I don't recommend this anime. Things included in this show are unlikable characters, terrible comedy, and essentially everything you've already seen before. I get it, the chibi form of the main character is cute and marketable, it's being used on banners and logos and whatnot, but it's all just a ruse.
Now let me make this clear. I love slice of life anime. I loved Nichijou, Barakamon and the list goes on. However this particular anime has a few breaking flaws. First off, the main character is a bratty teenager who basically gets whatever she wants and if she doesn't,
she throws a tantrum. Do you even understand how much I wanted to stick my hand into the screen and bitch slap the ever-living shit out of this cheeto lookin' ass? You know when you go out, there's always that one kid who just screams and throws a tantrum because they're spoiled to hell and their parents don't do shit so you're stuck with this terrible annoyance that you can't do anything about? This anime is basically that. Twelve whole episodes of that. The characters are just not likable and the comedy doesn't vary. It's the same shit throughout the whole series. The main character puts on an angelic front when she's out in public and everyone loves her, then she comes home and turns into an orange potato and does whatever the hell she wants and whines when she doesn't get her way.
That's the whole anime. Not even kidding. I mean sure, let's bring in another character in different episodes, but it's the same exact thing that happens every time. This isn't even a "this annoying character starts off as someone you hate but gradually becomes someone you love" type deal. She stays an annoying brat throughout the whole series.
I am genuinely boggled that this is rated as high as it is. I can get behind anime with the pure intention of comedy like Gintama, Baka Test etc. but this does it so terribly that it's not even funny, literally.
Here's my thoughts on the show summarized in one sentence:
Himouto brings a fun style of comedy to the viewer for the first few episodes, and then recycles those same jokes over and over until you're sick of them.
As for the more technical side of things:
Story- Umaru is a practically perfect girl while with her friends, but a little lazy weeaboo shit when at home with her brother. You'd think I was oversimplifying it, but I'm really not. The plot is rather stagnant and doesn't change much throughout the show (this isn't necessarily a bad thing)
So average that it's bad. Let me expound on that sentence:
Most shows with an "average" artstyle usually have 1 especially notable thing about the art. With Himouto, you could say that this would be her childlike form, but that's really just taken from other shows too.
Sound- Decent soundtrack and OP. Nice to listen to.
Characters- They all seem interesting at first, but then lose said interest when you realize how linear they are. They do their role okay though, so can't say it's the worst I've seen.
Enjoyment- Show is very entertaining for the first couple episodes, then becomes stagnant. Not sure what to tell you on this one.
OVERALL- Himouto does a decent job as a comedy, and if you don't mind jokes seeming a bit similar to ones previously used, give it a shot. Can't give this show too high of a rating because simply getting rid of your boredom for an hour or two just won't suffice.
I’m not going to lie. Watching Himouto! Umaru-chan (My Two-Faced Little Sister) makes me feel like a kid all over again. Each week, each episode is like an indoor and outdoor adventure of its own. Titular character Umaru Doma is the class superstar as well as the model that almost everyone looks up to. Her brother, Taihei Doma, is kind of like the sidekick providing her shelter, food, and a sense of comfort for her when she’s living at home. Really though, this series took me by surprise like an unexpected storm. And I’m talking about the type of otaku storm where you have to
see it to believe it.
Based on the 4-koma of the same name, the series is adapted by studio Doga Kobo. In recent years, they are better known for their work with slice of life stories. Essentially, that’s how this show is like. The first episode easily establishes Umaru’s ulterior character. She literally lives a double life. At school, she acts mature, friendly, and in general someone that people idolizes. At home, she is almost the complete opposite with a lazy lifestyle, obsessive otaku personality, and acts like a NEET. This makes the show a bit odd at first seeing how each episode reflects on her double life style. What the series does well on this perspective is to demonstrate genuine comedy. The show makes fun of the otaku culture by saturating it with an immense amount of parody. Umaru’s character is someone that people would least expect to be an otaku from the outside. Yet, the show satires that with her lifestyle at home. In retrospect, the show delivers what I would call a cultural comedy.
The series also consists of other characters ranging from Umaru’s shy childhood friend Ebina, self-proclaimed rival Sylphynford, and the bizarre and frightening girl, Kirie Motoba. Each of them has a different personality that makes them stand out on their own. Their interactions with Umaru usually brings out the honesty of their characters. Furthermore, each episode provides a better insight about Umaru as well. We learn more about Umaru from both sides of her lifestyle. And through that, the show can make us feel attached to the characters. Umaru’s relationship with her brother can also be quite entertaining to watch. Her brother is the average type of guy with an average job and working an average salary. Umaru often makes him run errands for her although she sometimes gets scolded. Their relationship is the typical brother and sister type with no absurdity involving incest or abuse. As lighthearted as it can be though, the chemistry between some characters can be a bit dull. While most times, the on-screen chemistry has an attachable feel, the concepts are usually recycled tropes. Umaru’s otaku lifestyle can also be a bit odd to get used to considering that it’s so different compared to the outer image she created at school. Selfish and lazy. Those are not good attributes for a young girl like her. But even so, the show satires her personality and connects them with her lifestyle without over exaggeration.
Despite the series focuses on a more episodic basis, there are a few reoccurring elements throughout the story. Umaru’s double life is obviously one of them but also some of the competition she faces. This includes her love of video games and she later on creates a third personality specifically used to face her rival Sylphynford. Kirie’s relationship with Umaru also brings an interesting idea to the show. “Will someone at school eventually discover Umaru’s true identity and personality?” The show almost made this slip apart in the early stages and often or not, it keeps the audience at their seat of wondering that question. Finally, while there’s no actual dramatic romance in the show, we do get a bit of the puppy love with Ebina. Like I mentioned before, the main supporting characters consists of different personalities and roles to make this series colorful and diverse.
In essence, the artwork is simplistic yet effective. Umaru’s outer image is crafted with an appealing appearance with her perfectly rounded face, smile, colorful hair, and even body structure as shown in pool class. However, the more entertaining aspect comes with her deformed character. When at home, her character design is that of a kid wearing a hamster shaped hoodie. Furthermore, her behavior and reactions are often like a spoiled brat. The visual style and reactive expressions makes us believe who she is as the two-faced little sister. On the contrary, her brother looks average all throughout the series. And while there’s no explicit fan service in the series, Ebina’s character is designed ways that can raise some eyebrows. All that aside, the artwork is well done in terms of overall coverage.
The show’s soundtrack is not to be underestimated. Although it lacks any sort of distinctive OST, the way comedic scenes are done is often convincing thanks to the matching soundtrack. Similarly, conversations and dialogues performed by the characters makes you curious about what they will say next often. This is especially true for Umaru as she leads a double life. And from her performance, Umaru’s VA Ami Tanaka deserves a bit of praise for portraying a character with completely different personalities. Other noticeable voices includes Kirie with her intimidating tone or Sylphynford’s pride. The OP and ED theme songs are also creatively done. In particular, the OP song fuses the double life imagery of Umaru.
Although Himouto! Umaru-chan runs the risk of being a big joke, it ultimately has enough comedy and convincingly gets the audience to laugh. There’s enough jokes in the series that makes it look like satire and in general makes fun of the otaku culture thanks to Umaru. It also has enough time to not forget about the other characters. Furthermore, Umaru’s daily adventures will often get the audience curious to see what she is capable of doing next. As a series that stars a peculiar girl with two-faces, this is more than just a show about a brother and sister.
This is the anime you probably see all over Tumblr with funny and relatable screencaps. You'd think "Wow, this anime must be really funny!". Well, it is; In the first three episodes at least.
