Komi-san, Gokushufudou, and Single-Concept Comedies

Komi-san Can’t Communicate and Gokushufudou: Way of the House Husband are available from libraries or your local book shop – the latter of which is likely still taking online or curbside orders.

I adore Gokushufudou, Way of the House Husband. Its main character is charming and endearing. It has me regularly and audibly laughing as I read.

It’s also a remarkably static, one-note comedy.

But, as put by my favorite reading advocate: you don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch this promo video for the manga. Even without proper English subtitles, it’s pretty clear what this manga’s single gag is:

Selections from the Gokushufudou’s gooofy first volume, recreated in equally-ludicrous live-action.

…and in case that hasn’t spelled it out (or you’re not keen on watching a four-minute video that some Internet Stranger threw at you), the central conceit of Way of the House Husband is this:

A retired Yakuza hitman now lives as a stay-at-home husband, which he treats with the exact same deathly seriousness as a mob drama.

That’s it. That’s the whole series.

Every single joke the manga has ever told for its fifty chapters so far stems from “thug does housework”.

And yet Gokushufudou has a fervent following online, sells millions of copies, and even got picked up for an official English release.

So what’s going on here?

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