The announcement that Himouto! Umaru–chan R would be streaming exclusively on Amazon’s Anime Strike this season has not sat well with anime fans. While Anime Strike’s fifteen subscribers were overjoyed, fans hoping to enjoy the show without going through the two subscriptions the service requires expressed their frustration; many fans claimed they will simply go without watching the show at all.
However, other critics praised the move calling it “the best thing that could have happened aside from Himouto! Umaru–chan R not being released at all”.
“I was really looking forward to when I was going to be able to see more Umaru-chan,” long time Umaru fan Natalie Hoffman stated. “But I really don’t want to pay Amazon twice in order to see it. When I think about what Umaru would do, I think she would be too lazy to manage two subscriptions as well.”
Sentai Filmworks defended their decision to keep Himouto! Umaru-chan R on Anime Strike. “When determining which platforms to release our shows on, we strive to match each series with the most appropriate service,” a Sentai Filmworks official stated in a press release.
“In this case we felt that garbage such as Himouto! Umaru-chan R was most appropriate on a garbage streaming service such as Anime Strike.”
Other anime fans are reportedly planning to watch something else entirely or do something more constructive with their time.
“Maybe I’ll just watch good anime like Food Wars instead,” said Himouto! Umaru-chan season one fan Blake Gaunchell. “Or maybe see what all the hype is over this Love Live Sunshine I keep hearing about.”
“Getting into that should be cheaper than two Amazon subscriptions.”
For fans still holding out for an official release in other outlets, Sentai Filmsworks announced plans to unnecessarily dub the second season of Umaru-chan and release the Blu-ray sometime in 2019, hoping most anime fans will have long forgotten about the series by then.