In a preview video that immediately prompted me to buy a 2-liter bottle of cola from my local convenience store upon watching, Umaru Doma, the one, and only himouto has announced that she’s back and ready to… snack? “Himouto! Umaru-chan R” will begin airing on October 8 in Japan and will be available in many areas around the world via popular streaming services. Check out the new promo video below, featuring all of the main characters:
describes the first season:
To her classmates, Umaru Doma appears to be the perfect girl. She’s beautiful, friendly, and fashionable, earns top grades, and seems to be able to do any task asked of her with ease. She’s even humble and polite! However, if Umaru’s classmates could see her in the privacy of her home, they wouldn’t even recognize her. Once she’s inside the door, the pretty clothes come off, the orange hamster hood goes on, and it’s time to pig-out on snack foods, binge-watch television, and play violent video games! This version of Umaru is everything that the public Umaru isn’t: she whines, rolls on the floor, leaves messes all over the apartment, and makes life miserable for her poor older brother, Taihei. Even the most guarded secrets have a way of being found out, and, as Umaru becomes even more obnoxious and outrageous, her two lives are bound to collide in disastrous fashion in HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN!
Studio Doga Kobo is returning to animate the second season, and the entire voice staff are reprising their roles. The anime’s theme songs are aptly titled, with “Nimensei Uraomote Life! (Two-Sidedness Two-Faced Life!)” set to be sung by voice actress Aimi Tanak, the himouto herself. The ending theme “Umarun Taiso (Umaru Exercise)” will be also be sung by Tanaka, in addition, to Akari Kageyama, Haruka Shiraishi, and Yurina Furukawa, who voice Nana Ebina, Kirie, and Sylphie respectively.
In all honesty, this is probably my most anticipated show of the upcoming Fall season. I think that there may be something about Umaru that speaks to me on a deep and spiritual level. It’s all vicarious living on my end though, as I, unfortunately, do not live with a perpetually exasperated onii-chan willing to put up with my absurdity. But don’t we all wish we did? I think I’ve figured out the appeal!
Look forward to weekly coverage of “Himouto! Umaru-chan R” and other seasonal anime right here in OTAQUEST soon!