Manga / Himouto! Umaru-chan

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Umaru Doma, age 16, is the perfect girl at school and around town; beautiful but with a kind heart, athletic, always gets high test scores, and while popular remains humble and is greatly admired by students and faculty alike, but...

Umaru at home is a barely functioning otaku slacker who lives with her white-collar worker brother, Taihei, who more or less caters to her every whim due to being easily nagged into things. Can Taihei fix his broken sister, who would rather eat junk food and play video games all night than go outside and play, or will his weak will allow her to become a complete shut-in?

Himouto! Umaru-chan (干物妹!うまるちゃん) is an ongoing 2013 manga series written and illustrated by Sankaku Head, with an anime adaptation directed by Masahiko Ohta for Dogakobo (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun and Plastic Memories) as part of the Summer 2015 Anime lineup, an OVA in October 2015, and another in April 2017. A second season has been confirmed, which will air as part of the Fall 2017 Anime lineup.

Has a couple of spinoffs by the same mangaka, Himouto! Umaru-chan S, set in an Alternate Universe, and Akita Imokko! Ebina-chan, a side-story following Umaru's friend Ebina from when she first arrives in Tokyo.

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Himouto! Umaru-chan contains the following tropes:

  • All Take and No Give: Umaru and Taihei's relationship is somewhere in the co-dependent area of the trope.
  • All Work vs. All Play: All-work Taihei spends nearly all his time at work or taking care of Umaru or the house, while all-play Umaru is a lazy bum.
  • Aloof Big Brother:
    • Inverted. Kirie is Bomber's aloof little sister. Bomber keeps trying to get closer to her, but Kirie is having none of it.
    • Played straight with Ebina and her older brother that left when she was 7.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Chapter 89 ends with what seems like Ebina about to confess her love to Taihei. Chapter 90 begins next morning with Taihei and Umaru and no real hint of what happened as a result other than Taihei preparing New Year's money for Ebina when in previous years he only did so for Umaru. Chapter 92 mentions that he listened to it seriously, but doesn't elaborate any further. It isn't until chapter 98 where readers learn what actually happened: She didn't confess.
  • Author Avatar: Sankaku Head's avatar is the character with the white, cylindrical headnote  and hamster face. He pops up a lot in the anime, including in scene transitions, but special attention is drawn to him in the last episode, when Taihei is test-driving an SUV and freaks out over "nearly" hitting him while he was crossing a crosswalk, causing Taihei to shout "A MANGAKA!"
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite everything, Taihei and Umaru both get moments that show they care about each other.
  • Beneath the Mask: Umaru looks to be mature, beautiful and sophisticated when outside her home. At home, however, she's a lazy, annoying, selfish brat.
  • Big Eater: Umaru and Ebina. Ebina gets flanderized in the "Himouto Umaru-chanS" shorts, where she's seen eating something in almost every episode.
  • Bland-Name Product: Several. Zonama for Amazon, Gapcom for Capcom, Batsune Migu for Hatsune Miku, Jun Piece for One Piece...
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ebina and Kanau about their feelings for Taihei. The spin-off series, Akita Imokko! Ebina-chan, reveals that Ebina will eventually confess to Taihei 3 years in the future.
  • Censor Steam: Joked about in one of the "Himouto Umaru-chanS" shorts. The hotspring conveniently allowed bathing suits, so they didn't have to worry about clouds of steam or weird beams of light popping up.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 8 has one, along with New Years.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • When it looks like Kirie has discovered her double life, Umaru is able to fool her into thinking that her home self is actually her little sister "Komaru".
    • Umaru hides her identity for a game tournament by pulling on a domino mask and becoming "U.M.R." It convinces Sylphin, who recruits her to... help her beat Umaru. It also convinces Bomber, who's under the impression U.M.R. is a guy, much to Umaru's confusion.
    • Kirie fools her own brother during a trip to an aquarium by wearing a straw hat.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Umaru is a downplayed version for her brother, but more out of annoyance that she doesn't have his undivided attention than any romantic feelings.
    • Kirie seems to act this way towards Umaru, often giving anyone paying too much attention to the latter a Death Glare.
