Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Inspires Video Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Staff, cast return for OVA shipping with 7th manga volume on October 10

This year's 29th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga is getting a video anime that Shueisha will include with a "bundled edition" of the manga's seventh compiled volume when it ships on October 19.

The OVA will feature an episode that will not be aired on TV with the television anime adaptation of the manga. The TV series' main cast, staff, and studio Doga Kobo will return for the OVA. The bundle will retail for 3,400 yen (about US$27), and the pre-order deadline is August 31.

The sibling gag comedy manga centers around Umaru, Taihei's little sister who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports. However, she has a certain secret. "Himōto" is a pun on "imōto" (little sister) and "himono," which means "dried fish," but in slang can refer to a woman who is proper in public but lazy at home.

Masahiko Ohta (Yuruyuri, Kotoura-san) is directing the television anime series off scripts by Takashi Aoshima (Yuruyuri, Kotoura-san) at Doga Kobo (Engaged to the Unidentified, Laughing Under the Clouds). Yasunori Ebina (Yuruyuri, Fruits Basket) is serving as sound director and Aya Takano (Polar Bear's Café) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director.

The television series will premiere on ABC on July 8 at 26:14 (effectively July 9 at 2:14 a.m.). The show will then also premiere on Tokyo MX TV, AT-X, and BS-11 on July 12.

The show's main cast includes:

Aimi Tanaka as Umaru Doma, a high school girl who is beautiful and intelligent, but at home is lazy, and surrounds herself in games, anime, and manga. Nobody knows what she's like at home except her brother Taihei.

Kenji Nojima as Taihei Doma, a company employee who lives together with his younger sister Umaru. With his kind and methodical personality, he easily handles his job as well as taking care of all the housework for the two of them. He warmly watches over his carefree sister and scolds her as she spends her time lazying around.

Yurina Furukawa as Sylphynford Tachibana, Umaru's classmate. She sees Umaru as her rival. Though she acts like a young lady from a good family, she also has a crude side.

Haruka Shiraishi as Kirie Motoba, Umaru's classmate. Because of her reserved personality and eyes that always look like they're staring, she's often left out in class. She's actually just shy.

Akari Kageyama as Nana Ebina, Umaru's classmate. She lives on the first floor of the same apartment as Umaru. She has a shy and gentle personality, but has a strong stomach.

Hiroki Yasumoto as Bonba, Taihei's coworker and former highschool classmate. His outward appearance is unique because of his afro and beard. He is a good person with a bright and energetic personality.

Tetsuya Kakihara as Alex, a junior coworker of Taihei's. He is half-German and half-Japanese, and he has a fresh appearance, but he is a severe otaku.

Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two-chapter Himōto! Umaru-chan! version in Miracle Jump in 2012), and Shueisha will publish the sixth compiled volume on Friday.

Images © Sankaku Head/Shueisha, Himōto! Umaru-chan Production Committee

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