Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken
ALSO KNOWN AS
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying.
STOP! You just got married to someone who is the polar opposite of you in such a way that you question why you are together in the first place! WHAT DO YOU DO!? TELL ME! “YOU….well….umm….you get a divorce right because love is dead?”
NO! NO NO TRY AGAIN!
“You say screw it, I effed up and I can’t turn back now?”
NO! ONE MORE SHOT!
“You ride it out?” YES!!!! YOU RIDE THAT SUCKER AND LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER. YEAH IT IS AN ODD PAIRING, BUT DAMN IT THE RELATIONSHIP WORKS AND YOU LOVE IT!!!
“Can I go now sir, you are scaring me?”
YEAH get out of here kid go enjoy being a teen or something.
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is my future life.
I feel as if my future wife would not have any idea to my witty references towards anime, pro wrestling, video games or music and I may not have a clue to her normal life references. We are an odd couple, but we get each other. This is the most important part. You see if you can’t tell I am a blerd if you didn’t know, borderline otaku to some. If you don’t know what a blerd is…well look it up. Do the same for Otaku. If you are too lazy to that, this means the “popular women” wouldn’t come near me for the love game. I would be type casted as that friend who has good advice, but is troubled or something. However if a gorgeous well liked dimepiece (and her parents) were cool with me asking her hand in marriage…well I win lol. When I watched this anime, it felt like I was looking into the future of what could be. Enough of “ME” talk. Let’s get a couple things clear. This show is three minutes long. It is a short form style of anime. Most of these shows run from fifteen minutes to five. Three minutes isn’t unusual, but it definitely gets the job done in this series. Second thing to know this show is this show is a slice of life/comedy. This means it follows daily life, no dragons or mythical creatures or battles here. Finally, it is awesome.
Let’s dive into I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying.
The story follows the daily lives our two main protagonists, Hajime and Kaoru Tsunashi. These two are newlyweds and basically are going through life together. Even if they don’t really get each other. The following internal dialogue from Kaoru pretty much sets up the mood of the entire show.
Kaoru: I wonder why we got married, Was it because we’re able to understand each other’s shortcomings? Or was it because there’s no gap between our ideals and reality? Maybe we can come to love these faults. Nothing special has happened so far, yet I’m somehow happy.
This dialogue speaks volumes doesn’t it? It is so beautiful yet vulnerable at the same time. The unsureness of being in love with someone you never expected is glorious. This unsureness also invites and accepts the crazy hijinks that comes down the road. TRUST ME there are some really messed up shenanigans that come in the 13 episodes. I simply love it. *coughs* I just used that word….oh my heavens. What matters is the relationship between Hajime & Kaoru is understood between them and the rest of the world doesn’t need to know why. Granted there isn’t much objection of the two being together in the anime.
I’ll tell you this in thirteen episodes this anime tells a better story than most twenty-four episode shows. I cannot spoil exactly what that is, but it will make sense once you watch it. Do not think it is just a short form comedy show, there is a story of newlyweds being told leading to a great setup up for the second season. It even pokes fun at itself in the final episode as if this show was never going to have a second season! HAHA!
The animation in this show was handled by DAX Productions, Seven & Dream Creations. DAX Productions is a familiar group because they also worked on the last show I reviewed Amagi Brilliant Park. The shows animation varies from time to time. There are times where the animation is paying tribute to another show by imitating the art or having one of the characters do signature movement from another show. One moment that stood out to me was the nod to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Congratulations is all I have to say lol. Overall, I loved all the nods to different shows and the general art.
Kaoru Tsunashi – Kaoru is Hajime’s wife. Her last name before marriage was Samura Kaoru is a hardworker and a hard drinker haha. She works at an office which basically a normal nine to five. She is a blonde, but that doesn’t mean she is stupid. She tries to understand her husband and I think deep down she knows exactly what to do to make her husband do what she wants. Hey isn’t that all women who know their man? I kid, I kid not. One instance of this was when Kaoru got Hajime to go to the movies. I won’t ruin that for you haha. Kaoru is awesome and hilarious. One cool lady for one weird fellow!
Hajime Tsunashi – Hajime is the otaku husband of Kaoru. If you don’t know what an otaku is by now, let me spell it out for you. THIS IS A PERSON WITH OBSESSIVE INTEREST IN SOMETHING. NOW, Hajime is a big otaku for anime, manga and video games. So he references plenty of different animes that may have went under my radar. I know for sure he referenced Evangelion when he said “If it’s a boy Shinji, If it’s a girl, Rei”. Hahahahah! Hajime is definitely me in a way lol. Both Kaoru & Hajime are my favorites. He is THE definition of the COOL otaku in an anime. He isn’t so over the top with the references that he is annoying, but he is subtle enough with his one liners that you’ll grow to love him. A strange guy with a bombshell wife!
Tadashi – He is Kaoru’s uncle. I mistakenly thought he was Kaoru’s father by how overprotective he was over Kaoru. I would say he may be the only small objection to the two being together. His scenes are hilarious and remind me that every uncle is protective over his niece. ESPECIALLY if he took part in raising his niece!
Miki – DESTINY F*CKER! This is one of the few friends of Hajime. I assume they are friends because Hajime met him online in a forum or something. Actually, to quote Hajime “he is more of a sacrifice”. Let’s call him a friendacrifice. This will make sense once you know why…please watch the show!
Youta Tsunashi – This fellow is Hajime’s little brother. His very effeminate little brother who is in college, but looks like he is in grade school. He has all the qualities of a girl and I thought it was his little sister. I though the He was a typo for a while lol. He definitely gets all of Hajime’s references because well he grew up with them. He also writes yaoi or stories of love between two boy characters. He releases them on the internet as Mayotama.
Rino Juse – This is one of Kaoru’s friends. She looks like a kid, but she is a grown up. That’s about all I can say about her.
There is no opening theme, but the closing theme to this show is infectious. I dare you to try and skip that song. The ending theme is called “Iikagen ni Shite, Anata” sung by Kaoru & Hajime. That’s right baller ass couple shit right there. GET ON THERE LEVEL!!! They are the stars and they sing the ending theme song! The song is 30 seconds long for the show and about 3 minutes and 21 seconds for the full deal. The 30 seconds are all you need to love this song. I believe the translation is “In Sloppy, You” or something like that. Now excuse me while I listen to the full version and jam!
I CANNOT WAIT FOR SEASON TWO!!! SHOUTOUT TO KAITOU FOR FAN SUBBING THE SHOW!!!
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is one of the best short form slice of life comedies I have seen. It is mostly funny, sometimes dramatic, and maybe surprising at points ICUWMHIS has plenty of re-watch value! I’ve watched the show about three times now lol. If you have 43 minutes and 30 seconds, you can finish this entire anime in one day (I did the math for you). This anime really encapsulates the complexity of relationships people cannot understand. The nerd and the popular chick, the bad boy and the good girl, the football jock and the weird goth chick, the list of odd relationships people don’t understand go on and on. We may not understand those relationships, but the people involved in those do. I feel like this anime proves that. The hardworking cool woman is married to the weird otaku guy. Strange at first glance by some, but to them it is perfect harmony. I sure believe it is.
Overall Rating: 9.25