Yuri Kuma Arashi Episode 1: Who’s in Control?

An excellent post on Yuri Kuma Arashi and the necessity of abandoning oneself to God’s divine will–perhaps the hardest thing for human beings to do!

Beneath the Tangles

The idea of “control” is a funny thing – we strive for it, we arrange our lives to own it, but when we feel we have it, that’s often when it falls out of our grasp.  In episode one of Yuri Kuma Arashi, the latest series from Kunihiko Ikuhara, we’re introduced to the actors, many of whom are struggling with or struggling for control.

The setting for Yuri Kuma Arashi is unique – a self-contained community surrounded by a wall to keep man-eating bears outside and humans safe within.  Right from the beginning, then, we see this idea of control as the humans erect the wall in an attempt to keep the bears out.  Two of these “bears,” Ginko and Lulu, also attempt to wrestle control of their fates by sneaking into the city to satiate their appetites.  Finally, a student, Kureha, decides she will be able to…

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3 comments on “Yuri Kuma Arashi Episode 1: Who’s in Control?

  1. David A says:

    These last three paragraphs are the only good things I’ve seen about that terrible series.

    I just read an article desrbing more what happens at the first episode. It seems that besides the yuri, is vulgar too. Plus they added the Ave Maria chant, in the context of a series like that, I think is a blasphemous use of the song.

    I haven’t watched it, and doesn’t looks like an acceptable series either. I wonder how a non morally objectionable series by that author would be like. He seems to like yuri a lot.


    • The Ave Maria chant is probably supposed to envoke another yuri series, Maria Watches over Us. (No, I haven’t seen that.) So, I think that the intent was supposed to be more allusive than blasphemous. But, most of the anime this season is terrible. I’m only watching Aldnoah.Zero and Rolling Girls, which simultaneously evokes Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco, from this season. Watch some Ashita no Joe as an antidote for modern anime. 🙂


      • David A says:

        I know about that one (haven’t watched it). Catholicism, purity, schoolgirls, an yuri. Well, regarding of intent, the end result is blasphemous.

        Rolling girls is fantastic, is like Kill la Kill without the fanservice, incest abuse, and blatant sexual content… or like Samurai Flamenco without the yuri girls, now that you mention that one.

        In fact, I think is way more stylish that these two.

        I hope it keeps the good queality and lack of common perverted anime pitfalls.


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