Ideally, we would love to understand our spouses better. Unfortunately in the real world, a lot of us hardly ever get close to that. That is why we need another season, Danna Ga Nani Wo Itteiru Ka Wakaranai Ken 2 Sure-me just to give us tips on how to understand our better, especially for you wives out there who need to know about your husband’s smoking, gambling, cheating, drinking and irresponsible personality that makes him look so different than the prince charming that you envisioned him before your wedding. Oh wait. You mean this sequel isn’t about that? How can you not have a husband and wife at odds with each other when you have a hardworking wife and her husband who is a typical otaku? Ah, communication and understanding…

Episode 1
Hajime is making money as a web designer. Much more money than Kaoru… To celebrate, he thinks of taking her out to eat. Instead of sushi, she suggests ramen. It is at an old place that brings back her high school days’ memories but she can’t exactly remember where. As they go searching in the area, Hajime wants to take pictures of the school girls and Kaoru punches him in the crotch! Then his password for GPS to find the nearby ramen shops consists words of penis, boobs and sex! Instant beat down! They finally find it on the seventh try. After that they walk around the area and Kaoru notices the damage that her senior did during fights have still not been repaired. Yeah, like as though time was frozen. Or nobody bothered to even fix it? Kaoru thanks Hajime for this trip. Perhaps she wanted to get to know herself a little more. After this as narrated, they had lots of sex! Say what?! Hey! I didn’t get to see it!

Episode 2
Kaoru’s friend seems to be ‘harassing’ her about her compatibility with her husband so she tries to read up on advice magazines, blood types and even astrology but it all points out they are not compatible! Feeling depressed, she goes to bug see Tanaka at her workplace for advice. I mean, doctors know a lot, right? Plus, she’s a smart person. Well, let’s say the doctor didn’t leave her with any good advice. Kaoru feels more dilemma. Is it because she is in too much happiness that she no longer feels happy? After she tells this to Hajime, he reveals that he did look up on their compatibility but stopped caring after he did it to her. Did what? This surprised kiss!

Episode 3
Since Hajime’s otaku merchandise has started ‘invading’ the living room, Hajime thinks Kaoru should take up a hobby to understand. This reminds her that she once used to bowl. She wants to go bowling so Hajime calls the rest of the gang to come. Miki suggests pairing up for a team tournament but it looks like everyone’s partners are very much decided without having to resort to drawing straws. This means Miki is stuck with Mayotama! So we see how everyone sucks with the balls going into the gutter but in the end, Mayotama-Miki team wins. And there is a prize for the winners: Tickets to the hotspring. Oh God… More like tickets to hell… On the way home, Kaoru had fun and hopes they could do this alone now and then. But first Hajime needs to clean the room…

Episode 4
Mayotama wants to be a manga artist and thinks of submitting his works to a shounen manga magazine. But he failed because they are all BL works! Thinking of a need to work as a manga assistant but doesn’t know any contacts, surprisingly Kaoru knows a senior that may help him out. Yuzu Kimura or Ramu Yuzuki as the pen name she goes by, might seem like a nice person but when she rants out the personal data of Mayotama that she has found out, things are starting to look scary… Yuzu then turns her attention to Kaoru. She notices that she is already married. Didn’t she say during high school that she would remain single? Hajime might have saved her by saying he fell for her instead but it just turned up the embarrassing factor. Mayotama becomes Yuzu’s digital assistant as he can do his work from home and via computer. As he mentions about the undo button, Hajime almost tries to hint of something similar when he took Kaoru’s virginity! When Mayotama’s works won an honourable mention, but it seems the married couple don’t really understand what is going on.

Episode 5
Miki wants to do something with everybody again. Looks like they’re heading to the hotspring this time. Miki mentions they haven’t split up the rooms yet and this makes Mayotama anxious as his heart isn’t ready yet. But even if it is split by gender, doesn’t this mean Mayotama and Miki will still end up in the same room? After soaking in the hotspring, the guys want to talk dirty stuff so Hajime starts off with one… About smelling Kaoru’s sweaty t-shirt! Technically that is dirty, right? The ladies also do the same. Rino starts off with birth control but Nozomu stopped her. Tanaka would gladly give hers. Then they tease Kaoru about this and if she has already got a name for their kid. At the end of the stay, Miki makes a cool line about maintaining relationships and this makes Mayotama blush. You know he is saying this for everyone, right?

Episode 6
Hajime wants to know how Nozomu met Rino. It was during college when he mistaken her as a lost elementary school kid! She felt insulted and always thought he would think of something insulting about her so as atonement for being ‘rude’, she makes him her lackey. I’m sure she finds him a good person to rely on but be careful in trying to repay the favour because it might make him look like a lolicon! Rino enjoys his company and hints she wants to be with him. He assures he will be with her for the rest of their college days and shortly they become a couple. He often takes her to the sushi store and so happen Hajime remembers it is around that time it was the first time they actually met. Because Hajime is the sushi waiter! Now you remember?