Basically, Umaru is a high school student who's admired by everyone because of her kind personality, looks, and brains. But once she's at home, she's a lazy weeb who bosses her brother around 25/8 to do shit for her. The art is decent, I guess, but the main point is suppose to be Umaru's personality, or at least I think it is.
There's some side characters, but they don't do much. The anime
has 0 plot. The entire series is just the same repetitive scenes and jokes. Umaru doesn't improve as a person, even though there were multiple occurrences where the plot could've developed, but nothing. Although the episode where she gets to be with her mother for Christmas was really touching, it was the only time that there was some kind of emotional factor in the series.
Honestly, I watched this anime in hope that I could just relax and laugh, but after episode 5 it got pretty boring, and it was just generic scenes of Umaru being spoiled and playing video games. People hype this anime way too much. It had so much potential, but nothing happens.
A very peculiar creature is living among us, elusive for so many years due to its ability to perfectly imitate a human being. First discovered by SankakuHead in 2013, but his findings are in a language known only to few, but thanks to the hard work of cryptologists at Dogakobo they have provided us with SankakuHead's findings in a format we can make sense of and I am writing this report after going through their findings.
Though without a botanical name as yet, but persons around it refer to the creature as 'Umaru', so we shall refer to it as such within the course of this
At first glance the Umaru seems to be a casual and playful creature, it is largely lethargic in nature and enjoys to indulge itself in as much frivolities as it can. Its preferred natural habitat is a suburban apartment with dimmed lightning at low temperatures, it spends most of its time consuming human entertainment such as Television, Video games and the Internet, its main diet though mostly consists of barbecued foods and chilled drinks, however we have witnessed it consuming fruits and vegetables but it shows a strong adverseness to it and only consumes it when forced or as a last resort when starvation kicks in. The Umaru is capable of becoming dangerous however when not allowed its usual diet, environment or entertainment, throwing tantrums and wailing at most occasions.
The most interesting thing about the Umaru though is its ability to camouflage so perfectly whenever it leaves its habitat and ventures into human society, we have no idea how its capable of doing this but when it does it takes on the form of the perfect human being; smart, beautiful and quite flawless in every aspect of its activities. This has led it to be awed and adored by most in society but heads will surely be turned if and whenever its nature in its own habitat is exposed to them.
Despite its somewhat selfish and secluded lifestyle it still has a couple of close human companions which it interacts with. It has a blood brother which it lives with by the name of Taihei, but as far as we can tell from investigation he seems to be human, but being a blood relative of the Umaru that section of the investigation is marked as inconclusive at this point. Taihei does most of the housework due to the Umaru's lethargic nature, he is well aware of all its characteristics but expresses no serious alarm about it, he does constantly try to lecture and reform the Umaru to the right way but at this point to no success. They express a fondness and affection for each other as siblings, but her usual anecdotes are a constant nuisance to him and we on the investigation team found their interactions amusing and a times heart warming to see.
Dogakobo's interpretation of the Umaru and its surroundings is very lovely to look at indeed, though simplistic and not in too much detail it still carries a nice mix of color tones that is very lovely to look at. There are no overly excessive motions but constant motion even in small bouts is present to always make sure things never seem dull.
In conclusion there is still much we don't know about this creature and its environment, but from the little that we have seen here it is apparent that it is a charming, playful and a times boisterous, and its many antics and characteristics have often left us laughing or at least left us with a smile on our face and we're sure will be pleasing to many.
If my sister acted the way the main character does in this show I think I'd take her round the back and shoot her.
Wow, that was quite the dark opening, wasn't it? Let's...Let's try that again (cough cough).
This show makes me want to find the nearest kitchen utensil and then locate the nearest plug socket so that I will never have to look at this orange football ever again...(that's better!)
If you can't yet tell from my terrible jokes I really do not like this show. What started off a harmless comedy with some fun little jokes stays as such throughout the entire show with no
character growth while repeating the same gag over and over again. When this anime was airing last year there was no escaping the orange tic-tac since she was used for every single reaction image and post on every website forum. She was everywhere and unfortunately is still around now. Every Comic-Con I go to, not only am I surrounded by about twenty overweight Narutos, seventy-two Rems and six-hundred Deadpools but also about a million Umarus. As far as the eye can see, all I witness is a shitty waifu. Even in my porn this annoying sister is beginning to show up...and that creeps me out.
The plot of this anime is pretty paper thin and the crust of each scenario and joke is centred around the little sister character being an absolute cunt to her big brother. Teaching kids everywhere that it's fine to throw a tantrum and cry if you don't get your own way just to get your pussy of an older brother to go buy you some potato chips and some cola. Rinse and repeat every episode. Umaru, as a character, is both selfish and annoying in her lifestyle. She has two sides to her life; one in which she is a model student at her school and one in which she shrinks down and becomes the useless slob that she is at heart. While this can provide some comedy for the show most of the comedy is derivative of Umaru crying to get her own way or simply watching her play games and eating food.
Umaru's main problem is that she doesn't grow as a character in the slightest. She stays exactly the same throughout the show and the fact that the show hints at her realising that she is a little too selfish is a kick in the balls to the audience as they never do anything with it and she devolves back into the cunt that she is. Many little sisters of this nature have the same problems in anime. Take for example Kirino from the anime 'my little sister can't possibly be this much of a cunt'. She too is a selfish prick and never changes in her narrative but to be fair, Umaru is not as much of a bitch as she is...she is just annoying. Umaru, in a way, glorifies the lazy and self-entitled lifestyle that some kids are living today. You can call me cynical, and perhaps I am for thinking about this show in this nature but the entire show comes across that being a worthless member of society is okay as long as you can get someone to buy you stuff while you remain a selfish asshole.
The older brother is a character whom I want to reach through the computer screen and slap. As someone who has three little sisters myself, one of which is about the same age as Umaru herself I feel embarrassed by how much of a pussy he is. He never actually stands up for himself or tries to make Umaru see the error of her ways. He is just there and that's it. In terms of the supporting cast, they're a bit more lively and interesting and have more in the way of comedy. I liked Ebina the most...especially her boobs. Yes, it's shallow but if the show is this shallow, I might as well be too. The comedy is kind of hit or miss for me. While there were some moments that I felt were generally well executed there were plenty in which I couldn't care for and most of the time the writers constantly repeat jokes throughout the show. The narrative is pretty bare-bones and I'm not expecting anything remarkable out of a slice-of-life show's story but when the cast is this boring and the comedy is this stale I lose interest fast. The music was okay at best but the wooden train flute got annoying really quickly. The animation and art design was decent and get the job done but is nothing remarkable as a whole.
Overall Umaru is a show with weak comedy and one of the worst main characters I have ever seen. Umaru was just too much of a dick for me to properly enjoy myself with this show and every time she was on screen I wanted to punch her through the monitor. One may argue that I am taking the show too seriously and that I should enjoy it for what it is. That's fine, but the show's comedy is so awful that I find that impossible. If you want to learn how to be the ultimate useless member of society, then watch this show. Awaken the Umaru in you...
This anime went from being horrible to somewhat decent to horrible again.
This is my first review and I plan to write more in the future, so I hope I can explain well why I hate this show so damn much.
First things first: The story.
There is none.
Umaru, while being popular at school and great in every subject, just turns into a lazy otaku at home, doing nothing but gaming, watching anime, reading Manga and having her older brother she lives with do even the smallest things for her.
There is no plot progression - aside from some season-related episodes - there is no character development,
which would be rather necessary to get something out of the main character.
