Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying)

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Warning: This series contains mature content

 

Adapted from a gag manga of the same title 
Produced by: DAX Production, Seven, Dream Creation
Genres: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Number of episodes: 13

 

Summary:
Kaoru is a serious office lady who’s passionate about her job. Her husband Hajime, on the other hand, is a hardcore otaku who lives a nearly shut-in lifestyle. Kaoru worries about her husband, but they get along better than you’d think.


 
Main Characters: 

Kaoru Tsunashi
Hajime Tsunashi
 

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 moons

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Breakdown:

Story – 7/10

I watched all 13 episodes of this series in one night. Of course, 3 minutes per episode doesn’t really take up a lot of your time. For me to binge watch everything, it only took about 40 minutes. Even though it would probably save a lot of my time if I dedicated myself to TV shorts, I generally don’t watch a lot of them. Mainly because they tend to be for commercial purposes and also, they don’t produce that many interesting ones compared to 20-minute series. But this one was good enough to get a second season (coming Spring 2015!!!) and its definitely justified.

Number one reason would be, It is funny as hell. Since each episode is only 3 minutes, it’s literally gag after gag after gag. There are so many references to the otaku culture; whether it’s the obsessions we have, or memes, or iconic series. In that way, the humour is pretty tailored to this type of audience.

To be able to enjoy most of it, I’d probably advise viewers to have some level of ‘knowledge’ about this. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long series of “WTF is happening”. But the good thing is, if you don’t mind “WTF-ing”, it’s still funny as a whole. I guess you’ll just understand more of the jokes on Kaoru’s end instead (aka the “I don’t understand what he’s saying” end). Also note: 40% jokes are quite crude.

Character – 7/10
Kaoru and Hajime are the cutest couple. Albeit a bit plain, I love the character design in this series. They’re the perfect tag team for comedy and a bit reminiscent of the characters in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun; as in their character profiles are not the usual, but it still works. Also, despite the series being comedy centric, there are mild developments in their relationship throughout the series.

 

It also rings true about some problems newlyweds would face, as well as voicing out a lot of worries and questions Kaoru has towards her husband and her married life. If I had to put it into one sentence, I would describe it as a humorous take on a personal issue. The fact that – in-between gags – they’re also going through regular (ish) life just like we are, not only makes the characters so likeable, but also what makes this TV short so charming.

 

 

Visuals + Audio – 7/10

Let me just say, the visual adaptation skills are too high. Have you seen the manga? To put it bluntly, the art is terrible even for gag manga standards, so I really salute the art in this adaptation. Even though it’s only average, it’s a vast improvement from the manga. Other than that, the story – as minor as it was – was expanded quite a great deal. While the manga was mainly joke after joke, the adaptation really looked into their lives as husband and wife.

 

There were also many new characters (or old characters that were developed a little more) in the anime adaptation. Conclusion: You could practically call it a TV short inspired by a gag manga instead of an adaptation.

 

Every cooking series ever.

[TL;DR

There isn’t too much to judge for a TV short. It’s just something to watch for fun, mostly. It’s hilarious, fast-paced and doesn’t take up much of your time. The only downfall is the highly specific jokes that not everyone will get, since they’re related to all kinds of genres and otaku stereotypes. Not for beginner weebs.

 
 

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