In the ninth episode of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Yuna opens a shop. But only after almost everyone she knows keeps telling her she should. One problem though; she needs people to work there.
This episode of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear loosely adapts 72 to 74 of the light novel. It might also adapt chapters from the fourth light novel, but that isn’t available in English yet. I think. Well, physically, at least.
This episode starts off with nobles enjoying pudding, which happens in the light novel, too. However, Yuna does not attend the king’s birthday ceremony, because she just wants a quiet life. She makes do with watching the parade from a distance in the light novel.
I’m actually a little disappointed that they didn’t adapt the event leading up to Yuna recruiting Morin and Karin, but we did get a cute Yuna & Fina date.
The order of events has been shifted, too. The celebration happens after Yuna recruits Morin and Karin in the light novel, with both being very reluctant to make pudding for the king.
Also, their bakery has some unsavoury attention when Yuna comes upon them; you can probably predict that Yuna quickly puts the loan sharks in their place.
It’s a damn shame that that part was left out, because the loan sharks’ boss keeps invoking the names of important people, and then they just happen to show up and reveal they have no idea who the guy is.
I’m unable to tell you how close to the source material the opening of Bear Haven is, since I guess that takes place in the fourth light novel – again, available physically in English at the time of writing.
I do know that bit of business Yuna takes care of at the end with Morin and Karin does happen in the third light novel, though.
The way this episode ends kind of feels like it could be a final episode. Everyone comes together to help out at Bear Haven, and it isn’t like there are any problems that immediately need to be taken care of.
We do still have a few episodes left, though. Presumably they’ll make up the final act.
As for this episode, it was an enjoyable one.