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ANIME REVIEW: KUMAMIKO “Time for Bear and Girl to Part”

Kumamiko doesn’t take long to prove that it’s special. In the beginning, we are shown a young girl walking across some beautiful landscapes with lush colors. It’s serene, yet there is a sense of danger on the horizon, with the young girl being stalked by a bear. Of course, all of the audience’s fears are quickly dispelled when they find out that the bear talks, and is the young girl’s best friend.

From there everything just gets funny. While Kumamiko looks like a calm, slice of life anime on its surface, it is actually a rather crude comedy full of jokes about the odd, rural village and its customs. The first episode introduces quite a few quirky characters, including the protagonists Machi and Natsu the bear. The first half of the episode focuses only on the two as they discuss Machi’s desire to leave the small town. Natsu isn’t too happy about this, and does whatever he can to keep in her the village.

The episode eventually branches out and introduces some supporting characters. So far, there is a teacher and three nine-year-old children. Machi and Natsu are there to assist in the education of the town’s customs, which has hilarious results due to an old town myth. The show shines at its brightest when the children are talking to Machi, with some of the funniest banter possible.

While the episode is hilarious, it doesn’t really show any direction. It’s still hard to see where to story is going to go, though it is likely that Machi’s dream of moving to the big city will be revisited throughout the season. Hopefully she doesn’t, so that we don’t have to say goodbye to any of the supporting characters.
The OP is solid, but Kumamiko’s ED, “Kumamiko Dancing,” is fantastic. It has adorable visuals and an incredibly catchy song that was stuck in my head for hours after I finished. Overall the episode has a lovely OST, but it doesn’t really stand out too much right now.

For anyone looking for something funny this season, tune in to Kumamiko. It has solid voice acting, beautiful art, and inappropriate humor.  This should be a good one.

Kumamiko doesn’t take long to prove that it’s special. In the beginning, we are shown a young girl walking across some beautiful landscapes with lush colors. It’s serene, yet there is a sense of danger on the horizon, with the young girl being stalked by a bear. Of course, all of the audience’s fears are quickly dispelled when they find out that the bear talks, and is the young girl’s best friend. From there everything just gets funny. While Kumamiko looks like a calm, slice of life anime on its surface, it is actually a rather crude comedy full of jokes about the odd, rural village and its customs. The first episode introduces quite a few quirky characters, including the protagonists Machi and Natsu the bear. The first half of the episode focuses only on the two as they discuss Machi’s desire to leave the small town. Natsu isn’t too happy about this, and does whatever he can to keep in her the village. The episode eventually branches out and introduces some supporting characters. So far, there is a teacher and three nine-year-old children. Machi and Natsu are there to assist in the education of the town’s customs, which has hilarious results due to an old town myth. The show shines at its brightest when the children are talking to Machi, with some of the funniest banter possible. While the episode is hilarious, it doesn’t really show any direction. It’s still hard to see where to story is going to go, though it is likely that Machi’s dream of moving to the big city will be revisited throughout the season. Hopefully she doesn’t, so that we don’t have to say goodbye to any of the supporting characters. The OP is solid, but Kumamiko’s ED, “Kumamiko Dancing,” is fantastic. It has adorable visuals and an incredibly catchy song that was stuck in my head for hours after I finished. Overall the episode has a lovely OST, but it doesn’t really stand out too much right now. For anyone looking for something funny this season, tune in to Kumamiko. It has solid voice acting, beautiful art, and inappropriate humor.  This should be a good one.
Story - 6
Characters - 8.25
Art - 8

7.4

A solid and funny first episode. Kumamiko is full of charm

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