When it comes to anime, especially modern anime that has access to technology that makes the movements and actions of characters truly shine with special camera angles, special effects, and so on, people don’t just look for great stories, they look for movements that make everything pop in their own way. Look at things like My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and so on. All of these shined not just because of stories and character, but because of their animation style. The same can’t be said for Netflix’s newest anime The Way Of The Househusband.
If you’re not familiar with the franchise, it is based on a manga that focuses on a former Yakuza crime boss who goes and gets married to the love of his life and decides to become a househusband and dedicate his life to her. Overall, a rather unique concept and those who had never read the manga were curious to see what it would look like. And this is a sample of what they got:
OH HELL NAURR THIS ANIMATION IS TERRIBLE pic.twitter.com/zf6NVqxNmm
— arooj (@GOJOT1TTIES) April 8, 2021
If you can’t see the problem, look at how still and stilted everything is. There’s barely any animation at all! As many, including reviewers, have noted, the animation plays more like a Flash animation and doesn’t do a lot of fluid motions outside of the characters talking, and even then! Some even refer to it more as a “Motion Comic” or a video game in the style of Phoenix Wright (which for much of its run used small animations to convey feeling and emotion) than an actual anime.
The reason this is so odd is that Netflix not only authorized this, they apparently approved it for viewing. Netflix has been working hard to build up their anime lineup both in terms of getting classic series as well as adding new ones to the mix like the recent Pacific Rim Black story. So for them to go from that to this…? Yeah, that was a misstep. But if you want to risk it, The Way Of The Househusband is on Netflix now.