Ebichu

Alt titles: Oruchuban Ebichu

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cassiesheepgirl's avatar By cassiesheepgirl on Jun 12, 2010

Story

Wrong hole! That’s the wrong hole!

If the above statement seems utterly harmless, then I congratulate you on not being a filthy minded perv. For those who started picturing lewd acts in your head, number one: seek help, and number two: welcome to the world of Ebichu!

This anime follows the misadventures of a ten-dollar talking hamster, her master, and those around her. However, do not expect a family-friendly treat about a cutesy animal doing housework as this entire show is about sex. Essentially the ‘plot’ plays out like a running commentary on the master’s love life, either through Ebichu’s naïve ramblings or actual physical representation.

Without a doubt, Ebichu’s greatest asset is its rude, crude comedy. The fact that this series doesn’t tend to hold back makes it all the more entertaining; it has no problems with nudity, sexual activity, fetishism or… uhh… ‘adult toys’. The title character’s seeming innocence combined with her misguided sense of ‘helping’, sets the scene perfectly for some cringe-worthy humiliation, whether it’s Ebichu revealing to the world the master’s ownership of a large green dildo or informing her mother about her daughter’s nighttime activities.

Sadly, as there is a lot of wordplay, a large amount of the humour could easily go over western audiences’ heads. Taking words and phrases with double meanings so that seemingly harmless sentences take on an altogether different meaning makes for a good laugh, but not so much if you don’t speak the language. One scene comes to mind where Ebichu gets locked outside and calls out to be let back in. While what she says is innocent enough (hurry, let me in), it also translates as “Open your legs! Stick it in, please! Stick it in, don’t tease me!” To those who don’t understand Japanese (or don’t have the luxury of translation notes) the wit of this scene is lost as – depending on how it’s subbed – either the innocence of her cries is lost, leaving the rodent randomly yelling filth through the window, or utter confusion will set in as you wonder why the master and Kaishounashi are getting turned on by a damp hamster yelling for help.

Unfortunately, the biggest problem with Ebichu is that it relies far too heavily on the same jokes and thus becomes worryingly predictable. You know exactly what’s going to happen: our furry protagonist will say or do something that will embarrass/piss off her master that will result in a bump on the head, a blood stained wall and a lifeless furry lump laying on the floor. As such, certain aspects of the show quickly start to feel stale – the ‘Ebichuman’ mini-series was mildly amusing first time round, for example, but not so much the second or third times.


Animation

With its bold outlines and bright colours reminiscent of Roy Lihtenstein’s comic book style artworks, Ebichu boasts a graceful an- I’m sorry I can’t do it. This series looks like it’s been drawn by a fourteen year old who thought it’d be fun to scribble some dirty doodles all over their school desk with a brand new set of markers.


Sound

Splat! Splot! Splurt!

Fap Fap Fap!

Squeak squeak.

Uuuuuuhhhhnnn Aaaaahhh!

Thwack!

The array of sound effects certainly makes up for the lacklustre animation by enhancing Ebichu’s slapstick nature. While the same noises appear time and time again, it doesn’t seem too repetitive – though Ebichu’s squeaky feet get seriously annoying after about two seconds. Sadly these accompanying sounds make much more of an impact than the series’ opening track: a nondescript and cheesy tune, which, while it contains apt lyrics for the plot, sounds altogether too innocent for the crude content that follows.


Characters

Half cute, half irritating, Ebichu herself is a bit of an enigma – in that I can’t work out if I want to hit her myself or give her a piece of camembert. Her naivety regarding human sexual practice and what is and isn’t appropriate to broadcast to others, is the series’ main source of humour. Her frequent cock-ups regarding the master’s sex life make her regular beatings wholly understandable if not supportable. At the same time her cutesy appearance and adoration of food just makes her seem like a regular pet and suddenly the hamster becomes a pitiable victim of domestic violence – anyone have the phone number for the RSPCA?

Meanwhile, Ebichu’s owner portrays possibly the worst example of women anywhere. Aside from her violent tendencies towards the adorable creature, her utterly pathetic clinginess to Kaishounashi makes it difficult to hold back the vomit. Quite why the stupid cow keeps subjecting herself to his cheating ways and general bastardry is completely beyond me. The only saving grace is that her disagreeable nature makes her inevitable embarrassment all the more enjoyable to watch.

Cassie’s ‘Freak of the Week’ award goes to the bizarre Maa-kun, who forms an unusual (and unhealthy) attachment to the title character. As if his sudden fixation and fancy for the raunchy rodent weren’t bad enough, seeing him then proceed to fantasise about her while rigorously rogering his girlfriend brings about whole new, disturbing levels of wrongness. I’m sorry, but when a guy’s sexual appetite only goes ballistic at the thought of something small and furry – that doesn’t reside between his girlfriend’s legs – it’s about time to give in and call the men in white coats.