Episode 7
Nothing is going to stop Hajime from going to Comiket for the year end. He teases Kaoru that the convention might have an enka research book. She doesn’t to go but wants him to get it for her. He won’t be doing it for free. What sort of motivation will she do to get his ass going? Just put on a pair of cat ears… At the Comiket, Miki is surprised Hajime could find his booth. Who else would name his circle “The Denial of Destiny Association”? Miki’s doujin sells out so the duo go walk around. Till he had to stumble upon Mayotama’s circle so Hajime ‘abandons’ Miki for them to be together. Traitor! Meanwhile Kaoru goes out to eat with Tanaka and Rino. Hajime returns home in time to watch the New Year fireworks with Kaoru. On TV. He narrates about life for him isn’t like in games or manga. But the more he denies it, the more he feels it exists. And if he doesn’t believe it exists, he can’t handle this happiness.

Episode 8
Kaoru is a bouncer at Mayotama’s circle. Some diehard fans are squealing at Mayotama… But this is a flashback episode of Mayotama’s younger days. He never liked Hajime much as he always hogged the TV thanks to his otaku passion. Even so, he still wanted him to pay attention to him. Mayotama tried to make some friends at the park but the bullies think he is such a girly boy and won’t welcome him. That is when Hajime stood in the way to defend him. They both got beaten up. After Hajime buys him popsicle, Mayotama asks if anime is interesting. The rest is history. Mayotama’s doujin sells out and Hajime is relieved that his attention has shifted to Miki. Till Kaoru points out that Hajime is still being drawn in his doujin!

Episode 9
Hajime gets that dreaded call from his parents asking if he would come home for New Year. Kaoru wants to meet his mom again and so he has no choice but to go even if he doesn’t want to. While mom is nice and good with Kaoru, she switches to a different tune with Hajime, hounding him if he has found a job or getting some computer related work. Hmm… Maybe that is why Kaoru wants to come here so that mom can drill it into him with her lecture… And dad must have got the best reaction because he is acting in disbelief that they are married! So that call was just a prank call? He doesn’t trust him, huh? On the way back, Kaoru mentions his parents never changed. Yeah, it’s nice to know that mom can scold him properly… Besides, wouldn’t the scolding stop if he gets a proper job? It’s your call.

Episode 10
Kaoru’s colleague, Tobe is crying her heart out to her since she discovered her husband has been having an affair and wants divorce! This has Kaoru thinking if Hajime had cheated on her. She knows he wouldn’t but after looking at him watch his animes… It’s like he is cheating her all year round! Hey, is Hajime watching that trap anime?! When Kaoru mentions about double crossing, this brought back some unpleasant memories they don’t want to remember. It was a time when they were working together at the sushi store. Hajime claims Kaoru picked him up after he went into depression. Apparently a young girl was hired after them. She liked Hajime but backed off when she realized Hajime and Kaoru loved each other. Kaoru had always wondered if Hajime had feelings for both girls at the same time so one day Hajime joked around and asked that girl if she had feelings for him. She backed off and said she didn’t like him. That rejection made him sad and seeing him cry made Kaoru mad. He thought that reaction meant he liked her. Because Hajime is a virgin, he couldn’t handle rejection from girls. If he had to categorize her, it would be more of idolizing than liking her. The difference for 2D girls is that no matter how much you like them, your love won’t be returned. That rejection reminded him this world is of 3D and not 2D. He became depressed. Kaoru slapped him back into reality to make him realize his love for Kaoru changed from idolizing to true love. Back in reality, that girl now is showing Kaoru her novel work based on this and thinks of submitting it. Kaoru feels a little embarrassed.

Episode 11
If you remember at the end of last season, Kaoru was confirmed to be pregnant. Two months in, Kaoru is asking what needs to be done. Don’t worry. Hajime has it all figured out. Go to the doctor to confirm, contact her job to give maternity leave and certainly call his dad to take his place! Don’t run away! It’s you who needs to take responsibility! Kaoru feels guilty of taking advantage of the maternity perks and don’t really want to stop working. As Hajime goes to talk to Tanaka, he starts feeling the burden of making decisions. Not that he understands what it means. Kaoru herself is starting to think that she is so attached to her job that it really feels odd to take a long time off (Tobe is egging her to take full advantage of the company’s policy on benefits of maternity leave). Sometimes she questions herself if she is really needed around. I guess her panicky husband start breaking down about how everybody needs her. Especially him. He needs her! That’s very assuring.

