After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man - or bear and girl - will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown.
Yurikuma Arashi is an anime you really have to give a chance to envelop you, give it the full chance to let yourself enjoy it. It starts off fairly strange, characters you don't know, a plot line you get dumped into, very little explanation, and harldy any answers. Before you know it the answers are slowly unfurling before your eyes and you're sucked into the story, even if simply to find out what the heck is going on. Story: The story depicts love, friendship, inclusion, exclusion, and bias. It incorporates a lot of strong ideals in such a whimsical facade. Two old friends who are drawn to each other once more for the sake of finding true love; during the hardships of being excluded because of differences from the "herd" mentality. (I don't want to say too much for fear of ruining this for someone who has yet to watch) Animation: I wasn't entirely a fan of the animation style used in this anime. It's unique and effective for this type of show. It balances the weight of both the plot and the whimsical nature they tried to achieve. Sound: I found the music in this anime to be very pleasant. I rarely notice the music in whatever I watch, I found myself listening to the intro over and over instead of skipping ahead as I normally would. Characters: The characters are well developed and grow as the story progresses. They show real pain, passion, confusion, and anger. Overall: I'd reccomend this anime to friends of mine, I'd tell them to give it a shot. The story was well thought out, abeit confusing at times. The animation was pleasant enough. The sound was wonderful. The characters will make you love them and find yourself joining in their emotions. P.S. I found that this anime confused me to pieces and before I even realized it I had started to understand what was going on. As someone who hasn't always fit it, and who has been the "evil" to exclude I found it to be quite relatable. Give this show a chance and really keep your mind open to the plot that is sure to elude many under it's whimsical disguise.
Yurikuma is a surprisingly practical reflection of the real world. In contrast the story is told in an obscure way. Any reserved viewer is sure to utter "WTF?!" at least once. The whimsical images are purely symbolic and every piece of the story is made ready to be applicated to our own lives. At face level YKA is truly befitting the title Weird As Fuck. However, that's not to say the show isn't a masterpiece. These dancing, human-eating bears do not lie to us. Pain is neccessary in overcoming adversity and we see our heroines suffer thoroughly. We are rudely seperated with the most sympathetic characters over the course of the show. Yet, as is true for the real world, hope is not lost. Reality is never the same, but we use the love we have left to forge on. There is no huge, gratuitous backlash for the wrongs committed. The outcome is more realistic. The ending gives us a sincere interpretation of hope. Also, I never thought I could be this emotionally attached to talking bears.
If you are looking for an anime that is a far cry from anything you have ever seen before, this just might be the one for you. Hidden somewhere deep within a world where cute girls are struggling to survive a deadly invasion of adorable bears, there is a heartwarming story of friendship and a strong message to never give up on love. Story - The main story going on is a girl named Ginko fell in love with a girl named Kureha. Ginko wished to become a girl so they could experience true love together. A celestial court that exists between the realm of bears and humans approved her transformation, but it came at a cost. Kureha lost her memories of Ginko and she had to try to gain her friendship once again. While I generally like the premice of all this, I feel like the execution could have been much better. The main issue I had was that this anime had so many flashbacks that it was often hard to tell if what you are watching is past or present. On top of that, a lot of critical information about the past is kept hidden until you get close to the end. While all of the set ups did eventually build up to a few good Ah Ha moments and a somewhat comprehensive story overall, the middle episodes constantly had me wondering what the various characters motivations were and sometimes what was even going on. Animation - For a story about a deadly invasion, there certainly could have been a few well choreographed battle scenes, but for the most part the animation was much more simplistic. Its worth mentioning though that quite often in the background of whatever was going on was beautiful scenery drawn with both style and attention to detail. Sound - When it comes to sound, what immediately stands out in this anime was the voice acting. For the most part the human characters all did a good job speaking their lines. The bear characters constantly saying "Growl Growl" at the end of each sentence started out as being cringe worthy, but eventually it started to grow on me and I thought it was cute. Also when it comes to sound, this OP is probably one of my favorite OP songs. I really haven't heard anything quite like it in anime before. It kind of gave me Trans Siberian Orchestra vibes. The ED song was pretty catchy as well, and the dancing bear made me want to watch it almost every time. Characters - I thought Kureha's character did a great job trying to balance her sociatial expectations of her, namely to hate bears while also making an effort to follow her heart's true feelings. Similarly, Ginko's character tried to find a balance betwen her feral desire, namely eating humans, and following her heart's desire for love with Kureha. Lulu was everything I could have reasonably hoped for as Ginko's faithful sidekick. Other then the three main characters, not a lot of character development happened at least as far as I could tell. I'm actually okay with that though, the story was confusing enough without a heavy focus on its minor characters. Overall - This anime felt like it had the potential to be something great, if the story was drastically rearranged in order to flow better and everything else was polished around the edges, this could have easily been an 8 and maybe even a 9. As it is now though, its a 7/10 for me and I can understand why a lot of people rated it lower. Especially people who didn't make it all the way to the end.
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