7 Days of Anime Summer 2015: Himouto! Umaru-Chan

7 Days of Anime Summer 2015: Himouto! Umaru-Chan

For Day 3 of 7 Days of Anime we look at a series that has made such a cute character that it even inspired a website where you can make your own version of that character. Himouto! Umaru-Chan is a comedy slice of life show that follows Umaru and Taihei as Umaru leads a double life.

At school Umaru is the pinnacle of high school girls with perfect looks, perfect grades, and is popular with everyone. When she is at home however she is lazy, self-absorbed, and focused entirely on video games, manga, junk food, and doing absolutely nothing productive. Her brother Taihei knows about both sides of her and tries to get her to be more active and go outside more. However when people start to meet Umaru’s other side she has to lie about who she is and hope her brother can keep her secret double life a secret.

If you want to avoid any Spoilers then scroll down to The Positive List to see the great points of this show.

One of the great things about this show are the Characters. Umaru is hilarious as she desperately tries to keep her double life a secret from everyone for fear that she will lose all of her friends. Umaru’s friend Ebina, like Umaru, has her own secret she is trying to hide from everyone. Her secret is that she is from the country and doesn’t want anyone to know about it. She tries desperately to hide her accent but occasionally it slips out. Kirie, who is friends with Umaru’s lazy side, has horrible social anxiety and wants to be friends with the high school Umaru, she also has a lot of trouble talking to males and usually scares them away. Taihei is the only one in the series who is completely ordinary but it’s because of that he helps all of these characters grow.

The humor in this show is also amazing. The situations Taihei and Umaru get into are completely normal everyday situations but they manage to turn them into hilarious moments. Umaru tries desperately to get Taihei to buy her things or make certain foods that she will trick him into thinking it will help her be more social and go outside or if she has it then she won’t be sick anymore, even though she isn’t sick. However it always ends with Taihei finding out Umaru’s true intentions.

Another thing I love is the character progression and ultimately the overall theme of the show. The characters spend most of the show finding out that it’s okay to be who they are and they don’t need to hide things about themselves for fear of their friends hating them or shunning them. For Umaru it’s realizing that even though she is lazy and only wants things for selfish reasons, she doesn’t need to lie to her brother Taihei and that he will be there for her. For Ebina it’s realizing that it’s okay for her accent to occasionally slip out if she is having fun and no one will judge her for where she is from. Finally for Kirie it’s overcoming her social anxiety so that she can talk with other people and find friends.

Overall this show is a great watch because it’s funny and also can connect with everyone in some way. It’s a great show to watch casually and you don’t need to binge watch it if you don’t want to.

Now we are at The Positive List.

  1. The characters are interesting.
  2. The humor is hilariously well done.
  3. The character progression and theme are great.

Just like Gate if you are wondering "Where can I view this show?" then head on over to Crunchyroll.com, a website where you can stream countless anime titles. You can watch the show for free or subscribe to their premium service for $6.95 a month for full ad-free and HD videos. I highly suggest if you are an anime fan to view their site. It's a great price for premium service for endless hours of anime entertainment.

If you want to know where you can create your own Umaru. Head over to http://tonarinoyj.jp/umaru-maker/.

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