Monday, May 22, 2017

Himouto! Umaru-chan: The Life of an Otaku

Umaru is a renowned beautiful 16-year-old girl in town, living with her elder brother Taihei. She acts a perfect sister with a kind heart, intelligence, and popularity, who everybody admires. So who would believe how true Umaru is at home? Sleeping, gaming, watching TV, eating junk food, drinking cola… that's almost all she does at home, leaving all the housework to her brother.

When it first came out on 2015, this series was insanely popular, and it's not hard to see why. With all of the action adventure and series with a plot, sometimes people just want something funny and relatable. And one can definitely find that in Himouto! Umaru-chan, the story of the freeloader we all want to be. 

Umaru-chan herself is just an otaku, and something we all aspire to be. She has a great outside life, but at home, she's selfish and does what she wants. She also has someone she loves who takes good care of her, and she can slack all she wants at home. she's living the life that we all secretly want but probably wouldn't openly admit. She's a very relatable character, and we can all identify with her in some way, shape or form. Also, seriously, in both regular and chibi form, she's freaking adorable. I'm a dedicated Umaru fan now and want to get her little hood thing so bad. Also, she made me addicted to cola and Fritos, my life is literally out of control. 

Taihei, her older brother, is a saint. He takes such good character, is so supportive while also trying to do the right thing, and the fact he puts up with her is incredible. I would like to know why he;s taking care of her though, and not their parents. 

All of the other side characters are well rounded enough to help support Umaru's character as he gets into mishaps and adventures. They help her develop the story, but they still let us focus on our MC. While the chibi transformations that Umaru does can be a bit bizarre sometimes, the animation is pretty good. It's simple, easy on the eyes, although there are certain parts where it's choppy, such as the beach water scenes. The music and sound effects are also good. 

There's not a lot for me to say. It's a good comedy, and I really enjoyed it. When you're not in the mood for a heavy plot, a lot of thinking, or intense feelings, a good comedy is exactly what you need. It's very relaxing and stress-relieving to watch, and it's honestly just fun. There's nothing there except just honest fun and good feelings. 

You'll either like it or you won't, but chances are you'll like it. It's good, really nice, and we all hope to be Umaru someday. Power to the Otaku! (and power to family members who take care of them)