"But it's just a comedy", you might say, "It only has to be fun, what do you expect."
Of course giving a show that bad a score only based on the fact that it has little to no story wouldn't be fair. Instead, I should focus on the humor, it's a comedy after all.
And the humor the show has... is so, so terrible. It always happens at the expense of the wrong characters, and the most unlikeable characters end up coming out on top - I can't find the humor in that.
I will admit that there were a few moments that felt kinda genuine, but whenever the show tried to have emotional moments otherwise, it got immediately ruined afterwards for the sake of some bad and predictable joke. [1/10]
This is, naturally, directly tied to the cast of the show, which has to be one of the most unlikeable casts I have ever seen in a comedy.
Umaru is manipulative and lazy, almost sociopathic in the way she treats her older brother and there is no motivation for her to change her manners completely when she goes outside. She doesn't work as a character, because her "outside" and true personality don't fit together at all. There is no way someone could live like that - only hanging around at home, eating snacks and playing games, but still being perfectly healthy, slim, fantastic at sports and great at school without learning or training or doing anything at all. Also she has some kind of chibi form whenever she's in lazy mode and despite only having other clothing, no one aside from her brother ever recognizes her.
Her Brother Taihei, while being pushed around constantly, tries to change his sister for the better, but always ends up cleaning after her, buying stuff for her and feeling bad because he gets fed up with her more than one time. He goes to work yet still manages the household all on his own, and he's so much into his adorable little sister it gets annoying really fast.
Ebina, Umaru's friend, has even less personality than that, she likes to hang out with Umaru, is shy, dumb, in love with Taihei and has big boobs.
Kirie, another friend, is also shy, but really violent with her older brother.
But it's absolutely okay, because her brother, who is a friend of Taihei's, is perverted and stupid. Nothing is wrong with girls constantly hitting guys for whatever reason, right? Isn't it just fun?
Then there's Sylphyn, who's competitive with Umaru, a foreigner who speaks very politely and always a bit hyper.
And I'm supposed to find all of this funny somehow? I can't.
A character-based comedy is supposed to get the fun out of character interactions, reactions and the situations they find themselves in, but when the whole cast is either bland or horribly unlikeable, the humor doesn't work.[1/10]
As for art and animation, they are okay, but not great.
The anime shines with really nice colors and some good, but mostly bland character designs. [5/10]
The sound is also mixed. The show has a rather catchy opening, forgettable ending and boring, bland insert music.
The only thing remarkable here is Umaru's Seiyuu. In my opinion, she does a great job in trying to give anything likeable to her role and I hope she gets parts in much better Anime in the future. [5/10]
As for my overall enjoyment... the show had some nice, relaxing parts in it, which is why I kept watching until the end, but after episode 12, I wondered why I bothered at all. [4/10]
Total score (NOT calculated mathematically): 1/10
So there you have it. What could have been a nice comedy focused on otaku culture turned into some really unlikeable characters I don't care about having fun. And also created one of my most hated anime characters of all time.
Hopefully at least Umaru's Seiyuu will benefit from having been a part of this.
“All I want for Christmas 2015 is Ebina Nana-chan. ^^”
I first known about Himouto! Umaru-chan after searching what anime I should watch after finishing spring season. Honestly, I consider this as my main priority to watch for Summer 2015, but after watching Gakkou Gurashi! (Considered as my highest priority for SM 2015) I still make Himouto! Umaru chan as my second highest priority to watch in 2015, so no hard feelings for Himouto lovers. :D
And I’m really glad I watch Himouto Umaru-chan, one of the best combination of comedy and slice of life anime in my life, I don’t know for others but it
may depends on their perspectives but for me I totally enjoy it. Down below is my full review about this series. Other than that, I’ve learn so much from this anime that I completely forgotten to do my homeworks. And yet, most of the scenes in this series I can almost relate to my everyday life where my sister is struggling to control me when it comes to anime related staffs. Anyway, back to the review.
I really like how they scripted the story from the manga, well except some of the scenes may be cut-out but overall it was well adapted and I like how they make the story simple and not too complex, (my perspective). Other than that, the pacing of the story is not too rushed or too slow, just right, (I haven’t read the manga so excuse if I’m wrong). Most of the story focuses on Umaru who has a two-faced side being one a perfect sister with strong intelligence on the outside and seconds after stepping into the house, turning into annoying yet cute otaku Umaru-chan and Taihei whom he has to deal all kinds of problems that his sister cause or make a big tantrum and this is where comedy played a big role in this series. Not much of bikini scenes except for the ED song video and the final episode if you don’t drop the series. Nonetheless, this is a good 2015 summer anime for those who loves comedy and slice of life show. Not much of romance content, but still have those ship moments. Don’t forget, this show has a lot of references from other anime.
The work is done by Doga Kobo, a studio which make good anime for example Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, Yuru Yuri and recent anime Plastic Memories. Their animations are really decent, not bad for 2015 animations. The background is not too saturated as it follows the mood of the character and character designs are not too bland, in fact Umaru is quite cheerful when she is in cola mode. I love how the original character, Sankakuhead design all the characters of the series, it’s pretty cute especially Ebina. Overall, not much of weird animations made by Doga Kobo.
Most of the seiyuu which I haven’t heard before are pretty new to the anime industries, yet they did an amazing job voice acting on all the characters in this series, especially the seiyuus of Umaru, Ebina, Kirie and Sylphynford. Not bad for first starters. The OP song is very catchy and perfectly match the personality of Umaru since she loves to play video games so much and the ED song well quite enjoyable to listen. OST or background music are lovely too. And the sound effects when Umaru transforms is almost related to Yuru Yuri’s “Akari disappearance effect” because the director is from Yuru Yuri!
I love all the characters of this series, they all have unique appearances and personality. I love how Umaru being an otaku at home and loves to talk all about games and anime to his brother because that’s what I did in real life, but I do prefer her on the outside personality though and well the good thing about her is she cares for her onii-chan since he work really hard to financially support her. Sylphynford is Umaru’s not really kinda rival and she loves to challenge umaru just because she is below her but nonetheless they do spent together as TSF and UMR. Kirie, is more like Tomoko from Watamote except that she is cute and shy, well Tomoko is cute too so yeah. She’s having a hard time to talk with other people because of her shy personality but hopefully she would make more friends in the future, well at least Umaru help her. Ebina, ahh my favorite character of the series even though she is just a supporting character. What is so special about Ebina? Boobs? Nope, her air-headness and her kawainess throughout the series, I just wanna pet her head so much. Since she came from Akita, she is trying to improve her standard Japanese language so she can speak without making any Akita dialect, well except if she is in a good mood after tasting Tokyo’s food. Other than that i completely enjoy seeing her in each episodes, makes me happy.
With most of the episodes has completely finished airing, I feel sad that the show had ended but at the same time, I’m happy that they adapted this from the manga, I would say this is the best 2015 anime summer from my perspective and I enjoyed much watching on this, it helps me to cool down my stress after heavy load of school hours and help to cheer me up when I’m feeling moody. The good thing is that, this has no incest relationship because if it does, well that’s up to your imagination. Overall, this has easily made to be one of the recommendations for anyone who wanted to watch slice of life and comedy for 2015.
