429th G-View: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

Another isekai revolving around a group of ladies means you have OG’s attention. That is the case with the show we will be looking at today about a cute and deceptively sexy girl whose super armor happens to be a cute bear suit. Sexy female lead + bears = more intrigued OG. Question is whether the show is worth checking out. This is Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear.

Note: This review is by someone who did not read the source material. For a review by someone who did, check out Rory’s.

Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Cover

Genres: Adventure, Cooking, Isekai, Yuri

Themes: MMORPG, Pseudo-Harem (Kinda)

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Objectionable Content: Some battles can be gruesome (for the monsters).

Plot Summary: Fifteen-year-old Yuna prefers staying home and obsessively playing her favorite VRMMO game to doing anything else, including going to school. When a strange new update gives her a one-of-a-kind bear outfit that comes with overpowered abilities, Yuna is torn: the outfit is unbearably cute, but too embarrassing to wear in-game. But then she suddenly finds herself transported into the world of the game, facing down monsters and magic for real, and the bear suit becomes her best weapon.

Cute Yuna and Kumakyun

This right here is a very important screen grab. It tells viewers a lot about what to expect: Cute female protagonist wearing a cute suit she finds embarrassing at first, going on adventures and meeting lots of interesting people and facing scary monsters she plows through thanks to her overpowered suit. If that were all to this show I would not think much of it. Sure, I LOVE bears and the premiere episode reveals our heroine has a nice body under the suit but I only went by word of mouth from a reliable comrade on the coolness of this show.

Yuna vs Black Viper

One thing of note is that supposedly the premiere was a bad example of what the rest of the show would be like. I somewhat disagree. While the second episode was much better and should most likely have been the actual premiere the first episode does give viewers an idea of what most of Yuna’s action oriented adventures and battles will be like.

Yuna pays Fina half the reward money

Having defended the first episode, it is undoubtedly the second episode that showed everyone the real reason to watch the show. Let us be real, 95% of the action is the expected “OP protagonist” stuff found in many isekai shows. It is still fun to watch Yuna obliterate foes and have everyone go “GASP! BEAR!” when they first meet her and see how powerful she is but if that were all to it I would not have enjoyed this show as much as I did. Instead I would consider it another BOFURI, meaning average at best.

Yuna, Fina and Shuri Making Pudding

The main draw is super cuteness from Yuna and her pseudo-harem (Trust me. The cuteness is downright lethal at times), which we will discuss soon, along with our heroines’ smugness toward strangers and dorks but incredibly kind heart. Throughout her adventures it becomes more clear how strong Yuna’s sense of justice is, especially in defense of children. She will use as much of her suit’s numerous abilities available by leveling up to help people in need, especially children. A lot of the show centers around Yuna going around doing good deeds and punishing evildoers, usually thieves and rich douches. However, sometimes Yuna’s sense of justice is not the right answer. One of several morals she learns is to not mislabel everyone at first glance. This is attributed to something else the premiere episode showed, her solemnness and why she had no interest in the world outside of the game. It is subtle and plays an important role at certain parts of the story.

Oh, one word of advice. I highly recommend not watching this show on an empty stomach around the halfway point or so.

Serious Yuna

The presentation is very colorful. Not Pretty Cure colorful but it fits mood for most of the show perfectly. When things get serious the color drops accordingly. During battles Yuna’s magic and other skills look cool and the destruction at times is quite brutal. Basically it looks pretty good. One interesting observation. For some reason most, if not everyone on the show has purple eyelashes or eye shadows. As a lover of the color purple I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially on teenage girls and adult women. Speaking of women there is some sexiness besides Yuna’s body under the suit. It is not much but when we get it, cherish it fellow people of culture. The soundtrack is as cute and uplifting as Yuna’s summon bears and the kiddos most of the time while tense and cool when needed. The OP and ED are delightful.

