「クマさん、登場」 (Kuma-san, toujou)
The fall anime season is still just over a week away (yes, the RC Preview will be out soonTM), but that doesn’t mean we cannot get a teaser for what’s to come courtesy of pre-air subs. While I suspect a few might not be finding Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear’s variety of season starting festivities to their taste, this one will undeniably have a good share of the market when it comes to comfy.
Given I’d normally link to the trusty RC Preview (it’s still coming!) for basic synopsis info, to help fill in some blanks Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear can be thought of as Bofuri’s spiritual successor. Take cookie cutter VRMMORPG setting, pair it with spunky moeblob, go through the typical slice-of-life fantasy isekai tropes and checkpoints, and swim in more money than you know what to do with. Of course, the moeblob Yuna (Kawase Maki) in this case exchanges a ridiculous armour set for a bear costume and goes full stock market NEET shut-in to Bofuri’s game newbie cuteness, but make no mistake, these ones share quite a bit of DNA and will be playing to similar audiences—I guarantee it.
While the above is easily enough to determine who winds up sticking with this show, I will say its strengths look likely to override a lot of the vanilla blandness. Yuna for example dispenses with the usual MC unfamiliarity and starting from zero aspect, representing an experienced player already knowledgeable of all ins and outs. It’s not much by itself, but it really helps provide something different to the type premise that damn near all “true” isekai use in some fashion (e.g. Death March, Isekai wa Smartphone). And while the jury is still out on the bear aesthetics driving the whole thing, I must it’s pretty entertaining in the fluffy kind of way. Bear summons tied up in bear mitts that also function as respectable hand puppets? Oh the diabetes all but conceives itself. Going to be interesting seeing how the series’ main twist on the VRMMORPG is worked in given how this episode went (spoiler alert), but I don’t expect Kuma3 Bear to trip all that much once it starts hitting the gas.
It’ll be a bit of a wait to see what Kuma3 Bear has in store next (it technically premieres on October 7), but without a doubt if you like cute and isekai this one will be worth paying some attention to. And if you don’t have a thing for bears, well, best learn to get over that and embrace the kuma.