Himouto! Umaru-chan

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (1,862)

Himouto! Umaru-chan is an anime television series that aired in Japan from July to September 2015. The show is directed by Masahiko Ohta and produced by animation studio Doga Kobo. The anime is based on a manga series written and illustrated by Sankaku Head. The show has been licensed for release in North America by Sentai Filmworks, who have released it on home video in both English and Japanese language versions.

The story of Himouto! Umaru-chan centers around Umaru Doma, a high school student who is a popular and intelligent girl with good looks and great grades. However, when she is at home, Umaru adopts a completely different persona - that of a lazy, junk food-loving, video game-obsessed otaku. Her brother, Taihei, is her only witness to this transformation as Umaru keeps her two lives separate.

Through the show's 12-episode run, we follow Umaru and her close friends as they go about their daily routines both at school and at home. While her classmates see Umaru as a model student, at home she is a total slob, obsessing over anime, manga, and video games while constantly demanding food and attention from Taihei who finds himself playing the role of her caretaker rather than brother.

One of the most notable aspects of the show is its depiction of the various ways that different people interact with Umaru's dual identity. Some characters are completely oblivious to her two sides, while others are aware of both and enjoy both versions of her. One character in particular, Kirie Motoba, initially dislikes Umaru but soon becomes fascinated by both her personalities and becomes one of her closest friends.

As the show progresses, we see Umaru evolve and mature as a character. While she initially struggles with trying to balance her two lives, she eventually learns to embrace both sides of her personality and becomes more comfortable showing her true colors to those around her. One of the more interesting aspects of the show is the way that it explores the idea of what it means to be yourself, and how different people view that concept.

Overall, Himouto! Umaru-chan is a lighthearted and fun anime that explores some interesting themes while keeping things light and entertaining. Umaru is an endearing character who is easy to root for, and the show as a whole will be enjoyable for fans of slice-of-life comedies. The show also explores some intriguing ideas about identity and the different masks that people wear in different situations, making it a more thought-provoking experience than it might initially seem.

The voice acting is excellent across the board, with Sara Ornelas delivering a standout performance as Umaru. Jad Saxton is also great as Taihei, bringing a lot of depth and nuance to the character that helps to make him more than just a one-dimensional straight man. Emily Neves shines in her role as Kirie, bringing a lot of charm and humor to the character.

The animation style and character designs are also noteworthy, with bright and colorful visuals that help to bring the show's world to life. Overall, if you're looking for a feel-good anime with some humorous moments and an interesting central concept, Himouto! Umaru-chan is definitely worth checking out.

Himouto! Umaru-chan is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on July 8, 2015.

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Everyone and Umaru
12. Everyone and Umaru
December 24, 2017
It's the end of the year, and everyone is figuring out what Christmas gifts to get their loved ones. Can Umaru and the others find the perfect presents?
Umaru and the Starry Sky
11. Umaru and the Starry Sky
December 17, 2017
Kirie devises a new plan to bring Ebina and Taihei closer. However, Taihei might have a couple to many little sisters fighting for his attention already.
First Time for Everyone
10. First Time for Everyone
December 10, 2017
Sylphin invites UMR over to her house, where a slight misunderstanding leads to some awkwardness. Later on, Umaru seems to have found a weakness in Hikari's armor.
Umaru and Memories
9. Umaru and Memories
December 3, 2017
After Bomba gives Taihei one of his old cameras, Taihei spends sometime reconnecting with Umaru. Later, the tension between Hikari and Umaru increases.
Umaru and Hikari
8. Umaru and Hikari
November 26, 2017
Umaru and the gang have a spontaneous get-together, but when things don't go as expected, hilarity ensues.
Umaru and Amusement Parks
7. Umaru and Amusement Parks
November 19, 2017
Umaru and the girls head out to spend a fun day at the amusement park, but Kirie is having a few struggles. Will the day end up a total disaster?
Umaru and Dreams
6. Umaru and Dreams
November 12, 2017
While visiting Umaru, Kirie's secret aspiration is found out! Will Umaru's encouragement be enough to help Kirie overcome her self-doubt?
Big Brother Departs
5. Big Brother Departs
November 5, 2017
Taihei leaves for a business trip with his co-workers. While his boss Kanau thinks of a way to spend time with him, Taihei has his hands full with a vacation-happy stowaway.
A Party with the Whole Gang
4. A Party with the Whole Gang
October 29, 2017
Umaru spends Christmas evening with her friends, and Sylphyn remembers a childhood Christmas wish. On New Year's morning, Umaru receives a suspicious gift from Taihei.
Umaru and Friends
3. Umaru and Friends
October 22, 2017
Alex interrupts Kirie and Umaru's afternoon to play a dating sim game. Kirie finds herself identifying with the main character. Later, Umaru discovers an addictive new game.
Umaru and Alex
2. Umaru and Alex
October 15, 2017
Taihei invites his coworkers over for dinner after work, and one of them, Alex, catches Umaru's attention. Why does this guy seem so familiar, and what's his deal with anime?
The Himouto Returns
1. The Himouto Returns
October 8, 2017
Umaru Doma's life continues with an evening filled with video games... and no big brother in sight! Later, Umaru and her friends end up playing an intense game of soccer.
Where to Watch Himouto! Umaru-chan
Himouto! Umaru-chan is available for streaming on the Sentai Filmworks website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Himouto! Umaru-chan on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 8, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,862)