Previously on Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, we saw Yuna save a local bakery and watch as Crimonia came together to support a Bear-themed restaurant. This episode, Yuna pays a visit to the secluded city of Millela.
Going in to this episode, I’m not exactly sure what to expect. Last episode seemed like a good stopping point for the series, and with only episodes 10, 11 and 12 left, I’m wondering how they’ll wrap up another arc in such a short period of time.
Let’s get into it!
Episode 10: Bear, Goes to Sea
This episode begins with Fina sitting at the edge of a bed. On the nightstand beside her is a small bear-shaped item. After a few moments, it beings making “rawr” noises, and Fina puts it up to her ear, beginning to talk to Yuna. Yuna, apparently, can now make Bear Phones.
Yuna is seen in the middle of a harsh snowstorm on top of a large mountain she’s attempting to cross. On one side of this mountain is Crimonia, the other is Millela, a small town known for their fishing industry. However, due to the mountain, the two civilizations never talk.
Along the way, Yuna finds two survivors becoming buried in the pouring snow. She rescues them and unpacks one of her bear-houses, warming them up and feeding them. They explain that in Millela, there is a harsh food shortage due to a kraken that has been harming their fishing industry. They ask Yuna to escort them back, and she does.
When she arrives, Yuna goes to the Guildmaster of Millela, named Atla, and tells her she’d like to donate nearly all of her wolf meat so that the people can eat. The people are shocked by this, but graciously accept her donation. All except for one, the leader of the Commerce guild.
He is known to be extremely greedy, oftentimes hiking the prices of the remaining portions of food to gouge all of the citizens out of their hard-earned money during a famine. After he catches wind of Yuna giving away the food for free, we see him glaring at her through the window; it’s apparent he is plotting something.
Atla tells Yuna of some bandits nearby and to be wary, but that night, when Yuna goes to bed, Kumayuru and Kumakyuu wake up Yuna to alert her that two intruders are approaching. When they burst into her room, she ties them up and demands to know who sent them, and they reveal they are bandits who were told that a young girl had a lot of goods ripe for the taking.
Yuna then goes to the bandit hideout nearby and burns it all down. Pretty badass.
Opinions / Analysis
I enjoy taking a peek at a new city where nobody knows Yuna. The whole bear-themed restaurant thing was cute, but if I were Yuna, maybe I’d just want to live a bit of a quieter life.
It’s also apparent to me that this is not an action series, this is quite literally a Slice-of-Life Isekai. Which is strange, to say the least, because it almost feels as though there is a plot coming….somewhere? I mean, Yuna is gong to all these different locations — the capital, Millela — and meeting all of these characters, and then they disappear for a few episodes and then come back later. I assume this is all leading up to… something. What that is, I’m not sure.
What do you all think? Does this spin on the Isekai genre work, or just fall flat? Let us know in the comments!
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