Himōto! Umaru-chan's 9th Mini Anime Features Black Jack Parody

posted on by Karen Ressler
Comedy shorts will bundle with DVD/Blu-ray sets

Toho Animation began streaming the ninth episode of the Himōto! Umaru-chan mini anime series, "Himōto! Umaru-chanS," on Monday. The stream is available for 24 hours.

The short begins with "Doctor Umaru" and her nurses discussing various patients, including "Sankaku-san" (the author of the original manga), who is suffering from a lack of ideas. Umaru suggests contacting the editor. Taihei appears to ask her for help with Bonba, and Umaru imitates the title character of Black Jack while Taihei parodies his assistant Pinoko. Umaru performs surgery but gets distracted with games and food.

Toho Animation has been streaming one new mini episode a week as a commercial for the anime's first Blu-ray and DVD box sets. 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.

The series premiered on July 8, 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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