These two shows are crazy similar. I would question whether or not Yurikuma was written as a sequel. We have similarly painted backgrounds, fluffy, starry, love love accessories, and even crazy similar, over the top, and repeated sequences. And, of course, overreaching metaphors "hidden" in the light yet dark anime. It's bonkers.
Both series are directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (also known for Revolutionary Girl Utena) whose signature style generally features heavy symbolism and metaphors to convey many important story elements. Both series are a lot deeper than what they seem on the surface but if you like one then you'll most likely appreciate the other due to Ikuhara's influence.
Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma both feature their titular animals, penguins and bears respectively, throughout the series.
The art looks awfully similar such as the mysterious environment.
In Mawaru Penguin Drum, there are penguins. In Yuri Kuma Arashi, there are bears.
But in Mawaru Penguin Drum, the main characters like penguins and in Yuri kuma Arashi, the main characters are trying to eradicate the bears.
Both have magical interferences at some point.
And the stairs. Those stairs. The animal people in both anime stands at the top of the stairs while planning a strategy.
I'm serious. Even one of the characters in Yuri Kuma Arashi sounds like Himari from Mawaru Penguin Drum.
These two series have something Awesome, the symbolism, the weird story, a dark and dramatic story. If you watched Yuri Kuma Arashi/Mawaru Penguindrum you'll love the other but maybe if you never watched an ikuhara's anime Yuri Kuma Arashi is not the best where start, because you'll never understand/ try to understand the real meaning of the anime. Bye :P
Mawaru Penguindrum and Yuri Kuma Arashi are both surreal, sometimes dark (despite the adorable penguins/bears), and absolutely bursting with symbolism. Kunihiko Ikuhara directed both, and he certainly has a unique, defined style. Both works present themes and ideas that ask the viewer to think and analyze, and not just take what's being presented at face value. It's not for everyone, but if you like one, there's a very high chance you'll like the other.
These 2 anime were directed by the same director, have a similar art style and catchy OP/ED, and both have a pet that appears frequently in every episode. We have bears in Yuri Kuma Arashi and we have penguins in Penguindrum.
The shows do not only share visual similarities but also share the same central themes of love, friendship, and (sometimes) family. Some Yuri Kuma Arashi characters share the same ideology and motivation of some Penguindrum characters. They almost look like references. These include characters with twisted motivations and concept of love and friendship that will do anything to achieve what they desire including betrayal. Some also share hidden and dark pasts that only very close to the ending are revealed. Both endings have a similar feeling too.
On the side note, Yuri Kuma Arashi has the love between girls as a central theme while Penguindrum focuses more on family, but both have some light lesbian scenes.
TLDR: The anime have a similar story, characters, and many other traits so if you enjoyed Penguindrum there is a big chance you will enjoy Yuri Kuma Arashi. read more
Two allegorical shows that use the lives of high school girls to portray systematic problems in society. Full of wonderful pink, absurd humor, and a dark side that leaves you unsure how to take the end of things, these are Ikuhara's two lecture shows.
Directed by Ikuhara Kunihiko. Heavily symbolic to the point that almost everything is directed in a very specific way to enhance the symbolism. Slow and fun at the beginning. But on the surface while being psychologically darker and have similar basic and underlying philosophical themes while some of their characters share the same traits. Rose with Utena and Bears with YuriKUma
Main characters both struggle to protect someone they love. The main theme of these shows are about overcoming obstacles and gender norms enforced by society so that the two main female characters can be together in a relationship.
The shows feature animals as the main character who are capable of transforming into humans under certain conditions, and their actions are monitored by a mysterious entity. The seemingly lighthearted stories are chock-full of symbolism, are placed in a unique and mysterious setting, and revolve around fairy tales.
At first these series seem lighthearted and cute, but reveal themselves to have darker themes. Intense love and romance is a central device. Both stories are told abstractly and non-traditionally. Both are beautiful.