    • Kanau doesn't seem very happy in episode 5 when she overhears that Taihei's homemade food was made by his girlfriend (the truth being that he made it). He then lies to his colleagues and says his younger sister makes them, prompting a sigh of relief from her.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Taihei having the affections of Ebina and Kanau.
  • Color Failure: Umaru and Taihei in Episode 2, after they realized that Ebina completely missed the former's tantrum over the latter refusing to buy her games due to enjoying her food at the restaurant.
  • Cool Big Bro:
    • Taihei is pretty much Umaru's father at this point, but he's very loving and caring towards her.
    • Bomber tries to be this, and while he doesn't fully fit it, it's obvious he deeply cares for Kirie and wants to be closer to her.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Bomber uses this in chapter 34/episode 7 while eating at a restaurant with Taihei. He cries over meeting a woman at a mixer, only to find out she's already got a boyfriend. He then gives Taihei several Death Glare looks, and switches to a normal face while the waitress brings his food to the table. Then he complains that he's heard Taihei walking around with a beautiful woman, who he assumes is his girlfriend. When Taihei says it's just his sister, Bomber doesn't believe him at first.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl:
    • Ebina trips quite a bit.
    • Kanou, due to her young age and the stress that comes with her high position in the company, makes a lot of minor mistakes in work.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Kirie and Bomber when around "Komaru", or Umaru at home.
    • Umaru when it comes to stuffed cat dolls.
    • Taihei around real cats. In episode 7 he follows one around for so long that he ends up in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming:
    • Used in the opening credits with Umaru.
    • Used again in episode 6 when Umaru, Kirie, and Taihei are all playing a video game version of Game of Life.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Aimi Tanaka (Umaru) sings the opening theme solo, while she shares the ending song with Akari Kageyama (Ebina), Haruka Shiraishi (Kirie) and Yurina Furukawa (Sylphin).
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the "prototype" manga, Umaru is far more mean-spirited and childish than in the final version, doing things like like pinching Taihei's butt with a grabber arm toy, hitting him in the groin (though this is seemingly an accident), and making her classmates think that he's physically abusive by lying about an injury she inflicted on herself while throwing a tantrum. Additionally, "Indoor Umaru" isn't fully super-deformed, instead looking like a more realistic pre-teen girl.
    Taihei: Wait, the taller one is more like Umaru before her character was finalized. What is the manga version doing here?
  • Even the Girls Want Her: More than a few girls can be seen admiring Umaru along with the men. Then there's Kirie, who has a massive crush on Umaru.
    • Same with Ebina-chan, where at least as many girls are seen staring at her large breasts during her flashback, including the flight attendant.
  • Foreshadowing: There are a lot of chapters that show Ebina reacting oddly to Umaru and Taihei bonding, later revealed to be because she hasn't seen her own big brother for a while and is looking for him.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Near the end of Episode 3, Umaru has an Imagine Spot where she sees the ghosts from the horror movie she just watched. However, there is a very brief scene that shows the ghost boy, the ghost girl, and a ghost man/rapper moving around as if singing and dancing in a music video, and looking rather comical.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Umaru starts getting freaked out in Chapter 26/Episode 3C after a storm causes a power blackout, and she starts thinking about the ghosts from the horror movie she just watched earlier with her brother.
  • Gratuitous English: Episode 4 uses quite a bit when calling out the players in the competition by the initials they often use in the games, such as Umaru being "U.M.R.".
  • Harsh Word Impact: After Taihei throws out a figurine box that Umaru nonchalantly claims she didn't need, she is surprised that she told him to. But she decides to guilt trip him anyway, and turns on the waterworks. Several of her insults hit him rather hard, with arrows piercing him each time.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Kirie is actually very good at sports and despite being good enough at swimming to get third place in a national tournament she has no plans to go pro, instead wanting to write and draw children's picture books.
    • While Ebina is always blushing, she is actually more active in getting friends than Umaru.
    • Despite the attention-craving and obsessive "competing" with Umaru, Sylphin is actually quite a nice person who has no problems becoming friends with Umaru (and her gaming alter-ego) & co.
