“My Little Sister Can’t Be This Much of a Little Shit”

Summary:

Taihei is a young man whose little sister, Umaru, moved in with him about a year ago.  Since then, his life has never been the same.

Umaru in her “normal” form is just slightly more bearable.

Umaru acts like a perfect and model student when she is outside, but when she retreats into her home, she becomes an utterly lazy and selfish game and anime otaku.  Taihei constantly worries about his sister’s behavior, wondering how she’s going to survive in the real world with that type of attitude.  But Umaru is a stubborn girl, and she’s not one to be changed so easily…

You know you have a serious problem with your main female lead when the supposed annoying school rival is much more likeable than the female lead.

This first episode is a series of vignettes centering around Umaru’s school and home life.  We also get a glimpse at some of her friends and classmates.

Urge to punch face… rising…….

My Opinion:

I do not like Umaru.  At all.  She is annoying, whiny, and selfish; and many times I wanted to just reach through the screen to slap her across the face.  Is she supposed to be cute?  Is this type of character really that appealing to otaku?  I don’t get it.  I really don’t.

First off, Taihei is sort of a bland lead as far as male leads go, but he isn’t perverted or dumb.  He’s genuinely worried about how his sister is acting, and cares for her well-being.  But Umaru is not even remotely appreciative of his efforts, and instead throws massive tantrums when she doesn’t get her way.  The last act of this episode was especially appalling to me.  Taihei has to go grocery shopping because they’re out of groceries, but Umaru is super pissed at him, and stays pissed at him throughout the whole trip.  It’s only when they return home that Taihei realizes why she’s mad—it’s because last week he promised to play games with her for the whole day.  Going out to buy groceries obviously breaks that promise.  But geeze, Umaru sure is a little shit about the whole affair.  Your brother isn’t a mind reader—just tell him why you’re mad so the episode can be over sooner.

I cannot stand Umaru, mainly because this anime makes sure to shove it in our faces that everyone loves her.  Also, her situation doesn’t even remotely make sense.  She’s utterly lazy and a slob at home, but yet at school she’s the smartest student in her class, super athletic, and just super talented?  What the hell?  This doesn’t make sense because she’s never shown to hone or practice any of these talents at home; so we’re just supposed to accept that she’s just THAT magically gifted?  Now if that doesn’t classify a character as a Mary-Sue, I don’t know what does.

Admittedly, the animation for this series is pretty slick.  The character designs are simplified at times, but the upside is that the animation is nice to look at.  The “super-deformed” character design once again shows up here, with Umaru taking on a SD form when she’s at home.  It sorta reminds me of the Kokkuri-san anime, since Kohina was also often in SD form.  But somehow the switching between the two forms felt a bit less awkward in that series than in this one.  Probably because in Kokkuri-san, Kohina was only animated in “realistic” style for dramatic effect.  Whereas in this series, Umaru’s “form changes” are dependent on her location.  Either way, it doesn’t matter since I still hate all forms of Umaru equally.

Overall, I am not impressed with this series.  This series already had a nendoroid of Umaru on the way before it even aired, so I was expecting something interesting.  But NOPE.  All we get is shameless otaku-bait.  But of course this series will still get a million pieces of merch, because female characters with terrible personalities always seem to be popular.

Out of five:

precure heart2 and 1/2

The animation is nice, and the other characters are slightly interesting, but I just cannot forgive this terrible of a female lead.

Even when she’s being “nice” I still want to punch that smug mug of hers.

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