So to sum it all up, it has been an amazing ride with the Umaru and her friends and of course onii-chan throughout the whole series. Also thank you Oota Masahiko for directing Himouto Umaru Chan, he did well on directing this and making it a fun series to watch, he is the director who directs Yuru Yuri S1 and S2, hopefully there would be a season 2 for this, because it was freaking funny and cute to watch. Eventhough it is long and may be completely nonsense but I hope this review is helpful as I went a lot of process of thinking and rewriting the review again for the past few days. Thanks! And have a nice Umaru day!~
Most of the humour and appeal of Himouto! Umaru-chan comes from the protagonist being strikingly similar to its target audience; a lazy, entitled otaku teenager who always gets what they want. You're meant to identify with this cola-obsessed girl to the point of empathizing with her every move, and that obviously worked. Within days of the first episode airing, the show became a meme. It was (and at the time of writing, still is) hard to enter an anime discussion without catching a stray gif or picture showing Umaru in her chibi form, because people loved that they saw themselves or their behaviour in this
cute little character. A month later, the show's viewer base had unexpectedly doubled.
This isn't the first time this model has succeeded. In 2013, both Oregairu and WataMote garnished immense popularity by using a character the audience could relate to, through teen angst and depression respectively. And as much as I'd like to lump Himouto! Umaru-chan in with those two, it feels different. It's not some one-off attempt at being relatable, but a series that wants to tell a story through the eyes of its audience. And I completely hated it until I came to that strange realization.
While beautiful and endearingly polite on the outside, the titular Umaru turns to a horrible blob of laziness as soon as she arrives home. She lives with her older brother, Taihei, who thankfully brings no themes of incest to the table. As Taihei's a strict and punctual businessman, the two don't exactly get along. All that happens between the two from there on does nothing but highlight Umaru's much-needed flaws (bad behaviour ahoy), but also makes you feel pretty sorry for her older brother. His patiently putting up with her and loving her regardless is what ends up turning the theme on its head—it's a critique of the consumer as much as it is a critique of Umaru, even though the characters are too one-note to allow it to work. With all of this trickery going on, the entire premise is much more suited to a drama than the mangaka may realize. Since a better option is available, it becomes pretty disappointing to see the conventional slice of life comedy route being taken every step of the way.
Aside from the aforementioned two, the entire cast is fairly unremarkable. You've got your shy oppai twintail girl, the energetic rival, and the mysterious tsundere who has a crush on Umaru. Taihei also has two coworkers, who unknowingly happen to be related to two of Umaru's friends (sigh). Moreover, we don't get to know very much about these characters beyond their basic stereotypes. Everyone's certainly able to provide a few laughs along the way, though it always seems like a distraction from the real matter of familial tension. The team behind the anime seems to have a quota to fill for uninteresting or typical scenes, so you never get more than a five-minute glimpse at the better material. It's a sadistic game, and the way it's dragged out is extremely frustrating. In the last episode, about four of five prior misunderstandings or lies are perpetuated. Not only does this keep the plot from progressing, but the frustration is furthered when the final scene alludes to the lack of development in Umaru. As I've said before, joking about such a serious problem instead of combatting it is a dire mistake.
Complaints about the literary portion aside, it's probably the best-looking show of the Summer 2015 season. Dogakobo is clearly proud to prove that you don't need detailed cuts or any exotic art direction to make something look great, only nice colours and consistently smooth animation. If one thing were to set the mismatched anime aside from its competition, this would be it. Have you not already seen it, I'd advise you to look up the OP for the show. Aside from the catchy nature of the song itself, it's a fantastic showcase of what I'm talking about.
So even though I wouldn't recommend the anime, you can't exactly go wrong with it. It's inconsistent in a lot of places and somewhat hard to actually wrap your head around, but you'll be sure to get a few giggles and a grand treat for the eye. Lest I forget, Sylphynford is a total cutie. If you end up having a little more fun with it than I did, you have my envy.
Do you want to watch something that will put a smile on your face regardless of what mood you are in? Specifically, an anime that has one particular character that has the charisma and charm to make an entire series into a glorious package of fun and cuteness all by herself? If you do, oh boy, do I have an anime for you.
Himouto Umaru-chan is one experience that still perplexes me as I am writing this. Not just because of how much I loved it, but also how something like this could exist. It is essentially a gag comedy anime with the most generic formula
you could ever witness if you were just reading this idea on paper. An otaku girl who, even though she is an all star student to her peers on the outside, tries to keep her secret away from the people around her, even her close friends. Only her brother is aware of this since he lives with her and takes care of her despite her wacky and almost nerve racking antics that drive him almost to the edge of insanity. When you read these two sentences, more often than not, you would most likely just shrug off and browse off to the next anime on the anime list. But just hear me out for a spare moment of your time.
I’ll start with the strongest positive to Himouto Umaru-chan: Umaru-chan. There is no denying her cuteness exists, there’s just not. But since I know cuteness is not a character structure that is very clear to many people, I will explain her merits with less vague terms than just being cute. What character merits she has, one in particular she manages to show off with great tenacity and spark is charisma. Thanks in no part to how she transitions from your stereotypical perfect girl to a wild chibi character who loves to play games, drink large amounts of cola, and reading the latest manga issue. After all, who could not relate to a character that exhibits these quirks?
There are two aspects to this aspect that make it wonderful: how seamlessly the art style shifts from normal to chibi character design and how the voice actress shifts her voice pitch from this transition. It gives Umaru-chan a great sense of character, not really from a development standard, but an engaging one at that. Her presence in the world demands your attention to her in many ways that could easily become annoying by the 2nd or 4th episode when done badly. But to the writer’s credit, they know how to pace off the comedic chibi bits and add in new and interesting subtle ways to make the jokes involving her seem fresh and new with each episode. Even when she is outright selfish and acting like a crybaby, she still comes off as incredibly lovable thanks to the great charm that his inhibited from her over-the-top design and personality.
Another aspect to her that I enjoy immensely is her relationship with her brother, Taihei. You could say it is a relationship, albeit a bit exaggerated, that is both hilarious and kinda realistic if you’ve ever had an annoying little sister, or brother, who pestered you. Despite her constant barraging of wants and needs to her big brother, they still form a close relationship of sibling love that is honestly touching in a few episodes where Taihei does good things for her out of the kindness of his heart, and vice versa with Umaru-chan. He isn’t overshadowed by Umaru-chan’s over-the-top personality as he does carry himself as another funny character in what can be described as the best sibling duo in anime in recent memory.
Himouto Umaru-chan’s brand of comedy is one other big positive that sets itself higher than most comedies that center around otaku life. For one, it does not really overly state that the otaku lifestyle is inherently great or bad at the same time. It mostly keeps the message subtle so that it does not distract us from the comedy bits too much. It has no well defined message written into the narrative or characters, since it knows what type of show it is and just runs with it as a silly comedy. This is where the subject matter of being an otaku is seen better than most that try to because it can be enjoyed by everyone who has a particular view on this particular issue that can be against or for it.
As for the comedy jokes themselves, most of them hit the mark quite well. A lot of it centers around satire of real-life issues that we all go through, whether it is how we go through the internet, social situations, and our need for material goods more than anything else. What’s great about it is that you do not have to be a self-described otaku, or know the culture for the matter, to get the jokes. Such as not getting any internet connection for today and realize how life seems meaningless without it, and so on and so forth. The banter with Umaru-chan and her brother is always the biggest highlight in the show’s comedy, as I’ve mentioned before about the great relationship they have. And there are even some funny moments with the supporting cast; unfortunately they are not on the same comedic level of our two siblings.
The supporting cast, what little there is that garner a big role in a specific arc, have their moments here and there. Umaru-chan’s best friend, Ebina, is certainly one note in how she is constantly shy whenever she is near people. Not to say that they are not funny by any stretch, it just does not raise the bar for one of the best shy girls in anime. Sylphinford is pretty hilarious as Umaru-chan’s gaming rival. Kirie Motoba, however, is my least favorite of the cast. It mostly comes down to the fact that whenever she is with any other character, like Umaru-chan, her personality gets really overshadowed by how bland it is.