I already went over Yuna so no need to reiterate. I could talk about the important co-stars and side characters but really the good people Yuna meets all look like fine folks to hang out with. The children are adorable, most of the men are cool, the teenage girls are lovely and the adult women are all hawt, especially one in the last arc of the season.

Let us get to the usual part of these reviews readers are most interested in. I mentioned pseudo-harem a few times. That is because Yuna’s yuri harem can be seen as just cuties enjoying her company and not much beyond that. For the most part there is truth to that. Most of her harem just likes to hang out with her. Some minor exceptions but the majority just like to hang…except one. Viewers need not look hard to find out which girl legit falls for our heroine and vice-versa. It is quite obvious early on. There is no need to wait until they spell it out for us…Nope.

Overall Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is the kind of isekai I enjoy. One that is more than “Look at how super strong the lead is and everyone’s jaws on the floor or only one worthy opponent all season”. Nothing against OP leads, just need more substance than them (and MAYBE their teammates) “pwning” foes left and right. This show focuses more on potentially lethal cuteness, fun adventures and a lovable heroine determined to do the right thing but is far from stupid. Readers who love cuteness, enjoy cool (sometimes violent) action every now and then and a lot of heart may have a good time watching this show. As I said the yuri is obvious early on and does not need time to spell it out. Hopefully the second season can keep up the pace and the soft marshmallow gayness.

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17 Responses to 429th G-View: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear

  1. cirno9fan says:

    It was so enjoyable!!
    I remember saying that the kraken fight was the “most intense” episode, but the finale was affecting me heavier than anything in any of the other episodes. It was painful watching Fina and then Yuna going through that. But the conclusion more than made it worth it ~

    I enjoyed the first episode, but it made no sense. They really shouldn’t have had her in the bear suit, among other things. It was a very oddly handled episode, to say the least. But ah well, it was still an introduction into who Yuna was.

    While a lot of Isekai just kinda dodge the “you’ve been whisked away from your friends/family” situation, this show dealt with it in showing us just how much her Earth life didn’t mean to her. They didn’t just ignore the issue, they actually used that as a way to further things between her and Fina. Well done director/original writer if that’s how it was handled in the LNs.

    Every episode (except the last two) was just super relaxing and enjoyable, and that was definitely one of its biggest charms! The other being Yuna’s “pseudo” harem. So many cute lolis ❤ This was very much my sort of show. The only thing that could have made it more for me is if the theme were cats instead xD

    Really looking forward to season 2!!

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  2. Makoto Itoshi says:

    I’m not sure I can describe with words how good the final episode was, it was miles better than the previous episodes combined, but if the previous episodes didn’t exist it wouldn’t have hit as hard as it did, the culmination of Yuna’s character came together in the final moment to realize how much Fina changed her life permanently and the episode being from Fina’s perspective delivered all the emotions she couldn’t express openly from the start as the show went on.

    Like, there is so much to say about everything that happened and it seems this was all a setup for their relationship in the second season.

    By far the best final episode of anything this season so far, let’s see if anything will be able to top it, because it’s gonna be hard.

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  3. tbiscut74 says:

    This was a great series!

    About the first episode, I had read a little bit of the manga so I was a little confused with how they skipped a head a bit. But I realized that they would go back to the beginning next episode.

    I have already said my thoughts on OP protagonists in another G-View, though I realized that I didn’t word it right. But you wrote it better, I feel exactly the same as you do about them. Its just that OPs like …..ugh Kirito…. ugh(again) left a bad taste in my mouth and I always go in expecting the worst. Unless they are girls then I feel a little bit better but still cautious. Its characters like Saitama and Ainz Ooal Gown that I enjoy. They just have to be properly written characters and have a fun personality. (Unlike Kirito, but I can go hours about how much I hate him, but I wont) And thats all I’ll say about the matter.

    Now back to the important bits! This show has killed me several times with its cuteness! So good!

    “Are you going to eat me?”
    “Hmm, in 8 or so years.” ;P

    Miss Atla was by far the sexiest!