  • High-Pressure Emotion:
    • Ebina does this from time to time, especially around Taihei.
    • Sylphin does this after she spots her brother watching her play in the video game tournament.
  • Hikikomori: Unless forced to, Umaru would never leave her house.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In one scene during episode 2, Umaru attempts to force her brother awake by sleeping next to him and making him uncomfortable so she could play games with him until the morning anime started. Unfortunately she had been up all night, so she actually falls asleep, and doesn't wake up until evening. As a result, she misses both the morning and the afternoon anime shows. (Much the same happens in chapter 3, which the scene was based on, although Umaru only misses the morning anime.)
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most chapter titles are in the format "Umaru and [X]", although Ebina, Taihei and Kirie have all substituted for Umaru.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Ebina doesn't know Kirie considers her a rival for Umaru's affections. Vice versa, Ebina considers Kirie to be a rival for Taihei. Though they later realize the mistake with Kirie even being a Shipper on Deck for Ebina
  • Imagine Spot: Umaru has one in chapter 24/episode 7 while eating at the ramen restaurant. She goes into Super-Deformed mode, and claims that cola would go great with the ramen she was eating. It then turns out to be her imagining all this, while she eats the ramen normally.
  • In-Series Nickname: Umaru has a few: Kirie calls her (or rather, "Komaru") "Master", Alex calls her "Sempai", and Bomber calls her "Tanukichi" due to mistaking her hamster hood for a Tanuki. And of course she has U.M.R., her "gamer name".
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Umaru is prone to crying and throwing a hissy fit like a little child every time she doesn't get her way, provided no one else she knows is around.
  • Lonely Rich Kid:
    • Ebina casually says things once in a while that give this impression. When Taihei visits her flat, he notices she has a fancy kitchen with two refrigerators, further adding to this. That said, she does have friends in Akita, and didn't have enough money for a second fridge when she first arrived in Tokyo.
    • Sylphin is revealed to be rich but seems to have no other friends beside U.M.R.(Umaru).
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Umaru has this issue with her friends. Ebina, Kirie and Sylphin, as far as they know, are friends with outside Umaru, Komaru and U.M.R., respectively. They have either not seen Umaru's real self (Ebina) or don't realize the person they know and Umaru are the same person (Kirie and Sylphin). Later Kirie and Sylphin become friends with outside Umaru but still don't know that Komaru and U.M.R. are the same person as Umaru.
  • Married to the Job:
    • Taihei. He works overtime all the time and has little to no hobbies outside of cleaning after Umaru. On his one day off, he started zoning out because he had nothing to do.
    • Also applies to Kanau. Perhaps more so than Taihei, since she's the daughter of the company president. She even has a bedroom in the building she works in.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Throughout the first two episodes of the anime, Kirie can be seen in the background of several school shots, silently glaring at Umaru. In Episode 3, after Umaru finally notices her doing it, Ebina points out she's been doing it all the time and there's a brief montage of several such shots, with the glaring Kirie highlighted.
  • Meaningful Name: "Doma" can mean "in the ground." So, Umaru's name means "buried in the ground," "Komaru" means "trapped in the ground," and Taihei, "rest in peace."
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sylphin appears with some flowers as a backdrop during episode 4. The camera then switches angles to reveal that it wasn't due to Bishie Sparkle; rather, she somehow managed to bring a flowery background onto the tennis court. She later crashed into it a few times while playing tennis against Umaru.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Umaru accidentally spills soda on the cable modem under her brother's desk in episode 10. She then tries desperately to connect various devices online, only to find out none of them will connect, and suffers a brief Heroic B.S.O.D. due to not being able to connect to the net.
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • Umaru does this from time to time on Taihei, including clinging onto him while in Super-Deformed mode.
    • Kanau likes to get really close to Taihei as well at work, close enough that she's within kissing range of his lips. Since he's Oblivious to Love, as well as being her subordinate, this makes him uncomfortable, as well as missing the point that she likes him.
  • Oblivious to Love: Taihei doesn't notice Ebina's or Kanau's feelings for him and Umaru seems to have no idea that Kirie wants to be more than friends.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Kirie became friends with both forms of Umaru, and both friendships are odd, in different ways.
