It’s a typical day in the Yuzuki household. Older brother Hayato is getting his younger brothers out the door and on the road to school. Having lost their parents a few years earlier, Hayato, a high school teacher, has taken it upon himself to support his family: Mikoto, Minato, and Gakuto. Middle child Minato sees how hard his older bro is working to keep the family organized, and of course, he wants to help out. However, our ahoge-bro gets in over his head with breakfast and other household duties, much to the frustration of Hayato. Dejected, Minato soon gets a bright idea to show how responsible he is: take little brother Gakuto to a summer festival by himself to see the fireworks without telling the two older brothers! Yeah, that’ll show them! What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Okay, so you guys know I’m a sucker for a great fluffy slice-of-life anime. The peek into the lives of a set of characters going through the ups and downs will never not be fascinating to me. The Yuzuki Family’s Four Sons does this expertly. This premiere episode does a great job of getting us established with these characters smoothly and naturally, where we get a gist of their personalities from the first few minutes. We get an idea of how our bowl-cut bros get along with a totally relatable issue—when you see someone you love struggling, how do you help them? How do you take some of the burden off of them? You TOTALLY get that Minato’s heart is in the right place, even though his head isn’t, bless his heart.
Time to address the Mastodon Lion Thunderzord in the room, guys. As of the time of this writing, this show’s subtitles are absurd. I don’t mean “Oh, the adapters used a weird word that I don’t agree with,” I mean the subtitles read as though someone held up their phone to the computer speaker, opened the Google Translate app on the phone, and just let the chips fall where they may. I’m genuinely shocked that someone approved this and that it made it to air, and I’m equally shocked that it’s STILL up.
So where does that leave us with The Yuzuki Family’s Four Sons? Well, here’s the thing. Under normal circumstances, I would TOTALLY recommend that you check it out. It would be a prodigious no-brainer. This is a cute anime with a lot of heart. You’ll love these dorks like your own family. HOWEVER…this show is borderline unwatchable with the subtitles as they are now. Hopefully, this is just a temporary issue and will be resolved with all subsequent episodes, but just know if you decide to go into this one, it will be a challenge. Crunchyroll, if you’re reading this, please do better. This show is too beautiful to be marred by such an easily fixable issue. Don’t make me go Angry Black Man on you.
The Yuzuki Family’s Four Sons is available for streaming on Crunchyroll