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Danna ga Nani o Itteiruka Wakaranai Ken 30 January 2015

2014, 13 episodes: AniDB Also known as I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying. Slice of life comedy dealing with the daily routine of a busy office lady and her otaku husband.

Which more or less sums up the show, really. If you don't know at least a little bit about modern Japanese culture and expectations you'll probably be adrift (I know a small amount, and there were clearly plenty of jokes and references I didn't get). The episodes are very short, around three minutes each plus credits, and most of them develop single themes; there isn't room for much in the way of subtlety.

Surprisingly, though, there is character development, particularly of the principals Hajime and Kaoru; for what could easily have been a simple broad comedy there's an unexpected level of subtlety in their portrayals, especially their different interactions with various friends and co-workers. There's also a genuine love between them in spite of their divergent interests, and that changes its form as things go along too.

Backgrounds are sketched in, music is forgettable, character designs are fairly generic. This is not a show that's going to get on anyone's top ten lists, but it's much more fun than it could easily have been.

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