Yuri anime with an emphasis on speculative sci-fi, social commentary, and serious weirdness. A surface layer of sexy character designs and suggestive scenes belies the thoughtful, introspective nature of both series. Common themes include violent conflict between societies, the political and social effects of organized religion, and a criticism of the idea that girls will have clandestine romantic feelings toward other girls but grow up to be heterosexual. Yuri Kuma is more aggressive on that last point; Simoun explores a broader range of themes.
Social commentary is explored in both shows, and both use the idea of lesbianism with sweet romances at their core. Simoun details their characters significantly more than YKA's short runtime allows, however.
They have creatures that try to blend into the human society, but feast on human flesh. There's lots, and I mean lots of drama. They make you feel bad for them (the bears and ghouls). They also have that psychological aspect that makes you really think. The differences is that there's less war and action in Yuri Kuma Arashi, and no shoujo ai whatsoever in Tokyo Ghoul.
The first episodes are similar. The anime begins with a slow start and an apparently moe/fanservice story, but after few episodes you'll understand that the very story is Really dark with symbolism and deep meanings. Give it a chance. Both two are Really great.
They have very similar themes when it comes to crowds. The difference is that gatchaman focuses on its effect on society and how it can crush it. In Yuri kuma, it shows the darker side of crowds in the form of the invisible storm. Yuri kuma shows how not following the crowd can lead to discrimination
It is similar in its themes and social commentry, but yuri kuma is much more symbolic and complicated then there she is, so be prepared to be a little confused. But, if you come in with the mind set that its like this ONA, then the symbolisam may be easier to understand
Picture one of the girls being a bear and is hated by all society.The other girl is supposed to hate her but is fond of her.And the sister is a huge wall on the planet that separates humans from bears.
There isn't that much kissing in this show.But this show can get serious about subjects of homosexuality and the society's negative view on it.
Yuri Kuma Arashi's visuals and animation is similar to Shaft's avant garde animation style with its finest usage is the anime Bakemonogatari. Not only animation is similar, both shows are extremely weird for a normal anime consumer.
Both shows are highly symbolic, and show how the characters "see" the world around them in a very specific way. Both deal with trauma, family problems and same sex attraction and love.
Flip Flappers are more light hearted and focus more on adolescence of the main character, while Yuri Kuma Arashi is more dark and focuses more about how society sees and deals with gay people.
One of the fundamental conventions of romantic fiction is the notion of love and compassion holding fast in the face of adversity, but what happens when the adversity that faces a love-struck couple is a widely-accepted social standard? Pride gets in the way, and the idea that people should conform to particular norms and values is in conflict with the core principles of romanticism.
Yosuga no Sora and Yuri Kuma Arashi share remarkably similar ideals; they have very similar endings despite a distinct difference between their generic conventions and narrative style. At heart, both shows are about the underlying hypocrisy that taints the average romance, and they use an unusual narrative structure to explore that theme. read more
Both shows are about how the world views lesbians. Both also use also a very colorful and undirect way to portray things- one could think these are silly light shows, but they are not.
Yuri Kuma Arashi is about murder, trauma, and homophobia in society. The key to understand YKA is to get that bears stand for ppl who put their desires over societies laws.
Yuri Seijin Naoko San is about sexualisation of gay ppl, and generally problems related to sex in society; like sexualisation of young girls in media etc. The key to understanding YSNS is to get that the world in the show is a metaphor of how Misuzu views the world around her; and the reason why she sees the world like this is her sister.
Both animes are about Humanity building and creating walls to keep out a fear that is killing them. In Attack on Titan they decide to kill the Fear with blades and skill, while in Yuri Kuma Arashi, they use plot-twist and lesbians.
Two beautiful and colorful high school yuri stories. They present themselves in super unique ways and end with an amazing catharsis. Yes, Hanamonogatari is a sequel, but the shows it's a sequel to are worth watching and share YKA's non-standard presentation and unique style of fanservice.