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"The Immortal Tatsu": A Yakuza so infamous that simply hearing his name struck fear in the most hardened cops, criminals, and Yakuza members alike. One day he vanished, only to turn up later... as a House Husband?

The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudou) follows the Immortal Tatsu, a dyed-in-the-wool badass ex-yakuza thug, who uses his grit and determination cultivated from his former life in his new marriage with his career woman wife, Miku. Hilarity Ensues.

The manga, created by Kousuke Ono, began serialization in the Kurage Bunch publication in 2018 and is still ongoing. Viz Media has licensed the manga in the United States, and began releasing an official translation in September 2019 under the title The Way of The Househusband.

A live-action PV was released in 2019 to celebrate the sale of 1.2 million manga volumes, with Kenjiro Tsuda portraying Tatsu (he also directed it) and Maaya Sakamoto as the voice of Miku.

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A live-action TV series starring Hiroshi Tamaki as Tatsu premiered in Japan in October 2020. An anime adaptation premiered on Netflix in 2021, with Kenjiro Tsuda reprising his role as Tatsu.

Compare Sakamoto Days.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: In the live-action series, they added additional elements and stories, such as Tatsu entering a competition, creating a play based on Momotarō, and adding extra characters to the series. For example, Tatsu in the live-action series is now a stepfather and he has to adapt to the role of a parent, while Masa wants to become a househusband because he fell in love.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Overlapping with Composite Character. In the manga, Tatsu's former yakuza president and Hibari have little to no connection. In the live action series, they're married (Tatsu's boss incorporating some of the aspects of Hibari’s deceased husband in the manga), and the episode B-plots often revolve around the couple in their post-yakuza lifestyle.
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  • An Aesop: The first few episodes of the anime have two sides of the coin: you still have consequences to pay for your past actions, but you can commit to being a better person every day. Tatsu has completely shed the yakuza lifestyle and is dedicated to being a homemaker for Miku. Even so, it turns out multiple yakuza members, gang leaders and even the police tend to react negatively when they see him. Most pull out a weapon and demand he fights them. Torajiro defends a Cooking Duel because Tatsu broke up his gang, and he needs to restore his honor. The cops are convinced that Tatsu's new identity is a lie, only to get embarrassed when a supposed drug deal is actually a birthday party.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tatsu is affectionately called Tatchan/Tacchan (translated as Tatty by the scanlators, and Tacchan by the official translation) by his wife Miku.
  • Battle Rapping: In chapter 38, Tatsu and Goda have a rap battle on the sidewalk. Tatsu renders Goda speechless with an Armor-Piercing Response: "You dress weird!"
  • Beach Episode: In chapter 34, Tatsu and Miku get into a beach volleyball match with the volleyball team from chapter 16.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • A Google counterpart begins with "Guugl-".
    • "Roomboo" for Roomba.
    • "Instantgram" for Instagram.
    • "Toys A Mas" for Toys R Us.
    • "Dostco" for Costco.
    • "Daizo" for Daiso.
    • "Eeon" for Aeon note 
    • "Crock" for Crocs
  • Canon Foreigner: The TV series gives Tatsu and Miku a daughter, elementary schooler Himawari.
  • The Comically Serious: Most of the comedy comes from Tatsu doing everyday things while sporting his yakuza methodology and 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 ride his bike quickly through the streets to bring Miku her lunch at work.
  • Comically Small Demand: Chapter 58 portrays it like a terrifying mob shakedown when Tatsu goes door-to-door for Neighborhood Association dues... to the tune of 500¥note  per household — literal pocket change.
  • Cooking Duel: Tatsu and Tora get into a dessert duel to settle their unfinished business from their former lives, the winner being whoever gets more likes on Instantgram. Despite their affinity for food preparation and artsy photography skills, Tatsu wins with just one single like, and even then it's just from Miku.
  • Creepy Good: Tatsu has left his life as a Yakuza clan leader behind him, but he still has the mannerisms and fashion sense of one. Examples include him suggesting corporal punishments like yubitsumenote  for himself for making 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: Does this pose remind you of anything?
    Tatsu: (on his back with his legs and feet behind his head) Sure does! This is how you look after the boss gets done whackin' ya with a wooden sword!
  • Cultural Translation: Miku's dad brings up keeping pets, namely pigs. Tatsu misinterprets him to be talking of the police. In the original, Miku's Dad's pet conversation is about dogs, with the police being likened to dogs in Japan, so a dub change was made.