Episode 12
Kaoru narrates when Hajime tries to introduce a manga to her, he’ll leave it on her table. But this time it seems all those manga belong to Mayotama. This makes her think the way sometimes he wants to tell her something directly or indirectly. However she tries not to be too pushy as he will be a father soon so she goes to talk to Tanaka who believes that she is having doubts about her current relationship. Could she be thinking after having the baby, she wants to be in a more lovey-dovey relationship? Is that supposed to be a joke? Hajime also starts thinking that this time it is different. All the while it was about himself. After marriage, he has to think about his wife and now a child on the way. He wants her to love him always but look at him. This is how he has always been. If he changes his personality, would it mean his wife would also change how she looks at him? For she has always accepted him for who he is. So he tells Kaoru that he would like to change by being more formal and polite. Kaoru is delighted to hear this but Hajime remembers an incident when he did so while she was sick from exhaustion, it didn’t go over too well…

Episode 13
Kaoru and Hajime are in an intense argument. And Tanaka is somewhat caught in the middle of it. This is what happened. When it was confirmed that the baby would be a girl, Hajime came up with a list of names. However Kaoru didn’t like them and had her own list. Hajime didn’t like her picks too and this is where we are now. So looks like the doctor isn’t going anywhere till they solve this? Before they know it, the rest of their friends and family are gathered here like as though this is some sort of chat group. The solution to the baby naming is ingenious. Everybody writes a suggestion and puts it in a suggestion box and Kaoru will draw the lot. Seems she picks out Tanaka’s suggestion: Sayoko. Everybody loves the sound of it. No objections? Then it’s settled. Now everybody can’t wait to welcome the baby girl into this world. And as nervous our new parents might be, it is also exciting and something to look forward to.

Perfect Understanding Of The Heart
Although this season doesn’t disappoint, personally I feel that something lacks the oomph to make it great or memorable. Besides, what more can you expect from a short anime especially when you have been told in the synopsis beforehand that it is just the daily life of an office lady wife and her otaku husband. If you’re hoping to see lots of clashing of personalities and flying plates, then I am afraid you have not watched the first season and understand about this couple. Sure, they do have their differences. But it is so minimal and nothing when they put them aside and try to work something out. If only in real life can most of us be this understanding and tolerant. Then we do not have to face a host of domestic violence and outside affairs that would wreck our marriage. Well, this anime isn’t going to address that but I doubt it would change anything in real life even if it would.

As far as this season is concerned, like I said it lacks that sort of punch to make it feel better than the first season. It feels more like of a continuation or extension of the first season rather than a sequel. But I noticed that this time, they placed more of the focus on Kaoru and Hajime. Mainly their thoughts and feelings as they go through their daily life, step by step. Each time, it brings them closer than before. And feelings of worries, anxiety and nervousness grow as each day passes and the closer the day their daughter will be ushered into this world. Can’t exactly describe that kind of feeling to you since I am (an otaku) single :/. But as you can see from here, their thinking and priorities start to slowly change when they start thinking of the baby. I suppose this is all natural and part of life. You’ll grow up in that instant once you reach that stage. Although this season may not be so direct in that, I believe this is what it is trying to convey to us viewers here about what it is like generally becoming a parent. Oddly, most otaku guys who watch this won’t come close in understanding :).

Of course since last season I have been ‘misled’ by the naming of the title, I am once again ‘fooled’ by the meaning of it because for both seasons, it isn’t particularly about Kaoru trying to understand what her husband is trying to same. Generally she knows her husband’s habits and peculiarities but it is not like he is a very difficult person to understand that you would be pulling out your hair just to figure out the riddles he says. In fact, Hajime could be a very simple and predictable person thanks to his otaku tendencies. But now he is insecure and start thinking if continuing his otaku ways would be a good thing or not. Would it be cool or embarrassing if your daughter has to tell her friends that her father is an otaku? Nevertheless, the great key in understanding your partner has always been via soft and gentle communication, another key lesson that I believe this anime is trying to convey. Instead of using harsh and loud words to get your message over (which it never will), tender and kinder words will have a better chance to reach the heart and thus naturally improving the quality in the relationship. Oh hey. Why am I ranting about unrelated stuffs about the anime anyway? It’s not like I’m a relationship expert to begin with!

As for the other characters, I feel that their presence and impact are very much less and sometimes I feel that they are here just to remind us that you know, they still exist. Otherwise, pretty much of this season, they can be done without. Still, Mayotama and Miki are the most amusing and hilarious of the side characters and this one sided bromance/yaoi thingy can make you smile a little. If you remember about their ‘relationship’ from the first season. I supposed Miki is doomed to be ‘paired’ with Mayotama if he doesn’t find a decent girl to date. Can he? Well… Try harder. Hajime’s mom is also pretty funny when she starts hounding on her son. It’s like she turned into a monster or something. There are a handful of new characters like Yuzu and Tobe but their screen time is pretty much limited and they don’t really make an impact overall.

