ways of the Yakuza, leading him to do things like treating a roomba like a new recruit to the gang.
    • Tora, a rival yakuza who was considered to be one of the few people who could match him. He's not exactly happy about his retirement, mainly because he was forced into it after Tatsu put his gang out of business while he was in prison.
  • Retired Monster: Tatsu again. His comments about his past life and his known exploits show he was involved in some very messy things.
  • The Rival: Tatsu encounters Torajiro, another ex-Yakuza of a rival gang. Torajiro was called "Bare-Knuckle Tora" and was deemed to belong to the same level as Tatsu. Tora also happens to be a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and a crepe master.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Tatsu and Miku. He is a stone cold ex-criminal while she is a career-oriented businesswoman with a sizeable otaku streak. Best shown when both go shopping together, with him being frugal and her being more willing to splurge money.
  • Serious Business:
    • As exemplified by Tatsu being more concerned about missing out on a sale than the armed Yakuza goons trying to shoot him to death, calling the former "Not for the faint of heart."
    • He also is extremely serious about cleanliness. When visiting a former subordinate whose apartment is a mess, Tatsu not only punches him for the mess, but also berates the man for throwing clothes in the wash without pre-treating them.
    • He and another former yakuza, whose gang he put out of business while the guy was in jail, decide to settle their differences with a duel. A cooking duel. And the winner is decided by who gets more likes on a picture of what they made that they post to an Instagram knock-off. Cue Mundane Made Awesome, with narration by Masa.
    • Miku's father likens playing catch to a serious heart to heart conversation between the participants, which is why he's disappointed that Tatsu keeps running the ball back to him rather than throwing it back. When Tatsu throws back the ball so hard the father is bleeding the latter is smiling and praising Tatsu for his slider.
  • Show Within a Show: "PoliCure" (a PreCure Shout-Out) is Miku's favorite anime — she has all the seasons on DVD and a prized figurine of the character "Cobalt Police."
  • Skewed Priorities: Given a choice between defending himself from Yakuza out to kill him, and getting to a massive department store sale on time, Tatsu will prioritize the latter.
  • Slasher Smile: Tatsu's smile always suggests he's about to brutally murder someone.
  • Super Strength: Both Tatsu and Miku are capable of sending someone flying several meters without much effort. Universally Played for Laughs.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Tatsu asks a grocery store clerk if they have the "good white stuff, nice and granulated."
    Grocer: (blank expression) We do not.
    Miku: He means flour, I think.
  • Yubitsume: Tatsu attempts to cut his pinky off as an apology after realizing the gift he bought his wife was one she already had. Miku sends him flying.

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