News culture A Yakuza plays it TOP CHEF on Netflix!
Published on 05/01/2023 at 15:43
Japanese anime tend to favor “over the top” situations or offer slices of life without ever merging the two approaches. However, some works manage to find a certain balance. The way of the apron on Netflix is of this temper.
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Another take on the ordinary
The apron track is a manga series written and drawn by Kousuke Oono, published in the pages of the online magazine Kurage Bunch from February 2018. Still ongoing, the saga currently (January 2023) has 10 bound volumes also called tankobon. Gokushufudō from its original title (or The Way of Househusband in English) relates the funny life of an ex-yakuza named Tatsu who settled down to become a housewife.
From 2020, this seinen is adapted into a drama and broadcast on Nippon Television between October and December. The next year, an animated series directed by JC Staff endorses the apron during a rich first season of 10 episodes. Season 2, which currently has 5, is already available on Netflix. A live action film was also produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and hit theaters on June 3, 2022.
Here is the synopsis of the anime The Way of the Apron:
Tatsu the Immortal, the legendary yakuza who single-handedly defeated a rival gang with a lead pipe, strikes terror into the toughest cops and most brutal criminals. Shortly after his disappearance, he resurfaces, equal to himself, except for one detail: he has changed profession. Equipped with an apron, Tatsu has turned his back on violence and is trying to make an honest living as a homemaker. As he strives to live a peaceful life, Tatsu discovers that being a housewife isn’t that easy. -Netflix
Sakamoto Days: an outstanding grocer
If you already know The way of the apron and have appreciated the life of Tatsu, the editorial staff of JV can only advise you to look into the manga born from the pen and pencil of the young prodigy Yuto Suzuki whose publication began in the Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in November 2020. Rich in 9 bound volumes and still in progress, Sakamoto Days tells the story of a legendary assassin, feared by all gangsters, who one fine day falls in love. He then retired, but also gained weight, became the boss of a small neighborhood grocery store, and spent happy days with his family. Unfortunately for him, his past eventually catches up with him. Sakamoto reluctantly resumes service. An anime adaptation is reportedly being considered, but nothing has been confirmed yet.