Kuma Miko Review — A-


Girl meets bear.

This was easily one of my favorite anime of the season. See this post explaining some of the reasons why. Essentially, great portrayal of shyness, and I loved how there’s a strong presence of a community, something that tends to be lacking in anime.

A few more assorted thoughts:

  • Pretty much all the characters are great. I especially liked Yoshio, who was such a great “responsible” adult / enemy.
  • One of the best OPs and EDs I’ve seen in a long time.
  • I love the style of the animation: the faces, all the bright colors, etc., even if there are some obvious quality issues like that hilariously bad bookstore scene in the last ep.
  • Excellent jokes. I’ll admit that I especially liked the ones teasing Machi as a country hick, even if it was pretty mean.
  • Actually, the entire show was quite mean. That’s probably why I liked it so much. Apparently, the ending changed from the manga, and people were up and arms about that. I will agree that the ending was extremely disturbing. However, I felt that was right in line with the rest of the show.


  • Storytelling – A – Great sense of humor.
  • Voice – A – Aesthetic sense coupled with absurdity and the harshness of reality.
  • Characters –A – Strong characterizations, great sense of community on display.
  • Attention Grab – A – Kept me engaged the entire time.
  • Production – B – Nice animation style, although technically not the best.
  • Overall – A-

RecommendationsBarakamon, Inari Konkon Koi Iroha, Gingitsune

5 thoughts on “Kuma Miko Review — A-

  1. Technically the ending’s anime original, which makes it worse. The manga’s still ongoing.

    Up and arms is right – even the anime scriptwriter cancelled their Twitter account and the Japanese wiki was curiously edited to remove said writer’s details. (There must be a witchhunt in Japan by now.) The mangaka even voiced their displeasure, saying the ending was screwed up.

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