Previously on Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Yuna arrived in the neighboring town of Millela in search of seafood. What she found was bandits, a kraken, and a corrupt leader of the Commerce guild. This episode, justice is served, and a Kraken is is fought!
Episode 11: Bear, Fights a Squid (?)
This episode begins where the previous left off, with Yuna throwing the tied up bandits in front of Atla. Atla is completely in shock and demands to know what on earth is going on, but Yuna is exhausted and states she only wants to sleep. Despite that, she manages to get some sort of explanation to Atla about the events of the night prior.
We cut to the leader of the commerce guild, who is wondering what’s taking the bandits so long. It’s revealed that he not only tipped them off, but instructed them to steal from Yuna so that he could control the price of goods in the area and pocket the money. In fact, his plan is to flee town soon, after he’s gouged every citizen out of their money, leaving them broke and starving.
As he rushes to the vault to pocket money after a guildmember informs him of Yuna’s defeat of the bandits, Atla catches him and tells him that his time of corruption has come to an end. He gets dragged away and Atla thanks Yuna.
Yuna is rewarded by some of the locals with fish and rice, which she cries while eating because she misses food that tastes like home. This reignites her passion for defeating the Kraken, so that more can be safely traded and made.
After struggling with how to defeat the Kraken (it’s weak to fire, but it lives in water, so Yuna’s fire magic would struggle to work), she decides to encase the Kraken in a circle in order to more easily defeat it. After Atla helps her with the contraption, the plan succeeds.
Yuna defeats the kraken, and the town rejoices at the sight of a giant Kraken carcass in the middle of town. Yuna passes out from exhaustion and Atla carries her to bed.
Opinions / Analysis
This episode was honestly not all that satisfying. In terms of fights, I was really hoping for a better fight for the final fight of the season. It didn’t feel like tension was high nor were the stakes — and for a low-stakes show like Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, that seems normal — but then why spend so much time on something that you know will be unsatisfying to watch?
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is a low-stakes show. We know from the beginning that Yuna is going to be overpowered and we know that the moment any monster or threat is mentioned, Yuna will fight it and Yuna will win. There’s no suspense with that like there would be in a typical Isekai. This is because Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is moreso a Slice of Life series than Action — and if that is the case, why would they spend the entirety of the second half of the episode focusing on the set up for this “Fight”?
In my opinion, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear needs to choose. Is it a Slice of Life, or is it an Action series? You cannot have it both ways with this concept, because otherwise, we get unsatisfying battles and wasted time.
I wish we got more time with Atla, because from the small snippets of her character that we see, she seems like a funny character and a capable warrior. Honestly, she seems more interesting that all of the characters back home in Crimonia.
What do you all think? Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
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