In the past, humanoid bears coexisted with humans. However, a meteor shower that fell onto Earth had a strange effect on bears throughout the world: they suddenly became violent and hungry for human flesh, spurring an endless cycle of bloodshed in which bear ate man and man shot bear, forgetting the lively relationship they once had. The “Wall of Severance” was thus built, separating the two civilizations and keeping peace.
Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino are two lovers attending Arashigaoka Academy, who, upon the arrival of two bears that have sneaked through the Wall of Severance and infiltrated the academy, find their relationship under a grave threat. The hungering yet affectionate bears, Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki, seem to see the bear-hating Kureha as more than just another meal, and in getting closer to her, trigger an unraveling of secrets that Kureha may not be able to bear.
When their relationships provoke the Invisible Storm, a group that keeps order within the ideological school, the girls must stand on trial with their love, embarking on a journey of self-discovery en route to attaining true love’s “promised kiss.” – My Anime List
Based on 22 review scores:
Yurikuma Arashi is a beautiful and deep series with powerful critiques about society’s view on homosexuality.
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There’s no reason not to give this weird little masterwork of queer animated cinema a shot. Once again, Ikuhara has proven that art doesn’t have to be deadly serious to say important and powerful things. Or as his self-insert character, Life Sexy, might say: “For that is the sexy way! Shabadadu!”
This anime felt really refreshing compared to the yuri anime that we usually get. It’s like I already said, it feels like this is a yuri milestone, something that people won’t easily forget about. Whether that is in a good or a bad way is another question, though.
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In the end Yurikuma Arashi is a far better series than I initially gave it credit to. While some of its elements keep it from being the masterpiece both Sailor Moon S and Revolutionary Girl Utena were, along with the concept of humans against bears still sounding pretty silly, what you learn from this show overshadows the flaws it has. Ikuhara’s storytelling talents were more clever the more you dive into the series, and the characters became either more likable or detestable, depending on the situations that were thrown in the series. Yurikuma Arashi got a whole lot better the deeper you dove, but in order to truly appreciate what’s being taught you’ll have to first swim through some incredibly rough waters. Once you do, you’ll discover what I did: a great series about love, acceptance, and the trials & tribulations of what one has to do to earn both.
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If you haven’t seen an Ikuhara anime before and you’re interested in seeing what they’re like, all I have to say is [go watch one of his other works]. There is no need to bother watching this one before that. If you’ve already done so and you really liked them, then I guess it might be worth at least giving Yuri Kuma Arashi a shot. But just make sure to not get your hopes up too high because odds are that you’re going to be left somewhat disappointed if you do.
This anime is insanely powerful. Just thinking of it again is making me get choked up. If you can just get on board for the first couple episodes, I promise you, this is a series worth getting invested in. It’s only twelve episodes long, and they only get better with each passing one.
Yuri Kuma Arashi is such a tease. It was very hard for me to watch at first due to the teasing and endless amount of fan service. Though to my surprise underneath all that was a meaningful story. Well the anime is mainly about love and how love wins :P. In all seriousness now the story is about not giving up on love and how when two people are in love they will always find a way back to each other. The anime kinda reminded of Simoun in a way. Even though the animation of Yuri Kuma is way better and the story is way different. I liked how much Kureha‘s character developed. The anime had a clear plot. Lulu was one of my favorite characters in the anime. I mean she wasn’t a saint but the way she handled things made me admire her. The ending of the anime was cliche. The funniest part of the anime was “Kuma Shock”. Overall the anime is good. Its not an anime that I would re-watch but I’m glad I watched it. If your interested in Yuri or Ecchi anime check it out.
Despite all this flaws I point out, Yuri Kuma Arashi isstill a great show. Its ideas are diverse and unique, furthermore they areexplored in an accessible and creative way. The show oozes with so many greatideas, and many of them are explored thoroughly. As a commentary, the showworks fantastically. However, as a piece of entertainment, it lacksaccessibility. I personally love Ikuhara’s unique style, and love Yuri KumaArashi as a result.
Yuri Kuma is deadly serious throughout its run without a lick of humor (or if there was humor, it failed miserably). It’s hard to imagine how a show about murderous bears with giant fluffy claws can take itself completely seriously but there you go.
Yuri Kuma Arashi is a decent anime, and is pretty much stereotypical SILVER LINK. Unfortunately, its story lets it down, despite being incredibly adorable to watch. If you like yuri, you might get a kick out of this, if you like yuri and psychological anime, you’re probably better off waiting for All The Anime’s Akuma no Riddle release next year.
That was… okay. I have to say that I’m distinctly unimpressed with Yurikuma Arashi. I know that Kunihiko Ikuhara can be something of an acquired taste, his penchant for symbolism, visual metaphor and allegory, combined with almost a ritualistic cyclical approach to storytelling, not everyone’s preference. But you can’t deny the thought behind shows like Mawaru Penguindrum and Utena, you know that there will always be new meanings to uncover, new depths to explore. That isn’t the case with Yurikuma Arashi, which to me feels as shallow and as uninformative as any mainstream anime series. Sure it has the symbolism and the allegory, it couches its story behind visual metaphor to make it appealing to broad audiences, while saving its message for those who choose to put in a modicum of contemplation. But it’s a pretty shell over a rather vacuous and unfulfilling centre.
This show was a big disappointment.
I watched Yurikuma Arashi so you dont have to. Keep your time and your money and find yourself copies of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Sailor Moon.
This type of show is not entertaining to me, and I am kind of surprised that Funimation put this out. I get that they want to reach all types of audiences, but this? I’m not happy with Yurikuma Arashi. Yuri anime is not my thing, and I fail to see what the appeal is. It makes no sense, because the forefront of this anime genre is to put lesbian sex with no meaning in front of a plot. I have nothing for this, and I think my aneurysm is coming back.
Yurikuma Arashi is a disappointing anime production by director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon). The series is an offbeat horror-comedy hybrid that’s about bears, disguised as girls, eating girls. It primarily feels like a parody of some sort. It’s just not very funny and it’s more bizarre than it is entertaining. Funimation’s Blu-ray release is well-done (with a good presentation quality) but the quality of the anime itself makes this a release worth skipping.