Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster Anime Review
Ebichu Takes Care of the House
US Release By
Slice-of-life Sex Farce
24 9-minute episodes
1999-08-01 - 1999-10-01
"Ebichu" is about a hamster by the same name that will do anything for her master. Her master is a 25-year-old office woman who isn't married (25 is considered the oldest a woman should be married in Japan). She has a boyfriend, but he's a real bum and is always cheating on her. Ebichu wants to put a stop to her boyfriend and make her master happy. Her master only beats her up though... brutally.
If I could explain "Ebichu" in any way, I would say that it's the "South Park" of anime. This show was a short, with a few other shorts in a 30-minute-long program of anime shorts in Japan. There isn't much more I can say about it, besides that it's hilarious!
Surprisingly, it's an OK presentation. If you can overlook the visuals, music, and story, this anime is quite funny. It is only funny for those with a strange taste in humor, though. If you are one who likes sex humor or tasteless humor, "Ebichu" is right for you. If you like more mellow humor, "Ebichu" will turn you off, or even be offensive to some.
Basically, every episode is the same thing. Ebichu pisses off her master; her master beats her up (always lots of blood involved), then goes off and has sex with her useless bum of a boyfriend. Ebichu just can't stand her master's boyfriend and tries to get rid of him in any way (this includes burning his house down).
While funny for the first few episodes, this concept begins to get a bit old and boring. Some episodes do redeem this by finally introducing some new humor, but overall, it's all the same stuff. Still, "Ebichu" is one funny show.
Presentation - 7/10
Story? What story? This anime doesn't have a story. Basically, each episode has its own theme, but this theme is only covered for a few minutes before it is just suddenly forgotten about and the episode turns into pure randomness. This concept, however, adds to the humor of the show, so I'll give it some points. This type of show shouldn't have a story, though.
Story - 3/10
There really isn't a lot of music. What music there is, is just... well, there. The music is there to let you know it's there, that's all. The intro theme is fairly good, though. Everything else is passable. The voice acting, however, is pretty good. Mitsuishi Kotono, who is known better as Katsuragi Misato from Evangelion, voices Ebichu.
Tomizawa Michie plays Ebichu's master. She also voiced Hino Rei from Sailormoon. Seki Tomokazu, who also voiced Suzuhara Tooji from Evangelion, voices her boyfriend. They all give fabulous performances. Well, at least the voices are good.
Music - 5/10
The visuals are horrendous (naturally). The characters are all drawn to be very chibi (child-like, considered cute in anime) looking. The characters are all drawn so dull, though, with no depth at all put into them. This is definitely done on purpose though. "Ebichu" is about the humor, not the art.
On a surprising note, the animation is pretty good, and even funny at times. Just check out the sex scenes. The animation (or lack thereof) is hilarious. Just don't be expecting "Love Hina" when watching this. I cannot think of any other anime that looks at all like this one. It's a style of its own.
Visuals - 3/10
Overall, "Ebichu" is pretty fun. If you can get around the art, story, and lack of music, and you have a warped sense of humor (like me), you will probably enjoy it. As I stated earlier, though, the concept of this show does get old eventually.
A warning to parents, and/or those easily offended: Ebichu is absolutely NOT for kids, or young teens. This is definitely for people over 17. It isn't hentai, but it's pretty darn close. Expect lots of scenes of sex, lots of humor and nudity, and even some inferred bestiality. Also, there's plenty of animal brutality.
If you don't care and are 17 or older, then check "Ebichu" out. It's a good idea to invite over a lot of friends with similar senses of humor to watch it though. This is definitely the party anime. Also, don't ever be expecting this to make it to US shores; it never will. Your best bet is to use mIRC or Kazaa (you have a better chance of finding it on Kazaa, but you may have to search for awhile).
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Notes and Trivia
Oruchuban Ebichu is based on a comic series of the same name by Risa Itou, targeted at adult women and with notoriously graphic-yet-goofy humor. The animated version was originally shown as one third of the half-hour anthology "Anime Ai no Awa Awa Awaa" ("Anime Love Bubble-Bubble Hour") on DirecTV Japan. The three series that make it up were all sexually explicit slice-of-life comedies with notably cartoony art; the sort of thing that "would never make it as a TV show."
The "Oruchuban" in the title is the word "Orusuban" pronounced with Ebichu's cute accent (she replaces "su" with "chu," the "squeek" sound a rodent theoretically makes); "rusuban" means to look after a house while others are away.
Japanese is not a language with a lot of words that are considered profanity, and so there are very few words considered unacceptable enough in Japanese to get bleeped on television, but Ebichu uses one of the handful frequently. It was un-bleeped on the Japanese DVD release.
US DVD Review
None exists outside Japan as of this writing.
Extremely cartoony, but unquestionably adults-only.
Violence: 2 - Replace humans with Hamsters. There is some blood, but it's all humor.
Nudity: 4 - Lots of nudity (including "down there"), not very detailed, however.
Sex/Mature Themes: 5 - There's a lot of sex, but it's drawn humorous.
Language: 4 - Lots of naughty words and graphic descriptions, but not every two seconds.
Staff & Cast
Original Japanese Cast
Ebichu: Kotono Mitsuishi
Ebichu's Master: Michie Tomizawa
Master's Boyfriend: Tomokazu Seki
Maa-kun: Mitsuo Iwata