    And those 2 bears! OMG I loved them the most! So Frickin Adorable! I’m going to miss them the most from this show!

    This needs another season! Fingers crossed!

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  4. Little Viktoria says:

    I adore Fina, Yuna looks like she will actually realise what is important in life (not just making the fantasy world produce pizza… who knows, she might even learn to love their traditional food more), and the last few minutes were beautiful ^^

    Apart from that, I guess the author never left their own apartment or interacted with real people outside of video games… (hmm, projecting themselves into the protagonist, perhaps?) ^^ The emotional hamfistedness of the charactes betrays the author, as well as the worldbuilding – for example, eggs are such an expensive luxury, but villages a few days walk away produce them, so how come in the hundreds of years of trading, no one put a chicken on his cart to bring it home? There is no countryside in any world that works like that. The rest of the “challenges” unfortunately also sound like someone with a five-year old’s imagination would come up with. A village lives right next to gigantic monsters but won’t build a palisade or have people with bows? As a storywriter myself, I feel painful secondhand embarrassment ^^

    It’s also strange how devoid of lively detail everything is, particularly Yuna’s house.

    Comparing with Bofuri, I definitely enjoyed Bofuri more in every way apart from the less overt yuri. Maple’s challenges were real, her overpowered solutions were silly and entertaining, the world was gorgeous, and the characters were more than just stale NPC stereotypes.

    Still happy for this one too! And not against a second season (perhaps with a different director!) ^^

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  5. Somebody says:

    What an amazing 12 episodes and a season 2 announcement to boot. Even if there was not a second season that ending was just perfect. Yuna and Fina are too precious and them both realizing they are the most important person to each other was fantastic. I do feel a little bad for Noa though since I’m pretty sure she already lost. They need like a 5year time skip so we can get some lovey dovey time with Yuna and Fina.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Their relationship progress was one of the best parts of the show. Hopefully we’ll get more next season. I don’t think we’ll get a time skip. It’ll make loli fans sad. At best we can hope for an eventual time skip epilogue featuring our adorable couple married. For now let’s get pumped for more cuteness and cute yuri in S2.

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  6. mikubikki says:

    tbh for me, i love this kind of anime that has just about right pace that u can enjoy and still have a good time. it is not for everyone but certainly enjoyable for some. also, yuri sells. I’ll watch it regardless :3

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  7. chikorita157 says:

    I have to admit that it’s a cute and lighthearted isekai series. The characters are very enjoyable and it’s nice to see some nice moments with Yuna and Fina. Still, I am quite curious what they will cover in the second season.

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  8. Nick says:

    Alright I’m finally finished this show now.

    I might have mentioned before my loath for isekai shows as of late, but honestly this didn’t even feel like it after a few eps. To me KKKB was just another fantasy show about a girl in a bear outfit kicking ass and eating food.

    I didn’t expect it to end up being so chill. Around the half way point where it starts to become a food show and things are just chill, that was really nice and I enjoyed seeing that aside from Yuna beating up monsters each week. Not that isn’t exciting or anything.

    The last ep touched on the isekai elements of the show once again but it wasn’t something they stuck with for too long. If anything the most important part of the final ep was Yuna and Fina drawing closer to each other ending with each of them declaring how much they want to be with each other.

    Honestly if that was how it ended I’d be totally fine with that but I’m interested to see what S2 will be about. More adventures that’s for sure, but I wonder if we’ll get something more serious or darker happening. They seem to like doing that for the sequel, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it all goes down!

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    • OG-Man says:

      It did feel more like a fantasy anime with the isekai stuff thrown in because it’s popular. I’m cool with this approach.

      I enjoyed the chill stuff more than the action myself, even if it was neat seeing Yuna and the summon bears being adorable destroyers.

      Yup. The isekai stuff is secondary. Yuna X Fina’s relationship growing stronger is where it’s at.

      Most likely more serious stuff will go down next season. I just want more cuteness and cute gayness but I’m ready for more KKKB.

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