Sentai Filmworks has released the 2015 anime Himouto Umaru-chan Complete Collection on Blu-ray. Read on to find out if it deserves a spot in your film collection!
I had previously not heard of Himouto Umaru-chan but apparently it has a bit of a following. It was originally a Japanese manga series by Sankaku Head in 2013. This animated series began in 2015 with a second season announced for fall of 2017. There is even a PlayStation Vita video game release of the material.
Himouto Umaru-chan is directed by Masahiko Ôta which may be a recognizable name to fans of newer anime. He has also worked on Yuruyuri, Love Lab, Gabriel DropOut and Minami-ke. There are 12 episodes in this set. Each episode is around 24 minutes long and is rated TV-14.
Himouto Umaru-chan is a comedic animated show. The series is based around the life of Umaru Doma and her older brother Taihei. Umaru is a high school girl who seems to be the typical perfect high school girl. She gets good grades, she is viewed as being very pretty and she is talented in every endeavor. However once school is over and Umaru gets home a transformation occurs. She dons a hamster hoodie, and becomes a lazy junk food eating otaku. Otaku is a Japanese term to describe a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.
Himouto Umaru-chan is a pretty cute story, actually. I found my jaded cynical practically dead cold heart warm just a bit and remember my childhood. There are some genuinely heart warming vignettes that someone who grew up a nerd would appreciate. From the very first episode it’s hard not to like the show. The characters are relatable even when silly things are going on and you can’t help but have them grow on you. The show mostly centers around the relationship of the brother and sister and how their personalities mix and clash. Umaru having dual personalities and the story being told nonlinear makes it a series not to miss.
The art style is simple but effective at conveying emotion, comedy and cute moments. That’s not to say the show is perfect though or that it will be for everyone’s taste. While the concept is interesting these type of situations have been done numerous times in anime and live action and so viewers who have delved deeper into this genre might not be as impressed by it. When Umaru switches personalities she sometimes throws a tantrum and acts like a little sister, which will probably drive some people insane having to listen to her. I think the series makes up for it’s flaws and is enjoyable as an animated show. I certainly had fun watching it.
The set includes 2 BD-50 discs with English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. English subtitles are included. The picture quality, dialog, and music were all fun and presented nicely. The show is brightly colored and looks good on Blu-ray with it’s different stylistic choices. It’s a nice, feel good anime and Sentai did a good job presenting the show as it was envisioned.
Home Video Release Commercials
Clean opening and closing animations
Banquet Mondays “Daranama”
Himouto Umaru-Chan Final Thoughts:
I have not seen very many newer anime shows so I’m certainly no expert in this type of story telling. There may be tons of shows out there just like this (or even better) but I did enjoy watching Himouto! Umaru-chan. I am glad the show is in my personal collection. The 12 episodes of the first season were fun and cute. These are stories that some viewers will really feel attached to. I certainly think the show is worth giving a watch to see if it is for you. After the first 2 or 3 episodes you should know if you like it or not. The series repeats the same format for the whole season so it’s consistent. If you decide that you want it you can pick up your copy here on Amazon.
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