  • Cuteness Overload:
    • The subject of chapter 50, as Tatsu, Miku, and a rival Yakuza go gaga over dogs.
    • This is Torii's general reaction to cats.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Despite the three former Yakuza giving their all to win, the Halloween costume contest in chapter 39 is won by a little girl called Yuuko, one of the entrants who got skipped over.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Defied; no one wants to follow Tatsu's ideas of how he should be "punished" for his mistakes.
    • When Tatsu learns that he accidentally bought his wife a box set of an anime that she already has, he tries to commit yubitsume. Panicking, Miku pacifies him by hitting him hard enough to drop the knife (and send him flying out the window).
    • When Tatsu accidentally walks in the women's locker room at the gym, he tells one of the women he works out with that he's ready for his punishment and that she should tie him up and leave him in the mountains or throw him in the ocean with cement shoes on. The women, understanding that it was a mistake, just call him a silly-billy and conclude that yoga suits him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Tatsu and Tora's search for tapioca is presented like they're drug dealers sourcing and selling a new drug.
    • Torii sneaking away and indulging in a cat café is treated as if she is hiding a drug addiction.
    • Tatsu and Masa collecting neighborhood association dues is presented like they're collecting protection money, complete with terrified "victims".
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Elizabeth the dog got her leash tangled around her doghouse chasing a butterfly.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When a yakuza who has a grudge against Tatsu tries to attack him, Tatsu swaps said man's guns with a pair of mittens he just picked up at the store. The man is then suddenly thrown into a flashback of his mom buying him mittens when he was a kid. He promptly calms down and looks blissful and at peace.
    Mom (flashback): We are so poor, so this is all I can really buy you. I'm sorry.
    Yakuza (present day): ...I miss you, Mom!
  • Face of a Thug: Tatsu looks unintentionally scary enough that his every attempt to smile or appear friendly often unnerves normal civilians at best.
  • Food Porn: Whenever Tatsu cooks (which is pretty much every second chapter), it results in detailed, hunger-inducing shots of the food in question.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Chapter 33 features Tatsu's... distinctive take on Japanese folk tale Momotarō as told to a group of children.
  • Genre Savvy: In one omake, Miku becomes a Magical Girl Warrior, and starts pointing out where they're going wrong from the usual setup.
  • Happily Married: Tatsu and Miku clearly love each other very much, with Miku never batting an eye at Tatsu's antics and Tatsu being willing to do absolutely anything for his wife.
  • High School A.U.: A two-part omake in volume 3 features Tatsu as a teacher and the rest of the cast as his homeroom.
  • House Husband: Tatsu takes care of house duties while Miku works as a designer. Tatsu takes his role very, very seriously.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Torii's reaction to a cat she comes across in a cat cafe who reminds her of her dead husband is to pick him up and try to take him with her as she leaves.
  • Insomnia Episode: In chapter 53, Tatsu has difficulty sleeping and tries various methods to help him fall asleep.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Tatsu and his fellow housewife friends who frequently go out for meals to chat or do group activities like yoga or volleyball together.
  • Lethal Chef: Miku and her dad, to Tatsu's horror. Just the way they cook is wildly dangerous as they swing their knives like cleavers, and if it wasn't for her mom salvaging the food, it would be inedible.
  • Like a Son to Me: Tatsu's father-in-law really wants to treat him as if he were his own child, since he never had a son. It's hard, given he doesn't have much in common with Tatsu. Eventually they give playing catch a try, with tentatively positive results.
  • Limited Animation: The anime uses very minimal animation, looking more in the vein of a motion comic than a fully animated series (the anime's director, Chiaki Kon, used a very similar approach to Back Street Girls, another anime she directed). This was a deliberate choice by the anime's producer.
  • 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 Miku.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • While playing catch with his father-in-law, Tatsu throws the ball so hard the other man flies back several meters and crashes into a tree. Despite bleeding from a head injury, the man's only response is to compliment his throw.
    • Tatsu also gets hit with a plank in one chapter, only to marvel at the quality of the wood.
  • 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.
