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...
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.
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. read more
[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. read more
Himouto! Umaru-chan, is your typical everyday life diligent turned otaku girl who spent her days with her brother, whining around and throwing tantrums at him. Poor Taihei. I gotta say, it kinda relates to my everyday situations as i have a younger sibling who loves to throw tantrums at me. And this is well, my first review on a manga series.
Well, since the manga is still on going, i managed to catch up the latest chapters excluding the chapters that had been adapted into the anime version. I started reading the manga from where the anime left off, seriously i don't really read manga before that much but due to eagerness to know the continuation of Umaru-chan, i decided to read the manga. The contents are pretty similar enough to the anime version except it has more content than that anime, well i honestly had to agree that the manga has no explicit or excessive fanservice*ahem boob scenes not like what other manga did. Seriously, i had enough looking at fanservices that is taking too much.
Romance content was not that much but Ebina X Taihei still continue with Kirie supporting both of them! Well, overall i gotta say, i enjoy reading the manga as much as how satisfied i am. Glad it is still ongoing.
Sankakuhead, the creator and the character designer of HMC, i really like the art style he did, it's really cute and decent. Though simple, i really like the way of his drawing. I respect thy drawing, Sankaku! Manga iconography is used which is to appeal the audience's view, though the concept of moe is used but it is not being overly used which is a good thing otherwise.. But overall, his character designs attracts me the most. Wonder if he published another manga?
Not much to say on characters, but they're comparatively similar to that the anime version, hence i'll move on to enjoyment.
Honestly, i find it enjoyable and fun to read the manga since it's kinda similar to that anime version. I do always make some imagination on how the scenes of the latest chapters would be if it were to adapt the second season. And waiting for a new chapter is painstaking especially for the translated part since i'm no expert in reading japanese [level 1 though]
Overall i still enjoy reading it.
Well who to recommend? Those people who loves comedy and slice of life, and those people who want to fill up their free times.
Keep it up Sankakuhead! Keep producing more chapters to impress the audiences!