Fun, short chapters show how a former Yakuza hit man adjusts to life as a Househusband and accomplishes normal life tasks, but old habits die hard. Hunting for bargains becomes a life or death situation. A broken toy's "body" needs to be buried 6 feet down to destroy the evidence. But the Immortal Dragon can't fully leave the Yakuza. It isn't long before current gang members recognize him, but rather than sucking him back into the life, others always get dragged along on househusband duties.
This volume won an Eisner in 2020 for Best Humor Publication, and I can see why. There are several laugh-out-loud moments as the Immortal Dragon applies his skills to housework. Even though the Yakuza seem to know where he is, his reputation protects him and ensures that no one has any real power to bring him back into gang life. We don't see much of the wife in this volume, but she's also a fun character, and their relationship is cute and somehow works. It isn't clear yet if she knows what his former lifestyle was, but if she does, she seems to not care one bit about his gloominess and odd behavior. The art style is a little reminiscent of Junji Ito or Yusuke Murata but with more detailed facial features and expressions.
VIZ rates this for Teen Plus because there is a bit of violence and blood, and some language.
Sara's rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
ISBN: 9781974709403 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Slice Of Life, Humor, VIZ Media
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