5.5/10 story
1.5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
skankfish's avatar By skankfish on Feb 22, 2010

One of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Ebichu is an awesome hamster who manages to relentlessly screw up her owner's life by talking too much. Her innocent honesty just doesn't suit this human world.

That's pretty much all there is to it, but it's very entertaining, and teaches a lot of dirty Japanese words to stun your friends with.

Great music too.

7/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
8/10 characters
8.5/10 overall
Yopparau's avatar By Yopparau on Mar 26, 2010

This anime is strongly recommended to those that like jokes that goes under the belt. IT isn't much of a story, but you won't really need it since you will be busy laughing your ass off. And learn tons of new dirty slang in Japanese (if you're into that). The talking hamster - yes this is about a talking hamster - messes up everything by being to honest and seems in the end only be able to talk about sex related stuff. Which is in the end all we crave for too. You like it dirty and funny? Check out Ebichu!

6/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall
Airotia's avatar By Airotia on Jan 26, 2012

Story: There isn't much of one, outside from Ebichu the house-keeping hamster making observations about her owner's sex life and making dirty jokes. There is a constant of her master dealing with being unmarried and her boyfriend being a useless, cheating bum... and there is the guy that is in love with Ebichu... but it's not really a plot, just how the characters interact with each other.

The plot is mostly sex jokes. Lots and lots of sex jokes.

Animation: I can draw better than Ebichu's art style, to be perfectly honest. Anyone with the basic knowledge of human anatomy could. The animation is completely secondary, and doesn't have any of those really great "OH LOOK AT THAT" scenes a lot of anime do.

The best part of the animation is probably Ebichu's expressions, honestly.

Sound: The voice actors are okay, but most of the sound comes from Ebichu's little kid-esque voice and various sound effects, from moans to splurts to smacks. Not an episode goes by where you don't hear sex noises.

Characters: Ebichu is a bluntly honest hamster, who's somewhat innocent in that she just wants to help everyone and has that little kid mentality of not understanding why she shouldn't be saying what she's saying. Most of the other characters are realistic... her master who is frustrated with her station in life and is so desparate she keeps going back to the same loser... the loser who keeps cheating on his girlfriend with them skanky girls... the others only show up for a short amount of time, but most of the characer interaction comes from Ebichu pissing them off by saying something she shouldn't, insulting them in some way or talking about their sex life to other people.

Overall, if you like sex jokes and want to learn some Japanese slang for vaginas and testicles and sex-sounds, this show is what you want. If you want ecchi with a plot or hentai to fap to, this... isn't what you're looking for. It's only good as NSFW comedy, and that's if you don't get tired of the same pussy jokes over and over again.

It really gets into some of Japan's big societal problems, as well as problems we all have as people... feeling lonely, feeling like the universe is out to get us, needing something to blame, losing people...

4/10 story
1/10 animation
4/10 sound
4/10 characters
4/10 overall
angelsreviews's avatar By angelsreviews on Aug 6, 2013

This sort of feels like a mix between Shin-chan and Chi’s Sweet Home. It’s cute and talks of a cute little hamster’s life and how her owner is to her. In fact, the very first episode shows exactly how her master is… a useless bum. All this women seems to do is whine about her boyfriend and have sex with him. Yes, this shows them having sex a lot. The owner’s boyfriend seems useless to me. I don’t know why the owner hangs around him at all. The owner isn’t really that good herself.

Now that I have talked about all the bad things about the story, I have to say, this feels pretty realistic and I actually like it to a point. They have there bad sides, but you can actually feel for the characters even though I still don’t understand why the owner keeps smashing Ebichu into the wall and making her bleed. I think if the little hamster was real, it would have been dead by now.

The artwork reminds me a lot of Shin-chan and it’s really hard to actually watch because of this. The artwork just makes me feel sick with moving colors that don’t even fill in the lines. It’s like a child drew it. Whenever you look at the front of the hamster, the tail sometimes makes it look like Ebichu has a male part and even has the normal little black dot to show a butt hole. It could have been placed behind her and not looked that bad. Ebichu also looks a lot like Hamtaro which messes me up since Hamtaro is a little kids show.

A lot of the script is made for Japanese so I can understand why they haven’t dubbed it yet. The first episode has Ebichu playing a word game and I guess the words for Chestnuts and Squirrels in Japanese is the same for a women’s… well… down below. The music is alright, nothing to put on a ipod though. It just doesn’t stick out well.

5/10 story
4/10 animation
4/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall