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Long ago, a far-off planet known as Kumaria exploded, turning into a meteor shower that fell upon earth. This lead to the bears becoming violent and attacking the humans, who created the Wall of Extinction between them and the bears. Several years later, two bears, Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki, disguise themselves as humans and enroll in Arashigaoka Academy, where Ginko takes interest in a human girl named Kureha Tsubaki.Nick Creamer of ANN has done a solid writeup of the first two episodes, looking at various themes, motifs, and such.
Edit: In short:
one thing of note: The write up says that the world is much more malleable than the last time out(for instance, the direction the birds go on the stairs changed), but Ikuhara spent a boatload of time last episode showing the banners that come from the top of the school are manual.
My question is: who activated the banners in the middle of the night?
Shit went down in the Shire this episode. The Invisible Storm reveals itself to be exactly what we all thought it was. I'm curious to see how their decision this episode will impact the next one, especially considering what happened to two of its "central" figures.
So, in this episode Mitsuko told us that the nature of bears is to not remember the past but live in the moment pretty much following their feelings and instincts. Right after this is scene where Lulu thinks how she never forgets the day she met Ginko, pretty much contradicting Mitsuko's words right there.
So I started to think that if Mitsuko was right, could it be that Ginko and Lulu are outcasts of bear society in a same way Tsubaki is outcast in the human society?
Two small observations:
In all the scenes where the Wall(s) of Severance is visible, the Wall is always incomplete and continually under construction - the barriers people are putting up to keep the students safe from the bears (or trapped in with the bears?) are continually being remade, but are full of holes and ultimately useless.
Despite the Severance Court's claims that it's supposed to keep balance between humans and bears, any basic pro-human arguments like their desire to simply not be eaten is ignored wherever and whenever it might conflict with the interests/natures of bears.
Do male characters exist in this universe aside from the Severance Court? I actually sort of doubt it...
What's going to happen when the Severance Court rules "Yuri Denied"?
Do the other bears have to face the judgments of the court? If not, why do our main characters have to? If so, why don't we see them?
I really like how the show is playing with its ideas in all sorts of different ways. Lulu's story was a riot to follow, and I'm definitely looking forward to more bear trees.
Also the end of that episode and really that whole goddamn episode, holy shit.
Holy shit what a kuma-shock. I'm nearly speechless.
The fuck just happened
I haven't torrented anything in years.
And yes, I'm suddenly re-emerging on this forum because Yurikuma Arashi discussion. (Also maybe a little about PAX East.)