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Yuri Kuma Arashi Casts Yōko Hikasa, Kikuko Inoue, Aya Endo

posted on by Kyle Cardine
New anime from Revolutionary Girl Utena's Kunihiko Ikuhara to premiere in January

The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara's Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) television anime unveiled three new cast members on Saturday.

The newly announced cast includes:

Yōko Hikasa as Kaoru Harishima, Kureha's classmate.

Kikuko Inoue as Yuri-Ka [sic] Hakonaka, a teacher at Arashigaoka Academy.

Aya Endō as Reia Tsubaki, a teacher at Arashigaoka Academy and Kureha Tsubaki's mother.

The website also unveiled a new key visual:

The website introduces the story:

Some time ago, the asteroid Kumaria exploded in the depths of space.

The resulting fragments became a meteor shower that rained down on Earth, and for some reason, bears all over the world rose up and attacked humanity! In "Man vs. Bear," the bears ate the humans and the humans shot the bears, resulting in a seemingly unending battle and a cycle of hatred. In the end, a giant "Wall of Extinction" was erected between the humans and bears and a state of mutual nonaggression came to pass….

The human world.

One morning, Arashigaoka Academy students Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino were by themselves and saw the "Yuri Flower" that bloomed in a flower bed. The two are friends as well as lovers. The flower bed is an important place to the two. At that moment, the Bear Alarms ring out! The bears are invading the human world, and humans are being attacked! Are they really those bears? One mystery invokes yet another mystery, one after another. The curtain rises magnificently on Yuri Kuma Arashi!

The new cast members join the previously announced ones:

Miho Arakawa as Ginko Yurishiro, a girl who transferred to Arashigaoka Academy. However, this girl's true identity is a man-eating bear!

Yoshiko Ikuta as Ruru Yurigazaki, a girl who transferred with Ginko

Nozomi Yamane as Kureha Tsubaki, a second-year student who goes to Arashigaoka Academy

Junichi Suwabe as Life Sexy, the presiding judge of the "Judgemens" [sic]

Mitsuki Saiga as Life Cool, the prosecutor of the "Judgemens"

Kazutomi Yamamoto as Life Beauty, the defense lawyer of the "Judgemens"

Yui Ogura as Sumika Izumino, a glasses-wearing girl who goes to Arashigaoka Academy

Aoi Yūki as Mitsuko Yurizono, a classmate of Kureha and Sumika, and the class president

Ami Koshimizu as Konomi Yurikawa, Kureha's classmate who goes to Arashigaoka Academy

An advance screening event will be held with Ikuhara and Arakawa on December 7 at Tokyo's Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku.

Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) is directing the anime at the Studio Silver Link, and Etsuko Sumimoto (animation director on Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion, Honey and Clover II) is adapting the original character designs by manga creator Akiko Morishima for animation. The other staff members include:

The series will premiere on January 5 on Tokyo MX TV.

Morishima also launched the manga version of the story in Gentosha Comics' Monthly Comic Birz magazine in February.

Images © 2015 Mamonaka Ikunigo/Yuri Kuma ni Kuru

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