By a twist of fate, a herbivorous dinosaur finds a lost egg and brings it back to her nest. When the egg hatches, however, a carnivorous dinosaur emerges. Unable to abandon the child, she names him "Heart" and raises him in exile alongside her own child. As Heart comes of age, he struggles to eat the same food as his family and runs away in disgrace when he learns that he cannot live properly without meat.
Years later, the now feared predator Heart encounters a situation similar to his past—he spots a dinosaur egg opposite his kind. As it emerges, Heart remarks that the newborn is delicious-looking. The newborn herbivore thinks that Heart is his father and takes delicious-looking, or "Umasou," as his name. Unable to eat a newborn who loves him, Heart reluctantly decides to raise Umasou as his own. As he nurtures a forbidden child like his mother before him, Heart struggles to deal with an unforgiving world and the true natures of predator and prey.
The Anime Critic’s Review: Omae Umasou da na
Before we delve into the actual review, let’s first get an overview of the anime, Omae Umasou da na. Based on the children’s book written by Tatsuya Miyanishi, the anime takes us for a spin in the prehistoric era. As unusual as it may sound, the story revolves around a T-Rex, named Heart, who fosters a baby Ankylosaurus. The unlikely bond between the predator and the prey forms the backbone of the story, thus giving the viewers a taste of surprising elements.
Heart, initially thinking that the baby dinosaur is delicious food ‘Umasou’ is delicious food, slowly develops paternal feelings for him. Their interactions make the viewers grapple with varied emotions, making the anime a perfect blend of thrill, comedy, and sentiment. “Omae Umasou da na” is not a typical anime. It makes viewers see beyond conventional boundaries, and that’s the beauty of this power-packed adventure.
The Review: Story and Characters
“Omae Umasou da na” enchants the audience with its ingenious storytelling. The storyline, at its core, is about parental love, friendship, and survival. Heart gets a surprising life lesson from the baby dinosaur, who genuinely believes Heart is his father. The twist of the predator turned protector presents a heartwarming perspective. The dynamic interactions between Heart and Umasou gives this adventure-drama a unique kick, keeping you rooted to your seats.
On the character front, Heart is a compelling character. His transformation from a fierce beast to a loving father-figure is beautifully conveyed. Umasou, the young Ankylosaurus, is innocent and adorable which makes you instantly root for him. The cast of supporting characters, villains, and sidekick dinosaurs are also well-portrayed, adding depth to each episode.
Art, Animation, and Sound
The art of ‘Omae Umasou da na’ adopts a simplistic approach, making it appealing to both children and adults. The use of vibrant colors and detailed scenery of the prehistoric world breathes life into the anime. The animation is smooth, with the movements of the dinosaurs being impressively accurate for a kids’ show.
Sound-wise, the background scores perfectly match the high-octane adventures, accentuating the thrilling, comedic, and emotional scenes. The voice acting is also commendable, with the actors bringing a great deal of warmth to their characters.
All in all, “Omae Umasou da na” is a wholesome package, offering a refreshing take on friendship and family. It’s a heartwarming tale that tugs at your heartstrings and elicits a potent emotional response. Whether you rent or buy, it’s a must-watch for all ages, one that can be enjoyed over and over. So, go ahead and stream it now!
Reviewed by The Anime Critic
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