What if your wife was a former secret agent?
Nami Isayama met a man through a blind date and married him. She and her husband moved to a quiet, exclusive residential area. Nami is now a housewife and she decides to take cooking classes. She meets other housewives at the cooking class and receives tips from them while becoming friends. Nami surmises that one of the housewives in her cooking class is the victim of domestic violence. Nami decides to save the victim by herself.
Native and/or alternative titles: Caution, Hazardous Wife; 奥様は、取り扱い注意; Wife, Handle with Care
Genre: Comedy, Action
Director: Ryuichi Inomata
Writer: Kazuki Kaneshiro
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsubasa Honda, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ken Ishiguro, Akiyoshi Nakao
Newly married and bad at cooking, Isayama Nami faces her first obstacle as a married woman – her husband avoiding dining at home. Isayama is your typical housewife facing typical issues like any other housewife…. Or is she? Nami has a secret which she can’t tell anyone.
Nami fell in love with her husband, Isayama Yuki, at first sight in a matchmaking party. Nami had just retired from her previous life as a secret agent by staging her own death and now wishes to lead a normal happy life. She thought that her life was going perfectly on track, marrying the man that she loves and living in a quiet, upscale neighbourhood until she realizes that she misses the thrill of her previous life. Without actually meaning to she ends up becoming the secret problem solver in her new neighbourhood. Obviously, she doesn’t go after the simple issues but chases the one which requires her to use her skills from her previous life as a secret agent. While adjusting to her new life, she becomes friends with two other neighbourhood wives whose company she enjoys and whom she can finally call friends. Ohara Yuri can be trusted to give useful advice when needed. Sato Kyoko is lively and child-like and is practically like a little sister to Nami and Yuri. The three soon grow close and an interesting friendship begins.
The plot is interesting and fun to follow. There are some twists in the plot which are a little predictable but exciting none-the-less. I am glad that they introduce a new incident in every episode which keeps the pace and story interesting while getting to know the neighbours and the neighbourhood. The most interesting person for me amongst the neighbours was definitely the ‘well informed Ono-san’ from whom Kyoko would get all the latest gossip and news from, though she was never actually shown in the show even once. It is also nice to watch Nami becoming a housewife and sharing her troubles with her friends and fighting over common household matters with her husband. Being an orphan, Nami finally gets to live the life that she always dreamed of. From getting frustrated by her husband not wanting to go shopping to running away with Yuri and Kyoko, Nami does it all (of course along with kicking the ass of the bad guys and keeping her neighbourhood safe).
I also enjoyed the narrative style of the episodes. In the beginning of every episode, Nami reveals her journey to becoming a secret agent piece-by-piece. It keeps the viewers hooked for more. The story was well paced and the drama is just ten episodes short. It wasn’t the best there is but it is good to take your mind off things and simply relax and enjoy some light comedy and action. The acting was really good. I loved all the characters and the build-up to their characters as well. Even during the incidents where the neighbours’ problems were shown, the character build-up and portrayal was very well done. I could feel a connection to all of them. The husband was definitely a twist as well when he revealed himself as the frenemy. Also, I really liked Nami’s fighting style. It was really aweing to see her complicated leg-work and kicks. But the ending has definitely left me on my edge! In the end, there is a showdown between the husband and wife and a gunshot then the drama ends without telling what exactly happens. Just that scene makes me want a second season to find out what happened but I guess I will just to rely on my imagination. Even an awesome rom-com action movie would do!
I guess this drama is something which is more relatable to girls and more-so married women. But as a single woman in her early twenties, I can’t deny the fact that I liked watching the three getting together and trying different activities or having a little outing with a little gossip. I loved how observant Nami is and how she never backed down from helping someone who might need help despite risking revealing her secret past. I have always loved Ayase Haruka and I think she did justice to her role as Nami as well.
Have you seen ‘Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui’? If yes, then what do you think about it? If not, are you planning to watch it? Comment below!