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Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear Anime Reveals Theme Song Details

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Maki Hanatani performs opening; Natsumi Hioka, Hiroki Yasumoto perform ending

The staff of the television anime of Masume Yoshimoto's Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear announced details on the anime's opening and ending theme songs on Tuesday.

Maki Hanatani from idol group Fullfull☆Pocket performs the opening theme song "Datte, Gyutte Shite." Bonjour Suzuki (Yuri Kuma Arashi opening theme) serves as sound producer on the song, and is also arranging it and writing the lyrics. The single will ship on April 27. A first-print limited edition of the single will include a DVD of the music video for the song.

The ending theme song is a character song titled "KUMAMIKO DANCING." Machi Amayadori (as voiced by Natsumi Hioka) and Natsu Kumai (Hiroki Yasumoto) perform the song. The single CD will ship on May 25.

Yoshimoto's original manga follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden (miko) at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear (kuma) in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan's northern Tōhoku region. Machi's guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, "I want to go to a school in the city." The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi — who is ignorant in the ways of the world — a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city.

The anime's cast includes:

Natsumi Hioka (Witch Craft Works' Kotetsu Katsura) as Machi Amayadori

Hiroki Yasumoto (Bleach's Chad, Hetalia's Germany, Yowamushi Pedal's Shingo Kinjō) as Natsu Kumai

Kazuyuki Okitsu (Prison School's Andre) as Yoshio Amayadori, Machi's cousin

Eri Kitamura (Durarara!!×2's Mairu Orihara) as Hibiki Sakata, Yoshio's childhood friend

Kiyoshi Matsuda (episode director for Wagnaria!!, Natsume's Book of Friends season 3, Durarara!!) makes his directorial debut with the series at Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared. Pierre Sugiura (Yuyushiki, Barakamon) and Masao Iketani are in writing the scripts, and Hiroyuki Saida (My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director.

Yoshimoto launched the series in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in its May 2013 issue, and then Kadokawa added it to its ComicWalker web comic service in March 2014. Kadokawa published the manga's fifth compiled volume on October 23.

[Via Ota-suke]

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