Review: Yurikuma Arashi episodes 1 and 2

Copyright: Silver Link/Crunchyroll

Copyright: Silver Link/Crunchyroll

Yurikuma Arashi isn’t the weirdest Anime I have seen this season, but it’s certainly up there. In the future, a planet explodes and bears become intelligent and aggressive. They attack and eat humans, so humanity decides to build a huge barrier, that keeps the bears out. However, at the start of this series, two bears manage to disguise themselves as humans and get inside the human community. And if this sounds a bit weird, just you wait…

Yurikuma Arashi has been labeled a Yuri-series, which means lesbian relationships will play an integral role. Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino are in a relationship, but the latter one apparently falls victim to the two bears who have infiltrated the community. Kureha Tsubaki becomes pretty much the main character during the first two episodes, as she becomes the target of the two bears and struggles to survive and find Sumika Izumino.

It’s a bit hard to tell, where the story will go from here, but that’s pretty much part of the fun here. The series is written by Kunihiko Ikuhara, who also did Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum. Since I only have seen the latter one, I can only compare these two series. Mawaru Penguindrum is one of my favourite Animes of recent years, so I felt right at home with the more abstract concepts that are tossed at you in Yurikuma Arashi. Because of course there needs to be a ridiculous set up and an alternate dimension where the bears judgement is passed. These elements keep the series fresh and actually make the series more interesting to me.

This also means that stylistically, this series is once again amazing. The backgrounds especially are done in more soft, abstract tones, which fits the overall feel of the show. Character designs are top notch once again. I have always enjoyed the way Kunihiko Ikuhara designs female characters, so I’m in for a treat here, since there isn’t a single male character to be seen yet. The music is awesome, especially the intro music is something I could listen to for hours.

So far, I don’t like the series as much as Mawaru Penguindrum (I’m a huge punguin fan, so there’s that), but I immediately picked it up. So far, I’ve been lucky this Anime-season. On to the next series! You can watch Yurikuma Arashi over at Crunchyroll!

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