My little sister Umaru (16) is a renowned beautiful girl in the town. A perfect sister with a kind heart, high scores and popularity, who everybody admires... or at least that's what people believe, but once she walks in her room, she becomes...
Seeing as no one has made a review for this yet i thought i would make a quick one i don't normally write reviews but this is a good manga so i though i would.
Himouto! Umaru-chan is a manga about a girl (Doma, Umaru) who leads a double life one as a very proper girl, she has amazing grades, many admirers, and is respected by every one. But as soon as she gets in to her house she turns in to a hardcore otaku shut in who plays video games, watches anime, reads manga, eats snacks, and drinks coke all day. Its a short
manga with chapters only being about 10 pages but it is very funny. It doesn't have much of a story at all or at least so far it basically just follows the day to day life with her and her brother (Doma, Taihei) who is trying to deal with her. Umaru is hilarious and her brothers views on what she does are quite funny. It has some touching moments as well. Sorry for the not so good review i just wanted to give people a idea of how good this manga is.
Himouto Umaru-Chan does not use cliche harem scenes or exposed underwear shots to entice readers. Don't let the title and synopsis to deter you from reading this slice of life, as through the 92 chapters that Norway Scans (I miss you) has scanned, there has not been a single case of sibling romance. Its not a manga that focuses upon the idea of romance, but rather, it implements it in small doses, often with hilarious ways.
Himouto Umaru-Chan tells the everyday life of the lovable Umaru and her interactions with her brother and her friends. Umaru is renowned for her beauty and talent throughout her entire
school, but the moment she puts her foot into her 'base', she turns into a internet-addicted, NEET-like individual, much to the dismay of her brother.
The manga has no real guiding plotline. Each 10-page chapter involves Umaru doing something remarkably stupid or funny, relative to her alter-ego. As the story progresses, each character is introduced in a way which exposes their bad-traits. Take for example, Ebina and Kirie, friends of Umaru. Ebina is expressed immediately by the manga as a self-conscious individual. Kirie is socially awkward. From what I've read, short slice of life mangas often leave the characteristics of side characters the way they are through the entire story without developing them at all, especially if the said character's traits caters initially to readers. The interactions between Umaru and the side characters, however, gradually change the way they act without directly stating their change to the audience. In fact, the audience notices subtle changes from chapter to chapter of the side characters. Kirie may finally talk to a classmate, and the manga doesn't make a huge deal out of it to display their wondrous character development
Himouto! Umaru-chan's lighthearted chapters brings a sense of peace to the reader, as it describes the idea happiness through a lighthearted comedic tone. The manga establishes a nice balance between comedy scenes and heart-warming scenes, often mixing them together. However, this does come with flaws that every 10 page-chapter mangas possess. Fairly often, some chapters cut of without an ending. Himouto Umaru-Chan is not plot driven, and because of this the manga cuts off sometimes, leaving the reader wondering what happens next, and the next chapter just starts a new event often without recapitulation. For some readers recap-ing may provoke annoyance as getting to the story is much more important, but fast paced, short story mangas like this, without recap readers sometimes truly do not have a single idea upon what is truly going on.
Overall, Himouto! Umaru-chan did have its flaws and probably wont stimulate emotions like other slice of life manga/anime, the light-heart nature of the story will evoke readers to come back to read a second chapter every time.
There may be a sequel or just a spinoff follow-up (will read it regardless), but here's a small review for this clever little gem.
Himouto! Umaru-chan is a Slice of Life manga about a super-active hamste- highschool girl who has very bad life habits inside her house, is a completely obnoxious and very dependant spoiled little brat towards her brother (which is the completely opposite of her in every single aspect)... but who is actually a prodigy with whatever she actually want to do (including being at times quite a bit too manipulative and egoistical for her own
good... yet, interestingly enough, never actually egocentrical at all).
What helps her habit to become a partially healthy one is the fact that she is at least sufficiently responsible with all of her must-do-ings, including school. However this is a bit of a problem for her, who ended up developing multiple personality issues when it comes to interacting with people outside her usual inside house life.
As the story progresses, she starts better building her inner self based on her interactions with many other friends she meets and develops relationships with, all of this while trying to equilibrate and hide her alternative personalities she only uses with exclusive people and/or events ending up making her life a character development crazy ride in all possible ways.
I think the best part of this series isn't just the smart and soft take on the multiple personality issue while using bildungsroman structure of storytelling (she goes changing her egoistical attitudes and trying to handle with these problems progressively better), but the fact it is almost 100% adorable family friendly fun for anyone to read, besides the demographic being for adults.
Not to mention this manga has such a nice cast with every enjoyable interactions and a very colorful light plot (which actually carries some interesting twists here and there as the manga progresses, which in many occasions give certain depth not only for the main cast, but also for some secondary characters as well).
It's a very enjoyable and heartwarming time-killer, would recommend giving it a try at least because of its unusually smart setting besides being so apparently simple at first.
Too many Umarus (just to end up in a "videogame reference" note at that, which this series has plenty of as well)
[TW: There are no trigger warnings for this series! :) ]
I don't have evidence for this claim, but I feel as if series centering around sibling relationships where the sister character is actually a huge nerd are becoming increasingly popular and more numerous these days. I can think of two other series [Oreimo and Watamote] off the top of my head who have a similar theme to Himouto! Umaru-chan. Despite this, I feel as if Himouto does the best job at tackling this theme. It's simple slice-of-life with the only real difference being that Uramu tries to keep nerd side somewhat secret from all
her friends. It's not overly romantic nor does it have any incest themes like Oreimo, and it is actually easy to watch without painful secondhand embarrassment like Watamote. So for that, I am really thankful.
Even then, the mangaka does a splendid job at conveying the characters' relationships with one another, whether it is siblings or friends, you can really relate to them and probably are reminded of your own relationships in life when reading. Also, the mangaka's main strength in my opinion is being able to convey a sense of nostalgia through simple tasks, whether it be a meal with others, or the passing of the seasons.
There's nothing wrong with the art in this series, there's just nothing really noteworthy about it either. It's fairly forgettable, but the relaxed style does fit the theme of the series very well.
I love the female characters in this series, like a lot. They aren't bland copy and paste manga archetypes that you can find in essentially every series, they're unique and are able to stand by themselves. Each female character gets a decent amount of character development and screen time, and in addition has a unique little quirk to her that makes her so endearing to the reader. I honestly can't pick a favorite, I love each of them so much, for different reasons.
Also, Umaru is totally the perfect example of any girl who is into anime/manga. Even if you aren't a girl you will totally relate to her habits and antics, I promise.
I really like this series. I'm not sure I will keep up with it every week since it is published weekly, but it was extremely enjoyable to read it and I will be following the anime. I will complain that I feel as if the story kinda stagnates in some spots and it takes an extremely long time for any plot progress. But that's not the really aim for this genre so I can't really fault them too much I suppose. Near the end of my reading it did get a bit tedious, though presumably that wouldn't happen if you read all 100+ chapters in one sitting.
Would I read it again? Maybe. Would I recommend it to others? Oh yes. It's relatable on essentially every level, from the sibling relationships, to the nerdy side of Umaru, and the antics she gets up to with friends. It's great. A wonderful series that you can read without worrying that someone is going to die.
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