I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying

Alt title: Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

TV (13 eps x 3 min)
2014
Fall 2014
3.883 out of 5 from 9,281 votes
Rank #1,792

Kaoru is an OL you can find anywhere, serious and works diligently, but her husband is a super otaku and more-or-less a NEET. She is caught up in one of her husband's whims one day or the subject of his concerns another, but the two are so close that it's embarrassing to even watch them!

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Episode 1

How I Got Into Hobbies I Don't Understand

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My Otaku Brother Can't Have So Few Friends (etc.)

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My Husband Primarily Works in the Year-Round Home Surveillance Business

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hamletsmage
7

And now, Hamletmage's Wildlife Watch. Today, we will observe the anime otaku in its natural habitat, a small room with a computer and plenty of anime paraphernalia. But oh, what's this? A "normal" approaches. let's see how they interact. As expected, the "normal" seems confused by the otaku's speech patterns. Now, the "normal" mimics the otaku, in what appears to be a mating ritual. Let's leave the love birds for a bit to get on with the review! Story: This slice of life / romantic comedy is pretty interesting if you've ever been on either side of the otaku/non-anime line. It follows a couple that are vastly different in their pastimes, but who work to get through it and come to understand each other. The comedy is pretty good, and I'm likely to recommend it to people who want a laugh. Despite it's short run time, it manages to give the characters a lot of depth. Animation: The animation is consistent, not choppy or mostly still shots. The movements aren't jerky, and the colors work well together.  Sound: the ending theme is pleasant, although not memorable. And the voice actors worked in the parts they played.  Characters: The characters are pretty stereotypical otaku and Japanese business woman. But that doesn't mean they don't have their own level of depth. The anime is able to give them facets and depth, while maintaining a good level of comedy.  Overall: It's a cute little anime about opposites attracting, and I would recommend you watch it. 

Gzerble
9.5

Slice of life is a bit too big for three minute bits. Perhaps bite of life would be better? I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying is a romantic comedy told in short three minute installations focusing on the mundane life of an odd couple. The entire premise is light hearted fluff that will make you smile... and that it does wonderfully. Really, this is humor about a married couple at its finest. They don't know each other perfectly, and both adore and get annoyed by each other's quirks. They aren't perfect, can't always understand each other, have different interests, but love each other to bits. Surprisingly, it is a far more mature take on relationships than you see in most heavy and deep romantic dramas. Where this show is truly great is the fact that it doesn't stretch out bits nor outstays its welcome. With total content of under forty minutes, but forty minutes which are made of short examples exemplifying how and why the characters do what they do, it is surprisingly full of content. Part of me can't help but cheer them on as they fumble through life. The animation is crude and relies on visual gags and clever character design. The backgrounds are simple and bright, and fit the tone of the series well. The voice acting is downright one of the strongest I've seen, capturing the fact that most of a relationship is far more embarassing and quite a lot less dramatic than shown on most shows. The use of effects is light hearted and simple, using well known effects for well known gags, and makes everything feel cheerful yet comfortable. Needless to say, the artwork executes the vision behind the writing very well. As you probably guessed by now, the two main characters became instant favorites of mine. In general, all the characters have at least some depth to them, but most of all, they are so surprisingly human despite all their quirks. They don't feel "quirky", just with the amount of neurosis that people that are somewhat in the range of "normal" are allowed to have. It makes them easy to identify with even if you are different. Where the show shines is how they work together though. The interactions between the characters are just excellent, and makes each three minutes one worth remembering. Perhaps I've been gushing a bit too much about a show with as little content as I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying. But in case you haven't noticed, I thought that the humor, romance, and slice of life themes were executed masterfully. It manages to capture just how much of a relationship is bumbling exploration rather than actual drama, while keeping a light hearted and fun feel. With a total running time of about forty five minutes including the credits, this will be worth every second.

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