Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear

Title:Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear
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Notables: HIOKA Natsumi
Machi is a middle school student who also serves as the local Miko (shrine maiden). Her remote region of Japan has something distinctive to it: a longstanding truce between humans and talking bears. One of them, Natsu, serves as Machi's guardian and mentor.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3187#628]
(Two episodes watched):

This show seems to be based on a 4-koma newspaper manga, but is a little funnier than most. In episode one, Machi declares her wish to move to a big city, which Natsu opposes and gives her a quiz to demonstrate how naïve she is about city life. In the second half (which gets a little racy), a local official explains to three children how the truce between humans and bears came about. Still, the first episode of Kumamiko struck me as being right on the borderline between worth watching and not worth watching, since my standards are pretty high. Episode two, however, disappointed me. This show is cute, has a silly premise and loveable characters--but it's just not all that funny. Episode one seems to have been better than the bulk of the show would be. I only remember laughing once during the second episode. I was tempted to quit the show and watch something else. I was reluctant to abandon Kumamiko altogether, since it has some definite strong points, but I had better uses for my time. If only the show were a little more funny (or the I-want-to-move-to-Tokyo plotline was more complex and interesting).

Last updated Saturday, February 04 2017. Created Friday, April 22 2016.

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