Welcome to Anime Vs!, where I take 2 anime series that are similar in plot, style, or genre, and compare the two!
The competitors in this edition of Anime Vs! are:
Himouto! Umaru-chan VS How to Keep a Mummy
Both of these series focus on a cute main character, their daily adventures, and a not-so-normal lifestyle.
The main character of Himouto! Umaru-chan, Umaru, is a whiny snack goblin who annoys the crap out of her older brother. She stays up late every night watching movies, reading manga, and playing video games while inhaling chips and soda. However, there’s a huge twist to her character. When she’s in public, she puts on the face of a sweet, innocent, flawless high school girl who everyone is either envious of, or admires greatly. Nobody but her brother knows how strange and greedy she really is.
The main characters for How to Keep a Mummy are quite the opposite. Sora, a high school boy, meets an unlikely friend sent to him by his father--a tiny mummy named Mii-kun! Reluctant at first, Sora starts to take care of Mii-kun, who is unbelievably sweet and the most adorable thing ever. However, Mii-kun is so small, that he gets into all sorts of trouble. Because he can’t talk, (he just makes little sounds) it’s funny to watch Sora try to figure out what’s on Mii-kun’s mind.
Umaru definitely speaks to me on a personal level, even though she’s a tiny jerk with a hamster hoodie. She can be lazy, but when a new game or manga is released, nothing stops her from going straight to the store to wait in line. She eats all different kinds of snacks and is a professional couch potato. What really makes the show fun to watch is her interactions with her eclectic and borderline eccentric friend group.
However, I can’t ignore the fact that Mii-kun and Sora stole my heart from the minute they were together on screen. I have that “he’s so small and must be protected” kind of love for Mii-kun, and Sora is too kind-hearted to reject such an unusual friend. To be honest, at first, I thought the show would be boring. If both main characters are cute and nice, where’s the conflict, right? Not quite. Sora’s friends aren’t always as pure as he is, and bring an interesting element to the show. If you’re looking for a short anime to make you feel warm and fuzzy, look no further.
The winner is: How to Keep a Mummy
How to Keep a Mummy is still running, and Himouto! Umaru-chan recently released its second season.
Stay tuned next week for the next edition of Anime Vs!