Review #65- Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

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Welcome to Day 4 of Shorts Week! With the week drawing to a close, we are happy to present our review of Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken, or in English, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying. Lengthy title aside, beware of minor spoilers ahead.

Now without further ado, let us begin the review!

Summary: 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! -Crunchyroll

Plot: 7/10

Contrary to most, there is actually something beyond the premise to this anime short. The story primarily focuses on Kaoru’s point of view and how she grows to learn about her husband. While it is not a very rich or deep plot, it does keep the viewer’s attention just enough. It is still very much a slice-of-life, with numerous references to other anime and Japanese culture in general. The show is very quick pace, so one can get a little bit lost with everything that is going on.

Characters: 8/10

For such a quick show, there is a surprising amount of development with the characters. The show takes care to show how each protagonist learns and adapts to their spouses lifestyle while also giving them defined personalities right from the start. As such, finding relatable qualities in the characters is pretty easy. The two biggest issues is the unnaturally quick developments of characters, which is to be expected, and the frequent lack of context for many minor characters, which also is not especially surprising.

Animation: 8/10

The animation is different from what is standard in the industry in modern times, so takes a little bit of adjustment to get use to. It works well enough given the pacing and mood of the series, and is advantageous for the reference based humor. There is one episode where the animation randomly is very different, but it makes mostly sense within the episode’s context.

Soundtrack: 7/10

Again, while it works with the anime’s overall style, the soundtrack is not especially stand out. The ending is also pretty cute, but can feel contrary to some of the episodes, being a shift from rapid fire humor to soothing melody.

Themes: 9/10

While the themes are not especially deep in Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken than any other short, they are extremely applicable. As the plot is a focus on a developing marriage, many of themes tie into this. Key among them is the art of communication and compromise. This is shown both in Kaoru and her husband Hajime, as they make sacrifices to adjust to each other’s lifestyle. While this is mostly done in a comical fashion, it is still present and treated with a degree of seriousness. Some off this is lost however in the more crude humor moments.

Final Score: 7.8/10

Final Grade: C

B-Ro’s Take

Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken was an amazing short. I absolutely loved this anime. Even though it was a short the characters have good personalities and even some character development which is more than I could have hoped for. It is also really funny with jokes referencing other anime or just being some crude or sexual humor. There are also quite a bit of anime references scattered throughout the show. It can also be kid of relatable if you are an anime fan in a relationship with someone that does not know anime at all. The animation is a bit different than normal animation, but it fits really well with the show. Out of 10 I would rate this anime a 9. I really loved this anime and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a comedy to watch. – B-Ro

LowKev’s Take

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is a great short. It’s pretty fast paced, almost all the jokes hit their mark, and the main couple is a lot of fun to watch. There are a lot of Otaku jokes, and the humor certainly isn’t afraid to go in the gutter, and that’s honestly not a bad thing. The shock value attached to some of the jokes made them that much mire hilarious. I always found the show funny, but the characters surprisingly grew on me the more I watched. This made the 2ish more serious or more heartwarming parts actually work quite well. So yeah. I had fun. You’ll probably have fun. So go watch it. Because funny fun is fun. Oh! And Mashiro from Engaged to the Unidentified has a brief appearance, so you know this show gets my recommendation based on that alone.

Final Score: While the humor is certainly not for the faint of heart, Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken is an interesting anime short that explores some good themes presented through well put together characters and quick humor.

Thank you all for joining us for this review! Tomorrow is our last review for shorts week, specifically Di Gi Charat, but Shorts Week is not quite done. To see some of the other anime shorts we’ve reviewed this week, check out our Bonus Post Announcing… Shorts Week.

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