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.
Genres: Adventure, Cooking, Isekai, Yuri
Themes: MMORPG, Pseudo-Harem (Kinda)
Number of Episodes: 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.