‘Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan‘ is a 2021 dark comedy anime from Studio Blanc. It is directed by Nobuyoshi Nagayama and is based on a manga created by Japanese author Gaku Kuze. The first season consisted of thirteen episodes with the opening theme song of “ABC Taisō.”
Uramichi Omota (Adam Gibbs) is a gymnast and “Onii-san” or host of children’s show ‘Together with Maman,’ despite being a pessimist. He co-hosts with singer Iketeru Daga (Brandon McInnis), who likes dirty jokes and cannot read analog clocks. He is also partnered with Utano Tadano (Jessica Calvello), a talented musician who dreamed of being an idol but now lives with her stand-up comedian boyfriend. Mitsuo Kumatani (Howard Wang) who dresses like a bear and Tobikichi Usahara (Ray Chase) who dresses like a rabbit round out the cast. As Uramichi deals with his life, he must try to maintain a cheery demeanor while entertaining the kids in the live audience, though occasionally his brooding manages to slip out during the show.
This show comes off more like an animated sitcom than a typical anime, but that is what I like about it. Every day, Uramichi is forced to try to act happy for the children in the audience, only for him to slip up occasionally and tell them blunt facts about life. It was a funny aspect of the show that kept you entertained, even as he deals with office politics and annoying co-workers.
While Studio Blanc has not officially said the show is canceled, it also has not announced a second season. I hope they do as it has an edge to it that made the insane circumstances feel hilarious. It was well-written and had some hilarious characters to keep you engaged.
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PARENTAL CONCERNS: Dark subject matter, Inappropriate humor, Minor foul language,
This review is based on the dub.
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