Manga Monday – The Way of the House Husband Vol. 1

Goodreads Synopsis

Housework without honor or humanity

He was the fiercest member of the yakuza, a man who left countless underworld legends in his wake. They called him “the Immortal Dragon.” But one day he walked away from it all to walk another path—the path of the househusband! The curtain rises on this cozy yakuza comedy!

My Thoughts

I’ve wanted to give reading manga a try for a while. My wife really enjoys it and has a huge collection, but I’ve never really understood the appeal. So, I’ve been putting it off for quite some time despite her insistence that I will love it. I finally decided there is no time like the present. I picked this series because it sounded hilarious and matches where I am in my life right now since I recently became a house husband myself. The first volume of this manga followed a house husband, who also happened to be some sort of ex-gangster boss, in his day to day life as a house husband. It was pretty straightforward in chronicling his adventures making meals, taking cooking classes, going grocery shopping, fighting the robot vacuum for supremacy, and surviving several run-ins with people from his former street life. There was quite a bit of humor, and I enjoyed each of the short chapters in this book. I was expecting more of an overarching story-line, but maybe that will come later. I especially enjoyed the chapter where he and the cat fought with the roomba. It had me laughing out loud and reflected some of my own frustrations with the robot, as I’m not a big fan of our roomba. Overall, it was a fun, quick read, and I recommend it if someone is looking for something light to pass the time and add some humor to the day. I look forward to seeing the shenanigans in the second volume and rate this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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