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Posted 8/17/15
Okay so I've seen all the episodes of Umaru and I have a serious question. Why does anyone even like Umaru? What is her redeeming trait? She's selfish, manipulative, immature, and whiny but because she likes anime and games I'm supposed to overlook her treating her poor brother (and sometimes Kirie) so awfully??? Like jeez, the one character I care about is the the brother because oh my god he deals with so much ...I'm just trying to understand what everyone seems to see in her?
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Posted 8/20/15 , edited 8/20/15
Comedy shows don't have to have characters that would be likeable in reality. Characters generally serve purposes in a show. Umaru's purpose is kind of audience surrogate, fantasy object.

She acts like a selfish anime and gamer, childish like how a lot of people wish they could be and spend their time like but aren't because they're mature now. The fantasy is that she's a perfect girl (in public), but she's secretly an otaku gamer that's relatively easy to please. In her home form, she's like a small cute selfish animal mascot.

Yeah she takes advantage of the brother but that's part of it. The brother is the 'straight man' to the comedy, the relatively normal person. He exists in society, probably more like the viewers do in real life. Ultimately she doesn't do anything terrible to him, she's just very immature.

For a girl in high school that's idolized, she's really quite pleasant to most people and decent to her friends.
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Posted 8/20/15
It's cause she relates to the audience. I myself will admit to being very similar to her. It also helps that she's pretty. 10/10 best imouto
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Posted 8/20/15
It's just your overused archetypal character, nothing more to it. There isn't anything new to be seeing in the show but I guess they are at least hitting the right audience, a good portion of anime followers can probably relate to Umaru quite well.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are people out there who watched the show for Ebina either.
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Posted 8/21/15
I like this weeks episode a lot showing the brother remembering his mother as he was petting the cat. I don't see a lot of joy with him but he actually smiled about thinking or remembering his past. Who names their kid Bomber btw sometimes this show does frustrate me and you can say its a comedy don't be so serious but I feel for the older brother
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Posted 8/21/15

scoobydew wrote:

I like this weeks episode a lot showing the brother remembering his mother as he was petting the cat. I don't see a lot of joy with him but he actually smiled about thinking or remembering his past. Who names their kid Bomber btw sometimes this show does frustrate me and you can say its a comedy don't be so serious but I feel for the older brother


本 場 = Motoba, the coworker's family name. Another reading for 本 is "hon/bon". Thus 本+場 = Bonba childhood nickname for the guy with the 'fro.
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Posted 8/21/15

marklebid wrote:


scoobydew wrote:

I like this weeks episode a lot showing the brother remembering his mother as he was petting the cat. I don't see a lot of joy with him but he actually smiled about thinking or remembering his past. Who names their kid Bomber btw sometimes this show does frustrate me and you can say its a comedy don't be so serious but I feel for the older brother


本 場 = Motoba, the coworker's family name. Another reading for 本 is "hon/bon". Thus 本+場 = Bonba childhood nickname for the guy with the 'fro.


Ok this makes more sense sometimes subtitles in translation don't do justice thanks for info
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Posted 8/21/15
I found it a really unusual name too the first times he was introduced. Only got it when the brother said Bonbaa then the scene cut to the spelling of the family name for emphasis.
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Posted 8/28/15
I'm watching it for Ebina, not gonna lie
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Posted 8/29/15
I watch it for the plot.

No seriously, there is a plot in there somewhere, however scarce. Like their family.
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Posted 8/31/15
You don't need to like a character that would be "likeable" in reality. I believe a lot of people can relate to her as I see her as an over exaggeration of what some of these people would be, of course, I can't deny the fact that some people can be at her level,
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indigomnr96 wrote:

Okay so I've seen all the episodes of Umaru and I have a serious question. Why does anyone even like Umaru? What is her redeeming trait? She's selfish, manipulative, immature, and whiny but because she likes anime and games I'm supposed to overlook her treating her poor brother (and sometimes Kirie) so awfully??? Like jeez, the one character I care about is the the brother because oh my god he deals with so much ...I'm just trying to understand what everyone seems to see in her?

For me, it's not about liking Umaru it's about enjoying the comedy of the series. She's ridiculous & over the top and that's where the comedy lies.

She is immature, manipulative, and selfish. Tahei is awesome and a saint for how much he puts up with. Their interactions are classic sibling goofiness & stuff that, as an older sibling, I've seen before, can related to, and find funny at times.
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Posted 9/1/15 , edited 9/1/15

mdmrn wrote:

For me, it's not about liking Umaru it's about enjoying the comedy of the series. She's ridiculous & over the top and that's where the comedy lies.

She is immature, manipulative, and selfish. Tahei is awesome and a saint for how much he puts up with. Their interactions are classic sibling goofiness & stuff that, as an older sibling, I've seen before, can related to, and find funny at times.



Spot on. Exactly why I love the show.
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Posted 9/1/15

mdmrn wrote:

For me, it's not about liking Umaru it's about enjoying the comedy of the series. She's ridiculous & over the top and that's where the comedy lies.

She is immature, manipulative, and selfish. Tahei is awesome and a saint for how much he puts up with. Their interactions are classic sibling goofiness & stuff that, as an older sibling, I've seen before, can related to, and find funny at times.


I mean, I get THAT. I don't understand why there are so many people raving about how much they LOVE Umaru, herself. I've seen people say she's like the "best character ever" and I have zero ideas on where they are drawing that conclusion. It's okay to like bad characters, I just don't think she should be worshipped like she is.
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Posted 9/1/15 , edited 9/1/15
As much as Umaru is selfish and needy at times she also is an outlet for Tahei to exist outside of work. That level of control he has over his environment at work is completely reversed by the bomb of enthusiasm/spastic that is Umaru. At times it becomes too much and he reacts but it is also healthy to get out of your work mindset for a while and she helps with that.

If I were to guess it is probably a situation where Umaru has never acted out before moving in with her brother Tahei, most likely before when she was with her parents she was formal 24/7 and is just making up for lost time now.

She by far isn't my favorite character but I understand her purpose, and possible origin.
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