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Review: He’s Expecting — When 40% Japanese Men Could Get Pregnant

P.S. This is a review after watching. There are perhaps some spoilers.

First impression the minute I glanced at the poster — freshly, creatively, and impressively innovative. I’ve always been wondering since I was a young kid, how would the world  be like if men could also get pregnant? I had a peaceful mind that I would get to see how men experience their lives and roles as equivalent to women. But this series provided me deeper insights. 

In He’s expecting, I got to see the aspects of men too. I mean not all, but inclusively what I’ve been against and wondered. When Kentaro got pregnant, and abortion signature was needed to continue the surgery, Aki was shocked and spilled out the exclamation, “Is the baby really mine?” Whenever I heard that statement from whether a drama or a movie from the men’s side, I was always like, “What did he say? Isn’t everything obvious enough?” These were my thoughts because I’ve been with the protagonist the entire time. However, if one character is totally flirty, and the ongoing relationship is isn’t committed,  I would be uncertain too. This series reflects Aki side, which I were Aki, that would be the first thing I said to Saitoh too. 

 

When Aki would like to pursue her career in Singapore and his due date was nearby. This was another part implanted in my brain cell. I’ve seen many many cases where the husbands leave to work while the wives were pregnant. Up until now, I’ve never really focused on the men’s side. I was generally just thinking, “She’s carrying your child. Why would you leave your pregnant home alone and encountering pregnancy’s hardship.” With Aki’s sight, I am totally with her. What I am trying to say is Aki knows exactly that she shouldn’t leave Japan and Saitoh. But she also acknowledged that the cost of raising a child is unimaginable. Saitoh was demoted from his regular job, which Aki could be a good help to some extent. 

Another part is when Aki suggested Saitoh to keep the child. As Aki may not have a chance to deliver a child herself regarding her age and uterine fibroids. Saitoh, without hesitation, angrily refused. He furiously told her that he is the one who is pregnant, and Aki wouldn’t understand his difficulties. This part hit me hard. I haven’t experienced pregnancy myself, definitely, I am too young for that. Nevertheless, I was part of the similar conversation which a guy wanted to have a kid, but his partner directly said that he isn’t the one delivering the baby in the hospital. Well, this series gave me more of like, an insightful understanding of two lenses, not solely one like before. 

Last but not the least, one important aspect that the series has been showing is the roles of women in the society, which is concretely inferior to men. For example, the girl in the conference room whom was talked irrespectively to. Being the only woman in that room while all the other men colleagues were joking about woman’s body. That’s was insane, but accurate in the reality. I was also strange, but well-depicted in terms of male pregnancy too. I mean, I expected the society in the series to be more, you know, contributed to gender equality and acceptance. But, Saitoh, who was a shiny employee with outstanding performance, didn’t get treated the same as before. I just have a thought that this is the reality of the society and what women have been facing. Women got pregnant and people acted like they are different person. They were behaved like they didn’t have the competencies to work as before, well their bodies and moods may swing up and down, but their skills remained. 

At the same time, there was a guy in the workplace who asked for permission to return home earlier than the other co-workers to take care of his child. I found his presence spectacular though because men shouldn’t be excluded in terms of taking care of a child, especially newborns. This guy seemed to be dedicated to his family to an extent that he neglected the chance to level up in his career. But the society, in the corporate world, has the opposite perspective. The other colleagues discussed that it was such a shame for him.

Apart from the career-related problems above, Aki’s life as a woman was relatively navigated by the society, including her family. She carried a heavy pressure from her father by being single and not having kid at her age. With these scenes, all I could say is relatable. Women are expected to marry  and have kids before 30, which is quite unreasonable to argue about. Women can be carefree too, and they should spend their lives however they want. With that much pressure, no wonder why Aki couldn’t go along very well with her family.

Personal Rating:
4/5

Overall: 4! There are many arguments towards this series. Some say it’s being streamed in such uncreative, obsolete, and unrealistic theme. But I watched the whole episodes and I do really like the aspects they’ve given. 

Available Platform: Netflix 

Episode: 8 Episodes/25 minutes each

 

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