Growth of the Himouto

Normally, I don’t wrote about straight up comedy anime because they’re mostly paper thin in premise and thematic meat, the vast majority of them coming from gag strips and really only being worthy to talk about through their general structure in delivering jokes. But every once in awhile, I find myself watching something like Watamote, which has far more interesting elements buried under the surface. Of course, Watamote wears those elements proudly and openly, so even the dimmest person can pick them out.

But then you have something like Himouto! Umaru-chan, and I dare say it’s surprisingly complex in how it has its main supporting cast interact with the titular character. There’s an actual thematic core to this otherwise pointless diversion, but it’s not really apparent until you start picking up on little moments here and there.

Behold, the modern Ghost in the Shell.

Continue reading “Growth of the Himouto”