You’ve probably seen isekai anime series featuring cute girls before. But you likely haven’t encountered one featuring a cute heroine wearing a bear suit.
That will change when Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear debuts on Oct. 7.
The video features the ending theme song (although there’s some talk and girlish squealing over it), announces the premiere date, and gives some information about the cast.
The Bear Facts
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the series looks cute, silly, odd, and funny.
Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear involves a cute teen gamer girl. When she gets trapped in her favorite game, she finds out that an embarrassing bear outfit is extremely powerful. Without it, she’s a level 1 character.
In the promo video, she rides a bear. The bears are also cute. That bear theme shows up all over the place.
The liner notes for the YouTube video states (in Japanese), “A bear adventure and a bear’s everyday story will begin with the strongest invincible bear.”
According to reports, the cast includes:
- Maki Kawase as Yuna. She’s the one in the bear suit. She also sings the ending theme song. She was Marcela in Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (another isekai series).
- Azumi Waki as Fina. She also sings the opening theme song. She was Adele in Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!; Maika in Blend S; and Senko in The Helpful Fox Senko-san.
- Rina Hidaka as Noire Foschurose. She was also Hard Gore Alice in Magical Girl Raising Project.
- Miyu Tomita as Shuri. She was Sophie Twilight in Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood, a series which seems to link together several members of the main Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear cast.
- Satomi Amano as Misana Farrengram. She was also Tamaki Yamazaki in Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls.
The anime is based on a light novel series by Kumanano and 029. The series has also been made into a manga.
Seven Seas Entertainment has the North American license for an English language translation of the light novels and the manga. A lot of what we know about the series comes from there.
Fans gave the series the English title, “The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma,” but Seven Seas Entertainment doesn’t use it.
Still, you can expect a lot of bear puns when the anime arrives, if this Crunchyroll article is any indication. (Crunchyroll hasn’t announced if they will pick up the series, although they’ve certainly written plenty about it.)
The Japanese title writes “kuma” in hirigana, katakana and kanji.
A CD featuring the opening theme, Itsuka no Kioku, will be released on Oct. 7. Another CD featuring the ending theme song, Ano Ne, will come out on Oct. 21.