Learn Japanese with Anime: “Himouto! Umaru-chan” (Elementary Level)


Webmaster Review

57% Good

It's not a bad setting for comedy. But the story, the characters, the animation and the music are not interesting. Yes, it's just not interesting. It's not fun as a Slice of Life or a comedy. That's the bottom line.

  • Story/Worldview 65 %
  • Character 60 %
  • Animation/Background 55 %
  • Songs/Sound 50 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 55 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %


1. Information

Title (Eng)Himouto! Umaru-chan
Title (Jpn)干物妹!うまるちゃん
Aired Year2015



2. Synopsis

People are not always who they appear to be, as is the case with Umaru Doma, the perfect high school girl—that is, until she gets home! Once the front door closes, the real fun begins. When she dons her hamster hoodie, she transforms from a refined, over-achieving student into a lazy, junk food-eating otaku, leaving all the housework to her responsible older brother Taihei. Whether she’s hanging out with her friends Nana Ebina and Kirie Motoba, or competing with her self-proclaimed “rival” Sylphinford Tachibana, Umaru knows how to kick back and have some fun!

Himouto! Umaru-chan is a cute story that follows the daily adventures of Umaru and Taihei, as they take care of—and put up with—each other the best they can, as well as the unbreakable bonds between friends and siblings.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/28825/Himouto_Umaru-chan



3. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The prevalence of difficult words is not so high, at 4.4. But it’s a gag animation, so if you don’t know the words, you won’t be able to enjoy it, so it’s better to learn them based on the list of difficult words. There are many words used mainly in daily life, so if you know it, it is very useful not only for watching this anime but also for learning Japanese. That’s why Elemental wants to take it to the next level, even though it’s Intermediate. The prevalence of difficult words is not high, so you can watch anime and learn Japanese by preparing.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 4.5 terms/episode= 53 / 12
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score54.0 points= 4.5 * 12
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 




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