“The Moon Girl and the Forest Girl”
I’ve always said that Sumika interests me despite being dead for most of the story, and yet again we have an abundance of flashbacks about her, and this time from all her point of view. But there’s purpose behind them, especially when compared to what’s happening with Kureha in the current storyline. As it turns out the sinister Karou had already targeted Sumika before Kureha, trying to forge the letter to her benefit. The methods these girls are going through to get rid off Kureha are pretty desperate, and yet we still don’t even know why? Even back then it was decided that Kureha was the evil one, but Sumika’s defiance made her a target. Good for her, she stuck up for her love and did everything a lover would do. It’s just a shame she lives in such a screwed up world where death seems destined for those who are different. Now, just remove the fantasy elements and it’s not too far from our own world.
In the flashbacks we also get to see a storybook that Kureha’s mother created. The art is lovely and the watercolours provide a nice contrast to what we’re used to. For a few minutes we’re presented with a simple story of two girls from different worlds. Obviously, these two girls are representative of Kureha and Ginko, the Moon and the Forest being symbolic for the Human and Bear worlds, and Reia’s necklace is what ties them together. Although the story was unfinished, it ended with the Moon and Forest Girls confronted with one another and having to make a choice. We don’t know how the rest of the storybook unfolds, but Yuri Kuma Arashi will continue that story for us.
Kureha’s in a pickle right now. As it turns out, Kaoru has been wanting to get rid of her for a long time, and after pretending to befriend her this is the moment of truth. Thankfully, Kureha’s real friends are there to protect her. It’s a sweet moment, especially when I think back to the first episode when I was mistaken in thinking that Ginko and Lulu had murdered Sumika. How silly I was. There were some worried that Kureha would befriend the girls who took away her love, but now that the light has been shone on who is good and who is evil (human or bear, regardless) it makes for a wonderful moment. The only thing that throw a spanner in the works is the final scene where Ginko doesn’t interfere with Mitsuko attacking Sumika, so I’m keen to see what the story is behind that. However, I do hope now that Kureha, Ginko, and Lulu manage to work together to evoke justice on this screwed up school, starting with Kaoru and her minions.
Overview – What’s Next?
A very enjoyable episode that makes for a strong half way point in the story. At this point Kureha likely won’t turn away from Ginko and Lulu like she has before. Sumika’s flashbacks continue to be helpful to the story and a pleasure to watch. I think those who dropped Yuri Kuma Arashi early on because they thought there was no story behind it (I don’t know why they would think that anyway…) should give it a second chance.
A Different Formula:
Kaoru’s Bed Partner?: