Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 12) THE FINALE!!

And so we’ve finally arrived at the final episode of this crazy and sorta brilliant series about bears, lesbians, and whatever the hell else enters Ikuhura’s wonderfully twisted mind!  It’s all been leading to this final episode where everything has to wrap up into a satisfying conclusion to make it all worth wild.  That’s a lot of pressure to put on one episode, but it’s the corner they painted themselves into when they made something this enigmatic and complex.  Does it all end with a satisfying bang, or will it all fall apart as we realize they had no idea what the heck they were doing!?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins by reminding us what happened last time.  If you forgot already, prepare to feel the Feels!!

“KKAAHHHNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!”
“KKAAHHHNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!”

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 11)

We’re almost at the end of this folks!  Lulu got to safety in the last episode, but Kureha was caught by the Exclusion Group!  Ginko as well has seemed to have snapped and is ready to rampage all over the place, so who knows how this crazy journey is going to end!?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with what appears to be a PRETTY ominous look into the future.

NO!!!!  IKUHARA, YOU BASTARD!!  WHY MUST YOU TOY WITH MY EMOTIONS!?!?
NO!!!!  IKUHARA, YOU BASTARD!!  WHY MUST YOU TOY WITH MY EMOTIONS!?!?

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 10)

We’re back with another episode of everyone’s favorite highbrow show about lesbian talking bears!  We left off the last episode on quite a strong note with the death of Principal Yuriika and the endless possibilities that this event can take the story.  With only three episodes left, are we about to watch this series become one of the all-time great anime series, or will this crash and burn like many others before it?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with a flashback to the night Reia died where Little Kureha is wandering the house looking for her mother who is nowhere to be found.  She ends up finding a note left by her mother that says she’s going to take Her back to her world.  Kureha doesn’t know who Her is which begs the question, how fast did Kureha lose her memory?  Reia died the night that Ginko left their house which means that the opening of episode seven (where Kureha is watching her mother craft the book and has no idea who Her is) had to have happened WHEN GINKO WAS STILL LIVING WITH THEM!!   After that, we cut to the present where things have changed significantly since the death of Principal Yuriika.

MUST... RESIST… GODWIN’S LAW!!!!!
MUST… RESIST… GODWIN’S LAW!!!!!

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 9)

After the overly contrived cliffhanger ending of the last episode, this one has A LOT to prove to make up for that bit of nonsense.  We’re getting closer and closer to the end, so does this episode bring us that much closer to the show’s grand crescendo, or do we keep getting half-assed obfuscations like we did at the end of the last episode?  Let’s find out!!  By the way, I’m gonna tell you all up front that this episode was a NIGHTMARE to recap.  The whole episode is about small details being off that has great significance, flashbacks upon flashbacks, and more metaphorical imagery than in any other episode so far.  With that said, let’s get started!!

The episode begins with Ginko getting shot by Kureha and falling down the roof.  Huh.  I actually wasn’t expecting that.  It seems somewhat obvious that the secret Lulu told Kureha is that Ginko didn’t stop Sumika’s murder (something we found out in episode six), but even so, I was doubtful that Ginko would end up taking the bullet.  Hell, if nothing else Lulu would try to stop Kureha, right?  Well, at least SOMEONE is happy about all this.

“MWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!”
“MWA HA HA HA HA!!!!!”

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 8)

We getting close to the end of this twisted little series, and it’s been on an upward swing for a while now!  Can the show maintain the momentum it’s built up for the past few episodes, or will all this build-up be for naught once everything is said and done?  Let’s find out!! The episode begins where the last one left off.  Kureha has just discovered that Ginko is her friend from long ago, but notices that she’s wearing her mother’s necklace and now wants answers.  Before Ginko can explain herself, we get a flashback to twenty years ago where a bear was left on the school steps.  GEE!  I WONDER WHO IT COULD POSSIBLY BE!!

BEAR SHOCK!!
BEAR SHOCK!!

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 7)

We’re back with another episode of Three’s Company 2015!  Will Kureha and the two bears finally start to get along?  Will Ginko’s heroic gesture be enough to win over Kureha’s heart?  After the explosive finale of the last episode, this one has a lot of clean up to do to make sure that what happened last time actually has some impact further down the road.  Does the show continue to move forward, or will it lose itself again now that the big midseason event has passed?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with a flashback to when Kureha’s mother was still alive and she seems to be writing the ending to the book she didn’t finish.  Spoiler alert: The two broke the mirror, made their promise kiss, and lived happily ever after.  Kureha asks her mother what the new story is about and she tells the young child that it’s about her adventures with the friend that she made.

“You know!  That bear that you found on that battlefield!  What were you doing there anyway?”
“You know!  That bear that you found on that battlefield!  What were you doing there anyway?”

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 6)

We’re at the halfway point of everyone’s favorite gay horror romance with bears!  There were a lot of revelations in the last episode that set up some huge expectations for this one.  Will we get a satisfying conclusion to this story arc, or will it all just fizzle out in a hodgepodge of mixed metaphors and obtuse symbolism?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins where the last one left off.  Wait, how did that one end?

“OH SHIT!!  You alright?”     “NO LULU!!  I’M NOT ALRIGHT!!!”
“OH SHIT!!  You alright?”     “NO LULU!!  I’M NOT ALRIGHT!!!”

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 5)

We’re back with another episode of everyone’s favorite series about stalker bears!  When we last left off, Lulu’s backstory was explained and they were trying to get ever closer to our hero Kureha!  Now the last one ended on a pretty good note with the solid storytelling and the surprise twist at the end of the episode that Lulu has Kureha’s mother’s necklace.  All good stuff, but that puts a whole of pressure on this episode to not only live up to the quality of the last one but to expand on what was revealed before!  Was the last episode a sign that the rest of the series will be headed in a similar direction, or is it back to business as usual for this neigh impenetrable show about lesbian bears?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with a look back to when Kureha’s mother was still alive.  She’s taking a picture with her daughter as well as someone else!  Bear Shock!!

I totally called it last episode!  BOO YAH!!
I totally called it last episode!  BOO-YAH!!

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 4)

We’re back with another episode of the Lesbian Bear Soap Opera Extravaganza!  The last episode ended on a really high note with Kureha finally standing up to the bear menace and landing a decisive blow against one of her enemies!  Needless to say that this episode has a lot to live up to after such a great ending.  Does the show continue to impress, or will it fall back on old tricks that always kept me at arm’s length?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with a bit of back story for Lulu.  Right off the bat, this episode is headed in the right direction because the one thing I’ve been begging for this show to do is flesh out the world and the characters we follow.  That said however, it still doesn’t quite make sense.

What, ANOTHER bullshit trial!?
What, ANOTHER nonsense trial!?

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Super Recaps: Yuri Kuma Arashi (Episode 3)

We’re back with another episode of Yuri Kuma Arashi, the number one show for those who like high school lesbians being eaten by adorable bears!  The last episode ended with a damn fine twist that this one will hopefully build upon to give us something amazing!  Do they succeed at making the most of this revelation, or do they end up squandering the potential that it had to really flesh out this series!?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s to keep on reading!!  The episode begins with a very confusing bit of narration.

What the hell?  Is Gollum writing this shit?
What the hell?  Is Gollum writing this shit?

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