Anime Spotlight - Yurikuma Arashi

by Anthony Foronda, Dec 28th 2014

Broadcast Begins January 5 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara
(Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon SuperS )
Series Composition: Takayo Ikami
(Penguindrum)
Music: Yukari Hashimoto
(Toradora!, Upotte!!)

Introduction

At some point, somewhere in outer space, the small planet Kumalia exploded. As the particles of what used to be Kumalia showered upon Earth as a meteor shower, for some reason all the bears (kuma) on earth stood up to attack humanity! “Humans vs Bears” Bears ate people, people shot bears, creating an endless battle and a chain of hatred. In due time, a great “Wall of Extinction” was built between humans and bears, and they could no longer show aggression towards one another…

Story

The human world. One morning, Kureha Tsubasa and Sumika Izumino, students at Arashigaoka Academy, were alone watching “lily flowers” blooming in the flower bed. The two were ‘friends’ as well as [lovers]. The flower bed was a place very special for them. They stare at each other. Just then, a [Bear Warning] pierces loudly through the air! A Bear had encroached into the human world, and a human has been assaulted! What in the world is this bear..? Mystery brings on more mysteries, a series of one raging blow after another! “Yurikuma Arashi” elegantly begins its opening act now!

Characters

Ginko Yurishiro
VA:Miho Arakawa
Human/Bear

A girl who transferred into Arashigaoka Academy. However, her true nature is a “man-eating bear (kuma)”! She seems to show a special attachment to Kureha Tsubasa, but in the past, the two of them… Transforms into Winning Mode with the call, “Approve Yuri!” “Found my delicious smell! My 'love'…. growl growl.”

Lulu Yurigasaki
VA:Yoshiko Ikuta
Human / Bear

A girl who attaches herself to Ginko, and transferred to the academy together. As expected her true identity is also a “man-eating bear (kuma)”! She loves Ginko very much, and proceeds often to have “yuri (girls' love/lesbian) fantasies” that usually spiral out of control. She likes honey very much, and tries to add honey into everything she cooks. Just like Ginko, calling out “Approve Yuri!” transforms her into Winning Mode. “This girl, that girl, so much to choose from… Oh no, this place is filled with scents that smell so yummy, growl~.”

Kureha Tsubaki
VA:Nozomi Yamane

A 2nd-year female student at Arashigaoka Academy. She has a calm, collected personality and tends to shun other people away, but opens up her heart to Sumika Izumino who is her “friend” and “lover”. Her mother was killed by a bear when she was young, which caused her to hold a grudge against bears. Her special talent is shooting. To prepare for the battle to come against bears, she devotes herself to her training in the shooting range in the basement of her home. “I will never forgive bears. I will destroy bears!”

Life-Sexy
VA:Junichi Suwabe

The presiding judge of Judgments, who is in charge of the courts of Extinction. A sexy guy that manages everything about every Yuri trial! “That is sexy, shaba-da-doo!”

Life-Cool
VA:Mitsuki Saiga

The prosecutor of Judgments, who is in charge of the courts of Extinction. A cool guy with a sharp tongue that denounces all crime! “Clearly you ate too much. Guilty, I say guilty!!”

Life-Beauty
VA:Kazutomi Yamamoto

The counsel of Judgments, who is in charge of the courts of Extinction. A guy of beauty who glamorously evades all of the prosecutor's cross-examinations! “Love moment!! There is an excess of animosity against Yuri, twinkle twinkle~”

Sumika Izumino
VA:Yui Ogura

A girl wearing glasses that attends Arashigaoka Academy. A pretty yet frail girl, but has a strong will to protect her feelings of “love”. A classmate of Kureha, and the only person that Kureha opens up her heart to. Raises “lily flowers” together with Kureha in the academy's flower bed. “No matter what is done to me… My feelings for Kureha-chan… my ‘love’ will never be given up.”

Mitsuko Yurizono
VA:Aoi Yuki

Classmate of Kureha and Sumika, and the class representative. She amicably approaches the two that have distanced themselves from others in the class. But, what is her true motive behind that…? “And now this makes me a comrade, a friend. Right?”

Konomi Yurikawa
VA:Ami Koshimizu

Kureha's classmate who attends “Arashigaoka Academy”.

Yuri-Ka Hakonaka
VA:Kikuko Inoue

A teacher at “Arashigaoka Academy” that Kureha attends. She used to be a close friend of Kureha's mother (Reia Tsubaki). After Reia's death, she has taken care of Kureha, such as offering advice.

Reia Tsubaki
VA:Aya Endo

“Kureha Tsubaki”'s mother who was murdered by a bear. She used to be close friends with Yuri-Ka, a teacher at Arashigaoka Academy.

Kaoru Harishima
VA:Yoko Hikasa

Kureha's classmate that attends “Arashigaoka Academy”.

Cast

Ginko Yurishiro
Miho Arakawa
Lulu Yurigasaki
Yoshiko Ikuta
Kureha Tsubaki
Nozomi Yamane
Life-Sexy
Junichi Suwabe
Life-Cool
Mitsuki Saiga
Life-Beauty
Kazutomi Yamamoto
Sumika Izumino
Yui Ogura
Mitsuko Yurizono
Aoi Yuki
Konomi Yurikawa
Ami Koshimizu
Kaoru Harishima
Yoko Hikasa
Yuri-Ka Hakonaka
Kikuko Inoue
Reia Tsubaki
Aya Endo

Staff

Original story
Ikunigomamonaka
Director
Kunihiko Ikuhara
Vice Director
Tomohiro Furukawa
Series Composition
Kunihiro Ikuhara
Takayo Ikami
Character Concepts
Akiko Morishima
Character Desing
Etsuko Sumimoto
Prop Design
Takao Abo
Color Coordinator
Satoko Kimura
Art Director
Chieko Nakamura
Special Textures
Wataru Osakabe
Filming Director
Takeo Ogihara
Editing
Shigeru Nishiyama
Sound Director
Kunihiko Ikuhara
Yo Yamada
Music
Yukari Hashimoto
Music Production
KADOKAWA (Media Factory)
Animation Production
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