In the third episode of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Yuna does a whole lot of slaying. She also does a spot of summoning, and finds a new home.
This episode of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear adapts a fair few chapters, covering Yuna going on a goblin slaying quest, and then coming up with a place where Fina can harvest monster materials in peace.
The chapters that are adapted for this episode come from more or less the second half of the first light novel. It may not be a perfect 1:1 adaptation, but we get most of the key points. There’s actually plenty of fun stuff in this episode, and that starts fairly early on with Yuna’s impressive haul of monster corpses and the nickname she earns for herself: The Bloody Bear.
We come to another name that is not consistent between the light novel and the anime. The girl who Yuna goes on the goblin slaying quest is called Rulina in the light novel, yet Funimation opted to go for Lurina. Some consistency wouldn’t go amiss, you know…
Putting that aside, though, I definitely want to take a moment to mention that Yuna has some fantastic expressions in this episode. She definitely seems to enjoy messing with certain people, and I am all for that.
Something else that comes to light about Yuna is that she is kind of brutal. Her method for defeating that horde of goblins isn’t exactly something that can be described as humane, and she certainly holds nothing back when it comes to the goblin king. Still, it gets the job done. Poor Lurina has to deal with the aftermath, though.
Although Yuna’s bear summons did appear in the first episode, this is where they get their proper introduction. Sure, they both look cute, but it quickly becomes pretty apparent that their strength is not lacking, either. There’s also some neat perks which makes travelling with them very easy.
Here we go with yet another name interpreted differently between the light novel and anime translations. In the light novel, the lass above is Milaine, but the anime goes for Mirein. I’ll continue to stick with the anime names since I am discussing the anime. But I shall also continue to point this stuff out.
So I feel pretty confident in saying that the first episode of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear was a false start. I’m so glad it quickly got back on track with the second episode, and now things are looking much better. First impressions are important, but sometimes you just need to be a little patient.
I also believe that now the majority of the first volume of the light novel series has been adapted, which means I really need to get around to reading the second sooner rather than later. I’m going to go ahead and assume that the anime will overtake the release of the English language version of the light novel, but I’ll continue reviewing episodes.
It sure feels good to have Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear actually meeting my expectations after its initial episode. Lot of great stuff in this episode, too.