    • Sylphin, meanwhile, wants to beat Umaru with her new friend U.M.R's help.
    • Inside Umaru also gets along quite well with Bomber because both of them are easygoing people by nature.
  • Once a Season: Starting with chapter 10, the opening panel of every tenth chapter is by another light novel/manga artist. (The pattern's broken for the final one, with chapter 99 getting a contest winner's opening panel instead of chapter 100).
  • One Degree of Separation: Bomber and Alex are introduced as Taihei's co-workers, with Bomber as an old school buddy. They are later revealed to also be the older brothers of Umaru's friends Kirie and Sylphin respectively. Later it's implied that Taihei meets Ebina's missing big brother on a business trip. It also turns out that Bomber knows Sylphin through Alex.
  • Only Friend: For a while Ebina seemed to be Umaru's only friend. This was averted when she became friends with Kirie and Sylphin.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: Umaru seems to have something of an orgasm when drinking cola.
  • Otaku:
    • Umaru. She is totally obsessed with Anime and gaming merchandise, and hoards a pile of them at home.
    • So is Alex. He and Umaru become good friends due to their love of anime.
  • Pet the Dog: For all the abuse she heaps on Taihei, Umaru is given a lot of moments where she does genuinely end up appreciating all the things he does for her. Especially if it's pointed out by another character, such as Ebina commenting that chopping up green peppers takes a long time to prepare when Umaru finds some in her lunch.
  • Primal Fear: As noted in the Sick Episode entry, instead of playing a prank on Taihei, Umaru has a very concerned look on her face when her brother is lying on the floor with a high fever, fearing he could die from it. She then attempts to do what she can to help him get better.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Himouto" is a portmanteau of "Himono"note  and "imouto" (little sister).
  • Real Place Background: The series is set in Hachioji, Tokyo.
  • Relative Error: People often get jealous of Taihei after assuming Umaru is his girlfriend.
  • Serious Business: Umaru towards snacking, as one can see in episode 1.
  • Shipper on Deck: After figuring out that Ebina likes Taihei and after receiving some unwitting advice from Umaru, Kirie decides to support Ebina's feelings and even tells the latter of her intent.
  • Shout-Out: Oh so very many. The manga features more that had to be cut out of the anime version.
    • The anime's opening contains parodies of Pokémon, Mario Kart, Monster Hunter, and Disney Tsum Tsum; the song itself actually contains the infamous death noise from Super Mario Bros..
    • Umaru is a fan of Jun Piece, which she reads in Junpu; her favorite character is "that cute reindeer".
    • Her and Sylphin's favorite fighting game is Space Stream Fighter IV; Sylphin's character of choice looks a lot like Fi. The game also has a character who's just plain Guile, no changes or attempts to hide his identity.
      • Speaking of, one of the employees at the Gapcom game center has a white headband, fingerless red gloves, and Big Ol' Eyebrows, making him look just like Ryu.
    • In the manga version of the Stream Fighter tournament, the other contestants include Satoshi, Bayonetta, Shinya Arino, and Segata Sanshiro.
      • In one of Sylphin's flashbacks, we see that what got her into fighting games was watching a tournament which was won by U.M.H. — in other words, legendary Street Fighter champ Daigo Umehara.
    • In the Umaru-chanS shorts, the Imouto Sentai Umaranger costumes are heavily based off of Mahou Sentai Magiranger.
    • When Umaru and Taihei have a "trial" to deduce what happened to Umaru's pudding, he dresses up like Phoenix Wright, even shouting "OBJECTION!"
    • Umaru's inner dialogue over choosing what snacks to buy is portrayed like the SEELE conferences from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Umaru 06 even strikes the Gendo Pose.
    • Umaru is briefly shown dressed up as Black Jack in one "Himouto! Umaru-chan S" short.
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • Ebina and Kirie. Ebina, though, is mostly normal until Taihei is around.
    • Umaru comes to the conclusion that this may apply to herself when she realizes that all of her friends approached her first.
