I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying – Anime Review
Synopsis: 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! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: One of the most obvious things about I Can’t Understand is its 4-koma roots thanks to its short episodes and joke delivery style clearly mimicking the original format. While the show does feature extremely sweet and funny moments between husband and wife as well as some solid laughs ever so often, the hectic rush to deliver joke after joke sometimes leads to the gag falling flat as the show dashes through. Also, a lot of its humour is extremely contrived, like how our nerdy husband has a younger brother who likes to pretend to be a woman, harbours sexual feelings for him, and writes and sells erotic doujinshi featuring his older brother being taken by all kinds of men.
Tom: Another majorly disruptive factor is the inconsistent animation, especially in later episodes. For example, episode eleven changes visual styles completely, and while that’s due to bringing in a guest director, it makes for a jarring switch. But this pales in comparison to how often humor clearly crosses oh so many lines that you’re bound to find at least one gag that goes just too far. It gets raunchy, lewd, creepy and the like, which sits at odds with the show’s otherwise fairly tame humor, making for an extremely uneven experience. Raunchy and Lewd humor have their place, but the rest of I Can’t Understand doesn’t quite jive with the overly lewd and creepy gags that pop up, sometimes, out of nowhere.
Linny: A lot of the comedy in I Can’t Understand is based on negative or cliched stereotypes and assumptions about the behaviour of ‘otakus’ and this could make the show either feel extremely hilarious or extremely predictable and weak, depending on your attitude towards such stereotypes associated with otaku. It’s at times mundane and at times, sheer chaos but the good news is that if you’re on the fence about the show, trying the first episode to finalize your decision won’t take more than a couple of minutes of your time. I’d say this show is best suited for those who want to laugh as a show makes fun of an otaku for engaging in cliched otaku activities and the people around him, who either dial the weirdness to 100 or the ‘normal’ ones trying their best to survive it. Also, as Tom mentioned, the humour can get raunchy to an offensive degree in some parts, so avoid this if that kind of humour turns you away.
Tom: I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying isn’t top quality entertainment, nor is it bottom of the barrel. While it may be no longer than three minutes an episode, it’s not something I can truly recommend due to its uneven nature. Not only is the comedy uneven, vaulting between ho-hum mediocre fish out of water type gags to truly raunchy places, but there’s little time to truly grow attached to either of our leads, making for its more poignant, emotional efforts to fall flat.
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.