Hello my dears Glamour here and I am feeling oddly angry writing this review…. This is about Himouto! Umaru-chan when it should be called ‘Surviving Umaru-chan!’ now let’s get started. This all begins with Taihei Doma living in his small apartment and putting up his sister Umaru Doma. A cute high school that takes on multiple personas. When she is out and about this is Shiny mode which is the sweet perfect girl that everyone dotes on and even gets perfect grades…along with nearly anything else she wants. The Umaru mode is for showcasing in public or when she has visitors at home. When it is just her and her brother she goes into ‘Hamster mode’ which is being a terrible lazy person who’s only loyalty is to anime and gaming. Now this is not the pot calling the kettle black here because I will admit I do love anime and gaming as well but as soon as this girl puts on her hamster hood she turns into a chibi terror that throws tantrums, wrecks organized areas, and has practically no appreciation for anything. However the upside is that she prefers to keep this persona as a secret to the point where with the instance of one friend from school she comes up with a different identity so that her friend thinks that she is a completely different person…. In the arcade she has another personality known as UMR that she uses for another friend so again they don’t make the connection between Umaru Doma and all her interests because she thinks it will destroy her squeaky clean image of being the perfect lady she pretends to be at school.
Most of her decisions outside of her Shiny mode are completely selfish and not completely thought out. She spends her brother’s money without asking him, wrecks his small apartment often, has complete disregard for his needs (like idk…sleep?). If she’s not stuffing her face with junk, reading manga, or watching anime she is having a tantrum because she wants something, or hatching some manipulative plan…. While I watched all this go on I wanted to give the brother a pass to a day spa and punch Umaru in the face. She is somewhat thoughtful to her classmates but still not enough to tell them the truth. Which is denoted in an early episode where she has it in mind to have a tantrum in public to force her brother to buy her something but stops only because her friend is around.
She also has little regard for his things since she breaks an item he receives from a coworker he trained and tries to fix it to cover it up but only fesses up because she can’t fix it exactly…However like her brother emphasizes where did the money for all the gear come from? She only tried to fix it so she wouldn’t get caught… Now I know what you’re thinking “Aren’t you being hard on her?” or “Didn’t you break something as a kid?” Well to answer that in the reverse order ‘yes’ I did break something as a kid. I broke the tusk off of a ceramic elephant my grandmother made and my mother cried. Luckily for me it was a clean break and I fixed it with super glue. However I was in elementary school or middle school at least. This girl is in bloody highschool and has the presence of thought enough to try to hide her crimes until there are no other viable options.
All in all with growth sure you watch Umaru make friends and whatever but the real story is how the hell Taihei lives with her? She comes up with a new zany thing to do almost every day. He gets through work comes up with ways to deal with her and finds even what one would consider highly annoying traits to her credit and even in a way….endearing somehow. He knows she lies and all other manner of havoc is made in her wake but she’s his sister so he has to love her. Although in a way I feel it makes him an enabler like parents that don’t spank their kids. Which ends up with possible future NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training). Bitch about it if you want, kids need to know there are consequences for their actions and sometimes just taking Little Susie’s unit is not going to do it. I know. My mother tried taking away my Gameboy Color and I found it anyways then put it back where I found it but now I’m getting off topic. All in all it is an ‘entertaining’ anime but I can’t with a clear conscience Hatter Approve it. Anyways til next time my dears this Hatter is OUT!