Himōto! Umaru-chan Gets PS Vita Game by FuRyu This Winter
posted on by Egan Loo
The July 16 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine is announcing on Thursday that Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga is inspiring a PlayStation Vita game this winter. The "himōto-raising simulation" game Himōto! Umaru-chan: Himōto Ikusei Keikaku (The Himōto Raising Project) will cost 6,480 yen (about US$53) for the regular edition or 9,980 yen (US$82) for the limited edition.
The limited edition will include an exclusive booklet with new art by Sankaku Head, a drama CD, a bath poster, a product code for an original idol costume, four interchangeable package jacket art, and a box to hold everything. People who pre-order the game will receive a product code for another original costume, "swimsuit Santa."
The manga centers around Taihei Doma and his little sister Umaru, who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports. However, she has a certain secret. Everyone may think she is the ideal girl, but she is anything but. "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.
The manga is also inspiring a television anime in July:
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.
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 manga's seventh volume will bundle an original video anime on October 19.
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 is publishing the sixth compiled volume in June.