OP: 「だって、ギュってして。」 (Datte, Gyutteshite) by 花谷麻妃 (Hanatani Maki)
「クマと少女 お別れの時」 (Kuma to Shoujo Owakare no Toki)
“Time For The Bear and the Girl To Part Ways”
While it may have started a bit slow and the timing of the humor could be tighter, I think Kuma Miko did a pretty decent job with its first episode.
Living out in the boonies for a majority of your life can lead to a pretty skewed view of the world. Luckily for Machi, Natsu is here to save her from making a complete fool out of herself. Backtracking a bit, I was a little disappointed how loose the first huge joke was supposed to be. Compared to the source, it was supposed to be a quick succession of hits that slowly wittled away at Machi’s confidence at being able to handle life in the big city while inadvertantly piling on the laughs as Machi dug an ever growing hole underneath her. Instead we got about half of that in the same amount of time and it felt just a little too slow. I mean, we got a pretty good look at Machi and Natsu and what they’re all about – but it could have been so much more!
Also, for those of you who didn’t catch the joke, a suica (スイカ) is that fancy card you see all Japanese train riders tap to open the gates to their train. The word itself is also a homonym for the best thing you can bring to the beach in an anime – watermelon!
Quick History Lesson
While one of my favorite moments may have been chopped a bit, the second half hit the mark pretty well. Introducing the three kids we don’t see much of (except for the one in the hat, because he’s a troublemaker), I loved how it managed to capture the very essence of how little kids act. The boys salivating at the thought of something erotic and the girls ready to beat down any creeper that gets within a few feet of them – it was great! But it got even better when they were so suspicious about a “talking bear”. Something about seeing them mock Yoshio and then get the crap scared out of them just felt too damn rewarding.
So, even with my bloated expectations for this show, I think it turned out okay. While it may have had a bit of a rough start, I think it might just be the first episode jitters. Because once this show finds it mojo and manages to get going, it’s going to be pretty tough to start.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this first episode and I expect to see you guys around next week. See ya!
P.S. That ending sequence was super adorable and cute. Like, I’ve been a huge fan of the song since I heard it in PV2, but seeing such a cute style of animation paired with it made it even BETTER.
ED: 「KUMAMIKO DANCING」 雨宿まち（日岡なつみ）& クマ井ナツ（安元洋貴）feat.熊出村のみなさん by (Amayadori Machi (Natsumi Hioka) & Kumai Natsu (Hiroki Yasumoto) feat. Kumaide-mura no Minasan)