Oruchuban Ebichu (おるちゅばんエビちゅ?, lit. Ebichu Minds the House) is a manga series by Risa Ito first published in 1991. It later became an anime produced by Gainax, but animated by Group TAC. Ebichu is very adult in nature, and its explicit violence, innuendo, and sexual intercourse scenes could only be shown on DirecTV Japan. The uncut version of the series is only found on DVD. The show is done in a simplistic art style, and its sexual content is played for laughs rather than for fanservice.
Most episodes follow Ebichu, a talking hamster devoted to her oft-indifferent owner, who is only identified as OL ("Office Lady"), a single 28-year-old (this is her age in the original manga series while she is 25-year-old in the anime series) who doles out cynical commentary and the occasional beating on the rodent. Ebichu tends to take this in stride with endless praise and compliments. Such abuse is usually caused by Ebichu's almost disturbing lack of tact or propriety, which often embarrasses her master in front of other people. Ebichu often attempts to correct OL's bad decisions, such as her berating of OL's obnoxious and untrustworthy boyfriend that Ebichu nicknamed Kaishounachi (worthless man). Ebichu has an alter-ego, Ebichuman, who goes around at night dispensing sex advice.