The art and drawing is very much in consistent with the first season. Light and simple. No big sudden changes. Sometimes you think this anime is intended for younger audiences. I remember there was an episode last season whereby a flashback episode has the art quality diminishing so badly like as though they hired a different person to do a rush job. It is the same déjà vu here. This season we have Mayotama’s flashback and the dreaded artwork seems to bring back such memories. But I am beginning to think that this might be the trademark and trend of the show. Could it be that the horrible quality means a horrible part in their earlier life? I’m sure if you don’t have many memorable parts in your younger days, they would seem ‘ugly’ in your memories.

The voice acting casts remain the same although they have added a couple of new ones to the list. OMG! Is that Yui Horie cameo as Yuzu and the trademark voice behind Yoshinoya sensei as Tobe, Miyu Matsuki? Certainly indeed. Last season we had a very catchy ending theme. I won’t say this season’s ending theme isn’t good but I just feel it does not match up to the catchiness of its predecessor. Yuruganu Futari ~Ai No Sanka~ sung by the duet of Kaoru and Hajime is a nice and slow romantic ballad. The kind you’d normally expect to hear, a sultry singer singing her Broadway style song in front of her audience. This song is still passable but it didn’t make me feel like wanting to sing along. Even more so, I thought Hajime’s duet ruined it. That guy’s voice is not made to sing… Well, at least last season’s Iikagen Ni Shite Anata made its cameo debut in one episode to bring back the good nostalgic factor.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first season, there is no reason why you should not enjoy the second season or skip it. At least this sequel is better than most full length anime sequels that are recently being a big letdown. Could it be because of its short duration? Nevertheless, the short funny gags are still entertaining and amusing. Especially about the odd couple trying to become a perfect couple. Hah. How often do you find such a girl wanting to marry an obvious otaku?! I am not sure if Kaoru and Hajime truly understand each other or if they are perfect for each other, at least we see them try their best. Even at times if they don’t understand each other in words, I am sure they totally do in their hearts. Now, if I can only get my 2D waifu to understand me…

I am sure there are lots of jokes about marriages regarding the husband can’t understand the wife and vice versa. I don’t know. I’m not married myself so I can’t really tell if it is really hard to understand the other party but I kinda get the hint after ‘observing’ real life and reel life married couples. Oh yeah. And read lots of those marriage jokes too. So what does it take for one to understand another? Perhaps Danna Ga Nani Wo Itteiru Ka Wakaranai Ken (I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying) would enlighten us all. Even if it doesn’t helps us fully understand (or even drives us crazy just trying to figure out the logic behind it), at least a little understand goes a long way and it is better than nothing. Despite each episode’s length is only 3.5 minutes and some may wonder if it will amount to anything because it is so short, I guess it is better to be short and sweet to get the message across. You wouldn’t want your wife to be nagging and nag you for 24 minutes straight, do you?

Episode 1
Kaoru wonders if she married Hajime because they know each other faults. Is it there is no gap between her ideals and reality? Heck, he even told her that he couldn’t bring her happiness and she thought wearing a wedding dress was good enough… Their honeymoon was the most boring ever. They stayed indoors not wanting to get wet or sunburn so Kaoru ended up trying her swimsuit in the room and they had lots of sex! As narrated, Kaoru is 2 years older than Hajime and as society would describe her husband, he is an otaku. Yup, he considers his 2D girl his real wife! He is also a blogger who types all his otaku stuffs all day long if he isn’t watching any anime. Hardly bringing in the money, eh? Then there are sexy 2D female pictures lying around in his room and he was ‘using’ them! Kaoru is devastated that men think nothing but boobs. He admits he does. Which men don’t? Unless you’re the ‘flat’ kind of lover. When Kaoru wants to go out on a holiday, he feels lethargic and wants her to fire him up. A little cutie “Nya~” move was all that was needed to get him going. Of course they’re going to watch an anime movie since he needs materials for his blog. Once it is over, Kaoru’s opinion is generally short but Hajime starts going in-depth and critical analysis of it. On the way home, there is a place Hajime wants to stop by: A love hotel. Wouldn’t their home be just fine?

Episode 2
Hajime’s brother, Mayotama comes to visit. Uhm… You mean his sister? Nope. Brother. Holy sh*t. So girly… Anyway he is here because he cannot draw a manga about an original pairing with his brother anymore! But when he learns Kaoru is a normal person and nothing like an otaku, little brother stopped all the otaku talk with her. When it is getting late and time to go home, Kaoru suggests he stay for the night. That sicko immediately zips down his pants and want to bath together. That earned him a lonely one way train ticket back home. Kaoru might be having a little trauma seeing how ‘scary’ his manga is. Hajime breaks down while revealing Mayotama has made 30 different variations of the manga and every thousand copies printed were sold out. Had Hajime not marry her, he would have been robbed of his manhood. Kaoru acts like the tender wife to go comfort him but it is just an act she is following from the manga. Disappointed? When Kaoru’s friends come over to visit, they are surprised to see Hajime in a horse mask! Embarrassing, no? The friends never thought Kaoru would get married as she said she was going to stay single. Hajime explains how Kaoru became her angel and the friends thought he was trying to test them by acting all normal. Kaoru suggests Hajime to invite some friends over next time. But he has no real friends. Only those on the internet… Oh you poor thing…