I’d like to give an honorable mention to the OP/ED, which I rarely ever do in reviews only if it is something special. To which Umaru-chan’s is quite the special one that always sets the stage for what you are in for. Just from the first ten seconds of the OP always makes me bob my body up and down to the rhythm of the cute repetition of Umaru-chan shouting “Umr hai” over and over just makes me giddy with excitement every time. Aimi Tanaka’s performance proves she can be exciting not only with her voice over but also her singing, even if it isn’t the best voice in the business.
Finding a great otaku comedy is hard to come by. As many as there are, some are good or decent enough to just think of it as a good time waster and some are completely average or below that do not have any punch to their jokes. Himouto Umaru-chan has officially risen my optimism for more comedies of this nature like this one to come out more often. It succeeded in proving to me that this type of comedy is far from dead. I know some may groan at that notion, but if more studios take notes from Himouto Umaru-chan, I’m all for it.
By day she is known as the famous perfect girl with princess like qualities: Umaru-sama, but by night she transforms into the fridge raiding, cola drinking, snack munching, and brother mongering girl known as: Umaru-chan. She is the epitome of cute and fun characters; she gives off the kind of aura that makes you want to forgive her for even her biggest grievances. She is adorable, she is malicious, she is conniving, and all the while still manages to be sweet. She is the kind of character who will make you froth at the mouth with anger, and then seconds later offer you her favorite
thing begging for forgiveness. She is heartwarming and reminded me instantly of my time watching Oreimo (How can my little sister be this cute), minus the incest obviously. We are introduced to a girl who when outside is: kind, loving, mature, serious, and someone that others look up to. However as soon as she gets home and puts on her orange hamster cloak she transforms into the annoying yet lovable pest that she truly is, a quality she is only willing to show around her brother. This show is hilarious and a blast, as it should be expected seeing as how it is a comedy.
Character Development: 7
This show has a wonderful main character, however she is unfortunately the only character who seems to shine out of all the cast, this show reminds me a lot of Nyarko-san, in that the whole entire show is supported by a single really well fleshed out and lovable character. While the cast as a whole may have great chemistry, and complement each other perfectly (ie. Umaru and her brother) leading to tons of funny and enjoyable moments. It still must be noted that none of the other characters really get developed any further, and at the end of the show they are the exact same person as they were at the start. The same can be said for even the main character Umaru-chan, while she does face her mistakes head on, and seemingly learns from them. The episode will end and i the next episode she'll do something which basically mirrors what she was scolded for. This lack of growth is a given though, seeing as how all of the comedic elements stem from the duality in her character, and how she only reveals certain characteristics to certain people. That topped with the perversion of her originally perfect image lead to a rather jarring, and because of that funny story.
When you start up a slice of life/ comedy show, you don’t go into it expecting much in terms of plot development, the reasoning behind that is similar to why there isn’t any character development. The comedy aspect of these types of shows often relies on the state that the characters are currently in, in order to create a parody of reality, one that we as humans find to be funny. Going into more detail about that, this show has little to no real advancement in plot and stays in its comfort zone throughout the entire story. The show is divided up into a bunch of little skits, most of which take place in the comforts of their home, wherein Umaru, the main character, is made to reveal what we as an audience are seeking to see, a funny and abnormal character whom we seem to become fond of and attached to.
Once again there isn’t much that can be said about the art. It didn’t serve us up any new kind of controversial art style, nor did it really push its own boundaries. It, like this show, stayed in its comfort zone utilizing a more warm and bubbly feeling animation style. The art was all in all well directed and fitted the tone and mood of the show. As for the music, like the art style, it fit the show well with some nice and quirky music to accompany Umaru’s escapades, and an above average intro song. The background music while not standing out did a nice job creating and maintain the atmosphere of the show.
In the end I find that the most important part of a show is whether it is enjoyable or not, and let me tell you, oh is this show enjoyable. I found myself smiling throughout a majority of the show and sympathizing with the characters who I had grown to adore. I considered giving a perfect score in terms of enjoyment however there were times where the comedy went over my head due to culture differences, or times where the sits just plain had nothing of interest to bring to the show. And so it is for those reasons that I award Himouto Umaru-chan with
Final Verdict: 80/100
Thank you for reading. Definitely be sure to check out the show if you haven’t seen it already, and I hope you have a nice day.
Story-When weaboos watch this anime for the first time they usually think"Well this is some generic waste of budget that is made for the kids with autism"BUT(there is always some BUT).This anime perfectly embodies Freudian theory of Id and Ego.Main character, Umaru, is in constant struggle to balance her wild,lazy and otaku life style(this is her Id,the beast inside of her if you like) with her Ms. Perfect persona(her Ego-struggle for perfection).Here we see how public opinion affects human mind, his soul,his sanity. Umaru tries to hide her true self(otaku) because she fears how will her family,friends and peers react if they
fined out that she, Umaru,epitome for elegance,brilliance and perfection,is actually a stinky otaku who likes to play video games,read manga and sleep all day. Umaru is represents every anime fan,gamer,bookworm that hides his hobbies,his passion because of social stigma.We do this because we care to much what people think about as,we fear that we will be ridiculed because we love Chinese cartoons ENOUGH. Commrades , it is time to stop this oppression,it is time to grab our anime figurines , our husbando and waifu pillows it is time for REVOLUTION.
Art-Very good art style.I like bright colors because it puts in exposition lighthearted tones in this anime.Animation is fluid,characters are consistent in their appearance(not like Namis boobs in One Piece anime).
Sound-Decent, nothing special in my opinion.It like soundtrack from forgotten Nintendo game-nobody really cares that much.
Characters-You have your standard archetypes like good brother,one weird friend,one shy friend,one crazy friend but I enjoyed them. Well written with some twists here and there.
Enjoyment-It is anime with decent humor and solid story.Nothing extraordinary but is good anime for relaxing.
This anime was recommended to me by one of my friends. I'm just gonna point this out now but this is pretty much your average comedy slice of life anime with cliches all over the place. If you're looking for a great story then this is not for you. Also if you dislike this '' annoying '' imouto type who forces her onii-chan to do everything you'll seriously hate this.
Story 5/10 :
As i've stated before, this doesn't have a good storyline. It's pretty much how the main characters spend their days. What i do like is however that they try to hint alot of
relation and expose the main things about the anime. They will try to make you hyped about when her secret will be revealed or trying to create some shipping. There's even hint of backstory. However this anime will not bother doing any of that since they have to keep the manga running forever, you know. The loose and unconnected storyline might get you confused however remember that every episode is a singular episode with some connections here and there.
This is what seperates this anime from others. It's an extremely calming slice of life without any tension or drama. This is a perfect show to watch if you just wanna laugh and enjoy since it really doesn't want to create any tensional problem or any development in anything all. This is however great since every comedy anime has some type of conflict.
Art 7/10 :
I can't comment much on this except that the character design is good however nothing special. However sadly it is below average in terms of animation compared to today (not overall) which does minus point it, however there's nothing large to notice so do not get put down by thinking it has bad art.
The biggest problem people has with the art is that they dislike chibi and moe type of character designs which is what this anime excels at. Honestly there's not really much of loliness here and you shouldn't be annoyed unless you have a grudge against moe. I personally like moe designs and also like cute female characters which is literally the definition of Umaru so it's a big plus for me.
