Being a geek isn’t always easy. However, being a female otaku and gamer might feel a lot harder, since even geekery suffers from sexism. As one of the often discriminated gender, I’m so happy to see that even anime gives female nerds a chance to shine. Thanks to the Japanese animation studio Doga Kobo, countless enjoyed the adventures of Umaru-chan this summer, who can probably be considered as the lazy queen of otakus and weebs. Offers the anime about the two-faced little sister really pure entertainment or is it just another one of many incestuous fan service series?
Oh, my Himouto!
Himouto! Umaru-chan shows us the life of Doma Umaru, who seems to be the perfect young high school girl with her amazing looks and incredible grades. But once she gets home, Umaru turns into a tiny and weird creature with all sorts of geeky interests like video games, manga and anime. Although she presents herself as a well-mannered girl in public, the real Umaru is selfish, greedy and extremely lazy. The series mainly centers on her social life with her brother Taihei, who is having a very hard time living with his rascally, little sister. Also focusing on the presentation of other appearing characters, Himouto! Umaru-chan doesn’t really concentrate on a plot. Unfortunately, as the series sticks to its episodic script, there is no story progress at all. I for myself would have loved to see some actual story, but sadly I got disappointed. The complete series presents a bunch of different situations showing Umaru and her brother who tries to deal with her two-sided personality. Every single episode merely features various clips without revealing any real storyline, yet there might be a few moments of character introduction.
All the o-nii-sans and imoutos
Probably the best thing about Himouto! Umaru-chan is its cast. As there is no actual plot, the anime lives from its unique character presentation. From the geeky competition-addicted gaijin Sylphinford to the beer drinking afro-hair styled Bomber, Himouto! Umaru-chan gives you the chance to meet some of the weirdest and most enjoyable characters you might find in a slice of life anime. Combined with the idea of featuring a lot of anime and video game products and themes, the series is easily capable of putting countless of smiles on your face – but only if you’re familiar with some of those. However, the jokes and innuendos get reused way too often, what lowers the amusement of the series at some point. It seems like Himouto! Umaru-chan tries to make a pattern out of showing Umaru’s strange habits, so the anime repeats showing her usual phrases and behavior over and over again. You might catch yourself saying Cola with Umaru’s voice after watching some episodes. So the pattern works, I guess.
A strange opening for a strange anime
Starting each episode of Himouto! Umaru-chan is always pure entertainment, since the opening appears to be as weird as the show itself. Watching the not-so-pretty version of Umaru jumping, singing and dancing can really make your day. Even the ending song and video might brighten your mood, as it shows not only Umaru but also the other three females, who sing and look absolutely adorable as well. Additionally, the soundtrack fits the comedic theme of the series perfectly. With its quirky sounds, the music accentuates Umaru’s and the other girls’ weirdness excellently. If the anime’s humor can’t get you, the soundtrack will probably do.
Does she remind you of yourself?
Even though there are some things that aren’t perfect when it comes to the anime adaption of Himouto! Umaru-chan, you might still enjoy it – and you can’t even tell exactly why. Maybe this geeky girl reminds you of yourself, or maybe you’re just entertained by all the other strange but entchanting characters. Anyway, all I know is that I fell in love with Umaru’s weirdness at first sight. So if you don’t mind seeing the same repeating jokes but still several delighting moments, this anime could be one of the most amusing series of this year. You shouldn’t miss it.
What we liked:
- Unique premise
- Loveable character presentation
- Fitting soundtrack
What we didn’t like:
- Regular reuse of jokes
- Too little story and character development