Himouto Umaru-chan – season 1 (Review)

Genre: Comedy, School, Seinen, Slice of Life


What is it about?

People are not always who they appear to be, as is the case with Umaru Doma, the perfect high school girl—that is, until she gets home! Once the front door closes, the real fun begins. When she dons her hamster hoodie, she transforms from a refined, over-achieving student into a lazy, junk food-eating otaku, leaving all the housework to her responsible older brother Taihei. Whether she’s hanging out with her friends Nana Ebina and Kirie Motoba, or competing with her self-proclaimed “rival” Sylphinford Tachibana, Umaru knows how to kick back and have some fun!

Himouto! Umaru-chan is a cute story that follows the daily adventures of Umaru and Taihei, as they take care of—and put up with—each other the best they can, as well as the unbreakable bonds between friends and siblings.

What did I think?

Well guys, I must admit, I could relate a little bit too much to this anime. Every day when I come home from work, I put on one of my many onesies and start watching anime. Most of the times I’m too lazy to cook so my roommate cooks for me or I order in. My roommate actually compares me to a bear in hibernation: I stock up on food ( aka snacks), disappear in my cave (aka room) and will not be seen for a very long time.

So it is no surprise I like this concept a lot. I think every true otaku could relate at least a little bit to this anime, which makes it a lot of fun. The whole absurdity of the situation makes it a very fun anime to watch.

That said, after a few episodes you’re kinda done. It doesn’t really have a story or any character development for that matter. After a few episodes it kinda starts to blend together.

I think this is the kind of anime where you should watch one episode a week. At first I tried to binge-watch, which I do with all the anime I watch, but after a few episodes I started to feel like I was always watching the same thing so I was getting bored. However after that I watched just one episode once in a while and it suddenly became fun again. I watched it when I had a bit time to take a break and relax and it was perfect for that.

PS: I watched the dubbed version and I was in love with the way Umaru-chan said Cola and Potato chips. It was so funny!

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