Many couples have hobbies that differ from each other, and most of the time one person cannot comprehend what their partner is doing or even what they are talking about. In the case of this simple anime, Kaoru (an office worker) ant Hajime (an otaku blogger) live together as a “happily married couple”, despite there are too many times that Kaoru cannot understand her husband’s habits and what he is saying.
The series is split into four minute episodes, with the story moving quickly with comical elements of the lives of Kaoru and Hajime flashed across the screen that gives the viewer enough dialogue to piece the story together. Each episode focuses around a brief story, such as those involving Hajime’s brother visits, Kaoru’s drunken behavior or Hajime finding a job. Though short in content, the stories are full and allow for each episode to connect to the next.
These two have very different tastes in entertainment and outlooks on life. Kaoru is very cynical and ignorant while Hajime is recluse and relies on the internet and anime for his social interaction and fulfillment. These two got married and appear to be in healthy relationship, even though neither of them show much affection towards each other over their day to day interactions. What appears to have brought them together is the common characteristic — they’re both lonely individuals. Even though Kaoru can barely understand what Hajime does and likes, she’s not depressed or frustrated. She tries to understand and she begins to pick stuff up like a caring spouse should; be interested in their partner. Hajime too does change a little, although it’s more subtle. He becomes more open to real-life pursuits like finding a desk job and even going drinking with his wife.
There is one big twist that adds spice to the show, and that comes in the form of Hajime’s brother Mayotama. He regularly cross-dresses as a girl and acts like one online (there is even an episode when one of Hajime’s friends finds this out the hard way). But beyond that he can go from one extreme emotion to the next. He barges in obnoxiously during a story and appears to throw the plot into disarray. It adds a new dimension from the somewhat streamlined storyline of Kaoru and Hajime’s relationship.
The only downside to the anime is that the animation can be a little rough but that could be mostly due to the show’s sketchy style. If the episodes were longer I’m sure it would have been much smoother. Seven Studios did well with efficiency and detail with what they’ve got.
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is a simple story but it crams a lot of plot into very little time, it leaves people wanting more. It keeps things simple and uncluttered. I’d rather be waiting in anticipation for the next episode rather than wanting to know when one is going to end.
A lovely little comedy for when you’ve got a spare few minutes. Or mainline the entire series in an hour! You won’t be disappointed.
I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying is available to stream on Crunchyroll.
(second season started April 2, 2015)