Episode 3
Mayotama is often mistaken as a middle school student when he is actually in college and in the manga research club. With the kind of manga he draws, it is no surprise it isn’t allowed there. Although this means he would work better alone, but there is danger of him becoming a loner. Is this advice from Hajime speaking from experience? Don’t worry, Mayotama also has lots of friends. On the internet… Hajime may have said the wrong thing because even though he might not have friends but at least he is married with a wife! Kaoru rubs salt into wounds to add that she indeed does have friends. Mayotama suggests some bonding with Hajime. He probably got ahead of himself of even suggesting they f*ck each other. Another ticket home… Who needs real friends anyway when you have them online? He sees an offline meeting from one of his forums. Going with Hajime, they meet the coordinator, Destiny F*cker AKA Miki who thinks Mayotama is a girl. I guess Mayotama has resigned to that fate and accepts being a girl. Hajime warns him his brother is a trap… Mayotama has a decent conversation with Miki since the latter is a fan of his manga and according to Hajime, he’ll be okay at this rate. At least according to OreImo! Now all he has to do is endure this situation for the next few hours… Miki finds Mayotama interesting and even hints of seriously going after him. Hajime gives the big approval! Kaoru thinks Miki is a friend of Hajime but he wouldn’t call him that. He considers him as a sacrifice… I guess Hajime is freed from that yaoi horror, huh?

Episode 4
Whatever dramatic narration Hajime is telling us, when Kaoru is asking about his blogging, he tells her he has suspended it. After some reflection, he decided to go back being a regular user. This means he’ll be a proper NEET. He dons his suit and Kaoru cannot be happier that he is serious trying to take up employment. Now she can properly answer to other neighbourhood housewives about her husband’s job. But that might be premature as he mentions he was just using the internet to expand his knowledge. A week later, Hajime still couldn’t find a job so Kaoru takes a look at his CV. Despite his handwriting is much better than hers, this might be the culprit: His picture is a horse head! Suggesting he call Miki for some work, instantly that guy starts chiding him. Looks like he found out Mayotama is a male when he tried to ‘move in’. Yeah. He’s freaking pissed. He’ll make him work hard in data entry. As he types, Miki advises him o use this chance to spread his wings in society. But as for hiring him, he wants him to work at home because he should cherish his time with his wife. So now Hajime is a web designer working from home. He wonders if the neighbourhood housewives will understand what kind of work he is doing. Kaoru doesn’t mind as long as she understands.

Episode 5
The place is in a mess. No, it’s not because they’ve been robbed but it is because Kaoru was drunk. Yes, it’s hard to believe but she can turn into a real devil when she’s in that state. Usually she drinks after a pretty stressed out day at work and she doesn’t remember what happened. So last night’s drunk was the ultimate and Hajime describes it that she was raping him 10 times in a second! Wow! May be exaggerated but it’s not a lie! Yeah, can’t believe it either, eh? Kaoru suggests to record her the next time but this is also her plan to see him when he is drunk. Next night, the pair goes out for a drink and although Hajime is cautious, by the fourth round, Kaoru is already so drunk that she’s already the devil. She really turns it on by playing strip rock-scissors-paper, then stripping herself and then spouting a load of crap about loving him before a big smooch to shut him up. Next morning, Kaoru wakes up in bed not remembering what happened. She asks if she said anything weird but Hajime couldn’t even begin to describe and thus making no sense to her. That bad, huh?

Episode 6
Kaoru collapses and although it is nothing life threatening, her doctor friend, Tanaka suggests she quit smoking for good. Kaoru hangs out with her other friend, Rino who also feel that it would make Hajime feel at ease. Kaoru promises she won’t be a bad influence on the kids… Of course she wants him to go back the way he was so she’ll stop smoking. Hajime calls Miki to get some more work. I guess single people won’t understand… Hajime thinks it would be 100 times better if he had collapsed but Miki suggests they should both work on not collapsing instead. Kaoru’s dad who is some chef is mad at Hajime probably wants to be hit him but decided not to as this would make Kaoru sad. He wants him to return to his wife. Hajime becomes the caring husband taking care of all the chores. She doesn’t like him putting up that fake smile and looks best when he says dumb stuffs with a straight face. She starts crying that he is acting like a different person and it scares her. She doesn’t want it that way and please return to the way he was. Please pay more attention to her. They hug but the squeeze his hard most probably it is because of Kaoru’s withdrawal symptoms. Toughing it out, huh? Kaoru asks Tanaka how long she should stop smoking. Until her child is born. No, seriously.

