Madman present to us a new anime series; Yurikuma Arashi which is from the creators of a number of insanely popular Manga series. Kunihiko Ikuhara being a highly prolific figure involved. They both share similarities but are thankfully very different. Kureha Tsubaki is a happy high school student in requited love until one day, bears suddenly start terrorizing the school, two mysterious transfer students appear, tragedy strikes, and things get... well, weird.
A long time ago, a far off planet known as Kumaria exploded, resulting in its shards falling upon Earth and causing the bears to attack the humans, resulting in a large wall being erected to separate them from the humans. In the present day, two bears, Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki, disguise themselves as humans and enrol in Arashigaoka Academy, where Ginko takes an interest in a girl named Kureha Tsubaki, becoming jealous of her relationship with Sumika Izumino. When their favorite lily garden is butchered, the class president Mitsuko Yurizono offers to help Kureha and Sumika, who all become cautious when they are attacked by a brick out of nowhere. The next day, as Sumika mysteriously disappears, Kureha receives an anonymous call asking if her love for Sumika is real, leading Kureha to the rooftop where she is attacked by bears. Meanwhile, Ginko and Lulu undergo a "Yuri Trial" held by the mysterious Judgemens of the Severance Court, who grant them "Yuri Approval", in which they transform into half-bear half-human form and lick nectar from a lily flower growing from Kureha's chest. As Kureha recovers, wondering if what she saw was a dream, Mitsuko discovers Ginko and Lulu in their bear forms eating a girl behind the lily garden.
Wall of Severance was built to prevent bears attack. One thing to note about the series is that it has its own unique animation style, very unlike any other anime currently being produced. The episode begins in Arashigaoka Academy with Kureha Tsubaki smells the scent of the Lilies she just planted at the special mansion of the school owned by Kureha and Sumika Izumino. Sumika, her classmate come to see her at the mansion's yard and both of them declare their love to each other. Suddenly, the peace is broke down when bears attacking the school compound and a girl's scream for help because of the bear attack can be heard not far away. The academy immediately issue a bear warning with Katyusha Akae one of those placed the banner across the academy, evacuating students and teachers outside. Sumika seems worried as Kureha ensured that she will protect Sumika no matter what. A monologue of Lulu Yurigasaki and Ginko Yurishiro in the sky said that they love and hate humans the same time and cross the wall to be friends.
Lulu and Ginko then described the fall of Kumaria planet resulting in shooting stars falling upon Earth and causing the bears to attack the humans, resulting in a large wall being erected to separate them from the humans. One day, Lulu and Ginko arrived at the academy as transfer students. Lulu and Ginko sense the taste of Kureha's flesh which makes them wanted to eat even if she is sitting at the corner of her classroom. During recess time, Kureha race to find Sumika everywhere in the school, only to find her at the rooftop waiting her. Kureha's stomach growl for hunger after she found Sumika who shares the fish tempura in her lunchbox with her. They eat the food together at the rooftop and lay side by side together sitting on the bench on the rooftop. Meanwhile, Lulu and Ginko turn into their bear form and starring at Kureha at the rooftop side because they long tasting Kureha and becoming jealous of her relationship with Sumika Izumino.
Suddenly, a mysterious person butchered favorite lily garden from the mansion of Kureha and Sumika, which Kureha and Sumika knew and claimed that it was the act of the Invisible Storm. Mitsuko Yurizono then visits Kureha and Sumika at their mansion, also admit the aforementioned fact and offers to help Kureha and Sumika, while having chat with them. Soon afterwards, a brick out of nowhere attacks and lands on a ground near them prompted the girls to be cautious. Meanwhile, walking down the rooftop, Lulu and Ginko wonder if they can started eat humans or not. Back at Kureha's house that night, she recalls her memories she has with her mother who is killed by bears, and resolve to protect the ones she loves, never to forgive and kills the bears. She is seen practicing shooting the bears with her rifle. The series at this point does not appear to be facing any pacing issues and reminds steady throughout, keeping us engaged and never feeling bored with the madness.
The next day, the bears attack the school compound again and eaten a student, leaving traces of blood and a shoe. It become a hot issue discussed among students of the academy, Kureha unknown of the incident denies that her friend, Sumika is eaten by the bears. Until her phone rang, a mysterious voice tells her that if she loves her friend, she must go to the rooftop immediately with the bears are waiting for her. Although Kureha did not know anything, she takes her snippers and go up the roof, only to find the two bears are attacking her and only Sumika's spectacles remains. Before she could do anything, the bears charge after her and their giant paws pushed Kureha down the infinite stairs.
The "Yuri Trial" is held with Life Beauty, Life Cool and Life Sexy lead the judge. Ginko and Lulu acts as the accused and undergo "Yuri Trial" held by the mysterious Judgemens of the Severance Court. Beauty and Cool debates in which Cool's issue accepted and with that, the life judgement guys grant Lulu and Ginko "Yuri Approval", in which they transform into half-bear half-human form and lick nectar from a lily flower growing from Kureha's chest and the three of them held their hands together. Kureha wakes up asking Mitsuko where she is only to be told she was passed out at the rooftop and now in the nursing room. Kureha started to worry that something happened to Sumika only to be calmed down by Mitsuko and wonder if this was a dream hope for Sumika to be okay. While going out, Mitsuko heard a voice at Kureha's garden only to find out Sumika is dead and her corpse was eaten by Lulu and Ginko. Mitsuko started to affirm that Lulu and Ginko are bears disguised as humans and possess threat to humans. Ginko slobbers. The series has a very offbeat feel to it, drawing you into this world of animals and humans and the confusion of not being able to identify.
The characters themselves are intro cued to us as students with more underlying. A second year student at Arashigaoka Academy who has a strong hatred of bears. She was in love with her friend, Sumika, who was eaten by bears, and is defiant about making other friends. After forming a friendship bond with Ginko with the yuri approval from the Life Judges, Kureha is transformed into a bear by Lady Kumaria, and delivers to Ginko her promise kiss. Kureha and Ginko are last seen heading on a journey beyond severance; Lulu states that no one knows what has happened to them afterwards. The other protagonist is Ginko Yurishiro who is a bear who takes human form and transfers to Arashigaoka Academy, where she sets her sights on Kureha. It is later revealed that, as a bear, she was once friends with Kureha and her mother. At the end of the story, Kureha gives Ginko her promise kiss, and the two head on a journey beyond severance, guided by the "star of love".In her human form, Ginko has a dark purple bob with a pink fringe and purple eyes. She wears the pink variant of Arashigaoka Academy school uniform with red necktie and dress, a hat consisted of a red band with pink bear and yellow star badges attached to it and a pair of white boots. All very quirky in terms of fashion and appearance. This series is very different and if you have interests in animal transformations, a strong array of characters and beautiful stunning art, check it out!