Himouto! Umaru-chan Season 2 – Mid Season Anime Review
Synopsis: Umaru’s second season reunites her with her friends, her big brother, and her beloved COLA! (Official Anime Strike Synopsis)
Mid Season (6 Episodes) Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Himouto! Umaru-chan Season 2 generally follows the same formula as its predecessor, offering plenty of slice of life comedy spread out across vaguely connected vignettes focusing on either Umaru or her gaggle of friends.
Linny: What’s great about this season is that it shows Umaru really growing as a person. Whereas she was selfish to the point of being cruel often in the first season, this time around she is turning into someone who genuinely cares about her family and friends, actively engaging in activities to help and make them happy. Sure, she still returns to her cola-loving, gaming obsessed ways ever so often but to a much more understandable and likeable degree.
Tom: Indeed Umaru is a far more likable character, having retained her character growth from the end of the first season, and even undergoes additional development at the start here. She’s still a bit selfish, and not terribly responsible, but she cares about her brother’s feelings and her friends’ to a degree that makes her much easier to root for and enjoy early on. The rest of the cast gets plenty of focus too, save for some of the smaller, already underused side characters, with many of the short vignettes/segments focusing on Kirie and her desire to become a storybook artist, or Sylphinford and her backstory that explains much of her behavior and persona from season 1.
Linny: This season is a lot more better at balancing its cast, making it feel less like the Umaru show and more like UMARU AND FRIENDS. Almost every episode features some focus on one of Umaru’s friends or her brother, even going so far as to introduce us to additional family members of her friends, like Ebina’s long lost brother. So the good news is that if you were drawn to any of the other characters, you get a lot more screen time with them this season.
Tom: Umaru-chan’s 2nd season holds up over these first six episodes, and baring a sudden and unprecedented shift, is perfect for anyone who enjoyed Season 1.
Linny: If you were lukewarm on Umaru’s first season particularly because of how often Umaru was completely self centred, this season really works hard to redeem her and turn her into a much more likeable lead. Or if you were hoping to see and learn more about her group of friends, this season offers that in plenty too. Overall, this is a solid follow up season and the only people I can see it disappointing probably wouldn’t be watching it in the first place… or are people who were really fond of the exclusive focus on Umaru’s more selfish antics.
Himouto! Umaru-chan is available for streaming via Amazon’s Anime Strike Channel.