Episode 7
Kaoru sucks at cooking. Even the friend rice she makes just looks so-so. However Hajime accepts it all and considers it good. He doesn’t have to be so modest, you know… Ironically, Hajime is a better cook than her! She tries to make meat and potatoes but Hajime couldn’t make head or tail out of this sugar powdered potatoes… So they head over to Kaoru’s dad’s place to learn and Hajime could have just left out the remark that he doesn’t want his wife to lose her bad cooking attribute. Daddy seriously is going to kill him… Meanwhile Miki is in a dilemma to accept homemade lunch from Mayotama. The thought of turning him down makes that trap cry… Can’t refuse… Dad and daughter have a little chat. She doesn’t know if she’s putting up with him or vice versa. It’s funny to think that she has become his wife. She also thinks it is pathetic for a parent to teach a child cooking but daddy believes this isn’t the case. Because her late mom, Miri also sucked at cooking. When Kaoru was born, she panicked and asked him to teach her. Miri matured because of her and he is sure she will get better too. Hajime gets a taste of Kaoru’s pasta. I know he wants to show how good it is with a thumbs up but why take off his shirt too?! Does it make him feel manly?

Episode 8
Kaoru accepts the task of temporarily taking care of a relative’s daughter, Ai. In that case, Hajime better stay in his room! When Ai is here, she starts taking off her tight shirt and doesn’t want to wear them, pouting. Kaoru tries to warn her about a ‘wild animal’ here and oh, here he comes… Hajime gives Ai wear a loose adult shirt. It might be okay to him but Kaoru is cautious because she knows he is a lolicon! Suggesting that they should play a game, it seems Ai’s favourite game is golf. Her mom is a pro golfer while her dad is the caddy. She planned to retire after this game to raise her child, the reason why Kaoru accepted this task. They head to the driving range to play golf and naturally the kid hits better than the adults. At the end of the day, Ai had lots of fun and thanks them. On the contrary, they thank her instead.

Episode 9
Mayotama wants to know their first date so he could use it as reference in his manga. A date between guys? Kaoru feels depressed that she is being labelled handsome by him… So it all began when they met while working part time. It was really an awkward situation while she asked him out. Mayotama suspected something amiss when Hajime was panicking and even forgot his favourite handheld game. Likewise, Kaoru’s dad was serious after learning his daughter is going out on a date. He suggests taking a taser with her! No, a rifle! No, even better. He will come along! So as they get their first date going, they ended up walking and talking about their future. Kaoru thought from the way he said things, his future looked bleak. But after seeing his real smile (he often puts up fake ones as she noticed), she stopped worrying and they both had great fun. In the end, Hajime got the guts to ask her out again. Mayotama won’t be using that since it sounded like a precious memory. Also, writing that would make him want to kill himself…

Episode 10
Hmm… Who could it be at this hour? Oh lookey, it’s Hajime’s mom AKA House Destroyer… I can see why because in her excitement she broke down the door. Apparently she just heard her son got a job. Of course, now she’s bugging him if has a child yet… And she means a child with his wife not an elementary schooler. He thought he could pass it off to Mayotama who may pop out 3 for her but mom knows she only had sons. So when Hajime asks Kaoru if she wants a child, she almost choked on her drink. And no, he is not referring to his elementary schooler. This has Kaoru think of all the necessities needed to being a parent but she can’t imagine him being one. But first, she has to stop smoking, right? Talking out with Rino, she mentions she doesn’t do it that often with her husband, Nozomu. Maybe it’s because she’s small? Insult! Well, maybe to Nozomu he is acting like her mom… The duo try to think up a name for their child and avoid something that is culture inspired. But with Hajime suggesting some names from Evangelion, I guess she gives up. Anime and manga aren’t culture inspired? Kaoru continues thinking and isn’t sure if this is going to happen. Even so, not for a while. Hajime’s mother calls Kaoru to apologize for the other day and thinks he must be joking because it must be a joke too that her son got a job. Kaoru thought she must have been really happy. When Hajime makes some remarks about girls a certain age wear the same underwear and some might make their father’s wear it, Kaoru believes a child with him isn’t going to happen.

Episode 11
Aside from the very bad and poor animation of this episode, this serves more as a flashback and reminiscence of Kaoru when she was single. Despite working in the service industry, she never quite liked it. Even more so when she was transferred to the sales department. She thought she was losing a part of herself. She thought drinking, smoking and watching TV was what she needed to go on. Then alarm bells start ringing when Tanaka announced she got married. She was happy to see her in a beautiful white wedding dress but at the same time, something inside her start to panic. As she was used to living alone, she thought it was okay. She wondered if she is going to die alone. Then it hit her. That will not be okay. And now thinking back about it, she’s lucky to have Hajime as her husband and loves him very much. Vice versa too. They might have their differences but she realized people can’t survive on their own. Another short flashback shows Kaoru had to handle an interview for a part time position. That very strange CV… It could only be from… I supposed that’s how they met.

