Kaori ShimizuI Can't Understand What My Husband Is SayingAri OzawaSayaka Horino
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying - season one
Also known as: Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2014: I
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2014
Director: Shinpei Nagai
Original creator: Cool-kyo Shinja
Actor: Kenichi Suzumura, Yukari Tamura, Daisuke Tonosaki, Kaori Shimizu, Rie Kugimiya, Ryoko Shintani, Sayaka Horino, Toshifumi Sakai, Ari Ozawa, Kazuma Horie, Kenichi Umoto, Kotono Mitsuishi, Mai Sugano, Ryou Tachibana, Sayako Tojo, Tarou Satou
Keywords: I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 13 three-minute episodes
Url: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=16247
Website category: Anime 2014
Review date: 18 March 2015
can't understand what my husband is saying
Kaoru is an ordinary woman who works in an office. Her husband, Hajime, is an otaku with no offline friends and whose idea of employment is doing his blog. This is an anime about their life together and it's less wacky than you'd think.
It's a comedy, of course, and furthermore its episodes are only three minutes long. You might be expecting slapstick. However it's also a slice-of-life show in which Kaoru's issues are arguably more prominent than Hajime's. Kaoru's the main character, after all. Their home life and relationship are actually portrayed quite subtly, with for instance Kaoru's reaction to the happy news in the final episode drawing its impact from its understated realism.
I liked them. Despite their differences, they're happy together and a good fit for each other. Hajime even gets a job in ep.4, although he was clearly asking for trouble in putting on a suit and going out for conventional job interviews. Hajime's otaku life includes:
(a) a feminine, cross-dressing younger brother who'd like to go to bed with Hajime and draws erotic gay manga starring the two of them.
(b) a nasal voice, like a deadpan and personality-challenged Donald Duck.
(c) no friends
Kaoru, though, at one point says she's not sure if she's putting up with Hajime or if he's putting up with her. She can be weird, unstable and insecure. She's a bad drunk. She can't cook, although Hajime quite likes that. She smokes so much that at one point she's under doctor's orders to stop, although we have to take that on trust because the anime's reluctant to show it. Ep.11 is all about Kaoru's feelings in the days before she met Hajime, drawn in a slightly surreal art style unique to that episode. "People can't survive on their own," she says at one point, while surviving on her own.
We meet friends and relatives. Kaoru's father is over-protective, while Hajime's mother is a monster. Kaoru also has friends, which ends up giving Hajime a surrogate social circle.
It's funny, but in a character-based way rather than just poking fun at geeks. It also feels a lot less slight than you'd expect of three-minute episodes and a total season running time of only about forty minutes. A second series has been announced, mind you. It can be dirty sometimes, but not in a bad way. It's even charming. I'd recommend it.