My Husband Won’t Fit – Netflix Season 1 Review



Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10



Despite its sexually suggestive title, Japanese series My Husband Won’t Fit plays much closer to a slice-of-life melodrama than a comedy. Split across 10 episodes of varying lengths, the series blends elements of drama and romance together with tiny sprinklings of amusing observations, used to build the characters.

Admittedly, it does take a while to warm to the pacing of this title. Despite several time jumps forward, the series is surprisingly slow-paced, thanks in part to its use of long shots throughout the show. At the heart of this drama is a shy girl called Kumiko. After leaving the Boondocks for university, she meets Kenichi and the two hit it off immediately. As they begin to grow closer and things get more intimate, a serious issue in the bedroom comes between them and forms the crux of drama at the heart of this one.

As the episodes progress, the romance and cute awkwardness between the two characters paves way for more drama as Kumiko tries to find a solution to the problem. This inevitably leads to tensions between the two characters which bubbles over into several dramatic moments late on that ask some really interesting questions about the significance of sex in relationships.

Where My Husband Won’t Fit really shines though is with its characterisation. Making the most of its slow pacing, this Japanese drama takes its time to get us acquainted to the characters, building up a believable relationship between the two protagonists in the process. As time jumps forward, that feeling carries over and seeing the changed dynamics of their relationship evolve over time as the issue becomes more problematic is part of the allure with this one.

Of course, given this is a Japanese drama, a lot of the quirky and social cues between the characters are soaked in Asian culture. It works well here but for those not accustomed to some of the more traditional social cues inherent in Asian culture, My Husband Won’t Fit may feel a little alienating. Still, the acting is good and Kumiko is certainly a likable protagonist, especially later on when she’s grown up.

It won’t be for everyone but for those who can take to the pacing and enjoy slice-of-life dramas, My Husband Won’t Fit is an enjoyable Japanese drama. The issues are relevant, explored respectfully and have enough emotional weight to them to make this worth checking out. Of course, it does take a while to warm to the characters but if you can take to this one, there’s certainly an enjoyable drama here.


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  • Verdict - 6/10

11 thoughts on “My Husband Won’t Fit – Netflix Season 1 Review”

  1. I liked it, came across it yesterday and watched all 10 episodes., something I have never done with subtitles. Liked both/all characters. Sweet, some crazy detours, but overall a good series.

  2. Hey Mike, thanks for commenting and pointing this out, good spot! The review has now been updated accordingly.

  3. I found the characters completely likable and even though I don’t fully understand the culture, I can appreciate the differences. While as an American, and a nurse, I would be at the doctor seeing what could be done to fix the “problem” right away, I know there is a certain stoicism in other cultures, especially amongst the women. I enjoyed the series very much. Bravo to the team.

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  5. @Roxanne

    A ‘Japanese drama’ is a drama made in Japan. Just like how an ‘American comedy’ would be a comedy made in America or a ‘British horror’ would be a horror made in Britain. Do you understand a little better with these examples, or do you need pictures?

    Characterisation is the British English spelling of the world used in many countries. Nothing wrong with writing it that way, just need to open your mind a little and remember that US English spellings are not gospel.

    The writer didn’t say that people wouldn’t like the elements of Asian culture or that they were unexpected in an Asian movie, so why are you getting all uppity about that? They simply highlighted the fact that a few elements of the way the characters interact and the way the plot plays out may seem unfamiliar or strange to Western viewers, which is a logical point.

    Am I petty? Guess so, but it’s boring sitting here reading nasty little comments from sad people.

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  7. Honestly, I liked the movie. I felt sad for the characters that they were not able to experience the deep intimacy. However, I felt the true love which will make a marriage last. I am curious though, is there really no way to correct the incompatibility of their sexual anatomy parts? How about undergoing surgery for the reproductive organs? I hope a surgeon or medical doctor can explain and give advice. Thank you.

  8. What’s a “Japanese drama?” Characterisation or characterization . Is the “Boondocks” a real place because you capitalized it. I thought the elements of Asian culture were very interesting. One would, you would think, expect to see that in a Movie made in Japan, with Japanese people. Am I petty? Yes, probably, but it’s boring sitting here waiting in my Louisiana Rub classic wings.

  9. Ten episodes? Really? Like a lot of the junk that Netflix gets for super cheap, this one’s lost in translation.

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