Episode 12
Hajime used to hate Christmas before he was married. Not anymore! No more lonely nights! Wohoo! Oops, sorry. Kaoru needs to work on that day. Alone again, naturally. So he goes hang out with his friend (see, he has some) but Nozomu isn’t too pleased and would even pay him to go back! Rino accepts Hajime’s company but needs him to leave by 9pm. What is that sex hinting gesture?! Tanaka and her husband, Yamada are also here. She makes a joke they keep their surnames and together they are called Yamatanaka. Hajime can guess Yamada is wearing a wig. He takes it off and explains it is to keep him warm. Seriously, Tanaka doesn’t even know about this! On the way home, Yamatanaka is getting so lovey-dovey that they are literally crushing Hajime’s soul. He’s dead… Kaoru and Hajime coincidentally meet each other on the street and they had the same idea of buying cake for the other. Kaoru thought he would be spending Christmas in front of his PC but he mentions of trying out unfamiliar things. Then he hints by saying “Hole over hand”… Kaoru no understand… But Kaoru is turning to bed early not because she got the message but because she has to work tomorrow too. She’ll make it up the day after tomorrow. His loneliness continues…

Episode 13
I guess we should have expected this anyway since Hajime is an otaku. He is already breaking the fourth wall and complaining that feeling when an anime is coming to an end! He is worried that usually some crazy stuffs happen when anime ends like graduation, etc. However he doesn’t have that much friends for that to happen. Nozomu says he has always been his friend (really?) as they have hung out a few times together. But Hajime feels confused so Nozomu wonders what kind of standards he was expecting. When he goes home and finding Kaoru home earlier than usual, she isn’t feeling well and tired. She doesn’t have a fever, though. Then it hit him what this could mean. Oh no… Morning sickness! He panics and thinks his next step. He goes to the store to buy a pregnancy test kit when Miki spots him. And then it soon spreads like wildfire. Every darn character in this anime congratulating him. Although Hajime is nervous, they assure him it will be fine and will support him. Hajime doesn’t feel all this is real. I mean, does he deserve this? It could all be a dream and disappear tomorrow. Mayotama then asks him a question he couldn’t answer before: Why is dad always home? Because he works from there. Hajime feels better that it is just going to be a misunderstanding. And so here happy Hajime is leaving it up to the gods when Kaoru’s pregnancy kit turns positive… Oh dear. Tears of joy streaming down her cheeks, I presume. They hug each other. Well, this isn’t the dramatic end he was expecting but just like in life, you accept it quietly with a mix of happiness and uneasiness.

It Takes Two To Tango
Hmm… I thought the title is a bit misleading. Thinking back, this entire series isn’t exactly about Kaoru trying to understand her husband nor do we see Hajime spamming us with his antics that gives Kaoru a hard time trying to comprehend what the hell he is thinking. It may be so in the initial episodes for the setting and all but as the series progresses, you’ll find that this is more about them trying to live a decent marriage life together. Maybe I misinterpreted about the ‘can’t understand’ part since after all, the act of Kaoru and Hajime interacting with each other and getting along is pretty much an understanding itself. Not to say that Kaoru fully understands Hajime perfectly but from what I can see is that she understands him enough to know who her husband is.

Sometimes it may feel a bit unrealistic because if you think about, Kaoru puts up with Hajime’s ‘uselessness’ of being an otaku and patiently listens to him. I am sure in real life there are such stories we won’t hear or read of but generally it feels unlikely. For a wife to put up with such a husband, it would only lead to arguments and then divorce. Sure, I would love to have a caring and understanding wife like her and so do many of us but what are the chances in reality? Of course, it’s subtly like saying more to woman power but that isn’t the point. However it may be unfair to label so because Kaoru herself isn’t perfect. Taking a look at her smoking and drinking habits is already a sign. I supposed she knows of her own shortcomings and therefore it is not right to lash out (assuming if you want to go for reality) at Hajime for being an otaku. Therefore I feel generally it isn’t about Kaoru trying to understand her husband but rather more about herself and coming to terms and overcoming it. Even if she doesn’t really understand what he is saying, at least she doesn’t ignore him.

Hajime likewise is also trying his best to be a good husband. It was certainly surprising that after a few episodes into the series, he suddenly stops being an otaku! And I thought guys like that will never change! I know. I speak from experience :p. Despite his otaku mentality (it is a pleasure to spot a few anime references with him around), he isn’t that all useless because he is a better cook and deeply cares for his wife although he doesn’t typically show it off with flowers and kisses. Well, like they say, it is the thought that counts. So with both of them trying to understand each other, in a way I could say that their marriage is a success because you don’t need lavish material objects to be happy. Love is all you need and all they have. They may be awkward at times but it is their character and they accept it with all their heart. It is marriage that matures them and I am sure even more when they have their first child. Now all Kaoru needs is the will to stop smoking and drinking, which I am sure she can.

