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Himōto! Umaru-chan's 1st Mini Anime Episode Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Short series will be included on Blu-ray/DVD sets

TOHO animation began streaming the first episode of the mini anime series "Himōto! Umaru-chanS" on Monday as a commercial for the Himōto! Umaru-chan television anime's first DVD and Blu-ray sets. The stream will be available for 24 hours.

In the short, Umaru welcomes her brother home as if he were coming into a store or restaurant. When he asks why, she says that this is a parallel world. In this world there are three versions of Umaru, one of which is Umaru as she appears in Sankaku Head's original two-part short manga. Umaru's duplicates pester Taihei for comics, money, and soda. Taihei remembers that main characters from parallel worlds usually fight until one is left alive, but the Umarus already playing games. He comments that "even in a parallel world, 'himōto' is still 'himōto'."

The first Blu-ray and DVD will both contain the first two episodes of the television anime and the first two "Himōto! Umaru-chanS" shorts. They will also include an eye-catch illustration calendar, character song CD, and slipcase by character designer Aya Takano. Both will ship on September 16 in Japan.

TOHO also began streaming the clean opening sequence:

The series premiered on Wednesday and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series.

The sibling gag comedy manga centers around Umaru (voiced by Aimi Tanaka), Taihei's (Kenji Nojima) 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 series off scripts by Takashi Aoshima (Yuruyuri, Kotoura-san) at Dogakobo (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.

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