Hidden Gems – Manga Reviews: Himouto Umaru Chan

Himōto! Umaru-chan is a Japanese manga series by Sankaku Head. It began serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump from 2013. It has been collected in six tankōbon volumes. An alternative version was serialized for two chapters in Shueisha’s monthly magazine Miracle Jump in 2012. An anime television series adaptation by Doga Kobo began airing in Japan from July 8, 2015.

What am I to say about this? It’s awesome. The story revolves around a high-school girl named Umaru who lives with her brother in a small apartment space. Now you may be thinking that this could be another of those brother-sister romance series. Actually it isn’t. Just like Nukoduke, there is no actual plot to the series. It simply focuses on the daily life of Umaru and her older brother, who is forced to put up with her bratty behavior. In public, Umaru displays the appearance of those perfect princesses who is capable of anything. However, at home, she behaves like a spoiled child who enjoys playing video games, watching anime and buying things off the internet. She also has a large fondness of coke (no, not the substance). What’s especially adorable is that when she’s at home, she turns into a chibi who rolls around like a kid. While the series focuses on the two siblings, it also showcases Umaru’s friends and her brother’s coworkers. These side characters are equally as entertaining and assist providing much humor to an already adorable series.

Doh, how could you not like this kid?
Doh, how could you not like this kid?

The artwork simply matches the tone of the story. Chibi Umaru is drawn so adorably that you can’t help, but pinch your cheeks. There are other times when the characters are chibified, but this is only during thought bubbles. Regardless, the art is simple and yet fantastic at the same time.

Art is simple, but effective.
Art is simple, but effective.

Now, this has only recently become an anime. I have become very weary of anime adaptations, mainly because they have crushed several of my favorites: including Mushibugyo, Medaka Box and Binbougami Ga. However, the animation to the series is excellent. It does a great job capturing the sweet and light tones and humor of the series, making it immediately enjoyable. As of recent, there have been a number of decent manga adaptations and I am seriously hoping that they continue to keep this up. I honestly almost gave up on the anime community.

So, if you’re looking for something cute and humorous, look up Himouto Umaru Chan. It’s adorable and just a lot of fun to read, and probably watch as well.

P.S

Please Internet, for the love of all that is good and decent. Do not, and I mean do NOT go around implementing Rule 34 on this series.

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