HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls – Anime Preview
Synopsis: The three Himote sisters, Tokiyo, Kinami, and Kokoro, are living in what they’ve dubbed the “Himote House” in Nakano, Tokyo. Sharing the house with them are their former classmates, Tae and Minamo, and a cat named Enishi. These five unique girls live a boisterous life at the Himote House, spending their days trying to figure out how to get guys to like them. What’s more, the five of them, and the cat, all have a mysterious power… (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
The first thing that jumps out in Himote House is that the animation is ALLL CGI and not great CGI. That is to be expected considering this is just a short but it’s a heavy strike against a show like Himote House, which simply does not have the comedy or content to make up for it. Himote House tries to be a show with cute and quirky girls but their personalities all feel wafer thin, generic or plain peculiar without rhyme or reason; such as the oldest girl/sister in the house speaking with a pseudo foreign accent but no explanation as to exactly why she speaks that way. It also draaags its jokes out; like this one scene where the girls spend several minutes just complimenting and commenting on each other’s choices of underwear. It goes on so long that it quickly becomes boring, and it’s worse when it didn’t even start out that funny.
Himote House is probably entertaining if you watched it for ironic reasons, or fun for someone who is capable of overlooking the stilted CGI and wonky designs, and who also happens to have a penchant for slice of life anime with an all girl cast. But the comedy is so weak that I feel it would really require complete and utter devotion to the cast and their ‘cuteness’ to be able to find any of the jokes amusing. And least we forget, YES! the girls have super powers and just like the random quirky personalities and events that occur in the first episode, the powers pop up just as randomly. Not only that, our up to now non powered heroine suddenly and easily discovers her own psychic power just by ‘trying’ it. Oh.. and there’s a talking cat because, why not? We’ve already thrown in as many random and sudden elements as possible so what’s one more? If you’ve been extremely starved for a really ‘random’ short comedy anime featuring a gaggle of girls, maaaaybe try Himote House but go in with the lowest of low expectations.
HIMOTE HOUSE is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.