Why do you have to watch “The Way of the Apron” on Netflix, this Japanese anime that follows the conversion of a yakuza into … housewife? Laughs guaranteed!
WHAT DOES IT TALK ABOUT ?
Tatsu, the immortal, the legendary yakuza who single-handedly defeated a rival gang with a lead pipe, is known to frighten hardened policemen as much as the most vicious criminals. Shortly after his disappearance, he resurfaces with a slight change of profession. Now equipped with an apron, Tatsu has given up on violence and is trying to earn an honest living as a stay-at-home husband.
The Way of the Apron (12 episodes) – Available on Netflix
WHEN YAKUZAS MAKE US HAPPY
A Japanese anime entirely turned towards humor, such is the ambition of The Way of the Apron, the brand new original production from Netflix. Adaptation of Kōsuke Oono’s manga (5 volumes available from Kana), the series follows the conversion started by a yakuza to become a housewife totally devoted to the development of his wife.
Of course, the protagonist’s sanguine and aggressive personality will resurface as he dedicates himself to carrying out chores: shopping, cooking, household maintenance … Especially since Tatsu is not spared by his wife who does not do not pray to rely entirely on him, even if it means disrespecting him and reframing him to remind him of his new domestic prerogatives.
We will understand, The Way of the Apron is a pastiche deriding the image of the yakuza, coupled with an ironic reflection on the concept of masculinity. If it seems confusing to see a mobster put on an apron to do household chores, this decision nevertheless stems from a choice and it is precisely because he acts the most seriously in the world that Tatsu arouses hilarity among the public.
Popular success in Japan, the manga The Way of the Apron got a drama adaptation last fall. If it arouses a certain expectation among viewers, the animated series also promises to be confusing for its static animation, like a photo novel, an artistic choice fully assumed by the director Chiaki Kon (to whom we owe episodes of Naruto Shippuden and the new movie Sailor Moon Eternal) and the teams of the animation studio JC Staff (Edens Zero, One-Punch Man season 2).