Post by Old Man Dream on Sept 30, 2016 18:45:17 GMT
Yuri Kuma Arashi is the third animated work of director Kunihiko Ikuhara focusing on a world where a giant wall divides up the human and bear worlds and our young heroine Kureha gets caught up in the conflict between bears and humans as a pair of them are seemingly protecting her from the influence of the Invisible Storm, a group of schoolgirls who hunt bears and ostracize her. Ikuhara's sexually-charged symbolism used from Utena and Penguindrum are retained for this series as lesbianism and a fair number of implied situations are frequent sights throughout this mind trip of a series.
Yuri Kuma Arashi offers some critical looks at how society as a whole can view lesbianism and female sexuality. Any positive relationships between bears and humans which are frowned upon by the Invisible Storm in this series is actually a symbolic representation of how Japan's group mentality frowns upon same-sex relationships and tend to ostracize those that don't follow their society's cultural norms and plant labels on them. The group mentality is as such where the loss of a leader still allows the mentality to function and those that are gay or support it (or in this case, bears for Yuri Kuma) are labeled as a source of "evil" that has to be cleansed, hence the existence of the Invisible Storm representing societal pressure and conformity. In addition, the Life Judgement Guys that Ginko and Lulu often encounter for their "yuri trials" are representations of the dated, male-centric Freudian concepts of id, ego and superego where the bears of the series must behave an expected way to retain their ability to take on human forms that the Life Judgement Guys granted to them. Learning more about these concepts will allow you to get a better appreciation for how Ikuhara uses real-life events and concepts to paint symbolism into his work.
Outside of symbolism, the series also tells a rather cohesive story with Kureha trying to seek out answers about the death of her former lover Sumika and seeking answers about what past relations she may have with Ginko and Lulu. Many of Yuri Kuma Arashi's characters get fleshed out to reveal their motives and any past connections they have to Kureha, including what is driving the Invisible Storm to ostracize her. In addition, the story gradually builds up to explore the tragic developments of the relationship that Kureha establishes with Ginko and Lulu due to their different upbringings and events escalate with both enemy bears and the Invisible Storm stepping up their efforts to wreck apart said relationship. The story structure for early episodes in the series is repetitive at first and the symbolism does get hammered at points, but these don't hurt the show's strengths too badly.
Presentation-wise, Yuri Kuma Arashi sports beautiful scenic shots and character designs that depict bright, vivid colors and a good deal of detail with scenic designs. However, animation is not as heavily emphasized with some scenes having limited movement and some reused shots.
Overall, Yuri Kuma Arashi is another strong work from Ikuhara offering his usual unique direction with the sexually-drive developments driving Kureha and others in its symbolic look into female sexuality. The heavy symbolism employed in it won't be for everyone. But for those looking for unique titles that require you to think, this is a definite recommendation.
Rating: 9 of 10
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Could not move past the first episode, it destroy me, and if Ikki tousen taught me anything, is not worth watching an anime that you couldn't get into in the first episode. The again I like Season 3 and 4, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Also YURI my weakness need to see it even if it kills me.
Good review indeed. I agree with reused shot esp. used in every judgement. I really like how they use the whole system and world as reference to real life.....lesbian views.
Jgames: don't worry the progress dratically changes after few episodes and the story become far interesting. If you like yuri, this is one of the best anime out there. But then i again i absolutely hated Utena anime.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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