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: The yakuza we see, even the still-active ones, don't seem to do much illegal activity (though that could just be because they do it offscreen). The bosses often seem more interested in their pets (see the dog park chapter). In real life this is a real concern when the police try to bust the Yakuza because while they are indeed violent gangsters they also value and legitimately protect their community.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Tatsu frequently works at various part time jobs depending on the chapter, such as being a waiter or working at a cat café.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • What happened that caused Tatsu to retire from the Yakuza is not made clear. What little we do know hints that, whatever happened, it most likely ended with him being badly injured, and that Miku came across him right afterwards.
    • It's also unknown what happened to get Tatsu to marry Miku. She implies that he's actually become calmer since they first met, so how she managed to convince him to marry her is a mystery for the ages. Averted in the live action series, where it was shown how they met each other and ended up as a couple.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Tatsu's trying out his new roomba, it startles Gin who knocks over a bottle of wine over Tatsu. Then, the chairwoman of the women's association walks in to meet Tatsu who is lying on the floor and covered in what they think is blood.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: While talking with his other housewife acquaintances, Tatsu started reminiscing about his old yakuza life and how brutal it was. Since the other housewives were complaining about their husbands, they all naturally thought he was talking about his current life with Miku. Cue hilarious Imagine Spots on their end.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When test driving a car with Miku, Tatsu starts having flashbacks and seeing passersby as potential assassins, eventually having to pull over and get out. Unlike most times in the manga, this is not Played for Laughs.
  • 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 aprons are the only things that can pass as cute.
    • Continuing along those lines, when he learns flower arranging, he uses it to convey the experiences of being Yakuza, like the violence of the moment as an excavator crashes through a rival office's wall, or the sense of fleeting life as your brothers-in-arms' lives slip away around you in a botched raid.
  • 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 (Steelfist Tiger in the official translation).
  • 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, now runs a creperie. 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.
    • Also Hibari, the matriarch of the Torii family, who retired from the business after her husband died a year earlier.
  • Retired Monster: Tatsu to the letter. His comments about his past life and his known exploits show he was involved in some very messy things, and there's a good reason why the sight of him makes current Yakuza members tremble and acquiesce.
  • The Rival: Tatsu encounters Torajiro, another ex-Yakuza of a rival gang. Torajiro was called "Bare-Knuckle Tora" ("Steelfist Tiger" in the official translation) and was deemed to belong to the same level as Tatsu. Tora also happens to be a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and a crepe master.
  • Running Gag: Tatsu being stopped in the street by the same two cops for looking shifty.
    • Tatsu referring to mundane every day items (like flower, oxygen bleach, and powdered drink mix) as 'white powder' (ie, cocaine). Masa lampshades it at one point.
  • 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 very obvious Shout-Out to Pretty Cure) is Miku's favorite anime — she has all the seasons on DVD and a prized figurine of the character "Cobalt Police," who is specifically from the CrimeCatch PoliCure season.
    • The Manly Man movie series is a reference to the It's Tough Being a Man (Otoko wa Tsurai yo) movie series.
  • Sick Episode: In chapter 42, Tatsu gets the flu, visualising it as yakuza flu viruses fighting his white blood cells (which all look like him).
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: While walking and talking 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.
  • 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.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: The motif is referenced with the appearance of Tatsu's old yakuza rival Bareknuckle Tora; "Tatsu" and "Tora" mean "Dragon" and "Tiger" respectively.
  • Trauma Button: When Tatsu and Miku visit a car dealership and go for a test drive, Tatsu begins seeing a crossing guard, business man, and old man crossing the street as assassins lying in wait to attack him and his wife while they're trapped in their car. It's played completely seriously, and Tatsu eventually pulls over, gets out, and tells Miku that he'll "have to pass on this deal."
  • 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 before he can bring the knife down.

 
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Alternative Title(s): Gokushufudou, Way Of The House Husband

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