“The Door to Friendship”
Is Your Love the Real Thing?:
So, whose love is the real thing? It’s been asked so many times that the words have almost lost their meaning, but that particular question seemed fitting for this episode, for both Kureha and Lulu, who got the most screentime (for which I’m thankful). I actually enjoyed Ginko’s absence from the episode – aside from flashbacks and that scene at the end – allowing the other two girls get some spotlight; namely Lulu, whose betrayal to the girl she loved still has its rippling effects. I’ve said it already with the other characters, but it all comes down to jealously. Ginko was jealous of Sumika, because she wanted Kureha; Lulu was jealous of Kureha, because she wanted Ginko. Throw in Mitsuko, and the Yurika flashback and everything just comes in a full circle – everyone wants someone they can’t have. It’s a shame, but Lulu has probably been my favourite character of the series despite not having that much to do – her flashback episode was a highlight, but since then she’s been lurking in Ginko’s shadow.
As for Kureha and her love for Ginko… I just don’t know where this is going to go. I still can’t shake off the fact that Ginko watched Sumika die out of jealousy, and I would be disappointed if Kureha thought otherwise. I liked the theory from last week’s comments that tied to my claim that maybe no one will be together by the end, and that Kureha would instead become the new Kumalia.
Door of Friendship:
There are an abundance of flashbacks in every Yuri Kuma Arashi episode, but this one had a lot that filled in the gaps. We saw the moment where Kureha and Ginko first met, as well as their time together as friends, and then cutting forward as Reia sent Ginko away. Now we know that she was sent through the Door of Friendship, which is confirmed to be a back route through the Wall of Severance. We also got to see Kureha walking through into the bear world for the first time, so the questions of how, when, and where have been answered. Who said this series would be nonsensical, eh?
Bear Extermination & Lulu’s Farewell:
We also saw the “Bear-Killing Beam Truck (KMTG)” introduced this episode, and then later fired at Lulu after her identity was found out. I was fooled into thinking that Kureha’s classmates might be on her side now, but, boy, I was wrong. I would be worried for Kureha after that final encounter, but I think Ginko will show up just in the nick of time to prove how important love is.
And Lulu’s goodbye was bittersweet – just when she started to become relevant again, she had to leave. I really liked the bond her and Kureha had in this episode; I would call them friends, even if Kureha refuses to. Bears may still be her enemy, but they both showed genuine affection for each other, despite Ginko’s love keeping them apart.
Overview – What’s Next?
Whilst not much really progressed in this episode – outside of filling in the gaps and closing Lulu’s character arc – I did enjoy it quite a bit. I wouldn’t place it near the top, but it’s setting up nicely for Ginko’s return. I’m beyond making predictions as to what’s going to occur next. All I know is that it will have Yuri, Kumas, and an Arashi.
Like Mother, Like Daughter:
Finishing the Story: