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Sentai Filmworks Acquires “Himouto! Umaru-chan R”, Plans Anime Strike Simulcast


You know it’s a sequel because it comes with the special expansion pieces!

Sentai Filmworks announced that they acquired the rights to Himouto! Umaru-chan R. In the United States, Sentai will stream the show on Amazon’s Anime Strike service as a simulcast when it airs this fall.

Himouto! Umaru-chan R returns to Japanese TV on October 8. The series will début on the following networks:

  • Tokyo MX: 10/8/2017 at 24:00 (10/9/2017 at midnight)
  • BS11: 10/8/2017 at 24:00 (10/9/2017 at midnight)
  • AT-X: 10/8/2017 at 23:00 (10/8/2017 at 11:00PM)
  • ABC Asahi: 10/11/2017 at 26:15 (10/12/2017 at 2:15AM)

The series is the second season in the Himouto! Umaru-chan anime franchise. Masahiko Ota (YuruYuriGabriel Dropout) will return to direct the series at Doga Kobo, with Takashi Aoshima (Gabriel DropoutYuruYuri) taking charge of series composition. Aya Takano (Polar Bear’s CafeKimi no Koe o Todoketai) will also return to provide character designs.

Several members of the original voice cast will also return to reprise their roles. The following have been confirmed:

  • Umaru Doma: Aimi Tanaka
  • Taihei Doma: Kenji Nojima
  • Nana Ebina: Akari Kageyama
  • Kirie Motoba: Haruka Shiraishi
  • Sylphynford Tachibana: Yurina Furukawa

Aimi Tanaka will return to perform opening theme song Nimensei ☆ Uraomote Life! (Duplicitousness ☆ Two-Faced Life!). The group SisterS, which is composed of Aimi Tanaka, Akari Kageyama, Haruka Shiraishi, and Yurina Furukawa, will perform closing theme song Umarun Taisō(Umarun Calisthenics).

The first season of the Himouto! Umaru-chan anime aired during the Summer 2015 broadcast season. Sentai Filmworks currently holds the rights to the show, which Crunchyroll streamed as a simulcast. Crunchyroll describes the series as:

Umaru is a renowned beautiful 16-year-old girl in town, living with her elder brother Taihei. She acts a perfect sister with a kind heart, intelligence and popularity, who everybody admires. So who would believe how true Umaru is at home? Sleeping, gaming, watching TV, eating junk food, drinking cola… that’s almost all she does at home, leaving all the housework to her brother.

Her camouflage is so perfect that when one of her classmates visits her home by surprise and witnesses “true Umaru,” she pretends as if she is Umaru’s younger sister. Taihei is always swayed by Umaru’s gap between ostensible face and spoiled life, but he cannot hate his comical and somehow lovable cute little sister!

Teaser trailers that focus on Umaru, Ebina, Kirie, and Sylphynford previously hit the web. You can check these out below:

Source: Sentai Filmworks (Press Release)

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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