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Girl Meets Bear 2016

  • 2016-06-19T16:30:00+02:00
  • AT-X
  • 2016-04-03T16:30:00+02:00
  • 25 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Comedy, Anime
The anime follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden at a Shinto shrine and takes care of a bear, who lives on mountain in Japan's northern Tohoku region. The bear, Natsu, has the ability to talk and is Machi's guardian. When Machi explains to Natsu that she will attend a school in the city, he gives Machi a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive city life.

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This show is a bit of a mixed bag for me. There were instances where to show was really fun and cute but also plenty of jokes that weren't home runs to say the least. I was hoping it would be more slice of life centered anyways but the "story" towards the end and the skits about idoldom didn't really fit along with a lot of advertisement for real world brands.
There has been a huge backlash for the anime as the mangaka himself posted that he was disappointed in it's ending with lots of people finding it to be abusive and meanspirited. I myself haven't really been bothered by this but there is certainly a truth there.

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