The Full-Time Wife Escapist

The Full-Time Wife Escapist (逃げるは恥だが役に立つ, Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, lit. Running away is shameful, but useful) is a Japanese romance josei manga series written and illustrated by Tsunami Umino. The original title is from a Hungarian proverb szégyen a futás, de hasznos, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈse̝ːɟɛnɒ ˌfutɑ̈ːʃ ˈhɒsnoʃ].[1] It was published by Kodansha, with serialization in Kiss magazine since November 9, 2012[2] and eleven volumes released across the whole series timeframe.[3]

The Full-Time Wife Escapist
Cover of the first volume
(Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu)
Written byTsunami Umino
Published byKodansha
English publisherKodansha Comics
Original runNovember 9, 2012April 13, 2020
Television drama
Directed byFuminori Kaneko
Produced byYasuharu Ishii
Nobuhiro Doi
Written byAkiko Nogi
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
Licensed byViki
Original networkTBS
Original run October 11, 2016 December 20, 2016

The series later got a live-action adaptation that began airing on TBS in October 2016, with Yui Aragaki and Gen Hoshino as the leads. Viki has licensed the series in North America. Aragaki and Hoshino, the leads, would go on to marry in real life.[4]


Mikuri Moriyama (森山 みくり, Moriyama Mikuri)
Portrayed by: Yui Aragaki
The 25-year-old protagonist. A graduate student who was recently fired from her temporary job. Mikuri studied psychology in graduate school and is a licensed clinical psychologist, and often internally psycho-analyzes Hiramasa. After losing her temp job, she is given the chance to become a housekeeper at Hiramasa's home, desperate for any source of income. After learning that her parents were about to move to the countryside when her father retires, she enters a contract marriage with Hiramasa, allowing her a place to live and a stable source of employment.
Hiramasa Tsuzaki (津崎 平匡, Tsuzaki Hiramasa)
Portrayed by: Gen Hoshino
The 36-year-old male lead. A salaryman who is one of the top workers in his company. Despite being 36, he is still a virgin and calls himself a "professional bachelor". He enters a contract common law marriage with Mikuri because he thinks it will be useful to have someone live with him who can take care of him if need be. Fairly quickly after marrying Mikuri, he begins to have feelings and desires for her, which he tries to suppress. Mikuri speculates that Hiramasa struggles with hypervigilant narcissism, as he completely avoids any situation that may interrupt his way of life or self image.
Ryota Kazami (風見涼太, Kazami Ryota)
Portrayed by: Ryohei Otani
Hiramasa's coworker. He is 27 and often wonders if marriage is a good thing, and breaks up with his girlfriend in the first volume after she wants marriage and he does not. He later moves into the same neighborhood as Mikuri's aunt Yuri.
Yuri Tsuchiya (土屋百合, Tsuchiya Yuri)
Portrayed by: Yuriko Ishida
Mikuri's 52-year-old aunt who insists Mikuri calls her by her first name and not as "Aunt." She is single and has never married, and mentions that she made it to menopause a virgin. Yuri is shown to be a career woman with a good amount of wealth, but laments that she should have gotten married when she was younger even if it would end in divorce. She sees Kazami break up with his girlfriend at the restaurant and holds resentment towards him.
Numata (沼田, Numata)
Portrayed by: Arata Furuta
Hiramasa's gay coworker who socializes with him and Kazami. When he is first invited to Hiramasa and Mikuri's apartment, he shows his skills as a great cook. He catches on early that Hiramasa and Mikuri are not a real couple, but fantasizes that Hiramasa married Mikuri to hide that he is in a relationship with Kazami, which is untrue.
Hideshi Hino (日野秀司, Hino Hideshi)
Portrayed by: Takashi Fujii
Another of Hiramasa's coworkers, he is a typical married man with kids.


No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 June 13, 2013[5]978-4-06-340911-6February 28, 2017[6]978-1-68-233479-9
2 October 11, 2013[7]978-4-06-340920-8April 25, 2017[8]978-1-68-233589-5
3 February 13, 2014[9]978-4-06-340924-6May 23, 2017[10]978-1-68-233590-1
4 October 10, 2014[11]978-4-06-340936-9July 11, 2017[12]978-1-68-233591-8
5 April 13, 2015[13]978-4-06-340954-3August 8, 2017[14]978-1-68-233600-7
6 October 25, 2015[15]978-4-06-340968-0November 7, 2017[16]978-1-68-233964-0
7 June 13, 2016[17]978-4-06-340984-0December 5, 2017[18]978-1-64-212052-3
8 October 13, 2016[19]978-4-06-340998-7December 26, 2017[20]978-1-64-212084-4
9 March 13, 2017[21]978-4-06-398013-4 (regular edition)
978-4-06-362356-7 (special edition)
January 30, 2018[22]978-1-64-212109-4
10 August 9, 2019[23]978-4-06-516720-5December 27, 2022[24]978-1-68-491559-0
11 April 13, 2020[25]978-4-06-519231-3February 21, 2023[26]978-1-68-491660-3



Volume 5 reached the 47th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts and, as of April 19, 2015, had sold 20,288 copies.[27]

The series won the award for Best Shōjo Manga at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards.[28]

The television drama was very popular[29] and the ending theme Koi (恋) by Gen Hoshino featuring the cast dancing the Koi Dance ("love dance") became a craze in Japan.[30] As of 2023, the music video for the song currently has over 280 million views on YouTube.[31]


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