Sound 6/10 :
The BGM is very relaxing and sets the mood most of the time. This is a very good point of the anime, but as said there's absolutely nothing memorable whatsoever in terms of OST. I've never said '' yes, the OST finally came up ''. I even forgot it even existed.
The voice acting is very good in this anime. I really think most of the characters fit their voice actors and they're also very skilled. I don't have any complaints here.
The opening is probably very hated and very loved. I can't explain it so just try listening to it and you'll see what i mean. I personally like the opening, although there's nothing more to it. It's memorable due to the parodic tone the opening has. The ending song is not bad but i really couldn't care less about it. The OP/ED however sets me in a somewhat correct mood which is a plus.
Characters 5/10 :
Honestly you have this set of typical characters which are likeable. I even did some shippings because they were likeable and the main girl (Umaru) really takes on an interesting social point. Although it might see very common but trying to hide your indoor life from your life with other people is something we're all mostly doing and can even cost you your real life relationships if you're too deep. I really like how Umaru is trying to hide her otaku life. This is actually i myself am doing at school with like 99% of the people there. I am not open with ANY non anime watcher at all. My school personality and real life are too different.
What's the problem you ask? I did say that the characters are likeable. This by no means mean that they got depth. This also means they hardly got any character development. They remain the exact same as the start. Umaru is probably the one i expected to get developed the most however i was left disappointed. She is still this character who drags around her Onii-chan to do everything. You can somewhat see her opening up to the people around her however she is still kind of the exact same thing.
Obviously i know the point of this anime but it's still sad, you know :(.
Enjoyment 6/10 :
This does what it's meant to. It's really enjoyable and keeps you to watch it. I do not recommend you binge-watch it after the mid-point (the early point worked well when i binged watched it). It will eventually tire you out and you will give it a lower score than you intented to. The comedy is good but it somewhat repetitive with these overused scenes however i don't think this will stop you from enjoying it.
Overall 5/10 :
This anime really isn't anything special and is pretty much a very good relaxing anime with some annoying cliches. This doesn't have any conflict at all nor does it have much character development at all. It's really just a fun anime without any cliffhangers which you might enjoy unless you really dislike moe art. What sets this back is this tone of not wanting to continue any department.
Himouto! Umaru-chan is a funny anime, does that you see them just for having a good time and laugh about the things that happens. Very short if you don´t like extended anime. Very interesting the fact that the main character have a split personality.
Story : 10/10.
Very short story, but funny. A lot of references of things, if you know things from Actual Japanese Culture, you´ll have a lot of fun finding them.
Lovely drawing style, the difference from the normal drawing and the chibi is amazing. Characters are cute.
Lovely characters. Great develop of the characters, and very interesting the way characters react
Very funny, to see it in a row it´s highly recommended. Laughs are guaranteed.
The only thing this anime is good for is the smug screencap reaction images. Literally nothing else.
It's not funny. Umaru is the most annoying, whiny, unlikable character. The jokes are mostly the "oh look at me i'm so lazy and quirky and *relatable*"-type and that just gets redundant. The episodes are very repetitive, and not much happens other than Umaru bossing her brother around and being an absolute pig. At least the art is tight, but a turd is still a turd no matter how much glitter you throw on it.
I hate this show so much. I cant stop talking about how much i
hate this show and dumb stinky Umaru. Go away stinky, go away!!!!
This is bar none, the worst anime I have ever seen. That's right. "Mars of Destruction," "Eiken," and "Pupa," can safely be considered masterpieces compared to this cancerous monstrosity of an anime. Allow me to elaborate upon my position...
I love slice of life anime, and have always been a big fan of series' that deal with everyday people doing everyday things. The simplicity of a slice of life concept allows for us as viewers to relate to any given character, and really get to know them, since the entirety of a series hinges on them and
their life, without any specific overarching plot. Essentially, I love the character studies that are done in slice of life anime. We have the opportunity as viewers to participate in, and get to know a given character, or characters, who live lives much like ours, and can relate to us on various levels.
"Himouto! Umaru-chan," falls into this descriptor I have laid out, and we do get to know our characters pretty well in their mundane, everyday lives. Umaru, the main character in this series, is a model student, gorgeous, and well loved by her classmates. By all conventional metrics, she is the epitome of a successful adolescent. She is responsible, diligent, respectful and sophisticated. Or so we think... Umaru has a well kept secret. When classes are over, and she returns home for the evening, she is a complete WEEB. She is an avid gamer, anime watcher, and junk food eater. As anime fans ourselves, this may seem like the dream sometimes, right? Umaru can definitely be relatable to us in terms of the interests she holds, and the enjoyment she derives from said interests.
This is where my beef begins, and pretty much ends too. This is the entirety of the show. Umaru faking her school life, going home, and doing weeb stuff. That's it. As I mentioned previously in slice of life anime, I look to partake in a character study. I look to see the growth in a character as a series progresses. I look to the characters, because they define the story. If there is no character development, there is no story. This is where "Himouto Umaru-chan," falls apart. As a character, Umaru is not only one dimensional, she is also incredibly annoying! Immature, bratty, spoiled and entitled, she embodies everything that is wrong with anime culture. There are frustrating and annoying characters in many series' that I enjoy; however, these characters are often clearly defined, undergo changes, and move in a certain direction, for better or worse. They may be stagnant in their annoyance, but we can see many sides of them as a series progresses. This is not the case with Umaru. We are treated to the exact same character in every single episode. And being a show defined by the actions of its characters, we are by extension treated to the exact same episode, over and over and over again.
I held on to hope in this series for so long. I waited earnestly for some type of character development or turning point. But alas, I waited in vain. There are moments where Umaru seems genuinely sympathetic, caring and vulnerable, especially when interacting with her older brother and guardian. These moments are her most interesting, as they show a side of her that seems more real, and deep. I don't mind that she does her weeb stuff, but I've wanted to further get to know Umaru the person. We get to know Umaru's interests, Umaru's tantrums, Umaru's favorite snacks, but we never really know for sure just who Umaru is.
This being said, I hate this anime. I can't stand Umaru, I can't stand her older brother that spoils her. I feel bad for Umaru's friend Ebina, and I can't stand Umaru's creepy video gamer friend. There is absolutely nothing to like here. Even the theme song is super annoying. Yep, this series just gets on my nerves. I don't recommend it to anyone.
Laziness. The pinnacle of human bliss. Doing absolutely nothing is something of a rarity these days as we all run around like headless chickens doing god knows what in order to properly execute whatever we have to do in our lives. So, what if we followed the life of one someone who is blessed with such a simple life? Here's Himouto! Umaru-chan!
Story: Umaru Doma is the pinnacle of high school perfection. She's friendly, she is the best in both academics and sports, and she very beautiful and all around the most popular girl in school. But underneath that
facade, when she arrives home, she transforms, donning her signature hamster hood and turning herself into her true form, the himouto, (A Hikkiomori Imouto, basically) where her perfect appearance is melted away to reveal the selfish and cola loving beast that's inside... And, that's pretty much the whole story.
Adapted from a manga whose average chapter page length is only 11 pages, Himuto plays as a slice of life show that reflects off of a bunch of minisodes grouped together to form one complete episode. By mostly taking chapters that relate to one another with a common theme and stringing them together, Himouto's storyline is mostly linear story with some progression to move the story along, mostly in the form of the way characters interact to each other and in some cases, how they act.
As for any central themes, Himouto occasionally goes into a slightly more serious note by relating to the sibling relationships within the series. It's a nice touch because it doesn't actually bring much away from the story and actually, kind of adds a nice bit of depth to the characters.
