Maaya Uchida Joins Live-Action Way of the Househusband Show Voicing Anime Character

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Uchida voices anime character in show's 7th episode

The official website for the live-action series of Kousuke Oono's The Way of the Househusband (Gokushufudō) manga revealed on Saturday that Maaya Uchida will have a role in the seventh episode. Uchida will voice an in-show anime character named Neopolis Girl (pictured below), the star of the Neopolis Girl anime that the protagonist Tatsu's wife loves. In the episode, Tatsu accidentally breaks his wife's Neopolis Girl figure while he's cleaning, and he goes shopping to replace the figure, but finds it to be incredibly expensive, so he looks for ways to earn money. The episode will air on Sunday.

The main live-action series premiered on NTV on October 11. Tōichirō Rutō (Ossan Love) is among the directors of the series, and Uda Manabu (99.9 -Keiji Senmon Bengōshi-) is one of the show's scriptwriters. Male idol group Da-iCE are performing the series' theme song "CITRUS." Hiroshi Tamaki stars as Tatsu. Voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda narrated the show's fourth episode. Tsuda has appeared before in the live-action commercial for the manga last December, where he played protagonist Tatsu. He will also star as Tatsu in the recently announced 2021 Netflix anime series adaptation of the manga.

The live-action series inspired a spinoff that premiered on November 8. The show, titled 3-nen Tatsu-gumi: Gokushufu-sensei, imagines if Tatsu became a substitute home economics teacher while the main home economics teacher was on maternity leave. The show will have 6 episodes.

The Way of the Househusband follows a retired yakuza member known as "Immortal Tatsu" who is living out his post-crime career as a househusband. He still manages to find his way into trouble from time to time, except it's in the grocery aisle instead of some back alley.

Oono launched the manga on Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch website in February 2018, and Shinchosha published the fifth volume on June 9. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it released the fourth volume on September 15.

The manga won the Best Humor Publication category at this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The series was acknowledged as a runner-up in last year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category and came in at #9 in this year's Web Manga General Election. The Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook for 2019 ranked the manga at #8 for its top manga series for men. The series also ranked on Honya Club's "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics" lists for 2018 and 2019.

Sources: Way of the Househusband live-action series' website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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