  • Sick Episode: Umaru catches a cold in chapter 22/episode 10, due to sleeping on the floor with the A/C on. The very next day, Taihei catches her cold, and Umaru initially plans to cook some hot and spicy foods as payback for him not staying home to take care of her the previous day. But when she arrives home and sees that his fever went up, she forgets about her revenge and instead tries to help him get better instead.
  • Similar Squad: Ebina's friends from Akita are very similar, personality-wise, to Ebina, Kirie and Umaru.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Averted; while their classmates think there is animosity between Umaru and Sylphin, both are quick to deny there are any such feelings.
  • Situational Sociability: In public, Umaru is The Ace, a straight-A student and stellar athlete. At home, Umaru is a lazy, spoiled brat who would rather sit around playing video games or reading manga than do anything productive. The difference is so stark that there are instances of her being mistaken for two different people.
  • Slice of Life: The series focuses on Umaru and her daily life at school and home, with the occasional spotlight on the other characters such as her brother Taihei.
  • Spirited Competitor: Sylphin loves competing against people and will enter any competition or game just to prove her skill, though she dislikes gambling games that rely on luck. She has singled out Umaru as her ultimate rival, but holds no actual hostility toward her, in fact it's a strange attempt at becoming friends. It turns out that she gets it from her mother, who's not satisfied unless she wins first place.
  • The Stinger:
    • After the end credits in episode 3, we jump into something that looks straight out of a horror movie - because that's exactly what it is, a horror movie Umaru and Taihei are watching.
    • In episode 8, Kanau shows up behind Bomber and Taihei as the two are stuck at work on Christmas Eve. After the credits roll, we are then shown the events from her point of view, including Taihei inviting her to hang out with him and Bomber like they used to. She politely declines, but the look on her face shows she really wanted to. He also later sends her a picture of him and Bomber in santa suits. She promptly crops the picture to show only him, then sets it as her phone's wallpaper.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • The few glimpses we get of Mrs. Doma (usually thanks to Taihei's memories) show that she looked and sounded like an adult version of Umaru.
    • Ebina looks a lot like her mother, even picking up a couple of her mannerisms.
  • Super-Deformed:
    • The moment Umaru walks through her front door she becomes a chibi with a Cat Smile. In a hundred chapters and a couple thousand panels Umaru has only appeared non-deformed while indoors twice, and one of those was a chapter opening. This isn't merely an Art Shift but an actual physical change that can even fool Umaru's friends and which is referenced a few times in the manga.
    • In the anime, Umaru switches between the two forms quite a lot.
    • Episode 3 of the Umaru-chanS shorts call attention to this, with Ebina and Kirie having trouble moving because of how heavy their heads are. Umaru gives them balance training on a platform in the water.
  • Supreme Chef: Taihei is quite the good cook, and ends up making food for himself and Umaru. However, both of them lie to friends and coworkers when they claim it's Umaru who makes them. For Taihei, Bomber, and to a lesser extent, Kanau, don't believe he could cook food that good himself. Umaru meanwhile doesn't want to ruin her perfect student persona at school when she claims she makes the food.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Kirie suggests inside Umaru is Umaru's younger sister, Umaru runs with it and introduces herself as "Komaru."
  • 10-Minute Retirement: At one point Umaru realizes she has been quite active with her friends and decides that she will give up the Himouto lifestyle. She even decides that she will tell her friends about her double life, but when the time comes she is so visibly afraid that her friends will abandon her that Kirie says they don't need to know and that they love Umaru unconditionally.
  • True Companions: How Taihei describes his relationships with Boomer and Kanau.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Taihei, Boomer and Kanau in high school always hung out together.
  • Unknown Rival: Sylphin considers herself Umaru's rival. Umaru doesn't seem all that interested. Though once they become friends, she drops this.
  • Unsound Effect:
    • "Umaru~un", the sound effect of Umaru's amazingness, which happens whenever she shows up in her outside form.
    • "Shba~an", for anytime Sylphin shows up.
  • Weird Crossover: One chapter's splash page celebrates Umaru-chan and One-Punch Man getting Animated Adaptationsnote  with a picture of Saitama carrying "slacker mode" Umaru in one hand.

Alternative Title(s): Himouto Umaru Chan

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