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I must admit when I first heard of Ebichu, the housekeeping hamster, I was sceptical, the picture I was shown was a horrendously cute hamster, but after I watched it, I was completely blown away! This anime throws stereotyped hamster stories out the window! Ebichu is a talking hamster that keeps house for her master, who is an office lady, and is at what is considered the oldest a woman can get before losing all chances of getting a decent husband. It was originally aired in Japan in a program block called 'anime bubble bubble hour' or 'anime awa awa awa' (awa is bubble in hiragana, and hour in katakana, its quite clever) What this program did was stretch the limits of what could be shown on television, Ebichu, while cute and naiive, can also at times be quite dirty-minded, and her master can at times be plain dirty, the humor in this show is more than enough to keep me coming back to watch more! I warn you though, you will never look at chestnuts and squirrels the same way again! Or animes about hamsters for that matter...
Oruchuban Ebichu is one of the funniest anime I've ever seen, certainly
the funniest since "Excel Saga." What makes Ebichu even more appealing
is the adult nature of the humor, coupled with the outrageous
"cutesyness" of a talking hamster. I would also compare it to "Azumanga
Daioh" in that the stories are very short, and there seems to be no
sense of continuity, so one could watch the episodes in any order and
not be confused.
It contains a lot of sexuality and sexual references but it's not pornography. It's far too silly and the art is much to "simple" to be erotic. Still, it's definitely not for children or anyone who can't handle puns involving genitalia. Highly recommended, although given the sexual content I doubt this will ever be imported to the United States.
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