Himouto! Umaru-chan is a Summer 2015 anime series whose Season 2 is part of Fall 2017. Is there anything more to this title other than being about a two-faced girl alternating between being a role model student at school and a hopeless otaku at home?
Despite looking and acting like the perfect high school girl, Doma Umaru becomes an entirely different person whenever she gets to relax at home. The beautiful, graceful, and exemplar student becomes a lazy, sloppy otaku by donning her orange hamster hoodie! Have fun watching this imouto (little sister) hang out with her friends, Ebina Nana and Motoba Kirie; fend off her rival, Tachibana Sylphynford; and pester her dutiful older brother, Taihei!
Plot & Story
I believe it’s easy to simply write this series off as just being about a cute anime girl who acts like a horrible person and mostly gets away with her behavior. After all, Umaru is an arrogant, selfish, and entitled person and most scenes in most episodes emphasize this by revealing how she acts and thinks. That being said, she’s not an irredeemable person and she does regret her actions from time to time, but the lessons she learns never truly stick.
Still, seeing her antics, as well as the troubles the other characters get involved with, can be enjoyable in itself for some viewers. The title as a whole remains about cute girls doing cute things with references to other series or Japanese games being thrown in from time to time. As a result, this sort of show will certainly draw in certain fans while proving to be less attractive for others.
In short, yes, this series is effectively a story about a girl who acts like a straight-A student while secretly being an unkempt gamer and anime fan at home, and about her attempts to keep her friends from realizing that she’s actually a slob.
Art & Music
With a bright and vivid palette as well as character designs that could only be described as adorable, Himouto! Umaru-chan is a treat for the eyes. The animation is rather smooth for a slice-of-life series and the humorous moments were effective not only because of the excellent comedic timing but also because of the art style that matches the aesthetic of the series and makes such instances work.
That being said, Umaru is often drawn in a chibi style. I’m of the opinion that she looks even more adorable like that, but I understand that some fans detest such an art style.
The instrumental OST is serviceable (meaning acceptable yet not particularly memorable) and the ED, ‘Hidamari Days,’ is soothing to listen to. However, the OP, ‘Kakushinteki☆Metamaruphose!’ overshadows the ED as it is energetic, explosive, and extremely catchy. It’s up there with the best when it comes to the type of songs you should listen to in case you need to cheer up on a bad day.