I don’t know how Kaoru ended up getting her hair dyed blond because during her younger days, it was of a dark colour. I thought it was all the years of smoking and drinking that changed her hair colour (there is no scientific proof for this!) and even more inclined to think that because of her ‘delinquent acts’ (smoking and drinking, right?), thus she dyed her hair that colour when she got married. Because you know, everybody else looked the same back then and it is like physically only Kaoru had changed. So is it true that only women change but men don’t? Also another mind boggling thing I noticed is how Hajime’s mom calls him Takashi. Is this his real name or his pet name? Because I am pretty sure she was referring Mayotama as Youta (which is believably his real name because which parent would be crazy enough to name their child as a mayonnaise ball? Unless…).

Other characters add dynamism and quirkiness in addition to Kaoru and Hajime who are of course the main focus of this series. Although it feels like a side distraction (because they show up for a short while and then made to ‘leave’ to return our focus back to our main couple) but their appearance does help make the series more enjoyable. From Mayotama’s trap and yaoi fetish (a little pervy too), Miki’s ridiculous nickname of Destiny F*cker (I guess in a way it is true to a certain extent because life actually screws with you, depending on how you look at it), the petite Rino who is often mistaken for somebody younger than her age, the overbearing Kaoru’s dad and the typical crazy mother of Hajime (which mother don’t want a grandchild?), I’m sure every family have one or two characters like them we can relate to. And with a new member coming into the family ‘soon’, everything is going to get crazier, livelier and happier. Yeah. I guess a person like me who never had a child of my own would understand.

This anime is produced by Seven who specializes in producing short anime series like Morita-san Wa Mukuchi, Recorder To Randoseru, Ai Mai Mi, Shin Strange and Inugami-san To Nekoyama-san. Therefore the art and drawing style of this anime is somewhat closely similar to most of these animes since after all, with this anime being of a comedy genre, you don’t need to put in lots of details in your characters. Some look generic like Hajime’s otaku background and others just for a bit of variety like Mayotama’s cross-dressing and Miki’s forever-wearing-sunglasses. The cartoonish and simple drawn feel enhances the comedic effect. My only grouse is that flashback episode where the quality takes an obvious dip. Perhaps they want to showcase to us a different time setting but it was bad enough for me to think that the producer was off for that day and in an attempt to beat a deadline, they hired an amateur to finish it up and voila, you get your half-baked animation quality.

It is fun to hear Yukari Tamura as the role of Kaoru. I might have said it many times before and I’ll say it again that she hasn’t lost her touch of her trademark voice over the last decade. Although she doesn’t go into a myriad of emotions or burst into many squeaky shrieks (she is more subdued as Kaoru here), she portrays well a wife who sounds tired of the same routine life but soldiered on thanks to the hope of having her husband by her side. Kenichi Suzumura as Hajime also sounds subdued unlike some of his sadistic/holier-than-thou character roles like Sougou of Gintama and Hayasaka from Wake Up, Girls!

It is also surprising to hear Rie Kugimiya and Ryoko Shintani as Rino and Tanaka respectively. The surprising fact was they weren’t in their trademark voices and I could actually recognize them! Oddly too, their character roles sound more subdued than their usual (that is how I used to identify them) so it was a pleasant surprise that I could identify them after hearing a line or two. Not bad, eh? The rest of the cast include Kaori Shimizu as Miki (Akira in School Rumble), Sayaka Horino as Mayotama (so far her only other role is Nezu in Inugami-san To Nekoyama-san), Kazuma Horie as Kaoru’s father (Ryuu in Special A) and Kotono Mitsushi as Hajime’s mom (Excel in Excel Saga). The rest like Daisuki Tonosaki as Yamada, Toshifumi Sakai as Nozomu and Mai Sugano as Ai are making their debut role.

The ending theme, Iikagen Ni Shite Anata by the duet of Yukari Tamura and Kenichi Suzumura is quite catchy since it has this oldies feel in it. Too bad it is just 30 seconds but I supposed that is okay since the show itself is short so there is the justice. You can’t have the song longer than the show itself, can’t you? I noticed that there are a few variations of this piece. There was an episode with a karaoke version of it. It was a surprise to hear the off-vocal version so I started singing myself. Let’s just say it was so horrible that I don’t want to do it again… Then there is a slow an instrumental version which lovely suits that flashback episode and also a jazzy one for that Christmas episode.

Overall, despite the brief duration of this anime, this is still a great watch and there is a level of maturity you can see portrayed in the jokes (some may be a little perverted but not very excessive) as well as the struggles you could see faced in an ordinary family. In the end, everyone is just being human and just trying to be happy. So next time you can’t understand what your spouse is saying, don’t retaliate with louder screaming words because softer ones are the ones that make you grow closer and more lovingly. Sometimes you just can’t understand what is being said but you kinda get the feeling instead. Then again, maybe that is why lots of misunderstanding happens… Get it? Sighs… Nobody understands me…