Sirius here!! I am back from my small break. I will be discussing my thoughts on an anime I recently finished on Netflix, Himouto! Umaru-chan R.
Netflix sure is gaining a lot of income lately especially with the increase of streams from people on quarantine. Lol.
Anyway. about the anime, it is the sequel to the hit anime last 2015. The series was really popular with a lot of anime fans to a point it caused a phenomenon where a lot of people were cosplaying like Umaru-chan.
However, I was on the opposite side. I wasn’t a fan.
However, my opinion changed the moment I watched the second season.
Yeah, bruh. It is still possible for 1 anime to redeem itself through their 2nd season.
Anyway, I won’t prolong this intro. Here are my thoughts on the 2nd season of Himouto! Umaru-chan.
Umaru Doma is a model student who has a hidden side: when she gets home each day, she puts on her hamster hoodie and turns into a sluggish otaku fond of junk food. As Umaru continues these daily antics, the friendship between her and her classmates—Nana Ebina, Kirie Motoba, and Sylphinford Tachibana—deepens, and more and more interesting events begin to unfold.
Of course, these events give rise to numerous questions. What did Nana ask of Umaru’s brother Taihei? Who is the mysterious girl with the diamond hairpin? And most important of all: why does this girl seem to know Umaru? These questions and more will be answered in Himouto! Umaru-chan R! (MAL)
Himouto! Umaru-chan R took me by surprise. Watching it was quite a journey.
Usually, sequels tend to be less favorable compared to the first season, however, it’s different in this series. This new season made the franchise better than it used to be, as it also addressed the issues I had in the first season.
Before I could start dissecting why I love this new season, I will discuss a bit first the prequel.
Season 1 wasn’t good
I never liked the first season.
Yes, the characters were quite amusing and interesting. Umaru was funny at times, but I am not a fan of her antics. Most of the time, I’m actually annoyed and disapproved with all of her decisions, especially, when she’s at home.
I know that the gist was her having 2 polar opposite personas. That concept is quite hilarious and interesting to watch, but that doesn’t mean I would like the stuff happening on screen.
I said above that the 2nd season was able to address the points season 1 lacked. What were those?
It was character development.
Character Development was all I needed
The 2nd season was able to deliver what I needed from the franchise, a legit development of the characters.
In the 2nd season, we not only see Umaru grow in front of our eyes, but also the people around her.
Each character got a chance to shine and have a decent amount of screentime to make us fall in love with them, understand them, and know them more. Through their interactions and influence with each other, each relevant character in the anime grew and become better characters at the end of the series. And bruh, that is something I always wanted to see in the anime.
This also made me realize that the first season was a mere intro to the franchise, a long intro that is, to let us know the relevant characters in Umaru’s life.
And yes, through this new season, I slowly adore Umaru. She is still annoying as hell, but her change was gradual and it was fun to see her have fun with her friends.
In the first season, we see her as a hikikomori, even though she’s supposedly quite popular at school. Then all throughout the season, she meets weird and quirky classmates. These classmates of hers then made her become a better person, making her realize the fun youthful highschool life.
I’m not saying being a hikikomori is bad or anything, its all about balance. Good thing, Umaru got that balance in the end.
The 2nd season is still not perfect
However, like any other series, this series is still not the best out there.
There are still some things that I am not fond of in this sequel.
To be specific, I am not a fan of the last few episodes of the anime.
The sequel was able to cover gracefully the arcs of the different characters, though, it would have been nice if they were able to explore more of them. However, they introduced another character, a loli lil sis, which I fully see as irrelevant to the plot.
Maybe you guys might consider her as a “rival” of Umaru-chan to her brother, but I only see it as a drag.
They shouldn’t have included her. Lol. Just my opinion though.
Me and my nitpick opinions.
Himouto! Umaru-chan R was a really good sequel. I don’t regret watching it as it made me like the overall franchise.
As much as I am not a fan of the first season, I still do recommend to watch that first before this one to understand and witness better the development and growth of the characters.
Definitely, a recommendation, especially to people who had seen the 1st season.