Himouto is one of the darkest shows of the season. It’s a psychological horror of some sort, chronicling the emotional torture of an unfortunate teenage boy at the hands of a Machiavellian devil. A clever shapeshifter pretending to be a human, she delights in showing him, and only him, her true form, knowing that even if he told someone the truth, they would never believe him.
Umaru (her false human name) knows every trick in the book of emotional manipulation. She claims to be his sister, so that he feels a duty to support her. Whenever she appears in public, her disguise is flawless. Since she is a being with superhuman intelligence, she effortlessly attains perfect grades at school. But, to avoid being despised for her success, she cleverly befriends the most hopelessly incompetent girl in her class. By showing humility and supporting those weaker than her, she manages to get everyone on her side.
If he tried turning against her, he would be making the entire world his enemy. He is powerless before her, and he knows it.
But in the privacy of their own home, Umaru shows no mercy. She pushes him to the limit with her demands, a little further every time. She gets him to play video games against her that he has no chance of winning. She entices him to make her favourite food, then ignores it. She knows his only escape from this misery is in sleep, so she keeps him awake at night.
He knows the stakes. If he wavers ever so slightly, she can turn a room full of strangers against him. He will suffer for the rest of his life, and no one will ever know.
Himouto is not for the weak of heart. If you want a cute and happy slice of life show, move on. This is hard stuff.
First Episode Rating: 3/10
What would it take for me to watch another episode? Wanting to see innocent people suffer