The Bloody Bear is doing her thing once more in the third volume of Sergei’s Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear manga adaptation. Naturally, that involves a lot of helping people, and pulling off implausible feats.
This volume contains chapters twenty-one through to thirty.
A hairy encounter!
Thanks to the stats boost Yuna gets from her overpowered (if slightly silly) bear onesie, she’s able to pick off just about any foe. When she hears that a powerful monster has been attacking a nearby village, she quickly volunteers to check it out – maybe this monster will provide a challenge for once. But when Yuna arrives on the scene, she sees that the creature is tougher than anything she’s taken on before. Has Yuna met her match?
I feel like there is one common theme throughout all the chapters in this volume of the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear manga: Yuna being a hero to children everywhere. Fina and Shuri’s mother is not exactly looking so good, she’s doing favours for a noble’s daughter, a boy brings news of a black viper attacking his village, and she gives some hungry orphans some food.
This is the volume of the manga that introduces Noir into the story. For now, her role is simply to play with Yuna and her bears, but she’ll have more to do later on. A simple introduction for her for the time being, as Yuna focuses on other problems. For example, where she can get eggs and chickens.
A lot of what Yuna does just so happens to be driven by food, it seems. A lot of it is unfamiliar to her in this world, so she often just takes it upon herself to recreate what she is familiar with – after seeking out the ingredients, of course.
When Yuna is not eating, or lending a helping hand to those in need, she is probably fighting. The action in this volume comes from her battle with the black viper that is terrorising a village. She takes a very Yuna approach to dealing with that particular threat, despite being warned otherwise.
This manga adaptation of the light novels has been pretty good so far. It definitely maintains those elements that make Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear stand out, unlike, say, the anime…
As for this volume; yeah, it’s a good ‘un. It conveys Yuna’s desire to help those out in need, and the recklessness she tends to display due to the power of her bear onesie. I suspect one day she will overestimate herself; but that seems like it might be a long way off right now.