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.
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.
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