Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear

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Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear
Kuma Miko Girl Meets Bear volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear volume one as published by Media Factory.
くまみこ
GenreComedy, Slice of life
Manga
Written byMasume Yoshimoto
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
One Peace Books
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
Original runApril 5, 2013 – present
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKiyoshi Matsuda
Written by
  • Pierre Sugiura
  • Masao Iketani
Music byAkiyuki Tateyama
Studio
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BSN, BS11, KBS, KHB
Original run April 3, 2016 June 19, 2016
Episodes12[a] + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
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Kuma Miko: Girl meets Bear (くまみこ) is a Japanese manga series by Masume Yoshimoto, serialized in Media Factory's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Flapper since May 2013. It has been collected in six tankōbon volumes and is also available on Media Factory's ComicWalker web comic service. An anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared aired from April 3, 2016 to June 19, 2016.

Characters[edit]

Machi Amayadori (雨宿 まち, Amayadori Machi)
Voiced by: Natsumi Hioka
The a 14-year-old Miko from a mountain shrine in a remote village. She wants to move to the big city for high school because she finds life in the countryside boring, but has never left the village in her entire life, nor ever made a human friend around her age.
Natsu Kumai (クマ井 ナツ, Kumai Natsu)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto
Natsu is a talking bear who lives with Machi since she was a child and tries his best to deal with her antics and keep her out of trouble. He opposes Machi's idea of leaving the town, fearing for her safety.
Yoshio Amayadori (雨宿 良夫, Amayadori Yoshio)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu
Yoshio is Machi's 25 year old cousin who works as a village officer.
Etsuko Amayadori (雨宿 エツ子, Amayadori Etsuko)
Voiced by: Kazue Minami
Etsuko is Machi's aunt and Yoshio's mother.
Fuchi Amayadori (雨宿 フチ, Amayadori Fuchi)
Voiced by: Ikuko Tani
Fuchi is Etsuko's mother and Yoshio and Machi's grandmother. She lives with Machi and Natsu, but her face is never shown.
Hibiki Sakata (酒田 響, Sakata Hibiki)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
Hibiki is Yoshio's 24-year-old friend with a longtime crush on him, which she denies. She smokes and rides around on a motorcycle. She also displays an overly aggressive nature to hide her shyness.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series by Masume Yoshimoto began serialization in Monthly Comic Flapper magazine on April 5, 2013.[2] The first tankōbon volume was released on October 23, 2013.[3] The manga has been licensed by One Peace Books for a North American release.

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
01 October 23, 2013[4]ISBN 9784040665764September 20, 2016[5]ISBN 978-1935548539
  • 1 When the Time Comes for Bear and Girl to Part
  • 2 The Village Legend
  • 3 An Offering of Dance to the Mountain God
  • 4 Ordeal
  • 5 Precipitous Path
  • 6 Guardians of the Traditions
02 May 23, 2014[6]ISBN 9784040665627December 20, 2016[7]ISBN 978-1935548522
  • 7 Ayamadori Fuchi's House
  • 8 Hear Me
  • 9 Village of Trailblazers
  • 10 Devotion Bearvotion
  • 11 Prayer for a Good Harvest
  • 12 The Village's Treasure Island
03 December 22, 2014[8]ISBN 9784040672274TBA
  • 13 A Fearful Creature
  • 14 The Opposite
  • 15 PR
  • 16 ON THE FLOOR
  • 17 Is That An Idol!?
04 May 23, 2015[9]ISBN 9784040675244TBA
05 October 23, 2015[10]ISBN 9784040678290TBA
06 March 23, 2016[11]ISBN 9784040682303TBA

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared aired from April 3, 2016[12][13] to June 19, 2016. The opening theme is "Datte, Gyutte Shite." (だって、ギュってして。, lit. "Well, Because Hug Me.") by Maki Hanatani, and the ending theme is "Kumamiko Dancing" by Natsumi Hioka and Hiroki Yasumoto.[14] Kadokawa, AT-X, Kinema Citrus and Sony Music Communications were involved in the production of the anime. Two OVAs are included in the first and second volume of the anime's home video release, which were release on June 24, 2016 and August 24, 2016, respectively.[1]

Episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[b]
Original Japanese title[15]
Original air date Ref.
1"Time for Bear and Girl to Part"
"Kuma to Shōjo Owakare no Toki" (クマと少女 お別れの時)
April 3, 2016 (2016-04-03)[16]
Machi Amayadori is a miko who always lived on a mountain shrine with Natsu, a sacred talking bear, but she now intends to move to the big city for the high school in order to enjoy a new life, but Natsu objects, fearing for her safety. Some time later, Machi is introduced as a miko to some young children by her cousin Yoshio, but the event becomes a ruckus, much to her dismay.
2"A Hard Road"
"Kewashiki Michi" (険しき道)
April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)[17]
As part of her trials to prove Natsu that she is ready to leave the town, Machi must go by herself to buy an item from a shop on a faraway location, but the errand proves itself much harder than it seems for her.
3"The One Who Upholds Tradition"
"Dentō o Mamoru Mono" (伝統を守る者)
April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17)[18]
Machi decides to perform a ceremonial dance by herself, an idea that pleases Natsu at first, until he realizes her true intentions. On a later occasion, a contest is held to choose some new clothes for Machi to wear, but the designs introduced are far from what she expected.
4"Village Treasure"
"Mura no Takaramono" (村の宝物)
April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)TBA
Machi wonders if Natsu could handle himself in her absence, but she then realizes that the opposite is less likely, and Yoshio's childhood friend Hibiki suddenly appears and takes Machi for some shopping spree.
5"The Opposite"
"Urahara" (ウラハラ)
May 1, 2016 (2016-05-01)TBA
After dealing with one of the local children's misbehavior with Natsu's help, Machi learns that Hibiki took her for shopping by Yoshio's request. Wondering why she did it, Machi ends up discovering Hibiki's most intimate secret.
6"Village of Vanguards"
"Senku-sha no Mura" (先駆者の村)
May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)TBA
Another of Machi's errands from Natsu turns to the worse when she causes a ruckus after a panic attack and she ends up sick in bed. Struck with guilt and worried about her, Natsu attempts to take care of Machi by himself.
7"Kikase"
"Kikase" (キカセ)
May 15, 2016 (2016-05-15)TBA
Machi attempts to use a rice cooker for a first time with disastrous results, and later, Machi, Natsu and Yoshio must prepare the shrine for an upcoming, scheduled ritual, but they were not even informed about its nature, or what they must do.
8"On The Floor"May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22)TBA
With the promise of briefly traveling to the big city, Machi is deceived by Yoshio into working at a nearby supermarket. However, her inability to deal with crowds put her on serious trouble, until Hibiki and Yoshio come to her aid.
9"Commercial"
"Komāsharu" (コマーシャル)
May 29, 2016 (2016-05-29)TBA
The villagers decide to shoot a commercial to promote the village's specialities in order to attract more visitors and Machi is chosen to star on it, much to her chagrin.
10"Is That An Idol!?"
"Sore tte Aidoru! ?" (それってアイドル! ?)
June 5, 2016 (2016-06-05)TBA
Machi gets devastated upon knowing that she is the only one at her school without a cellphone and starts begging Natsu and Yoshio for one. On a later occasion, Yoshio appears to drag Machi in another of his ideas to revitalize the village, this time by having her acting as in idol and Natsu convinces Hibiki to work with them for once.
11"Go to the City?"
"Tokai e GO?" (都会へGO?)
June 12, 2016 (2016-06-12)TBA
Machi is chosen to participate in an idol contest at Sendai, where she finally realizes her dream of meeting the big city. However, during the contest, her fears of being shunned get the best of her again and she flees in panic.
12"Decision"
"Ketsudan" (決断)
June 19, 2016 (2016-06-19)TBA
Machi reluctantly returns to do the contest after overhearing Yoshio saying the future of the village depends on her. She successfully completes it and wins a special award, but hallucinates that the cheering audience is throwing rocks at her. Back at home Machi, still terrified by the imagined attack, decides to abandon her dream of living in the city. Natsu hugs her and tells her she never has to think about anything difficult again. The episode ends with Machi more childish and ignorant of technology than ever before while playing with Natsu.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The anime's first and second home video release volumes include 6 episodes each, totaling up to 12 episodes.[1]
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kuma Miko Blu-ray/DVDs to Include Original Video Anime". Anime News Network. April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "COMIC FLAPPER (コミックフラッパー) 2013年 05月号" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "くまみこ 1 (MFコミックス フラッパーシリーズ)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  4. ^ くまみこ 1 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 1]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kuma Miko Volume 1: Girl Meets Bear". Amazon. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  6. ^ くまみこ 2 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 2]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Kuma Miko Volume 2: Girl Meets Bear". Amazon. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. ^ くまみこ 3 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 3]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  9. ^ くまみこ 4 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 4]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  10. ^ くまみこ 5 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 5]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  11. ^ くまみこ 6 [Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear 6]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Masume Yoshimoto's Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear Anime Unveils More Cast, April Debut, Character Visuals". Anime News Network. December 25, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear Anime Reveals Theme Song Details". Anime News Network. February 16, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "STORY" (in Japanese). Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  16. ^ 第壱話 「クマと少女 お別れの時」. kmmk.tv (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  17. ^ 第弐話 「険しき道」. kmmk.tv (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  18. ^ 第参話 「伝統を守る者」. kmmk.tv (in Japanese). Retrieved April 18, 2016.

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