How come an innocent-looking anime featuring a cute little hamster contains so much violence, innuendo and explicit sexual scenes? Well, this is Oruchuban Ebichu, an anime based on a manga comic by Risa Ito. The adult themed show is produced by the same company responsible for Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gainax), with the talented Hideaki Anno in the director’s chair.
The leading character is Ebichu, a sweet-looking hamster that can talk and is obsessed with cheese. Ebichu tries her best as a housekeeper for her owner, who is a single 25-year-old office lady who desperately wants to get married. Unfortunately, her boyfriend is a useless layabout (his name in the show is Kaishounachi, which is quite literally, “useless”) who’s not very good at anything, especially where it counts…
In most of the episodes, Ebichu suffers the occasional beatings from her owner despite the hamster’s endless praise and compliments. However, such abuse is usually caused by Ebichu’s almost disturbing lack of tact or propriety, often embarrassing her master in front of other people.
Ebichu is a complete opposite of Hamtaro, a popular children’s anime featuring a hamster in more wholesome adventures. The stories in Ebichu are more violent with raunchy scenes.
The episodes itself are rather short – broken up as two parts with an appealing theme tune as the show’s signature. The voice acting is excellent and if you feel lost with references to the Japanese culture don’t worry, as there are subtitles to help you understand – which includes slang words!
I would highly recommend this series to anyone who isn’t afraid with adult oriented content and humour.