Oruchuban Ebichu (1999 IMDb)

Categorization

TV animation series. A brutal assault on the cult of cute. Planned by Anno, directed by Moriwaki Makoto.

Subject

A female hamster does most of the housekeeping chores for her master, a 25-year-old single woman in Tokyo. The hamster, who has lots of childish speech impediments and adorable mannerisms, tries to protect her master from the wiles of a good-for-nothing boyfriend.

Commentary

Reasonably tame on the explicit level but what South Park (1997) does with children, Oruchuban Ebichu does with the super-cute animal characters of some anime. Gross and ultraviolent, centered on sex and embarrassment, this series was heavily censored on Japanese television. By day, dirty jokes, terrible perversions and tragic stupidity abound. By night, Ebichu transforms into the haiku-dropping superhero sex counsellor Ebichuman! Manga-based.

Orusuban”, the word for taking care of someone's house in their absence, has been intentionally misspelled in the title to match the central character's speech impediment. The name “Ebichu” itself is a parallel corruption of “(Y)ebisu”, a beer among other things.

Anno Hideaki Gainax Japanese production animation series