But for the most part, the show focuses primarily on Umaru and her selfish Himouto lifestyle. The comedy of the show is drawn from the various antics that she gets into or executes in order to get whatever she wants, as well her tripolar behavior that makes her a bit of a more complicated character than you would think, sort of. Umaru herself shows a lot of selfishness and laziness as a character, so, if you don't like people like that, then I would not suggest watching this show. (Also, don't question the whole chibi shrinking thing she does when she devolves into Himouto form. Apparently, it's a physical change, and I have no idea how she does it.)
+ Unique base story
+ Little bit of character depth
+/- Comedy comes from the title character and her antics (good or bad depending how you perceive that kind of personality)
- Show is mostly unchanging and static with the way it presents its content
Characters: Since this show mostly reflects off of the older brother/little sister relationship, every character but one in this series belongs in one of these camps.
First, we have the title character of the series, Doma Umaru. As the mascot and main plot point of the series, Umaru as a character is a very odd creature. As I mentioned before, she is "tripolar", as she has more than one "form" that she lives her life in. As a result, Umaru is quite the piece of work. Her first form is her "outside" form where she is the calm, collected, beautifully perfect self that she is. This is the form that Umaru wants to be seen as outside of her house, hence the reason why she adopts this as the way she wants to reveal herself to the world. And then we have her true form, "Himouto", where she dons a hamster hood and devolves into the size of a chibi for maximum laziness. As the main form showcased in the series in general, Himouto is Umaru's true nature, which is a selfish, spoiled little hamster with a pension for whining for whatever she wants, lazing around at home by playing games or watching anime, and drinking cola; LOTS and LOTS of cola. And finally, we have "UMR", her gaming persona. UMR is the least used form in Umaru's arsenal. Mostly used for gaming or arcade related purposes, UMR really only serves to help Umaru deal with one of the other imoutos in the series, a point I will get back to on later. As a character, she doesn't particularly develop as a person. She occasionally has lapses of realization and pops out a sweet little moment for a second, but the show eventually just returns back to its status quo with Umaru being selfish again, recreating the never ending cycle of pain for her brother and for the anime.
Speaking about her brother, let's talk about him. Doma Taihei, the Onii-chan of Umaru. As a hardworking sales rep, Taihei is a man who is very devoted in his time and energy in trying to support both he and his sister since the two of them live in the same apartment. Very frustrated by the way his sister acts with her constant whining and complete disregard for his own feelings, Taihei serves as the straight man for the series, while also being a bit weak because he succumbs to Umaru's cries rather easily. While the series mostly focuses on Umaru, Himouto also puts a good bit of focus into Taihei and the relationship between the two siblings which is nice, but unfortunately doesn't last long because of the status quo of the series.
For side characters, we have three other pairs that correspond to the "older brother/little sister" relationship which are Kirie, Sylphin, and Ebina who each have an older brother that also appears in the series. (Though, Ebina's isn't revealed in the anime.) As characters, each of the other characters in the series serve as characters to fill in the blanks. They're not neccesarily deep, they don't have many actual character traits to them, there's almost no character development for them, and they are all fairly trope-like. But, all three of the other girls in the series progressively get to know Umaru through one of her three forms. (Ebina with "Outside" Umaru, Kirie with "Himouto" Umaru, and Sylphin with "UMR" Umaru. So, this is where the tripolarness sort of comes in handy. Sort of.)
+/- Interesting main character (Umaru is known to be liked and hated as a character)
- Characters are mostly one trick ponies
- Little to no character development
Art: The art for Umaru is a moe-like style with bright colors that reflect off of the lighthearted feeling that the show gives off. There really isn't much to say about it since the art is pretty standard.
As for comedy, Himouto takes a lot of the common comedic tropes for anime, utilizing dramatized backgrounds, different facial expressions for characters, and lots and lots of Umaru. They also have quite a bit of references in this series, so if you like references, this show has quite a few.
+ References in the artwork
+ Decent but standard quality art
Sound: Now for the sound. Himouto's tracks are quite few in number, as the show has it's OP and it ED, as well as the two other songs in the series that serve as the background songs.
The opening is a very addictive song, as it encapsulates the complete madness that is Umaru's Himouto form and as such is, while not a masterpiece, a very catchy song, which makes it memorable, I guess. The ED on the other hand is a little song that is sung by the seiyuus of the four girls. Even with that though, it's not a song I find to be particularly memorable as it's pretty generic and doesn't have anything to it that'll latch its tune into your mind.
For the two or so background tracks that are in the series, there's not really much to say about them. Using a calm and airy tone for the songs, they bring about the kind of emotion that's supposed to be conveyed during the scene. There's nothing really memorable about them aside from adding a bit more to what Umaru is doing in that point in time.
+ Catchy OP
- Rest of the soundtrack was average at best
Personal Enjoyment: So, all in all, did I enjoy this adaptation? Well, I can safely say that I did. Himouto as a series is one that really just focuses on the fun that it wants to convey, not really taking itself seriously and really just lets Umaru do whatever she wants. They actually did rather well with translating the tiny 11 page chapters into a full-length episode, which I at first was unsure how they were going to do it.
Did I enjoy this anime?
Yes. Umaru as a series is one of my more favorable casual reads, and seeing some of my favorite scenes come to life is always a grand little treat. It was just as wacky as the original series, they didn't cut any corners, and it was overall, still very enjoyable. Plus, it's a series that actually has some progression, so it's also pretty quaint in that aspect.
What didn't I like about this anime?
I was a bit sad that they didn't actually show Ebina's brother, since that would've completed the entire set of "Onii-chan/Imouto" characters in this show. Of course, that would've caused more complications because there's some buildup to that, but still.
Would I recommend watching this anime?
Yes, actually. Honestly, I'd say just give this series a shot. It's a fun little series that doesn't take itself too seriously, and while everyone is one-sided, makes for quite a charming little cast. Of course, if you're not a big fan of moe-style art, people who are completely selfish, or watching a girl down a gallon of cola in a matter of seconds, then you may reconsider the decision.
There are a lot of people who, for some reason, fancy Hyundai. Back in my previous reviews, I did have an a-ok tone over Hyundai (or was I just trying to be nice), but as time went by, I was beginning to think the cringe it would be to own one. I would like to really sit and talk to someone who owns such and repeatedly ask them if they know what a car is, and if they know any other automakers from Japan, Germany, America, even Italy.
Is it because Hyundai looks “fluidic” and “beautiful to look at”? I wanna know because this kind of
imprudent query is the very kind of impulse I feel over asking an anime-fan or otaku on why they like Himouto! Umaru-chan.
Because why does Himouto! got a SEVEN+ score here in MAL? Is it because of her ‘kawaiiness’?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m somehow okay with it, the same okay-ish I feel on Hyundai, which is a car brand I honestly never bother. The thing is, ‘why bother’? Just why are we bothering with Hyundai if there are Subarus, BMWs, Alfas and Fords around, and the price-ranged Toyotas, Nissans and Hondas; is the same way as why bother with Himouto! if there are KinMoza, Non Non Biyori, Yuru Yuri, and a lot more KyoAni’s to add to the moeblob list?
Maybe perhaps it’s because of the very eponymous character, Umaru-chan herself. Otakus dig this.
STORY = 4
It’s a slice-of-life, CGDCT thing this. However, the antics and comedies that Umaru herself does, with the characters such as her brother and friends Nana and Kirie are a bit of a daft, like an automatic transmission (presumably from Hyundai) that does make the engine roar, but couldn’t give the power needed, or due to the fact that it lags most of the time the gear is shifted. As projected of CGDCT, plot and storyline are easy and relaxing. Himouto did seem to deliver these along with Hayate-ish parodies, but the charm of the story really doesn’t pick up, unlike KinMoza for example.
