On March 1, the first promotional video for the animated adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono, Gokushufudou (The Way of the Househusband), was published. This new production from J.C.STAFF studios was widely criticized by fans pointing to the promotional video “on the same level as a PowerPoint presentation.”
Comments that stood out in the original post, from both Western and Japanese audiences included:
- “And the animation? I only see images. Like slides going through the video instead of an animated series. The manga is pretty good, but so is this the “animation” that Netflix is funding? This work deserved more “
- “Nothing good could be expected from a Netflix project. Still, how good it is to see Kenjiro Tsuda in a leading role. “
- “I hope this promo video is the only badly produced thing in this series.”
- “Very good PowerPoint presentation. And the promotional video?”
- “Many people complaining about the fact that it looks like a PowerPoint presentation. I prefer those still images with a good voice acting and a good plot than a bad animation that looks like it was made by a high school student.
- “Sorry, I think I’m confused, where is the animation?”
- “The animation reminds me of those low-budget hentai where they use Adobe to make the scenes with movement.”
- “Is Queen Bee Studios Participating?”
- “I didn’t expect much from J.C. STAFF, but even they can overcome their own levels of mediocrity.”
In fact, the Comic Natalie portal shared a comment from the director Chiaki Kon (Arcana Famiglia, Back Street Girls: Gokudolls, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), who declared that this was the animation style that was required of her: promotional a “motionless” production of the manga panels was adopted. The producers told me “Make an animation that looks like a manga! Let the characters not move! ”, And that was a lot of work. There were scenes where I thought,“ This would be much easier if we did it from scratch in the traditional way ”. Anyway, the work was very complicated.
The Japanese portal also shared a comment by the author: “I considered that the animation method suited the fast-paced atmosphere of the original work very well. I felt that the speed of the gags was not marred by the various ways of showing and directing with limited materials. I also believe that the voice actors’ performances can be directly felt and enjoyed.
- Chiaki Kon (Back Street Girls: Gokudolls, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal Movie 1, Golden Time, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) is directing the anime at J.C. STAFF Studios.
- Susumu Yamakawa (Back Street Girls: Gokudolls, Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
“Tatsu the Immortal,” the legendary yakuza who single-handedly defeated a rival gang with a lead pipe, is a name known for instilling fear in both the toughest policemen and the most dangerous criminals. Shortly after his sudden disappearance, he reappears with a slight career change. Now equipped with an apron, Tatsu has renounced violence and is honestly trying to make a living as a householder.
While adjusting to mundane housework, Tatsu discovers that being a homemaker has its own challenges, from the battlefield known as supermarket sales to kitchen failures. Despite living in peace, misunderstandings seem to follow him from left to right. Gokushufudou follows the comically serious ex-yakuza’s everyday life as he leaves his dangerous former life behind to become a stay-at-home husband.