“Yuri Kuma Arashi”
At the end of the last week’s episode – when Kureha’s crime was brought up – I was prepared for the worst, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to be red herring either. Turns out Kureha really was keeping a secret from us all – but in her defence, she only just remembered it after being forced to forget about it in the first place. Last week saw Ginko’s side of the story, where she thought she was the one who decided what happened between her and Kureha after that terrible event. It was a twist to reveal that it was in fact Kureha’s wish that caused the events to unfold as they did, setting up their love and the promise kiss all along. That explains why she was constantly called to the Severance Court, as she was already part of this mess all along. In a way, this makes Sumika’s death less of a blow to Kureha and Ginko’s love, since they were destined all along. But also…
Sumika was Lady Kumaria? Now, that, I did not expect. Was the human Sumika just put there as a test for Kureha? When the comets rained down, was Sumika really part of it? Was the Lady Kumaria we saw this episode just a manifestation that was only for Kureha’s eyes? I don’t know, but I liked it, regardless. I thought the (kuma) shocks were over now, but this one may have just been the most surprising of them all. I had my suspicions that Sumika was important in the grander scheme of things – we saw her die in the first episode, and return in flashbacks in nearly every episode since. If so, this is definitely a fitting end for her character – and end I don’t think many were expecting at all.
So in the end, love conquered all. Kureha smashing the mirror, breaking her bounds, and becoming a bear was all stellar to see. I’m glad she finally stood up for what she believed in and did what she wanted after being controlled and played as a pawn the whole way through. And obviously, her and Ginko got together in the end – they both remembered their love for one another, and I’m happy for them. It was sweet seeing them finally kiss, after so much build up. It was worth totally it.
But I do have another question: were Ginko and Kureha killed at the end? It seems like they were, since the girls think they got rid of them, but that one girl definitely saw something different – whether that was them moving on to heaven together, or if it was what actually happened, I don’t know. I’m unsure of a lot of the details with this finale, but funnily enough that doesn’t make it a bad ending. There are several ways you could interpret these final moments, so I’ll choose to believe that they really did die, but were together in the afterlife – similar to Lulu and her little brother. Regardless of whether they are dead or alive, they’re happy now, and that’s all they wanted from the very beginning.
A New Love Story?:
Overview – Final Impressions:
Yuri Kuma Arashi has been a weird one, but that shouldn’t been much of a surprise, since this came from the brain of Ikuhara, after all. I’ve said it a few times already, but I wish the first three episodes were better than they were. For the most part they were shocking, a little nonsensical, and quite repetitive. If the beginning had been more promising it may have scared less people off, especially since it was on an upward direction from there on. The last few episodes have been truly great, and I’m sure most who stuck with the series can agree with it. This wasn’t just Ikuhara’s excuse for softcore porn, and it certainly did make sense by the end, which many thought it wouldn’t. This was a simple love story wrapped in extensive backstories that tied all the characters together, and once the histories of the characters became clear, it paved way for a fantastic conclusion. I couldn’t have asked for anything else.
I wish more people had stuck with this series, though I must thank everyone who commented on my posts. I feel it’s safe to say that Yuri Kuma Arashi turned out much better than people initially gave it credit for. I have no regrets in blogging it, and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy I got to talk about this sweet love story between a bear and human… which sounds a lot weirder than it actually was. Kuma shock!
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