Let me put it this way for comparison: KinMoza and Himouto does have one particular thing shared: they both are otaku-societal tropes about what anime fans are and can be. The former focuses on ‘genkis’ and ‘engrish’ and ‘japanophiles’ and ‘british-philes’; while the latter focuses on ‘otaku-ness’ and ‘gamers’. Putting a seeming ‘genki kawaii shoujo’ in the guise of Umaru giving the otaku-slash-gamer-slash-lazy-kawaii persona should have worked, as WataMote’s Mokocchi surely did. But somehow, it didn’t.
Though to give it a benefit-of-doubt, Himouto might work on the surface, when you’re too consumed about Umaru’s ‘kawaiiness’ that you can’t think more for yourself, or you’re simply not discerning about plot and characterization, you ended up rating this beyond 7 really.
CHARACTER = 1
So Himouto should have worked its charm but didn’t. What I can devise though, is the characterization of Umaru-chan herself. Let me quote from the show itself:
“My younger sister, Umaru, is pretty and popular. She's kind, smart, and gifted with many talents. She's the perfect high school student, without any flaws.”
See what I mean? Umaru is a goddamned MARY-SUE. This is the very type of character that I’d like to put an Excalibur-face on, every literature-oriented person loathes and grimaces, the epitome of a traditional mary-sue where every author (who does learn literature and proper creative writing, and not just a housewife) is taught to avoid making. Mary-sues, especially the traditionally pretty, popular, gifted, perfect, no flaws, this is not just a Mary-sue, it’s Bella Swan in kawaii and kirei desu, just without the uber-romance. (KEYWORD: traditional Mary-sue)
Of course, it’s in everyone’s entitled opinion. But if you have decency of not wasting your own time watching a one-dimensional, flat, unmoving, static character in the eponymous role who assumes a ‘perfect’ image, does throw fits and tantrums while maintaining ‘perfection’, then let me tell you that Japan releases about twenty anime titles per quarter of the year. Go to www.livechart.me and count ‘em all: that’s about eighty and I mean 80/EIGHTY anime titles on average per year. Why can’t you go with the other titles instead?
SOUND = 5
Sound is moe-good. I know I’ve noted the seiyuus but right now, I really don’t want to bother. Oh, in Umaru’s UMR-mode, her seiyuu really does sound like Kanae Itou. Maybe I’d give this a 6. While in her little-shit mode, she does have a little bit of Aki Toyosaki sounding, so that’s a 7.
ENJOYMENT = 3
I “might” have enjoyed it like enjoying driving a Hyundai, you know, when it is the only car you’ve got and you don’t want a bicycle, or if zombies are on your tail. The thing is though, Himouto isn’t the only anime on my list: there was Kekkai-Sensen that needed to be finished, Sore ga Seiyuu that was faithfully made for a seiyuu-fan like me, Fate Illya season 3 which I know will still be lolitastic, Etotama, Shirobako, Charlotte (which is effing horrible but that’s on a different review), IdolMaster Cinderella, and most especially Non Non Biyori Repeat. Bothering with Himouto is like bothering to spend time checking a Hyundai when you’ve got enough cash to get a Toyota or even a Subaru.
Hence, the score of 3 you’re seeing here is mostly directed to Kirie, who rather resembles Mokocchi.
OVERALL = 5
I personally don’t like Himouto. Parodies can't save this one for me because there's Hayate, Danna ga Nani, Lucky Star, even Gintama. If you’re asking why still I watched it from episode 1 to end is only because of MAL-listing, so that I can put this title on my anime list and move on. Another reason is because I do hate it when some otakus ask me in cases when I haven’t fully watched it, then why am I criticizing the show. Thus, I’ve watched it, not because I like it, but only to fill the 560+ list of anime I already have and to prevent Himouto-fans from shitdorsing their Mary-sue.
Again, this is a review written by someone who has 560-something anime on his list, a seasoned-fan of moeblobs, and I would like to stress that I’ve seen a lot of CGDCTs from K-On to Yuyushiki, YuruYuri, AcchiKocchi, and I do love seiyuus, but Himouto never compels the iconic cute things of these aforementioned titles. My take is that when it comes to CGDCTs and/or slice-of-life, it’s always about the characterization over the plot. CGDCT lovers probably wouldn’t give a damn about where the plot goes and comes around, but more of how the shoujo and her seiyuu would do cute things and moe antics, easy on the mind, relaxing on the heart.
Putting a mary-sue on this formula and this turn of one-dimensional thoughtlessness is just a complete waste of time.
Though it doesn’t seem so to Himouto-fans, or those who don’t bother watching Boku wa Tomodachi and Accel World and won’t do character-analysis, and thus are just so happy watching Umaru’s superficial kawaiiness. For these “Himouto fans”, that’s all fine and prudent in your point-of-view—stick to your Mary-sue, as hand in heart I respect that, just as the same gauge of respect towards Hyundai-lovers. Or wait—I think I do have the answer to my Hyundai-question: maybe these Hyundai-lover people really don’t mind on what a car is, or as long as Hyundai does look good on the exterior design. Guess that principle applies for Himouto fans also.
Again, why I scored this 5 overall has a lot to do with Mokocchi-look-alike Kirie, and Umaru’s seiyuu. Screw the plot, chaps—I’m all for Kirie and Umaru’s seiyuu, parody-less or not.
VERDICT: For me there’s none really; but MAL rated this as SEVEN+, and MAL users can’t perhaps ever be wrong (no BellaSwan fan was wrong, too, right?).
THIS MAY CONTAIN A SPOILER, I SAY MAY BECAUSE I DON'T REVEAL THE STORY, HOWEVER MY CRITICISMS INVOLVE THE ARC OF THE STORY, SO I GUESS TAKE IT AS YOU MAY.
It sucks you can't give a negative number on the enjoyment scale, because I would... I would. First off, let me explain that I have no problems with you liking this show, I guess I can see why someone would like it, and I also urge you to form your own opinions on it by going and watching it yourself. That being said, let me tell you why I hate this show with a passion.
One person, Umaru. God, I hate her with all my heart, I was hoping that she would get some sort of comeuppance, but no. Umaru is a mary sue and everything goes her way, she never changes or develops really, and she always gets what she wants. I am not saying that she has to lose it all and become extremely depressed in order to make me enjoy it, but at least SOMETHING. I only continued watching this series out of respect for a friend, since I promised him I would watch it all. After the frst episode, I should of stopped. Other than Umaru's dreadful character, I guess I would give it a 4/10, the story isn't amazing and not to mention when not infuriating, it was boring. However, I know that many do like, so I can probably assume that I am the outlier here, so I would personally recommend that you don't spend precious time watching this, however, you should always give the first episode a try, just in case you do like it.
the only difference between watamote and himouto umaru chan is that watamote main character is an ugly piece of shit. himouto umaru chan is the same as watamote the only difference is that umaru chan is attractive. but wait what about the plot dude? the plot is about a brother and sister complex bullshit if i were to have the same sister as umaru i would be completely depressed and have nothing to do in my life other than crying and praying that she grows up someday. umaru does nothing in her life her brother gets her stuff all she does all day eat food
and play video games. yet she is still not fat. - ANIME LOGIC.
feel like your life is piece of shit? watch umaru chan you will feel better about yourself the only good thing about this anime is probably the art. and uhh nothing else that's all. this anime is disgrace first impression for someone who thinks of watching anime.